As well as a great way to create unique lockdown memories, choosing a ‘restaurant at home’ experience provides an important lifeline for local eateries. They'll be some of the last businesses to fully re-open and need all the support we can give them.
And because many people associate restaurants with the theatre of dining out, these Edinburgh favourites have worked to ensure their takeaways are more than a cut above your typical chippie.
Just remember, although all of the restaurants below are delivering during lockdown, their service is independent of the big names in delivery like Just Eat, Deliveroo and Uber Eats. So check which postcodes they can get to and whether you’ll need to order in advance.
Now, let’s tuck in.
You can now order fantastic 3 or 4 course meals made with premium, fresh ingredients to be delivered to your door, ready to put in the oven. You may need to heat and plate each course according to instructions, but it’s the closest thing to dining out and can certainly be considered ‘next-level takeout.’
Cold seafood platters, sides and organic wines are on offer from Marchmont’s finest. The menu changes weekly, but previous platters have included lobster, octopus with smoked paprika, oysters, mussels with chorizo, and crab claws.
The team behind Three Birds, The Apiary and Educated Flea bring you delicious weekly menus of restaurant quality food and wine for delivery or collection to heat at home. Look out for their amazing mezze platters to share and their incredible homemade ice creams for dessert.
‘At home’ dining packs include a cut of beef to share plus a choice of sides and a bottle of wine. The packs are easy to prepare at home and come with full cooking instructions whether you choose the sourdough sandwiches, chateaubriand or BBQ combo.
Bia Bistot is a couple-run neighbourhood restaurant focusing on fresh, seasonal, local and sustainable produce. Order a restaurant quality meal to be enjoyed at home from a weekly menu of dishes including slow braised pork cheeks, butternut squash risotto and ginger cake.
Tuck into a regularly updated menu of tapas, sharing boards, mains and desserts, accompanied by a carefully selected wine list or cocktails. Pre-order for Sunday roasts with all the trimmings!
A set menu delivery service is running Friday to Sunday, including mains, pudding and a bottle of wine. Think salmon fritters, veggie lasagne and pre-made cocktails.
A specially curated small plates menu and a great selection of drinks to enjoy from the comfort of your home. Mix and match from their extensive food menu and indulge in a sumptuous feast or an evening of wine and nibbles. Reheating and/or minimal cooking required.
Weekend deliveries of hot dishes include 35 day dry-aged Tweed Valley sirloin steaks, salmon, chicken and gnocchi, as well as sides and dessert. Sunday roast dinners and wine are also available.
Classic comfort food and inventive seasonal dishes with a Mediterranean feel made using the best local produce. Pre-ordered dinners are delivered 5pm-9pm Thursday-Sunday, with a 10% discount on orders over £50 and children's portions available.
Enjoy restaurant quality meals made from Scottish produce as well as a fabulous selection of wine from The Wee Restaurant. Delivered on Fridays evenings to Queensferry, Cramond and Dalmeny, the changing weekly menus features dishes like steak, lobster, dauphinoise potatoes, macaroni cheese, sticky toffee pudding and more.
Homemade ready-meals from the team behind Fhior can be ordered through their grocery store, Root to Market. Heat at home dishes delivered across Edinburgh include pies, pasta, stews and desserts all made from local ingredients.
Who would have thought “fine dining takeaway” would become a thing? But when you think about it, there are some things for which we have to be grateful to lockdown...
Ideal for celebrations or a special treat, a fine dining delivery combines your favourite Edinburgh restaurants with the familiar comforts of home. So switch the sweatpants for proper trousers, dim the lights and crack out the nice wine glasses. This is the one kind of takeaway where you’ll appreciate creating a restaurant atmosphere.
The team behind these top restaurants are now offering home delivery on Friday and Saturday, with four course set menus from Aizle plus wine and cocktails available. A box from Noto is good for three days, so you can spread it across a couple of meals if you don’t fancy a seven course tasting menu for two! Comes with plating instructions.
Home delivery service of your favourite dishes prepared personally by Jérôme Henry, offering his mouth watering meals at affordable prices. Prepared and ready to eat or with only minimal reheating, you can choose from a full menu of tempting choices like grilled octopus, steak tartare, lamb stew, Parmesan tart and dark chocolate cake with raspberries and crème anglaise.
