Three Beautifully Designed Restaurants In Edinburgh

The Dome in George Street

The Dome owes much to the 18th Century splendour of its architecture for the inspiring décor of pale terracotta marble columns in rows along corridors, an upstairs balcony and in the main dining room. The entrance hall has a black and white tiled floor with panelled doors of oak and leads into a foyer where above, the high ceiling is formed by a magnificent dome of stained glass panels, hence the restaurant’s name. The floor beneath is comprised of circular patterns of marble tiling in shades of terracotta and cream. With tall potted palms dotted about, the impression is reminiscent of an elegant ballroom of the early 1800’s. Small square dining tables are scattered throughout with chairs of antique appearance. Extravagant chandeliers of glass provide strong lighting and walls fitted with mirrors overlaid with geometric gilding add to the opulent atmosphere. High Georgian style latticed windows are set into a long curved wall.

Roseleaf in Sandport Place

The exterior of the Roseleaf has a large latticed window in dark green with decorative foliage and plants above. Stepping through the wide panelled oak doors, there are high backed bar stools that echo the shape of the curved bar of pale, distressed panelled timbers that match the wooden flooring. The dining area has a mixture of small round and square wooden tables accompanied by antique chairs. Behind the well stocked bar are shelves packed with odd curiosities, particularly novelty teapots. Similar ornaments are in the oak dresser style cabinet adding to the cosy atmosphere of a Victorian cottage. A touch of humour is evident with the papier mache stag’s head complete with antlers that adorns one wall.

d’Oliviero’s in Grassmarket

d’Oliviero’s captures the mood of an Italian style café, particularly with the outdoor dining area in front of the building where guests eat al fresco whatever the weather, protected by a generous green awning with a decorative scalloped edge. There are small square tables of wood with an aluminium trim and slatted, folding wooden chairs that are olive green in colour and two tall lamp-post style lamps either side of the main door. The interior dining room is tastefully decorated in shades of apricot and cream, highlighted with small tables covered in olive green cloths. Part of the seating comprises comfortable green leather benches arranged in pairs to create cosy alcoves for diners to enjoy a little privacy. For an inspiring bespoke restaurant design that captures a special atmosphere contact Dawnvale.com