The team Christmas dinner is an essential part of your company’s Christmas celebrations, but it’s not just about toasting the festive season or distributing your team’s Christmas gifts.
Encouraging communication between staff, inspiring team spirit, giving everyone a much-deserved break and increasing motivation and company loyalty are all perks of thanking your team with an office Christmas meal.
And with team Christmas meals all but disappearing over the last couple of years, your Christmas 2022 celebrations are the perfect opportunity to make up for it by treating your staff more than ever.
But where should you take them for your office Christmas dinner in Edinburgh?
Here are our top 10 Edinburgh restaurants for a team meal this Christmas:
- Available 21st November – 24th December
- From £39.75pp for lunch, £47.74pp for dinner
If you’re a team of meat lovers, the festivities at this gourmet steak restaurant are for you.
Perfect for a small team of foodies, Christmas dinner at Kyloe is made from hand-selected, fresh Scottish ingredients.
Highlights include their borders braised beef featherblade and trio of Scottish cheeses. All dietary requirements can be catered for.
Sit in the restaurant or enjoy exclusive access to their private formal dining room with capacity for between 10 and 18 guests.
2. Festive celebrations at Malmaison
- Available 17th November – 23rd December
- From £30pp
Bring everyone together for an evening of appreciation and celebration at Malmaison.
Enjoy seasonal food with a festive flair at their Chez Mal dining room or book a private dining room for a 3-course celebrations menu or a festive buffet.
Select their “celebrate like Santa isn’t watching’ menu for a complimentary glass of fizz, a ½ bottle of wine and Christmas crackers or “build your own” buffet for parties of 25+.
Highlights include their sticky toffee Christmas pudding with caramel custard and their mushroom and root vegetable pithivier served with all the trimmings. Vegetarian, plant-based and gluten free options are available.
Book a private room for your team Christmas meal at Malmaison. Photo by Malmaison Hotels via Flickr. Some rights reserved.
3. A festive team dinner at Twenty Princes Street
- Available from 17th November
- From £39.50pp for lunch, £44.50 for dinner
A celebratory festive dinner spot for smaller teams. Preorders are required for tables of 13+.
Highlights include their traditional roast turkey Ballantine with sage and onion stuffing, kilted sausages and beef roasties, as well as their dark chocolate mousse bauble dessert with warm chocolate and baileys cream – we can’t wait to try this one!
They also provide vegetarian and vegan Christmas meal options and a spectacular festive cocktail menu.
And if you’re planning a post-Christmas team celebration, they have a 6-course menu for Hogmanay too!
4. Christmas at Howies and Scotts Kitchen
- Available from 29th November
- From £34.90pp
Book a table or the whole venue for your company’s Christmas event. Suitable for a party of up to 110 people.
Enjoy a 3-course lunch or dinner with highlights including their game terrine accompanied by winter fruit & beetroot chutney, toasted sourdough and smoked bacon butter and Glen Lyon venison casserole.
Wander out onto their large terrace area where you can sit back and enjoy views of the city.
Available at multiple locations - Waterloo Place, Victoria Terrace and Victoria Street.
5. Christmas dining and dancing at Revolution
- Available from early November – enquire online
- From £33.95pp
If you’re a lively bunch looking for a festive feast with your team followed by a night of drinks and dancing, look no further.
Hire a room with your own private bar and dance floor, a private area for up to 30 people or take over a whole venue with up to 620 guests.
Choose from a 2 or 3-course dining menu or a festive buffet for nibbles and socialising. Highlights include their roast turkey with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding waffle with baileys, caramel sauce and ice cream.
Choose from a seated team Christmas meal or a festive buffet. Photo by Tembela Bohle.
6. Get in the festive spirit at The Inn on the Mile
- Available throughout the festive season
- Enquire with the venue for pricing details
This festive spot in the heart of the capital is ideally placed to host your team’s Christmas celebrations.
Menu highlights include their chestnut and porcini mushroom nut roast with vegan “pigs in blankets” and their chocolate and orange mousse. Vegan and vegetarian Christmas dinners can be provided.
Add on their wine bundles, bottled beer or luxury celebration festive tipple packages to get into the party spirit.
7. Christmas at Doubletree Hilton’s Skybar
- Available November to January
Promising the best view in the city, the Skybar at Doubletree by Hilton offers a Christmas party to remember this festive season.
Choose exclusive lunchtime hire from 12pm – 4.30pm or evening hire from 6.30pm – midnight.
A seasonal 3-course menu and views across to Edinburgh Castle are included, with the opportunity to add on drinks and entertainment packages. Menu highlights include their roast turkey roulade and honey roast parsnip soup.
Looking for a livelier Christmas party for a smaller team? Enquire about their Sharer Party Nights featuring welcome Prosecco, a 3-course meal, a DJ and of course…plenty of dancing!
Dietary requirements can be accommodated, advise a time of booking.
Christmas meals Edinburgh style - take in the magnificent view across Edinburgh towards the castle at your work Christmas dinner. Photo by midgetic via Flickr. Some rights reserved.
8. A Winter Wunderland at Brewhemia
- Available 25th November – 24th December
- From £35pp
Those not wanting a late night can opt for Brewhemia’s festive lunch, available between 12pm and 4pm Monday to Saturday.
The lunch features a Prosecco reception, a 3-course meal, including a sharing board starter, a choice of main and dessert and live entertainment from Wednesday through Saturday.
Prefer a festive feast followed by singing and dancing? Choose their festive party nights for an evening of fun.
Larger groups of between 40 and 1000 guests can book a private area and with its prime location next to Edinburgh Waverley station, they’re easily accessible to colleagues travelling from near and far.
9. Attend the ‘Big Big Christmas Party’ at O2 Academy Edinburgh
- Available 9th- 10th & 16th - 17th December
- Enquire with the venue for pricing details
As Edinburgh’s biggest festive event of the year, this venue is for the wild ones and the young at heart. Expect a night of non-stop fun and dancing.
Hosted in the old Corn Exchange, the Big Big Christmas Party promises to provide one of the best Christmas party experiences in town.
Catch up with your team over the welcome drink reception with ‘Santa’s Helpers’ followed by a 3-course meal with tea, coffee and wine.
Then the real party begins with live entertainment, a Karaoke bar, a prop-filled photo booth, and DJ sets from host Scott Wilson.
Get ready for night of dancing and festive fun at O2 Academy’s Christmas celebration. Photo by Kajetan Sumila on Unsplash.
10. Celebrate in style at Edinburgh Zoo
- Available 26th November to 23rd December
- From £36pp
Make it one to remember this year with a work Christmas do at Edinburgh Zoo’s Mansion House.
Choose from a 3-course festive lunch in your own private area between 12pm and 2pm or a festive feast party night.
Party nights feature a sparkling festive cocktail on arrival, a showstopping 2-course festive buffet brought to your table followed by a Christmas party DJ in the evening.
Personalise your Christmas celebrations by swapping to a 3-course festive banquet, adding drinks packages or including a cheese course for an additional cost.
For menu details, contact their events team.
Those are our top 10 spots for an Edinburgh Christmas meal with your team. We hope our team Christmas lunch ideas gave you inspiration.
Heading to any of these for your celebrations this year? Let us know if we’ve missed your favourite spot!
And if you are looking for gifts to thank your team this Christmas, have a browse of our luxury corporate Christmas hampers.
We’ve corporate Christmas gifts for individuals and hampers for the whole team to share. And don’t worry if you’ve left it to the last minute – we offer UK next day delivery as well as international hamper delivery in a matter of working days.
Or why not create your own hamper with us for a truly personal gift?