Find the Best Restaurants in Trendy Stockbridge

Stockbridge is one of Edinburgh’s trendier suburbs. Close to the city center, but away from the noise and traffic it is known for its fine architecture and its independent shops, bars and restaurants. Whether you are looking for a fine dining experience, or a lighter less formal meal you will be spoiled for choice.

The best restaurant in the area is arguably Purslane. Recent winner of Scotland's Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the Scottish Entertainment & Hospitality Awards this delightful restaurant manages to remain relaxed and laid back while treating diners to some of the most beautifully presented dishes in the capital.

Stockbridge is fairly cosmopolitan. You will find some delightful little family run restaurants showcasing the best in traditional Italian and Spanish cooking as well as deliciously spicy offerings from India and Thailand. The quality of these restaurants is generally very high, and the focus tends to be on authentic and traditional cuisine rather than the more pedestrian offerings in some city center restaurants.

For a less formal meal, why not head to one of Stockbridge’s many drinking establishments. Stockbridge is also home to Scran & Scallie, the gastro-pub owned by two Michelin starred chefs! So, whether your prefer a wine bar serving bistro style food, a traditional bar with classic British pub grub, or a high end gastro-pub you will find something to suit your taste. 


Suree is a traditional Thai restaurant located on trendy St Stephen's Street, Stockbridge. The interior is simply decorated and furnished with crisp white colors complemented by gold embossed prints and the obligatory statue of Budda. The menu at first glance offers the usual suspects familiar from most Thai restaurants in the UK, but there are a couple of surprises and you are also welcome to make special requests if you are an aficionado of Thai cuisine. The food is well prepared and presented, but if you do not know your way around Thai cuisine you would be wise to check with your server before ordering as some dishes are rather hot!

Recommended for Stockbridge's Best Restaurants because: Suree serves tempting Thai food in a serene and welcoming dining room

Simon's expert tip: The Panang curry is delicious and spicy - a real treat for lovers of chilli

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Maison Hector is a friendly and welcoming Stockbridge pub serving rather good pub food at pretty reasonable prices. The interior is an unassuming mix of leather benches strewn with scatter cushions, high backed bar stools and retro floral wallpaper. They have a good range of draft and bottled real ales, as well as a decent stock of wines and spirits. The menu doesn't stray too far from standard pub favorites such as burger and chips and sausage and mash. However, much of the produce is locally and sustainably sourced and there is also the welcome addition of very tasty flat breads and sharing platters. Most importantly, the food is very well prepared and the portions are generous. Hectors is a great place for a pint and a bit of tasty pub grub.

Recommended for Stockbridge's Best Restaurants because: Hector's is a great traditional pub serving tasty and hearty pub grub

Simon's expert tip: Their Sunday Roast is the perfect antidote to Saturday's hangover

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Scran & Scallie is a gastro-pub run by the Michelin starred chefs Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack. Situated in the affluent suburb of Stockbridge it is less formal than The Kitchin, or Castle Terrace but still significantly more refined than your usual pub-restaurant. As you would expect, the food is excellent. Oysters and home-cured salmon lead the way to pub classics served with panache. The burgers are juicy and delicious and the chips chunky and crisp. The interior is studiously laid back. Warm blue tones on the walls contrast with open brickwork and many dishes are served on tranches of wood. The bar area is simple and welcoming and there is even a soft play area for the little ones.

Recommended for Stockbridge's Best Restaurants because: Scran and Scallie serves top notch pub grub to an enthusiastic clientel

Simon's expert tip: The stout ice cream is a surprising delight and their panna cotta is out of this world

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Rollo is a quirky and inviting restaurant and wine bar in the leafy suburb of Stockbridge. It is a family run affair, infused with both their love of art and their warm friendly welcome. The interior is very cozy, with numerous little tables snuggled close together and subdued lighting. Art and sculpture enlivens the walls and the seats are strewn with hand stitched cushions. The food extends from some truly delightful tapas style "bon bons" (featuring such classic fillings as haggis and whisky marmalade or smoked mackerel) to more substantial meals with an inventive array of side dishes. The wine list is impressive, but really it is the food which steals the show.

Recommended for Stockbridge's Best Restaurants because: Rollo has a great ambiance and serves delicious food

Simon's expert tip: Choose a selection of their savoury bon bons to share with friends and you will not be disappointed.

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Henri's of Edinburgh is a traditional French delicatessen and café located in trendy Stockbridge. Henri started with a shop in Morningside which had an impressive selection of French cheeses, charcuterie and wines, but a very small seating area. His Stockbridge venture stays true to his stated aim of bringing the best French produce to the capital, but this time he has also captured the languorous air of a delightful French café. The food is divine and the aromas exquisite. Whether you want a glass of crisp light chardonnay with fresh bread and a selection of delicious cheeses and cold meats, or a rich dark coffee with one of his decadent cakes or pastries you will not be disappointed.

