Must-see restaurants in Scotland

  • 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…

  • Ashton Lane, Glasgow, Scotland

    Ubiquitous Chip

    Glasgow

    The original champion of Scottish produce, Ubiquitous Chip is legendary for its still-unparalleled cuisine and lengthy wine list. Named to poke fun at…

  • 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…

  • Fine scottish langoustine and lobster on crushed ice

    Café Fish

    Mull

    Seafood doesn’t come much fresher than the stuff served at this warm and welcoming little restaurant overlooking Tobermory harbour. Crustaceans go…

  • Loch Leven's Larder

    Lowland Perthshire & Kinross

    Three miles east of Kinross, off the A911, this family-run farm shop and restaurant overlooking Loch Leven is the ideal place to enjoy fresh local food,…

  • Foveran

    Kirkwall

    Three miles down the Orphir road, one of Orkney's best dining options is surprisingly affordable for its quality. Tranquilly located, with a cosy eating…

  • 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…

  • Oystercatcher

    East Coast

    Seafood aficionados shouldn’t miss this quirky restaurant, which serves brilliant fare in a small room on the Portmahomack waterfront. Lobster is a…

  • Ninth Wave

    Mull

    This excellent croft restaurant is owned and operated by a lobster fisherman and his Canadian wife. The daily menu makes use of locally landed shellfish…

  • Ee-Usk

    Oban

    Bright and modern Ee-Usk (how you pronounce iasg, Gaelic for fish) occupies a prime pier location. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow diners on two levels to…

  • Peat Inn

    St Andrews

    This superb Michelin-starred restaurant, backed by a commodious suite of bedrooms, makes an ideal gourmet break. The chef makes a great effort to source…

  • Côte du Nord

    North & West Coast

    Brilliantly innovative cuisine, wonderfully whimsical presentation and an emphasis on local ingredients are the highlights of the excellent gastronomic…

  • The Newport

    Dundee

    The setting is fabulous, with vast windows overlooking the Firth of Tay, and quirky 'recycled' decor that includes the clever use of an old piano to store…

  • Spanish Butcher

    Glasgow

    In a refined interior, moodily dark with industrial decor above retro wickerwork chairs, this is a fine venue for quality northern Spanish beef, with the…

  • Fjarå

    Lerwick

    A cute wooden building in a super location, Fjarå is perched above a rocky shore and takes full advantage, with big picture windows looking out over the…

  • Plockton Shores

    Ullapool to Kyle of Lochalsh

    This restaurant attached to a shop has a tempting menu of local seafood, including good-value platters with langoustines, mussels, crab, squat lobster and…

  • Whistle Stop Cafe

    Ullapool to Kyle of Lochalsh

    A colourful presence in the former village hall, this is a tempting place to drop by for anything from a coffee to enticing bistro fare. There are great…

  • Mother India

    Glasgow

    Glasgow curry buffs forever debate the merits of the city's numerous excellent South Asian restaurants; Mother India features in every discussion. It's…

  • Loch Fyne Oyster Bar

    Southern Highlands & Islands

    The success of this cooperative is such that it now lends its name to dozens of restaurants throughout the UK. But the original is still the best, with…

  • Stravaigin

    Glasgow

    Stravaigin is a serious foodie's delight, with a menu constantly pushing the boundaries of originality and offering creative culinary excellence. With a…

  • Hay’s Dock

    Lerwick

    Upstairs in the Shetland Museum, this place sports a wall of picture windows and a fair-weather balcony that overlooks the harbour. Clean lines and pale…

  • Callander Meadows

    The Trossachs

    Informal and cosy, this well-loved restaurant in the centre of Callander occupies the front rooms of a Main St house. It's truly excellent; there's a…

  • Venachar Lochside

    The Trossachs

    On lovely Loch Venachar, 4.5 miles west of Callander, this cafe-restaurant has a stunning waterside setting and does a nice line in carefully sourced…

  • Ox & Finch

    Glasgow

    This fashionable place could almost sum up the thriving modern Glasgow eating scene, with a faux-pub name, sleek but comfortable contemporary decor, tapas…

  • Hansen's Kitchen

    Lowland Perthshire & Kinross

    The foodie epicentre of Upper Strathearn, Hansen's is a hugely popular delicatessen and cafe (there's barely a dozen seats crammed into the interior)…

  • Singl-end

    Glasgow

    There's something glorious about this long basement cafe with its cheery service and air of brunchy bonhomie. It covers a lot of bases, with good coffee,…

  • Starfish

    Southern Highlands & Islands

    This attractive, very welcoming restaurant does simple, stylish seafood of brilliant quality. A great variety of specials – anything from classic French…

  • Machair Kitchen

    Outer Hebrides

    The restaurant in this community centre and art gallery enjoys a stunning location, with views across the sea to the island of Taransay, and an outdoor…

  • Yann’s at Glenearn House

    Lowland Perthshire & Kinross

    On the main road heading east out of town, Crieff's most popular restaurant is run by the eponymous Savoyard who believes in keeping the menu…

  • 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…

  • Brodick Bar & Brasserie

    Arran

    This is one of Arran's most enjoyable eating experiences. The regularly changing blackboard menu brings modern French flair to a Brodick pub, with great…

  • Tabla

    Perth

    Tabla is one of the best Indian restaurants in the whole of central Scotland, its bustling, modern dining room catering to a loyal clientele of locals…

  • Barley Bree

    Lowland Perthshire & Kinross

    Set in the pretty village of Muthill (pronounced mooth-il), 3 miles south of Crieff, the Barley Bree is a delightfully rustic restaurant with rooms…

  • 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…

  • Cellar Restaurant

    Fife

    Tucked away in an alley behind the Scottish Fisheries Museum, the elegant and upmarket Cellar has been famous for its superb food and fine wines since…

  • Botanica

    Southern Highlands & Islands

    In the centre of Tighnabruaich village, this place offers a touch of eclecticism focused on solid British ingredients, with simple classics like asparagus…

  • Castlehill

    Dundee

    Thought by many to be worthy of earning Dundee's first Michelin star, the Castlehill is passionate about Scottish produce (the chef is a keen forager for…

  • 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…

  • The Boathouse

    Southern Highlands & Islands

    This picturesque stone cottage is right by the water near the ferry slip. It's the place to go for fresh seafood: local lobster, delicious oysters and…

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