10 Best Scottish Restaurants in Edinburgh: A Taste of Scotland's Finest Fresh Produce

Simon Hill

By , Local Expert, Edinburgh
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There are many Scottish restaurants in Edinburgh offering high quality, locally-sourced produce, the finest beef, and the freshest seafood around. You will find all kinds of cuisines are well catered for, from Italian to Indian, from Chinese to Mexican, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find authentic Scottish cooking. The country may have a reputation for deep frying everything, and there are plenty of chippies to serve you deep fried treats if that’s what you’re after, but you can also find fine dining and quality gastronomy with a Scottish flavor.

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    The Kitchin

    The Kitchin is named after Tom Kitchin, one of the finest chefs working in Scotland today, and his food never disappoints.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure to book in advance and ask the knowledgeable staff if there's anything you're uncertain about. If you're lucky you may even get to meet the chef."

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    Castle Terrace

    There are lots of surprises in store for you at Castle Terrace and you'll be talking about the inventive food for days afterwards.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure you book in advance and try the seven course tasting menu for a real treat."

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    First Coast

    There aren't many good restaurants near Haymarket station and so if you're staying in the West of the city you'll want to eat at First Coast.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure you leave room for a sweet because the layered chocolate and hazelnut meringue is awesome."

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    Whether you love seafood or steak you'll be happy at Wildfire and you can wash your meal down with a tasty selection of single malts.

    Local Expert Tip: "Go here if you're in need of a mouth watering steak as they serve top quality prime Aberdeen Angus hung for 21 days."

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    Number One

    The combination of location and quality cuisine makes Number One a perfect dining experience.

    Local Expert Tip: "You'll want to book in advance and make sure to let the staff know if it's a special occasion such as a birthday."

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    Wedgwood the Restaurant

    Wedgwood the Restaurant offers delicious Scottish game and seafood, and real attention to detail.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the confit duck potato cake followed by the seaweed crusted lamb loin for a real treat."

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    Angels with Bagpipes

    Angels with Bagpipes is a great combination of historic setting, quality Scottish food, and modern comfort and service.

    Local Expert Tip: "Request the Halo room when you book for a snug and intimate romantic meal."

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    Dubh Prais

    The Royal Mile is home to a lot of tourist traps, but Dubh Prais is a rare example of genuine Scottish cuisine.

    Local Expert Tip: "Look out for the black cooking pot on the sign and doorway or you could walk right past this restaurant."

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    Blonde Restaurant

    Whatever you're in the South Side for, you have to drop into Blonde. Great value, great service, an all-round great place to eat.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure you book in advance and start with the Stornoway black pudding with red onion marmalade."

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    Offering a combination of Scottish classics, done well, Howies gives visitors a chance to sample traditional Scottish food.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't leave without finishing your meal with the Banoffee pie, it's one of the best you'll find anywhere."


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