Best restaurants in Borders Region

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Peebles


    This main-street deli has numerous temptations, such as excellent cheeses and Italian smallgoods, as well as perhaps Scotland's tastiest sausage roll. Behind the shop, the good-looking dining area serves up confident bistro fare and light snacks with a variety of culinary influences, using top-notch local ingredients. Upstairs is a cosy bar.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Kelso


    This inn off the main square is so popular you will need to book a table at weekends. It's cheery, very welcoming and warm, and serves excellent upmarket pub food in generous portions. Pick and mix from bar menu, steaks and gourmet options. Leave room for cheese and/or dessert. The bar's own microbrewed ales are excellent. A cracking place.

  • Restaurants in Jedburgh

    Capon Tree

    Attractively combining smart and casual, this welcoming bistro and bar does modern Scottish cuisine. Plates are beautifully, though not fussily, presented and ingredients are of high quality. The overall package is appealing, the service good and the ambience romantic. There are handsome rooms available, too.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Hawick

    Night Safe Bistro

    Lively and attractive, this High St coffee stop and restaurant occupies the ground level of a handsome bank building. Morning coffees and light lunches give way to sturdier dinner mains based around well-sourced duck, fish and meat. Service is very welcoming. You'd better book ahead.

  • Restaurants in Selkirk


    Selkirk's best place to eat is in the heart of things. It has a bar as well as a well-thought-out range of classic Scottish and other British ingredients. Presentation is strong and it manages to cover both pub-style meals and more innovative combinations.

  • Restaurants in Hawick

    Damascus Drum

    The Middle East meets the Borders in this enticing cafe behind the tourist office. Patterned rugs and a secondhand bookshop make for a relaxing environment to enjoy breakfasts, bagels, burgers and tasty Turkish-style meze options.

  • Restaurants in Melrose


    The brasserie and restaurant here turn out just about the best gourmet cuisine in town and offer decent value. There's some rich, elaborate, beautifully presented fare, with plenty of venison and other game choices, but for a lighter feed you can always opt for the range of creative lunchtime sandwiches.

  • Restaurants in Peebles

    Tontine Hotel

    Glorious is the only word to describe the Georgian di­ning room here, complete with musicians' gallery, fireplace and fabulous windows. It'd be worth it even for cat food on mouldy bread, but luckily the meals – ranging from pub classics like steak-and-ale pie to more ambitious fare – are tasty and backed by very welcoming service. Afternoon tea served between meal times.

  • Restaurants in Kelso

    Contented Vine

    Upmarket pasta dishes take their place alongside quality dishes of Scottish produce with a Mediterranean inflection at this popular, welcoming central restaurant that has a real throwback vibe and a curious setting in a former cinema. Early evening dining deals are generous. The wine list could be a lot more inspiring.

  • Restaurants in Peebles


    A good stop for home baking, coffee, light meals or sandwiches at any time of day, this bistro comes into its own at dinner time. A short, regularly changed menu of delicious dishes offers a quality dining experience. Everything is prepared with patience; slow-cooked meats are a highlight.

  • Restaurants in Eyemouth


    For a meal any time, find your way upstairs to this modern Mediterranean-fusion bar-bistro with comfy seating and a modish interior. It's just down from the museum, and it's got a great deck to lap up the sunshine. Service is attentive and the food is delicious. Try the local seafood.

  • Restaurants in Hawick

    Le 2016

    Interior design isn't a strong point at this restaurant, which has taken over a too-large space, but the food certainly is. A young French couple produces a short but interesting menu of seasonal Gallic cuisine, with stylish but unfussy presentation and delicious flavours.

  • Restaurants in Peebles

    Crown Hotel

    There's nothing too fancy on the menu at this traditional, tight-packed, main-street hostelry, but this is really top pub food, with generous portions of British classics and a home-cooked feel. Head out to the conservatory on a summer evening.

  • Restaurants in Peebles

    Cocoa Black

    Chocaholics should make a beeline for this friendly cafe, where exquisite cakes and other patisserie offerings will satisfy any cacao-focused cravings. It also runs a school where you can learn to make them yourself.

  • Restaurants in Coldingham & St Abbs

    Ebbcarrs Cafe

    A stone cottage by the harbour in St Abbs, sweet Ebbcarrs does tasty rolls with local crab, cullen skink and other sweet and savoury bites. Grab one of the picnic tables outside or head upstairs for indoor seating.

  • Restaurants in Coldingham & St Abbs

    Ebba's Bistro

    This very welcoming cafe in what was once the village school, now a community centre, offers tasty home-baked scones, breakfast rolls, crab sandwiches and hot brunches and lunches. It's a heartwarming little place.

  • Restaurants in Jedburgh

    Carter's Rest

    Right opposite the abbey, here you'll find up­market pub grub in an attractive lounge bar. The standard fare, which includes a lighter menu of soup and panini at lunchtimes, is fleshed out with an evening dinner menu featuring local lamb and other goodies. Portions are generous and served with a smile. The menu is sometimes reduced in winter.

  • Restaurants in Melrose


    Drop into the Cellar for a caffeine hit. It's also a good spot for a glass of wine on the town square, as well as food platters and speciality cheeses. Out front is a more-than-decent shop selling wine and whisky.

  • Restaurants in Eyemouth


    This venerable local institution is a cherished stop for many families on a seaside holiday. It does fish and chips and pizza to eat in or take away, but it's the ice cream that's the real star.