Restaurants

Top Choice Scottish in Holyrood & Arthur’s Seat

Rhubarb

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 off with black and gold and the sensuous surfaces – damask, bro…
Top Choice Scottish in West End & Dean Village

Timberyard

Ancient worn floorboards, cast-iron pillars, exposed joists, and tables made from slabs of old mahogany create a rustic, retro atmosphere in this slow-food restaurant where the accent is on locally sourced produce f…
Top Choice Scottish in South Edinburgh

First Coast

This popular neighbourhood bistro has a striking main dining area with sea-blue wood panelling and stripped stonework, and a short and simple menu offering hearty comfort food such as fish with creamy mash, brown sh…
Top Choice Scottish in New Town

Gardener's Cottage

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 tiny rooms with communal tables made of salvaged timber, and…
Top Choice Scottish in Leith

Kitchin

Fresh, seasonal, locally sourced Scottish produce is the philosophy that has won a Michelin star for this elegant but unpretentious restaurant. The menu moves with the seasons, of course, so expect fresh salads in s…
Top Choice French in Leith

Martin Wishart

In 2001 this restaurant became the first in Edinburgh to win a Michelin star, and has retained it ever since. The eponymous chef has worked with Albert Roux, Marco Pierre White and Nick Nairn, and brings a modern Fr…
Top Choice Cafe in Old Town

Mums

This nostalgia-fuelled cafe serves up classic British comfort food that wouldn't look out of place on a 1950s menu – bacon and eggs, bangers and mash, shepherd's pie, fish and chips. But there's a twist – the food i…
Top Choice Cafe in South Edinburgh

Loudon's Café & Bakery

A cafe that bakes its own organic bread and cakes on the premises, ethically sourced coffee, daily and weekend newspapers scattered about, even some outdoor tables – what's not to like? All-day brunch (8am to 3pm) s…
Top Choice Italian in South Edinburgh

Locanda de Gusti

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 complete with hearty Neapolitan home cooking by friendly hea…
Top Choice Scottish in Old Town

Cannonball Restaurant

The historic Cannonball House next to Edinburgh Castle's esplanade has been transformed into a sophisticated restaurant (and whisky bar) where the Contini family work their Italian magic on Scottish classics to prod…