Must-see restaurants in Edinburgh

  • Baba

    New Town

    Located on Edinburgh’s premier George Street and connected to the chic Principal hotel, Baba specialises in uber-hip and sophisticated Levantine cuisine…

  • Kitchin

    Leith

    Fresh, seasonal, locally sourced Scottish produce is the philosophy that has won a Michelin star for this elegant but unpretentious restaurant. The menu…

  • The frontage of Dishoom on St Andrew Square

    Dishoom

    New Town

    Dishoom is a new addition to Edinburgh’s dining scene and the minichain’s first opening outside London. Inspired by the Irani cafes of Bombay, this is…

  • Rhubarb

    Holyrood & Arthur’s Seat

    Set in the splendid 17th-century Prestonfield hotel, Rhubarb is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. The over-the-top decor of rich reds set…

  • First Coast

    Edinburgh

    This popular neighbourhood bistro has a striking main dining area with sea-blue wood panelling and stripped stonework, and a short and simple menu…

  • Gardener's Cottage

    New Town

    This country cottage in the heart of the city, bedecked with flowers and fairy lights, offers one of Edinburgh's most interesting dining experiences – two…

  • Timberyard

    Edinburgh

    Ancient, worn floorboards, cast-iron pillars, exposed joists, and tables made from slabs of old mahogany create a rustic, retro atmosphere in this slow…

  • Martin Wishart

    Leith

    In 2001 this restaurant became the first in Edinburgh to win a Michelin star, and it's retained it ever since. The eponymous chef has worked with Albert…

  • Castle Terrace

    Edinburgh

    It was little more than a year after opening in 2010 that Castle Terrace was awarded a Michelin star under chef-patron Dominic Jack (the star was lost in…

  • Locanda de Gusti

    Edinburgh

    This bustling family bistro, loud with the buzz of conversation and the clink of glasses and cutlery, is no ordinary Italian but a little corner of Naples…

  • Brew Lab

    Edinburgh

    Students with iPads lolling in armchairs, sipping carefully crafted espressos amid artfully distressed brick and plaster, recycled school-gym flooring,…

  • Aizle

    Edinburgh

    If you tend to have trouble deciding what to eat, Aizle (the name is an old Scots word for 'spark' or 'ember') will do the job for you. There's no menu…

  • Loudon's Café & Bakery

    Edinburgh

    Organic bread and cakes baked on the premises, ethically sourced coffee, daily and weekend newspapers scattered about, even some outdoor tables – what's…

  • Kanpai Sushi

    Edinburgh

    What is arguably Edinburgh's best sushi restaurant impresses with its minimalist interior, fresh, top-quality fish and elegantly presented dishes – the…

  • Contini

    New Town

    A palatial Georgian banking hall enlivened by fuchsia-pink banners and lampshades is home to this lively, family-friendly Italian bar and restaurant,…

  • Fishers Bistro

    Leith

    This cosy little restaurant, tucked beneath a 17th-century signal tower, is one of the city's best seafood places. The menu ranges widely in price, from…

  • Urban Angel

    New Town

    A wholesome deli that puts the emphasis on Fairtrade, organic and locally sourced produce, Urban Angel is also a delightfully informal cafe-bistro that…

  • Outside Henri of Edinburgh in Stockbridge

    Henri of Edinburgh

    Edinburgh

    This spacious French deli-cafe supplies many of Edinburgh’s top restaurants, and boasts some of the best cheese and charcuterie the city has to offer. It…

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    Number One

    New Town

    This is the stylish and sophisticated chatelaine of Edinburgh’s city-centre restaurants, all gold-and-velvet elegance with a Michelin star sparkling on…

  • Twelve Triangles

    Leith

    Tucked away on an unassuming stretch just off Leith Walk, Twelve Triangles is an exceptional (and exceptionally tiny) bakery. Some of the city’s best…

  • Edinburgh Food Studio

    Edinburgh

    Far from the city centre throng, Edinburgh Food Studio is a tiny unassuming restaurant and ‘food research hub’ dishing up some of the most creative, nerdy…

