Whether it's through necessity (it's easy to work up a bit of an appetite stomping away at Edinburgh clubs) or you just like eating late, there's plenty to get your nocturnal teeth into when it comes to late night restaurants in Edinburgh. From parking yourself at a table and working your way through a plate of spaghetti carbonara (glass of red on the side) to delving into a superior kebab because you missed dinner, Edinburgh has a great selection of late night restaurants – including some truly great fish and chip shops. And by late we mean properly at-least-until-midnight late (and usually later). And by best we mean the very best Edinburgh has to offer. So take a look and get eating, night owl. Or wait until breakfast and grab a bite then. Up to you.
Edinburgh's late night restaurants
Selecting Edinburgh’s best late night chippie is a mug’s game since everyone has a favourite, but Bene’s is worth a thought. The fish and chips are great, it also does pizza and it opens until midnight in the week, 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. And it counts royalty among its customers.
Essentially a fish and chip shop with a fairly extensive and traditional café attached, the menu here includes dishes like omelette, pasta, pies, pizza, sausage and mash or even unreconstructed gammon steak with pineapple, chips and peas. Alternatively there is always fish and chips to eat in or take away. The City is old fashioned, dependable, very handy for the Festival Theatre and opens daily until 1am.
Not all late night food needs to be gobbled down out of a takeaway carton – sometimes you might even sit at a table and eat your way through something civilised and Italian. Giuliano’s, opposite the Edinburgh Playhouse, has a huge menu of fish and meat dishes, pasta, pizza and salads. It catches the late night crowd by staying open daily until 1am.
An Edinburgh legend since 1979. There are a few tables and people do come for the award-winning curry, but its reputation is largely based around late-night takeaway kebabs: chicken, doner, shish, shashlik, vegetarian and others. This is good food at bargain prices; the venue opens until midnight during the week, 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Among the latest of the takeaways, Palmyra keeps going until 2am during the week, 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. It does burgers and pizza but the wraps here are things of wonder. The basic falafel wrap has customers eulogising but you could also trade up to the likes of baba ganoush or kofta kebab wraps. Ideal for the post-midnight munchies.