Dine Out in Leith for the Best Meals in Edinburgh

Leith has served the port of Edinburgh officially since 1329 and it lies on the south shore of the Firth of Forth in the north of the city. It played host to a number of industries over the years, but in the late 1980s the old industrial sites were redeveloped to make way for new housing.

The docks area became home to the new Scottish Office, and that was followed by the Ocean Terminal mall, which is also where the popular tourist attraction, the Royal Yacht Britannia, is permanently moored. As the area was gradually revived, a number of restaurants popped up to serve the new locals and the influx of tourists.

There’s a smattering of high class, fine dining establishments in the old docks area, restaurants like the Michelin-starred The Kitchin, owned and run by Scottish celebrity chef Tom Kitchin. You’ll also find some terrific seafood at The Shore in eateries like Ship on the Shore. Or perhaps the innovative beer and curry house, V-Deep, is more your style.

If you’re staying in the city center or the Old Town then Leith is a short bus or taxi trip away. The bustling Leith Walk runs down from the east end of Princes Street and you’ll find The Shore and the docks lie just beyond the end of it. 


The Compass Bar is a lovely gastro pub located close to Leith Links at the corner of Queen Charlotte Street. The rough brickwork and rich red paint of the interior is studded with wooden framed prints and simple dark wooden tables sit snugly in...  Read More

La Favorita specializes in delicious traditional pizza for which they won "Best UK Pizza Restaurant" in the Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association Awards 2012. However, they also offer a wide variety of excellent pasta dishes and even have...  Read More

Bistro Provence is a delightful French restaurant situated on Commercial Street, close to the waterfront in Leith. Patron Michael Fons hailed from Marseille, and he brings with him a flair and passion which is clear for all to see. Provencal...  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

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

Porto & Fi is a lovely delicatessen and bistro style cafe situated close to Newhaven Harbor. The interior is minimalist with simple polished wooden tables and leather chairs and a few nicely understated colored glass bottles in wooden box...  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

C-Shack is a new seafood joint at Newhaven Harbour operated by the owners of the popular New Town Thai restaurant Port of Siam. Although some Thai treats do appear on the menu, the meu is more properly described as Thai-European fusion with an...  Read More

The highly popular Vintage has morphed into V Deep – but thankfully in this case, change is good. The excellent team who ran the Vintage have been joined by the charismatic Hardeep Singh Kohli and the menu now consists of twenty-one tapas...  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


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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