  • L'Escargot Blanc

    Edinburgh

    This superb neighbourhood bistro, with French chef and wait staff, and two-thirds of its top-quality produce sourced in Scotland (one-third imported from…

  • Dome

    New Town

    Housed in the magnificent neoclassical former headquarters of the Commercial Bank, with a lofty glass-domed ceiling, pillared arches and mosaic-tiled…

  • The Little Chartroom

    Leith

    A small restaurant with a big reputation, the Little Chartroom boasts just a few tables and four stools at the bar where you can watch the chefs…

  • Paul Kitching 21212

    New Town

    A grand Georgian town house on the side of Calton Hill is the elegant setting for one of Edinburgh’s Michelin-starred restaurants. Divine decor by…

  • The Pitt street food market on the outskirts of Leith

    Pitt

    Leith

    A weekly street-food market surrounded by industrial warehouses, The Pitt is a little bit of East London in north Edinburgh. The regularly changing food…

  • Outside Origano on Leith Walk

    Origano

    Leith

    A more traditional alternative to Edinburgh’s thriving artisan-pizza scene, Origano is all low lighting, exposed brick walls, and the best pizza in Leith …

  • Outside Tuk Tuk in Tollcross

    Tuk Tuk

    Edinburgh

    One of Edinburgh’s livelier Indian restaurants, Tuk Tuk serves street-food-style Indian dishes in spacious surroundings with vintage Bollywood posters on…

  • Stained-glass window in the Cafe Royal Oyster Bar.

    Café Royal Oyster Bar

    New Town

    Pass through the revolving doors on the corner of West Register St and you're transported back to Victorian times – a palace of glinting mahogany,…

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    Field Southside

    Edinburgh

    A tiny restaurant punching way above its weight, Field pulls off that rare feat: fine dining at modest prices. The food is Scottish, contemporary, and…

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    Lovecrumbs

    Edinburgh

    Serving up Edinburgh’s most creative and beautiful bakes, Lovecrumbs is a shabby-chic cafe popular with students and hipsters. Cakes and tarts are…

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    Mademoiselle Macaron

    Edinburgh

    This chic patisserie is owned by a chef – Mademoiselle Macaron, no less – who trained at Alain Ducasse’s cookery school in Paris. French precision is…

  • Outside Stack Dim Sum Bar on Dalmeny Street

    Stack Dim Sum Bar

    Leith

    This is the genuine article: a tiny, no-frills bar tucked off Leith Walk serving up the best dim sum in Edinburgh. The authentic menu includes silky-soft…

  • The warm and modern interior of Maison Bleu at Home

    Maison Bleue at Home

    Edinburgh

    Light, bright and modern, Home mixes social purpose with quality food. The globe-spanning menu includes steaks, tagines, gumbo and posh mac ’n’ cheese…

  • Scran & Scallie

    Edinburgh

    Established by the Michelin-starred team responsible for Kitchin and Castle Terrace, this laid-back gastropub adds a modern chef's touch to old-time…

  • Henderson’s

    New Town

    Established in 1962, Henderson’s is the grandmother of Edinburgh’s vegetarian restaurants. The food is mostly organic and guaranteed GM-free, and special…

  • Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

    New Town

    This appealing modern restaurant (part of the Scottish National Gallery complex) has picture windows providing a view along Princes Street Gardens. Try…

  • Valvona & Crolla Caffé Bar

    New Town

    Try breakfast (served till 11.30am) with an Italian flavour – full paesano (meat) or verdure (veggie) fry-ups, or deliciously light and crisp panettone in…

  • A Room in Leith

    Leith

    This restaurant (and its companion bar, Teuchters Landing) inhabits a warren of nooks and crannies in a red-brick former waiting room (for ferries across…

  • Tanjore

    Edinburgh

    The scent of curry leaves and spices hits you as soon as you walk through the door of this unassuming cafe serving up some of Edinburgh's best South…

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