Best Chinese Restaurants in Edinburgh: Irresistible Exotic Dishes from the Far East

There are many different styles of Chinese cuisine and you’ll find a wide array of Chinese restaurants and take-aways across Edinburgh. While Scots have particular tastes that have led to a fairly standardized menu of typical favorites, there are also some eateries with a particular regional specialty. It is well worth seeking out the establishments that go that extra mile to bring you a special meal.

Sometimes the best food is found in the most unassuming of places. Stack Dim Sum Bar may not look like much from the outside, but it is claimed by many to serve the best dim sum in Edinburgh without the pomp and ceremony of its competitors.

However, style need not replace substance. Kweilin serves immaculately presented dishes and its tasteful décor will provide you with the perfect backdrop for a memorable and delicious Chinese meal.

In general, you can rely on generous portion sizes and a gigantic menu of dishes to choose from. For an opulent Chinese banquet why not try one of the many buffet restaurants in the city. China Red serves a dazzling array of dishes, but is not found wanting in the flavor department.  

The best Chinese restaurants in Edinburgh are also ideal destinations for group meals which allow you to mix and match with friends and family to experience a wide range of flavors and cooking styles. Get your chopsticks at the ready as we dive in and explore the options.

A unique Chinese restaurant serving Cantonese specialty dishes to a very high standard, Xanadu is well worth seeking out. The menu is extensive and packed with favorites and seasonal delicacies. The décor has a real flavor of minimalist Far...  Read More


If you are staying in the Corstorphine area on your visit to Edinburgh or you take a trip to the zoo and you fancy a Chinese meal, then take a wander to the Cool Jade. This friendly, neighborhood restaurant is very inviting and offers a wide...  Read More

With the Royal Lyceum Theatre and the Usher Hall nearby, not to mention the busy Lothian Road area, Jasmine is a popular Chinese restaurant. Visitors enjoy dining here before or after shows and it caters for groups of all sizes. Menu selections...  Read More


Delicious Szechuan and Cantonese cuisine is the name of the game at the Imperial Palace. It is a big 180 seat restaurant with a wide range of dishes and a yummy selection of dim sum. You'll find food to tempt any taste here and there's a large...  Read More

You'll find traditional Cantonese cuisine on offer at the extremely popular Karen's Unicorn Chinese Restaurant in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town. It has been so successful that there are actually two restaurants now within a few streets of...  Read More

B&D's Kitchen is a real treat for lovers of Cantonese and Chinese food. Hiding behind an unassuming shop front on Dalry Road, the simple decor and unfussy approach is a refreshing change from the ornate and rather kitsch style adopted by many...  Read More

There are a number of buffet style Chinese restaurants in Edinburgh, but China Red is arguably the best. With an absolutely massive range of dishes, even the pickiest diner will find something to their taste, and their high tech buffet tables...  Read More

Specializing in authentic Cantonese fare, this upscale restaurant is popular among the local business crowd. The soft music playing helps to create a pleasant atmosphere. Evenings provide a wonderful opportunity for adults to enjoy a relaxed...  Read More

The Haymarket branch of this popular Chinese restaurant opened in 2006 and following its success a second branch opened in Leith in 2010. It was founded by dumpling expert, Jian Wang, who arrived from China back in 1997 and began supplying...  Read More

If you're a big fan of really authentic dim sum dishes you'll find great quality food on offer here at great value prices. This small and unassuming restaurant is to be found just off Leith Walk and you're unlikely to think much of it looking at...  Read More


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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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