Enjoy Healthy Food without Skimping on Taste in Edinburgh's Best Healthy Restaurants

Edinburgh has an incredible variety of restaurants and cafes to suit every taste and occasion, but with all of these temptations on offer you could find your waistline expanding as your wallet shrinks. As society is increasingly warned about the dangers of obesity surely we don’t all have to eschew the delights of dining out with friends, or watch them tuck into an epicurean feast while we nibble on a green salad or some soup? Fear not, armed with our list of the ten best healthy restaurants in Edinburgh you can indulge your taste buds without going up a dress size.

The received wisdom is that vegetarian restaurants are most likely to be the healthy option, and you will find both delicious and healthy vegetarian food at Henderson’s. There is certainly some truth in the fact that avoiding meat reduces the potential calories of your meal and for some time the vegetarian options offered by omnivorous restaurants were rather uninspiring. That is thankfully no longer the case.

Take a look at the fresh vibrant treats on display in organic restaurants such as Earthy and you’ll find some tempting vegetarian fare alongside healthy options which do include meat.

Edinburgh is also lucky enough to have delicious fresh seafood close at hand. As long as you look out for rich creamy sauces and perhaps turn your head away from those tempting hand cut chips, the fruits of the sea can offer some delicious flavor combinations which are remarkably low on fat. Head to Ondine for delectable fresh seafood, or for a more exotic supper try some wonderful fresh sushi at Sushiya.

Whatever you decide we are sure you will agree that you do not have to deny yourself in order to keep trim – just don’t look at the dessert menu!



Tupiniquim describes itself as Brazil in a Box, but is also a cinema, concert hall and puppet theatre! This diminutive street food stall located by the Green Police Box at the corner of Lauriston Place close to Edinburgh University has really...  Read More



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



The aim at Urban Angel is to provide the people of Edinburgh with seasonal, organic, local produce. They offer a range of sit-in or take away options and they have a tasty brunch menu. You can opt for healthy, with porridge or muesli, or you can...  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



Sushiya is a small, but perfectly formed sushi restaurant which brings a little slice of Tokyo to Edinburgh. The decor is minimalist and stylish, as are the bowls and plates, with the flourish provided by the intricately prepared dishes and...  Read More



The Pantry is a relaxed and charming café restaurant on the corner of North West Circus Place in Stockbridge. Set within a refined and graceful Georgian terrace with picture windows offering a view of delightful cobbled streets, this is a great...  Read More



Styling itself as a healthy fast food restaurant, Flip is a small but perfectly formed cafe and takeaway on Clerk Street. The interior is relaxed and welcoming, with comfortable sofas and simple wooden tables and chairs. The walls are festooned...  Read More



Iglu is a chic and friendly bar restaurant in Edinburgh's New Town. Behind a vibrant green frontage lies a comfortable and welcoming space filled with eclectic art and understated rustic furniture. Deep mulberry walls contrast with large...  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



Earthy in Cannonmills is the latest venture of the champions of organic and seasonal produce who brought us the Earthy shop and café in Causewayside. Located a short walk from the Royal Botanic Gardens and trendy Stockbridge, it effortlessly...  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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