Fine Dining and Moreish Morsels near Edinburgh's Port

As a cruise destination the Edinburgh Port in Leith is seeing more traffic every year. It’s no wonder really, because the city has a hug e amount to offer, and you can get into the center within half an hour quite easily via public transport or taxis. However, there’s no need to go that far if you want to fill your belly, some of the best restaurants in the Scottish capital are to be found near the port in Leith.

Since the area underwent a period of development and regeneration the restaurant scene has really flourished. There are actually several fine dining establishments, like The Plumed Horse, which boast a Michelin star rating. You’ll also find some great options for seafood lovers. Why not dine while bobbing gently on the waves at the Ship on the Shore. The water nearby lends the right air to a fish dish and the produce is fresh and hard to resist.

A classic blend of French cooking techniques with high quality Scottish seafood, meat and other produce is not uncommon, but you’ll also find the same ingredients in more exotic Indian and Thai styles. That range of cuisine and the overall high quality makes the port area a great place to eat. So, whether you’re seeking a quick bite or you have a couple of hours for leisurely meal and some wine, we have a destination for you.



The Handmade Burger company have a very popular branch in Ocean Terminal shopping center. Their dining area is spacious and uncluttered and benefits from some incredible views of the Royal Yacht Britannia and the port. Despite being a member of...  Read More



This building was once the Newhaven harbor fish market and it dates back to the 1890s. It has been completely gutted and now features a stunning interior of welcoming wooden floors and furniture with maritime images and views of Loch Fyne...  Read More



Mya is a well established restaurant located in the bond buildings at Commercial Quay in Leith. It offers an interesting combination of Indian and Thai dishes, and rather surprisingly manages to be rather good at both. The interior is simply and...  Read More



This unusual pub is off the beaten track just beyond The Shore in Leith. It's a little bit quirky, offering an imaginative range of food and booze which extends to some great breakfast options. It's very friendly, the furniture is mismatched and...  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



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



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



Given its name and location, it should come as no surprise that the Light House serves some pretty wonderful seafood dishes. For those who are not so keen on fish, they also offer tempting meat and vegetarian dishes. The cuisine is largely...  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


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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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