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There are many Scottish restaurants in Edinburgh offering high quality, locally-sourced produce, the finest beef, and the freshest seafood around. You will find all kinds of cuisines are well catered for, from Italian to Indian, from Chinese to Mexican, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find authentic Scottish cooking. The country may have a reputation for deep frying everything, and there are plenty of chippies to serve you deep fried treats if that’s what you’re after, but you can also find fine dining and quality gastronomy with a Scottish flavor.

In recent years a number of the Scottish capital’s restaurants have secured coveted Michelin stars such as the wonderful Castle Terrace which offers up a French twist on seasonal Scottish produce in the shadow of Edinburgh’s castle. For a delicious meal in a less formal environment, the Field is a good pick. Those with a more adventurous palate will love the unconventional approach of Aizle restaurant.

Restaurants like these prove that Edinburgh can compete with any city in the world when it comes to gastronomy. With easy access to the sea, you’ll find the seafood is unsurpassed, and there’s a reason that Angus beef is exported all over the world.

You’ll also find plenty of traditional hearty fare, if that’s what you’re in the mood for. Let’s take a look at the best Scottish restaurants Edinburgh has to offer, from the Water of Leith to the New Town and on beyond the Royal Mile.



Howies is a casual, cafe-style restaurant serving Scottish food. They specialize in dishes made with fresh local produce. You'll find a second branch of Howies at the east end of Princes Street, and the expansion is testament to the success and...  Read More



This is a welcoming, family-run restaurant in the center of the city. Rose Street is a popular destination for pub crawls, but if you need something to eat after a drinking session, or you've been shopping on nearby Princes Street, then you'll...  Read More



Established in 1990, Stac Polly has been serving traditional Scottish fare to tourists and locals alike for almost a quarter of a century. The décor is similarly authentic and inviting with rough stone walls, tweed upholstery, fine linen and...  Read More



You'll find plenty of nooks and crannies in this atmospheric Old Town Edinburgh restaurant and bar. The building itself dates back to the sixteenth century and the name derives from an interesting carving in the Thistle Chapel of the St Giles...  Read More



The Gardener's Cottage is a wonderfully convivial restaurant located within a charming Georgian cottage in Royal Terrace Gardens. Designed by William Playfair as the home of the gardener in charge of the beautiful grounds, the cottage has been...  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



Aizle (named after the old Scots word meaning "spark") is a delightfully unconventional restaurant located in the South side of Edinburgh. Rather than a menu patrons are presented with a list of around twenty ingredients, some familiar, many...  Read More



The Table is a popular city center restaurant known for its laid back charm and top notch service. Chef Sean Clark delivers modern European and Scottish cuisine using fresh locally sourced produce and a flair and attention to detail that is sure...  Read More



Field is a cosy but chic restaurant situated on West Nicholson Street, in the Southside of Edinburgh. Head Chef Georgia Cass takes the concepts of Michelin star dining and applies them to Scottish cuisine, but strips back the pretension and the...  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


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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