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Restaurants in Edinburgh

Old Town eateries like The Grain Store Restaurant and trendy Outsider serve modern Scottish cuisine. Breathe the sea air in Leith while tucking into fresh fish at Skippers and splash out on Michelin-starred Restaurant Martin Wishart. In the New Town, there's everything from organic to Middle-Eastern and Indian, or opt for the panoramic views at Forth Floor Restaurant. Most restaurants are open for lunch. Tips at 10% of the bill are discretionary.

Forth Floor Restaurant, Edinburgh. Courtesy of Forth Floor Restaurant
The Witchery, Edinburgh. Courtesy of The Witchery
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The Witchery

Medieval splendour

The Witchery, just a few steps from Edinburgh Castle in the Old Town, has a reputation as one of the city's best restaurants. Dine by candlelight in a beautifully restored 16th-century building that exudes medieval luxury. The small but exquisite menu features delights like pistachio-crusted wild sea bass, Scottish game, and oysters. Come for romantic dinners or opt for excellent-value lunch menus.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-11.30pm

Address

Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF

Telephone

+44 (0) 131 225 5613

Transport

Bus 23, 24, 27, 41, 42, 45 or 67 - tram works may cause disruption

Website

The Witchery Website

Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh. Courtesy of Martin Wishart Restaurant
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Restaurant Martin Wishart

Culinary thrills

Inspired Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart creates wonders from fresh ingredients at his restaurant in Leith. Starched tablecloths create a pure, minimalist atmosphere where food is the primary feature. Every course is a surprise, for example scallops and artichoke in hazelnut butter and coffee sauce. The enormous cheese selection in between courses is recommended.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sat 12pm-2pm & 7pm-10pm

Address

54, The Shore, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6RA

Telephone

+44 (0) 131 5533 557

Transport

Bus 22, 35 or 36 - tram works may cause disruption

Website

Restaurant Martin Wishart Website

Number One, Edinburgh.  Courtesy of The Rocco Forte Collection, The Balmoral
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Number One

Michelin-starred dining

Nestled snugly inside The Balmoral Hotel in the New Town, Michelin-starred Number One offers a first-class menu with Franco-Scottish overtones. Red lacquered walls and gold velvet seats create an atmosphere of restrained luxury. Young British artists' work decorates the walls. Try the chef's spectacular seven-course tasting menu which offers wine pairings. It opens only at night.



Opening Hours

Daily 6.30pm-10pm

Address

The Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street, New Town, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ

Telephone

+44 (0) 131 557 6727

Transport

Bus 1, 3, 10, 11, 15, 15A, 16, 19, 22, 25, 31, 33, 34 or 36 - tram works may cause disruption

Website

The Balmoral Hotel Website

Rhubarb, Edinburgh. Courtesy of James Thomson's Rhubarb & Prestonfield
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Rhubarb

Opulent boutique-hotel dining

The magnificently plush Rhubarb in South Edinburgh is located in opulent boutique hotel Prestonfield. Come for the decor but also for the fine food. Main courses include dishes such as pigeon with Muscat dressing and the assiette of Rhubarb's desserts is worth waiting for. There are also some excellent vegetarian and seafood options, like the sea bass and artichoke ravioli.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-2pm & 6.30pm-10pm

Address

Prestonfield, Priestfield Road, Edinburgh EH16 5UT

Telephone

+44 (0)131 225 1333

Transport

Bus 2 or 42 - tram works may cause disruption

Website

Rhubarb Website

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The Grain Store Restaurant

Affordable fine dining

Housed in a former 17th-century storehouse, The Grain Store Restaurant has candle-lit stone walls that create an antique atmosphere perfect for intimate dinners. Home-made bread and classic recipes using local produce make it an excellent all-rounder. Loch Fyne oysters, venison and guinea fowl are all great choices. Lunches are great value and the classic Old Town view is one of the best.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-1.45pm & 6pm-9.45pm

Address

30, Victoria Street (1st floor), Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2JW

Telephone

+ 44 (0) 131 225 7635

Transport

Bus 23, 24, 27 or 45 - tram works may cause disruption

Website

The Grainstore Restaurant Website

Forth Floor Restaurant, Edinburgh. Courtesy of Forth Floor Restaurant
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Forth Floor Restaurant

Dinner with a view

Located at Harvey Nichols, the Forth Floor Restaurant boasts superb views that stretch as far as the Firth of Forth on a clear day. There's also quality cuisine here, with succulent dishes using fresh Scottish produce. The menu includes venison, oxtail and vegetarian risotto with lime and ginger. The ambiance is simple and relaxed.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm; Sat & Sun 12pm-3.30pm; Tue-Sat 6pm-10pm

Address

Harvey Nichols, 30-34 St Andrew Square, New Town, Edinburgh EH2 2AD

Telephone

+44 (0) 131 5248 350

Transport

Bus 1, 3, 10, 11, 15, 15A, 16, 19, 22, 25, 31, 33, 34 or 36 - tram works may cause disruption

Website

Harvey Nichols Website

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Canny Man's

Open sandwiches

Located in the genteel suburb of Morningside, Canny Man's is worth the journey out of town. A quaint pub with bric-a-brac covering every available surface, it serves hundreds of varieties of Danish open sandwich made with top quality ingredients such as topside of beef and lobster.



