Sample Edinburgh's Best Eateries: From Fine Dining to Budget Banquets

As the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh has a cosmopolitan atmosphere and a vibrant restaurant scene offering all sorts of culinary delights. The discerning locals like quality seafood and locally sourced produce. There is also a great deal of demand for international flavors, especially Indian, Asian and Italian cuisine.

Edinburgh has a number of fine dining establishments and several Michelins starred restaurants if you are looking to push the boat out and really treat yourself. The Kitchin has a menu inspired by classic French cuisine but using fresh Scottish produce. Stylish, contemporary and refined this Michelin starred restaurant has been wowing critics since it opened in 2006.

Edinburgh is perfectly placed to enjoy the culinary treasures of the sea, and there are a number of excellent seafood restaurants within the capital. Fishers in the City is one of the best places to sample the ocean’s bounty in a stylish and relaxed dining room.

The stereotypical view of Scottish cuisine as a series of deep fried dishes and haggis is far from the reality. However, you should consider sampling some top quality fish and chips at the Tailend considered by many to be Edinburgh’s best chippie!




This excellent Italian restaurant serves up the best authentic Italian pizza in town. You'll also find a selection of gourmet pasta dishes and plenty of vegetarian options. You can even get gluten-free pasta and pizza here. It is a family...  Read More



You'll find a blend of tried and tested Indian dishes along with innovative twists and new ideas at Mithas. The best of local ingredients are combined with a range of tempting spices to create some truly gorgeous food. Located down on Dock Place...  Read More



This was Edinburgh's first vegetarian restaurant, and many still consider it the best. Long, shared tables run the length of the basement room, where candlelight, a nice wine list and live piano or guitar add gracious touches. Meals are...  Read More



The Stockbridge Restaurant has been delighting locals and visitors alike for over a decade. It is a romantic and atmospheric subterranean delight, featuring wonderful, local produce cooked to perfection. The interior is quite beautiful. Grey...  Read More



Fishers in the City is an upscale offshoot of the highly popular Fishers Bistro located in Leith. Set in a converted warehouse in Thistle Street, it aims to bring the same wonderfully fresh seafood dishes to a city center audience. The interior...  Read More



Dusit provides a modern take on traditional Thai cuisine using local produce combined with exotic spices imported from Thailand. Many dishes have been given whimsical nicknames, such as "run-away fish" for the Thai staple Tod Mun Pla (fishcake)...  Read More



La Petit Mort is a delightful restaurant nestling in the shadow of the Kings Theatre in Tollcross. Its dining room retains some of the original features of the building, such as the bare stonework which contrasts beautifully with the brightly...  Read More



Mark Greenaway is a well-known Scottish chef and media personality with a passion for fresh Scottish produce and a flair for creating indulgent and delightful dishes. His eponymous restaurant in North Castle Street may not yet have earned him a...  Read More



Seasonal local produce is the name of the game at The Kitchin. Chef Patron Tom Kitchin is a well-known celebrity chef and he won a Michelin star just six months after opening The Kitchin in 2006. The restaurant has gone from strength to strength...  Read More



The Gardener's Cottage is a wonderfully convivial restaurant located within a charming Georgian cottage in Royal Terrace Gardens. Designed by William Playfair as the home of the gardener in charge of the beautiful grounds, the cottage has been...  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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