Wonderful waterfront restaurants and cafes in the heart of Edinburgh

What could be nicer than enjoying a good meal as you listen to the relaxing sound of water lapping gently nearby? With so many great spots to dine by the waterfront in Edinburgh, you will be spoiled for choice.

The city of Edinburgh is served by the port of Leith with its long stretch of dockland and its fashionable new waterfront development. Many of Edinburgh's Michelin starred restaurants are located in Leith, but if you really want to get close to the water then Cruz Bar is the place for you. Drink, dine and while away the hours on board a WWI ship moored in the heart of Leith.

The beautiful and tranquil Water of Leith snakes its way through the heart of the city and is overlooked by a number of cafes and restaurants, the most upscale of which is Restaurant Martin Wishart where you can enjoy fine dining a stones throw from the water.

Edinburgh also benefits from the Union Canal which connects with the Falkirk Wheel in the west. There are a couple of restaurants overlooking the canal at Edinburgh Quay close to the city center, but you can also head to the Bridge Inn which overlooks the canal at Ratho. Here you can hop on to one of their barges and enjoy a meal as you slip sedately along the canal.

Zizzi Ristorante at Edinburgh Quay is one of the highly popular chain of Italian restaurants. The menu (which is the same in each branch) is perhaps a little unadventurous, featuring the classic mix of pizza, pasta, salad and risotto. However,...  Read More

The Water of Leith is a great bistro style cafe which has gained a huge local following and become one of the most popular eateries in the Cannonmills area. The cafe has a relaxed and extremely welcoming ambiance and the French style food is...  Read More

Fisher's Bistro
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Tantalizing seafood dishes served in a friendly, no-frills atmosphere. Fisher's Bistro is located on The Shore in Leith and offers a first rate casual dining experience. Menu selections change daily, featuring dishes made with the freshest catch...  Read More

The top destination for a traditional Scottish breakfast on a Sunday morning in Edinburgh is undoubtedly The King's Wark. This popular Leith pub has long laid claim to the best breakfast title. It is cosy and welcoming with a great choice of...  Read More

Teuchter's Landing is a great little pub close to the docks at Leith. The pub is housed in a quaint and attractive stone building that was once the ferry terminal for boats arriving from Aberdeen (Teuchter, pronounced choochter, is a lowland...  Read More


The Espy (also known as The Esplanade) is a quirky and welcoming pub occupying an enviable position overlooking Portobello Beach. The bar itself has a faded charm with its traditional horseshoe bar, deep red walls and dark wood panels. The walls...  Read More

Smart, understated decor sets the scene for the thoughtfully prepared and well-presented seafood dishes on the menu here. You'll find a wide range of fresh seafood and an extensive champagne and wine list. The reasonable prices and generous...  Read More

Outside the City

The Bridge Inn is a charming traditional hotel housing a delightful pub and restaurant. Situated near Ratho, at the outskirts of Edinburgh, it is close to Edinburgh Airport and yet retains an idyllic rural ambiance. The restaurant serves...  Read More

Cruz Bar is one of the most memorable gastro pubs in Edinburgh. It occupies a WWI minesweeper boat anchored in the heart of Leith's docklands at The Shore. There is a cozy and ambient dining area and bar inside the ship, but the on deck seating...  Read More

Martin Wishart
Photo courtesy of Simon Hill

One of the finest British chefs cooking today, Martin Wishart, opened his eponymous restaurant in 1999. This Michelin starred Leith dining venue offers high quality French cuisine. You'll find elegant surroundings, extremely high quality,...  Read More


Meet Simon Hill

Simon has lived in various corners of Edinburgh over the last 18 years. He fell in love with the city as a small child after visiting the castle and returned to study Scottish History.

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