Opening Hours

Mon-Wed 11.30am-11pm; Thu-Sat 11.30am-12am; Sun 12.30pm-11pm

Address

239, Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4QU

Telephone

+44 (0) 131 447 1484

Transport

Bus 11, 15 or 15A - tram works may cause disruption

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Maison Bleue

Taste of Morocco

The decor in the Old Town's Maison Bleue displays Moroccan influences like the menu. Downstairs the walls are adorned with retro paintings, while upstairs the windows look over picturesque Victoria Street. The menu offers bouchées (bites) and excellent-value set menus. Try haggis balls in whisky sauce or classic Berber couscous.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 12.30pm-3pm & 5pm-10.30pm; Sat-Sun 12.30pm-11pm

Address

36-38, Victoria Street, Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2JW

Telephone

+44 (0) 131 2261 900

Transport

Bus 23, 24, 27 or 45 - tram works may cause disruption

Website

Maison Bleue Website

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Valvona & Crolla Vincaffè

Independent Italian

A spin off of the multi award-winning delicatessen on nearby Elm Row, the Vincaffè in Edinburgh's city centre holds the same values as its big sister. Created to mark the 70th anniversary of the deli, great Italian dishes served in comfortable surroundings make Valvona & Crolla Vincaffè a great place for a pre-theatre bite.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 8am-late; Sun 12pm-5pm

Address

11, Multrees Walk, Edinburgh EH1 3DQ

Telephone

+44 (0) 131 557 0088

Transport

Train to Edinburgh Waverley

Website

Valvona & Crolla Vincaffè Website

Skippers, Edinburgh. Courtesy of Skippers
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Skippers

Seafood heaven

Veteran Skippers has been presiding over the docks of Leith for 25 years. It is an upmarket bistro ideal for both lunch and dinner. Revel in the old-worldly, wood-panelled interior plastered with vintage maps and sailing mementos. Try the organic Shetland salmon, whole baby plaice or Cullen skink. The menu changes according to season.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm & 5.30pm-10pm; Sat-Sun 12pm-3.30pm & 5.30pm-10pm

Address

1a, Dock Place, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6LU

Telephone

+44 (0)131 554 1018

Transport

Bus 16, 22, 34 or 35 - tram works may cause disruption

Website

Skippers Seafood Bistro Website

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Domenico's

Italian feast

Domenico's is an unfussy, super-cosy neighbourhood bistro and a hit with Leith residents, so booking is essential. The Italian food is delicious, plentiful, and served with panache. Just beware, diners that order an entrée often don't have room for a dessert, as the portions are huge. The antipasti and the seafood main are both good options.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-10pm (until 10.30pm Fri & Sat)

Address

30, Sandport Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6EP

Telephone

+44 (0) 131 4677 266

Transport

Bus 16, 22, 35 or 36 - tram works may cause disruption

Website

Domenico's Website

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Nargile

Middle-Eastern banquet

Nargile in the New Town is the only Turkish restaurant in Edinburgh. It has a warm, simple decor with Byzantine-style motifs, and the service is excellent. The "banquet meals" for two people are a feast and a bargain, or try the succulent moussaka-like lamb and Nargile aubergine special. There are also excellent vegetarian choices.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 12pm-2pm & 5pm-late

Address

73, Hanover Street, New Town, Edinburgh EH2 1EE

Telephone

+44 (0) 131 2255 755

Transport

Bus 23 or 27 - tram works may cause disruption

Website

Nargile Website

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Urban Angel

Organic treats

Urban Angel is a versatile, simple café-bistro in the New Town specialising in organic and fair-trade food. Its philosophy is to provide outstanding fare that "won't cost you the earth". It is ideal for a relaxed lunch or dinner. Try the staple crayfish risotto, or choose from a list of excellent vegetarian and carnivore options.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 9am-late; Sun 10am-5pm

Address

121, Hanover Street, New Town, Edinburgh EH2 1DJ

Telephone

+44 (0) 131 225 6215

Transport

Bus 23 or 27 - tram works may cause disruption

Website

Urban Angel Website

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Outsider

Fast and fashionable

The trendy, vibrant and very popular Outsider restaurant in the Old Town focuses on no-nonsense, simple eating and fresh ingredients. There are no entrées, but the main courses are ample, the service is fast and the desserts creative. Try the lemon myrtle cheesecake. The restaurant also has superb views of the Castle and Old Town.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-11pm

Address

15, George IV Bridge, Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 1EE

Telephone

+44 (0) 131 2263 131

Transport

Bus 23, 27 or 45 - tram works may cause disruption

Siam Thani, Edinburgh. Courtesy of Siam Thani
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Siam Thani

Thai flavours

The simple but impeccably turned out Siam Thani is a neighbourhood favourite in Broughton. It serves classic, fresh Thai food at very reasonable prices, and the service is quick and faultless. The vegetarian menu is very good, but the cheap set-lunch menus and pre-theatre menus are also recommended.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 12pm-2.30pm; daily 5pm-11pm

Address

14, Broughton Street, Broughton, New Town, Edinburgh EH1 3RH

Telephone

+44 (0) 131 4772 724

Transport

Bus 8 - tram works may cause disruption

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