20 of the best places for lunch in Edinburgh according to TripAdvisor reviews

Looking for somewhere to stop off in the city for a quick bite to eat?

Friday, 18th October 2019, 10:53 am
Best lunch spots in Edinburgh
Best lunch spots in Edinburgh

These are the 20 best lunch spots in Edinburgh – as reviewed by locals and tourists alike on TripAdvisor.

Ostara on Coburg Street comes out top for lunch cafes in Edinburgh, with one reviewer especially recommending their hand-made ramen and smoked haddock.
Walk up to the beautiful purple blossoms surrounding the doorway and enter a magical experience filled with croissants and cappuccinos, reads one rather poetic - and glowing - review of Fortuna.

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Lots of reviewers say the food is excellent at Tani Modi, including one diner who called the cafe a hidden gem and said they thoroughly enjoyed their soup and wrap.
I have just had lunch with a friend in this beautiful place and everything was excellent, said one diner at the Italian Polentoni. They added that the food was very authentic too.
Cafe Marmalade is well-known for its breakfasts and lunches. One reviewer said it’s some of the best-value food to be found in the Leith area.
It is always excellent, and this time was no different....had beautiful vegan soupand a toasted sourdough sandwich, reads one review of Lowdown Coffee on George Street.
The food was absolutely fantastic! a real taste of France reminding us our lovely holidays last year, said one couple who ate in the French lunch spot L’Etoile Salon de Tea.
Quick and Plenty tries to live up to its name, and many TripAdvisor reviewers were satisfied that it did. One tourist said they were: overwhelmed by both the great food and hospitality of the staff.
This cafe, tucked away in Newhaven, is like a great big hug for your soul - said one reviewer of Haven Cafe, which serves homemade soups and sandwiches alongside specials.
This small cafe is ranked 11th for lunch spots in Edinburgh, with one reviewer saying: what it lacks in space and seating it makes up for with great atmosphere, wonderful food and friendly staff.
Portion sizes were amazing and food was literally to die for. Can't wait till I'm back in the city, looking forward to the goats cheese salad, reads one review of Cafe Class.
Nearby to the Botanical Gardens, one reviewer said that they were very pleased with the croque monsieur, toast, avocado and bacon that they ordered at The Blue Bear.
This vegan cafe didn’t disappoint one pair of friends, who opted for burgers which they said were absolutely delicious.
A fantastic range of dishes on the menu. Something for everyone. I had the ciabatta with chicken, mozzarella and avocado, with a small pot of delicious hand cut chips, reads one review of this lunch spot.
The staff and the food at Word of Mouth were highly praised by several reviewers on TripAdvisor. One said the eggs benedict were particularly good.
Lovely soups and excellent mission, said one woman who visited Social Bite. The Cafe allows diners to pay forward to give a homeless person a meal.
The Painted Rooster has plenty of glowing reviews on TripAdvisor, with one family saying the food was absolutely amazing, made to order with lovely ingredients.
We had a wonderful lunch earlier today, sharing daily specials -- the Pork Shoulder Roast and the Creamy Winter Vegetable Soup with Granary Bread. It was all delicious - reads one glowing review of this cafe.
At number 19 for lunch spots in Edinburgh, one reviewer said Leo’s Beanery was the best cafe they visited on their trip to the capital.
We enjoyed a selection of salads - all vegetarian and every single one of them were delicious - said one reviewer of Cafe Portrait, which is inside the Portrait Gallery.