Edinburgh's Best Seafood: Fresh Fish and Shellfish from the Scottish Sea

The fishing industry has always been important in Scotland. The country is almost completely surrounded by sea and there are countless lochs and rivers with all manner of delicious fresh fish and shellfish lurking within. As the capital, Edinburgh is host to a number of fantastic seafood restaurants with fresh and delicious treats to tempt anyone.

Smoked salmon is a popular export, but you’ll also find outstanding trout, langoustines, lobster, scallops, crab, prawns, kippers, mussels, mackerel, sea bass, and a whole lot more. There are many traditional Scottish dishes that incorporate fish and shellfish, particularly smoked fish.

For the best in fine dining head to Ondine in the Old Town, or for a more laid back experience try the delightful waterfront pub the Ship on the Shore in Leith. There are also bistros, inns, cafes, and even an upscale fish and chip bar. What do they all have in common? They serve up the finest fishy dishes you are ever likely to taste.

If you’re a real seafood fan then Edinburgh can cater for your every whim. You can dine out on the freshest seafood you’ve ever encountered every night of your stay without eating the same thing twice. Without further ado here are the top ten seafood restaurants in Edinburgh.



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



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



If you can't agree on whether to go for a seafood meal or get a nice juicy steak then this is the perfect compromise. You'll find a tempting menu for lunch and dinner that includes all manner of seafood, including pots of irresistible mussels,...  Read More



This popular bar and restaurant can be found at the east end of Princes Street and it has loads to offer. The first Cafe Royal opened in 1826, but in 1863 it moved across the street to its current location. The building itself is a stylish...  Read More



If you're passionate about your seafood then you'll love the attitude at Sweet Melinda's. The fish is hand-picked every morning from Eddie's Seafood Market next door and everything is made on the premises, including the organic bread. The...  Read More



The focus here is on tasty, freshly prepared seafood at very affordable prices. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming for the whole family. All of the seafood on offer is carefully sourced and the shellfish is cultivated in an...  Read More



C-Shack is a 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 meuu is more properly described as Thai-European fusion with an...  Read More



Fishers in the City is an upscale offshoot of the highly popular Fishers Bistro located in Leith. Set in a converted warehouse in Thistle Street, it aims to bring the same wonderfully fresh seafood dishes to a city center audience. The interior...  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



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


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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