Best Fine Dining in Edinburgh: Irresistibly Fabulous Food in Scotland's Capital


Edinburgh is graced with an impressive five Michelin-starred restaurants, and a large number of AA rosette winners, so if you are looking to treat yourself to a lavish fine dining experience, you are spoiled for choice. For some, fine dining may conjure up images of overpriced and undersized dishes served by pompous and elitist waiting staff in an over dressed and stuffy environment. Thankfully that is not the case with any of the wonderful eateries on our list of Edinburgh’s top ten fine dining establishments.

For fresh Scottish produce prepared with style and an impressive eye for detail you cannot go wrong with a trip to The Kitchin. Run by multi award-winning Scottish chef Tom Kitchin and with an obvious commitment to local sourcing this sophisticated, but relaxed restaurant really does Scotland’s larder justice.

If you want to enjoy classic French haute-cuisine along with spectacular views of the city, the lavish indulgence of Castle Terrace will not disappoint. You don’t have to have a Michelin star to wow the crowds. Purslane in Stockbridge won the accolade of Scotland's Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the 2015 Scottish Entertainment & Hospitality Awards and is a firm favourite with foodies, bloggers, and critics.

You cannot go wrong with any of these fabulous restaurants, so perhaps it is time to throw caution to the wind and treat yourself to the best in fine dining.





This luxury seafood restaurant can be found just off the Royal Mile in the heart of the Old Town. It opened in 2009 with a mission to bring fresh, sustainable, delicious seafood to the Edinburgh restaurant scene and there's no doubt it has...  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



The Witchery has two dining areas, both magical and atmospheric. Whether you choose the darkly romantic sixteenth century Witchery, with its rich red leather booths, oak paneling and flickering candles, or the wonderful Secret Garden, an open...  Read More



In the lobby of the impressive Balmoral Hotel, Number One is certainly striving to be just that. This Michelin starred restaurant is run by Executive Chef Jeff Bland. Wonderful dishes like Monkfish with Israeli Cous Cous, White Anchovy and Wild...  Read More



The Timberyard restaurant is housed in a 19th century warehouse in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. It consists of the Warehouse (a light and airy timbered dining area seating 72 people), the Yard (a secluded cobbled courtyard with round tables...  Read More



At first glance Purslane appears to be a contradiction, offering casual and rustic fine dining. Yet scores of happy customers and a rapidly growing reputation confirm that this commitment to excellent cuisine without the stuffy formality...  Read More



21212 is a Michelin starred restaurant housed in a beautiful Georgian Townhouse in the New Town of Edinburgh. Spanning all four flours of the beautifully renovated house, the restaurant boasts a large dining area with an open kitchen, a smaller...  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



This fresh, comfortable, contemporary restaurant sits at the foot of the castle. It is relatively new and opened as the sister restaurant to The Kitchin in the summer of 2010. Under the talented Chef Patron, Dominic Jack, it has already secured...  Read More

Martin Wishart
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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


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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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