Laid-back dining in Edinburgh

There’s nothing better than heading out for a meal with family or friends. But when the restaurant is jam-packed and the sun is shining, we’d all prefer to enjoy our food outside. For this list, we’ve put together some of Edinburgh’s most relaxed and casual restaurants. All of them offer up an outside dining area where you can sample your food and drink at a pace to suit your mood.

So put on a comfy pair of shorts and grab your favourite shades as we take a look at three of the best Edinburgh al fresco dining experiences.



Don’t let the upscale decor and gourmet menu fool you with this one. Badger & Co has one of the coolest and most laid-back outdoor dining areas in Edinburgh. Featuring comfy seats, parasols, and beautiful wall art – this dining experience is definitely a cut above the rest.

In terms of food, Badger & Co deliver bold and flavourful dishes that will satisfy even the most picky of eaters. Who can say no to North Sea haddock and chips or caramelised cauliflower steak? Even if you’re not feeling too hungry, you’ll definitely want to try their beer-battered onion rings.



Element is a contemporary bar and restaurant that deliver real “home comfort” food without pulling any punches. Take a seat in their spacious outdoor seating area and enjoy amazing offerings like twice-cooked pork belly, Pertshire beef burger, or even a vegan haggis!

Whatever you do, don’t forget to wash it all down with one of their tasty aperitifs, like the spectacular lemon and elderflower highball or the Edinburgh Royale.



You’d be hard-pressed to find a venue more vibrant and trendy than Brewhemia. Although they have a large range of events going on throughout the year, Brehemia is still a relaxed and laid-back place to throw back a few drinks and enjoy some delicious food in the sun.

If you’re a fan of traditional Scottish scran, there’s a lot to get excited about when visiting Brewhemia. Who could resist ham hock terrine, pan-roasted halibut, and Stornoway rosti? Even if you’re after something more contemporary, they have plenty of options – from double cheese and bacon burgers to a killer Sunday roast.


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Amanda Rosowski