Recommended for Stockbridge's Best Restaurants because: Henri's is a great place to sample excellent French food and drink

Simon's expert tip: Leave time to browse the wares in the delicatessen after your repast, they stock wonderful French delicacies you will not find anywhere else in Edinburgh.

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Veritas is a wonderful traditional Italian restaurant located in the heart of Stockbridge, north of the city center. This is a delightful little restaurant with an intimate and cozy atmosphere where your taste buds will be treated to the real flavors of regional Italian cooking. The menu avoids simply replaying standard format, instead presenting a small selection of dishes from areas of Italy. A rich aubergine caponata from Palermo sits alongside croquettes from Rome and seafood from Napoli. In addition, they have a daily specials menu featuring a tempting selection of pizza, pasta, risotto, seafood and meat. This fresh approach has won Veritas quite a following, so be sure to book ahead!

Recommended for Stockbridge's Best Restaurants because: Veritas offers a more traditional take on regional Italian food

Simon's expert tip: Don't miss the change to end your meal with a traditional glass of grappa

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Rafael's is a cozy family-run Spanish restaurant in the leafy suburb of Stockbridge. Its diminutive size and basement setting add to the warm ambiance, making for a deliciously intimate dining setting. The interior is clean and fresh with more than a little hint of a family dining room and guests are made to feel very welcome. The food is similarly vivacious. The menu changes daily and dishes have a rustic feel and are generous in both flavor and proportion. Meals follow the traditional three courses, but you will not miss the addition of tapas. The wine list is extensive, but not overpriced. This is a great little restaurant which could quickly become one of your favorite places to eat.

Recommended for Stockbridge's Best Restaurants because: Rafael's excels in serving delicious traditional Spanish food and you are guaranteed a warm welcome

Simon's expert tip: The menu changes every day - giving you the perfect excuse to return again and again

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Lancers is a sophisticated Bengali and North Indian restaurant situated in the affluent suburb of Stockbridge. The interior is beautifully decorated, with bespoke hand printed wall coverings, beautiful rosewood tables and crisp white linen. As well as the main dining room, patrons can also dine in the cozy and romantic Regiment Club or the stylish and chic Officers Club. The food is presented with similar style and panache. From subtle and delicately flavored dishes to lively and robust curries, there is something here for every lover of Indian spices. Lancers has won numerous awards for their cuisine and is a firm favorite with locale, so booking ahead is advisable.

Recommended for Stockbridge's Best Restaurants because: Lancers stylish and refined, but with flavors which pack a punch

Simon's expert tip: Their Business Lunch is great value for money, and perfect if you don't have much time

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The Stockbridge Restaurant has been delighting locals and visitors alike for over a decade. It is a romantic and atmospheric subterranean delight, featuring wonderful, local produce cooked to perfection. The interior is quite beautiful. Grey slate walls form the backdrop for stunning prints featuring the works of the Scottish Colourists, Cadell and Peploe, and ornately framed mirrors. Gold brocade chairs complement the crisp white linen and silver cutlery. In the evening tiny fairy lights twinkle and candles flicker. The menu features a tempting array of tasty dishes and the portions are more generous than is usual in a fine dining establishment. The wine list is good and they also have a good range of decadent desserts.

Recommended for Stockbridge's Best Restaurants because: The Stockbridge Restaurant is one of the areas most popular restaurants.

Simon's expert tip: The set menu (available Tuesday to Friday) offers a great selection of seasonal dishes and is great value for money.

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At first glance Purslane appears to be a contradiction, offering casual and rustic fine dining. Yet scores of happy customers and a rapidly growing reputation confirm that this commitment to excellent cuisine without the stuffy formality sometimes associated with fine dining is very popular. This delightful Stockbridge restaurant has a laid back and welcoming ambience and no dress code. Simple, comfortable wooden pews with scatter cushions and uncluttered tables are complemented by the works of local artist Andrew Lennie. The cuisine is similarly unfussy, but displays a real attention to detail and a commitment to sourcing local produced artisan produce. Reasonably priced, and with an easy sophistication which is lacking from some if its competitors, Purslane is a culinary delight well worth seeking out.

Recommended for Stockbridge's Best Restaurants because: Purslane offers fine dining in a wonderfully relaxed environment

Simon's expert tip: If you really want to impress your friends why not arrange for Purslane to cater a dinner party in your own home and take the credit yourself!

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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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