Discover the Top Take-Out Restaurants in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the type of city that you’ll spend hours walking around. The city center is fairly compact, but that doesn’t mean you won’t cover miles during the course of a normal day exploring. By nightfall you might just feel like slumping down on a couch or bed and relaxing. Getting dressed up to go out to a restaurant every night can be tiring and take out is the perfect solution. Here’s the best take out in Edinburgh featuring a wide variety of world cuisines.

The traditional take out for Scots is fish and chips (fat French fries). There are a lot of chippies in the city, but you’ll find a lot of them are serving up stodgy, bland, deep fried food. Not so with the Tailend, one of the best chippies in the whole of Scotland. You can choose a premium fillet of fresh fish and have it prepared on the spot.

If you prefer to go for a pizza then you’ll find no shortage of options more inspiring than the bland chain restaurants. Leith's La Favorita serves a wide range of Italian dishes and arguably the best pizza in Edinburgh.

Indian food is also a specialty in Britain and Edinburgh is blessed with some great takeaways that will deliver to your door. We recommend Suruchi for a wonderful blend of Scottish ingredients and Indian spices. The majority of the takeaways on the list will happily deliver to your food, making them the perfect solution for a lazy night in.



With a chef who has been combining fresh herbs and aromatic spices for over thirty years, Shapla is extremely reliable and very popular with locals. It is an Indian restaurant, but it specializes in Bangladeshi cuisine. You'll find an extensive...  Read More



You'll find a wide range of pan-Asian cuisine on offer at the tiny Zen Kitchen takeaway. There are dishes from China, Japan, Thailand, and even Vietnam and you can mix and match to your heart's content. The menu gives a clear indication of the...  Read More



There aren't many options in Edinburgh for people craving a plate of African or Caribbean food, but this restaurant hits the spot. You'll find unfussy comfort food on offer here. We're talking everything from jerk chicken and goat stew, to...  Read More



Miso and Sushi is an unassuming Japanese takeaway restaurant situated just outside the city center. Given their name it should come as no surprise that the specialize in Miso (a traditional Japanese soup flavored with fermented soy) and Sushi...  Read More



Origano cafe-restaurant aims to replicate the feel of a neighborhood pizzeria with simple, uncluttered decor, wooden furniture and generous portions of delicious Italian food at very reasonable prices. The menu is not large, but the freshly...  Read More



La Favorita specializes in delicious traditional pizza for which they won "Best UK Pizza Restaurant" in the Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association Awards 2012. However, they also offer a wide variety of excellent pasta dishes and even have...  Read More



The Haymarket branch of this popular Chinese restaurant opened in 2006 and following its success a second branch opened in Leith in 2010. It was founded by dumpling expert, Jian Wang, who arrived from China back in 1997 and began supplying...  Read More

Los Cardos
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If you are after a spot of Mexican fast food, freshly prepared before your eyes, then Los Cardos on Leith Walk is well worth a visit. You'll find a typical Tex Mex menu with bargain prices. It is like a small cafe for sitting in and you also...  Read More



Mintleaf is an opulent Indian and Thai restaurant located in Bernard Street, close to the bottom of Leith Walk. It can be risky to try to specialize in more than one cuisine, but Mintleaf has an abundance of highly qualified chefs who ensure...  Read More

The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar
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Sometimes you just fancy a simple meal of fish and chips. It's a popular British tradition and something that must be tried on your visit to Edinburgh. The Tailend offers fresh fish and chips made to order while you wait. There is a sit-in...  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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