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Honourable Tom Houghton’s Top Ten Edinburgh Restaurants Picks

Tom is a stand-up comic, influencer and illustrator who has just finished his first sold-out UK tour, Work in Progress. Set to appear at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Tom shares his selection of the best places to dine in the city. Delve into his top ten 'must visit' restaurant list below.

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Honourable Tom Houghton
Updated August 03, 2022
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House of Gods

Price: Moderate
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
261 reviews

The Fringe is all about mixing it up, so why not start your night in style with this incredibly cool, snug cocktail bar. Forget amber and nectar… this is the real gift from the gods.

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Whiski Rooms

Price: Moderate
Old Town
2145 reviews

Nothing says Scotland like a top notch Scotch. Peruse the vast selection of foxy devils after chomping down a haggis burger.

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Thai Express Kitchen

Price: Moderate
109 reviews

Not breaking the budget, but definitely delivering on taste. It’s also right next to the Playhouse to watch some big names and close to Princes Street to take in some shopping.

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La Casa - Dalry Road

Price: Moderate
1039 reviews

Sometimes the Fringe can be overwhelming, so I highly recommend taking a trip out of the centre and down to Leith to relax and recharge. And because this is Tapas, you don’t have to worry about choice, you can have a taste of everything.

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Price: Moderate
328 reviews

On my visit here I had a rib-eye, but there are plenty of other Italian classics to enjoy. It’s also got some of the freshest salads to make you feel healthy and satisfied.

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Rubab Indian Cusine

Price: Expensive
164 reviews

The best Indian in town. A quiet, relaxed setting with wonderful staff and gorgeous flavours, you’ll be greeted by a welcoming atmosphere as soon as you walk through the door.

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Peacock Alley – Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh

Price: Very Expensive
Afternoon Tea
186 reviews

If you want to show off on social media, there is no place more Instagrammable than here. Afternoon tea is a delight with teas and desserts that really look the part. This is not big comfort eating, its tiny parcels of fabulous fun.

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White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar

Price: Expensive
The Royal Mile
1986 reviews

I love seafood, and this tapas place means you can sample as many little swimmers as you like. It’s got an especially good selection of oysters. Go on… treat yourself. Then come and see my show and tell me all about it.

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The Canny Man's

Price: Moderate
353 reviews

If you want to immerse yourself in a real Scottish experience, this is it. Sit amongst the “never changing décor” of trinkets collected since 1871. The seafood is great and you can also learn about the history of the pub. Highly recommended.

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at pizza– Charlotte Lane

Price: Moderate
New Town
628 reviews

The Royal Mile really is the centre of the Fringe, and if you have a full schedule you’re going to want to eat quick and somewhere close. But that shouldn’t mean sacrificing quality, if you’re a pizza fiend then this place just made your day.

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