Proudly serving Edinburgh residents the best seasonal ingredients for 30 years, Stac Polly have designed a lockdown summer menu for delivery or collection, seven days a week, from 5pm. Dishes like haggis filo parcels, fish stew, sweet potato fries and mascarpone roulade arrive ready to eat.
Roy Brett’s seafood mecca is offering at home dining experiences with a weekly changing three course menu, accompanied by a specially selected bottle of wine, available for collection or delivery on Friday and Saturday. Potted crab and lobster thermidor, anyone?
Even at home Nico continues its regularly changing themed menus. Become a member of their site to pre-order a week in advance for delivery of your six courses plus wine. Includes cooking directions.
Royal Mile favourites Wedgwood are running a delivery and collection service Thursday-Sunday with a new menu released each Monday at 5pm for the forthcoming weekend. Choose single dishes or go for all three courses and your food will be delivered ready to heat and plate according to instructions.
Enjoy a weekly set menu of three courses plus wine for two people. Deliveries will arrive during the day and come with cooking instructions for you to finish at home at your leisure - they even have a recommended Spotify playlist!
Timberyard is offering a finish-at-home three course menu, Thursday-Saturday. Details and menus are updated once a week, so check back for updates.
If we can’t travel to other countries, we might as well make up for it by eating our way around the world, right? Whether you’re making up for a postponed Thai holiday or dreaming of a trip to Brazil, Edinburgh has some wonderful restaurants who are offering their global cuisine as takeaway options during lockdown.
Offering "Nuestro sabor en su casa” or “our flavour in your home," 83 Hanover Street’s weekly changing menu allows diners to experience vibrant South American cuisine at home. Dishes are delivered on Friday and Saturday and need to be finished first. Look out for flat iron steak sandwiches and the popular hand-dived scallop ceviche.
Turkish food at its best, including a large range of hot and cold meze dishes, plus a variety of marinated kebabs all charcoal grilled the Turkish way! Many dishes come with Turkish rice and two side salads for a filling evening in.
Bringing the oldest fusion cuisine in the world to your home! Macanese food is a unique evolution and blending of various distinct cultures from Portugal, India, Malaysia and China. A handpicked lockdown menu has been crafted by Chef Kei including octopus salad, slow braised oxtail, and a rich chicken curry.
Restaurant quality authentic Thai food, freshly cooked using Thai herbs and spices. Delivery is available Thursday-Sunday, 4.30pm to 9.30pm.
Delicious authentic Punjabi cuisine, delivered. Use their new online ordering service to receive 10% off on dishes like their speciality karahi, tikka masala and other favourites.
Try Nepalese dishes full of fresh flavours that will tickle your tastebuds! Our choice would be momo dumplings, minced lamb durma keema curry and lemon rice.
Forget eating pizza delivered in soggy cardboard. Step away from that tiramisu-style pudding in Aldi’s yoghurt aisle. Move over M&S microwave lasagne! It’s time to elevate your Friday night takeout with proper Italian home cooking. Edinburgh has many authentic Italian restaurants and you can still make the most of them during lockdown with a takeaway. Choose fresh pasta, chewy dough, stretchy mozzarella - and a bottle of wine - delivered direct from the restaurant.
Located in Musselburgh, restaurant Caprice delivers freshly baked wood oven pizzas, sides, dessert and wine.
As well as offering afternoon tea delivery, BuonGusto are serving up FREE home delivery of lasagnes, paninis and a children’s menu.
Even though the re-opening of beer gardens is on the horizon, it’s great to know that some of Edinburgh’s gastropubs are actually delivering. Avoid the crowds on sunny days and simply invite your friends over for your favourite comfort food takeout. Then sit back in the garden or on the balcony and wait - all you have to do is pour your own beer. (Not feeling that either? Check out these local alcohol delivery and takeaway options.)
Kirkliston’s finest is offering a heat at home delivery service of pub classics including burgers, macaroni cheese, fries and nachos, plus a great selection of drinks. You’ll receive 20% off with code EDLOCKDOWN.
This hotel and award-winning pub has transformed into a lockdown food court! Order pub meals including fish suppers, pizza and Sunday lunches plus ice-cream, milkshakes and other (boozey) treats.
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