Restaurants near to the Edinburgh Playhouse

Gilulianos Italian Restaurant

Gilulianos Italian Restaurant Edinburgh

18-19 Union Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3QN, (0.1 mile, less than 3 minute walk)

Telephone: 0131 556 6590

This fantastic, friendly Italian restaurant is situated opposite The Playhouse Theatre in the heart of this historic city. The venue boasts a warm and welcoming environment along with a diverse menu of Italian family favourites. It is stylish yet relaxed, and manages to merge wonderful Scottish hospitality along with Italian traditions. The restaurant can reserve its conservatory seating section for larger groups, making this an ideal location to carry on your evening after the curtain has come down.

Set menus begin at £18.50, with pizza and pasta dishes averaging around the £9.00 mark, making this an affordable and varied selection.

Open 7 days a week, 12noon – 1am.

The Olive Branch

The Olive Branch Edinburgh91 Broughton Street, EH1 3RX, (0.4 miles, 7 minute walk) 
Telephone: 0131 557 8589


The Olive Brance was established in 2003 and is popular due to its diverse menu selection that makes it perfect for brunch, lunch and dinner. For a light snack before a matinee performance, or a dinner after the show, this bistro uses only the best local produce to create inventive seasonal dishes that blend hits of the Mediterranean with classic comfort food.

The dinner menu is moderately priced and features an extensive array of dishes ranging from home made burgers to beer-battered cod as well as a selection of vegetarian and gluten free dishes.

Mon to Sun 11:30 – 22:00

Smoke Stack

Smoke Stack Edinburgh53-55 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RJ (0.2 miles, 5 minute walk)

Telephone: 0131 556 6032

Smoke Stack has gained a reputation in Edinburgh for serving the finest steaks for the past 16 years. The restaurant has recently been re-branded and refitted and now describes itself as having a ‘cool, urban, vintage’ style. It is open all day 7 days a week and is located in one of the coolest areas of the city on nearby Broughton Street. They serve drinks, coffees, smoothies and larger dinner items and are a perfect place to relax after some excellent entertainment.

Their Pre-Theatre Menu is £10.95 for 2 courses, served Monday to Friday, 4pm – 6.30pm plus
Saturday 4pm  – 5.30pm includes Burgers, Muscles and Steak, along with locally sourced sides and desserts.