Edinburgh's Best Seafood: Fresh Fish, Shellfish from Scottish Sea

Simon Hill

By , Local Expert, Edinburgh
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The fishing industry has always been important in Scotland. The country is almost completely surrounded by sea and there are countless lochs and rivers with all manner of delicious fresh fish and shellfish lurking within. Smoked salmon is a popular export, but you’ll also find outstanding trout, langoustines, lobster, scallops, crab, prawns, kippers, mussels, mackerel, sea bass, and a whole lot more. There are many traditional Scottish dishes that incorporate fish and shellfish, particularly smoked fish.

As the capital, Edinburgh is host to a number of fantastic seafood restaurants with fresh and delicious treats to tempt...  Read more »

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    Mussel Inn

    Mussel Inn offers lashings of affordable seafood in a relaxed setting that's family friendly.

    Local Expert Tip: "It's called the Mussel Inn for a reason - you have got to try the pots of mussels with a wide choice of flavors."

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    Sweet Melinda's

    Sweet Melinda's will charm you with delicious combinations and the finest quality fish, which make for an unforgettable meal.

    Local Expert Tip: "Head here on a Tuesday night and you can bring your own bottle."

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    Café Royal Oyster Bar

    Get to the Cafe Royal if you want to sample the finest Scottish ales and whisky with your seafood.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the oysters for a real treat to get you in the mood for a great night."

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    Fisher's Bistro

    The focus at Fisher's Bistro is exactly where it should be - on creating the finest tasting fish dishes you've ever encountered.

    Local Expert Tip: "It is a very popular restaurant so it's always best to book in advance, even during the week."

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    Ship on the Shore

    Visit the Ship on the Shore at the Water of Leith and sample a platter of the finest seafood Scotland has to offer.

    Local Expert Tip: "Ask for a window seat and try the Fruits de Mer platters with champagne for an amazing array of fresh seafood."

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    The Mussel and Steak Bar

    The Mussel and Steak Bar saves any arguments about what to have for dinner because it offers great steak or seafood.

    Local Expert Tip: "Look out for special offers and the ever changing daily specials to get yourself a gastronomic bargain."

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    Wildfire delivers on seafood, but there's plenty of other dishes to keep your party satisfied.

    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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    At Ondine you can enjoy a feast without worrying your conscience, because the restaurant is committed to sustainable seafood.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're in a rush try the Oyster Bar for a great selection of wine and whisky, delicious oysters, and a lively atmosphere."

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    Loch Fyne Edinburgh

    What better setting to enjoy seafood than Loch Fyne, in the old fish market building which dates back to the 19th century?

    Local Expert Tip: "The sharing platters offer up a veritable feast of delicious seafood."

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    The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar

    You have to try fish and chips when you're in Scotland and no one does it better than the Tailend.

    Local Expert Tip: "It is an Edinburgh tradition to have salt and sauce on your fish and chips (this means brown sauce) the rest of Britain tends to go for salt and vinegar."



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