Skerries char-grilled Orkney Burger

Where To Go For Lunch

So you’ve arrived at The Dunstane, checked in, unpacked and eaten your complimentary sweeties, but you’re still hungry! The big question is, where to go for lunch? A short taxi or bus journey from The Dunstane will take you to so many lovely areas of Edinburgh and there are many restaurants worth making the trip for. All the restaurants we’re suggesting are around a 15 minute journey, depending on traffic of course, so not too long to wait until you’re tucking in!

Our Top Picks


(55–57 West Nicolson Street, Newington, EH8 9DB)

If you fancy something a bit special why not try Sylvesters? Not only is it ideally located for the Festival Theatre if you want to see a show, it also celebrated it’s 2nd birthday with a mention in the top 10 Best Bistros and Brasseries in Edinburgh! In the guide it is described as “an unassuming family-run corner spot with serious gourmet clout”. We like it because not only is the food delicious and the staff welcoming, but they also have a work ethic similar to our very own Skerries – using the freshest possible Scottish ingredients to create stunning dishes.


Gordon’s Trattoria

(231 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PE)

Like The Dunstane and Skerries, Gordon’s Trattoria is family run and they take great pride in their food and service. Gordon’s has been on the Royal Mile since 1982 and is always packed! The menu offers some of the best loved and well known Italian dishes, classic pizzas, spaghetti carbonara and gorgeous desserts like banoffee pie and tiramisu. There are a few Scottish twists in the menu too, so there is definitely something for everyone! The location of this restaurant is ideal for getting to so many of Edinburgh’s top attractions so if sight seeing is top of your list this is a great choice for you!


The Cambridge Bar

(20 Young Street, West End. EH2 4JB)

For gourmet burgers the place to go is The Cambridge Bar. They offer amazing variations on the classic ‘burger and bun’ including the Fajita burger and the BBQ Burger. Not only that, you don’t just get a beef burger here, you can choose from beef, buffalo, chicken or vegetarian burgers. If you still have room their desserts are great too, a three-cheese cheesecake or fudgy cocoa brownie served with the best ice cream in the world (in my opinion…) Mackies! The Cambridge Bar also do takeaway so if you’ve got sights to see in the afternoon, grab your burger to go.


The Big Names

If you’re looking for something familiar or are off our with your family, Edinburgh is also home to some well known chain restaurants too, Hardrock Cafe, Nandos, Wagamama and many more. We can’t write about all of them so we’ve just pick two of the best known to make you feel right at home!


TGI Fridays

(26 Castle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3HT)

A casual chain restaurant offering American style food and of course the famous Jack Daniels sauce! What ever you order here, make sure your chips are covered in this gorgeous sauce, even if you don’t like Jack Daniels you’ll love this!


Pizza Express

(23 North Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1SB)

The open kitchen at Pizza Express is a nice touch, you can watch the Chef’s in their striped shirts tossing freshly made pizzas. This branch of the popular chain has a great vibe and all the artwork decorating the restaurant is inspired by the many street performers you’ll find around the city. The menu is typical Italian with pizzas, pasta and for those watching their waistlines they do a range of Leggera pizzas which are under 500 calories. However, you’ll be doing so much walking around the city and up and down all the steps that I wouldn’t worry too much about how much you eat at lunch…plus you’r on holiday so go wild!


If you want reservations at any of the restaurants for lunch our team would be delighted to help you and you can make your dinner reservation in Skerries at the same time!