Edinburgh and the Lothians Restaurants

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  • 1. 21212

    $$$$ | New Town | French

    Paul Kitching is one of Britain's most innovative chefs, and the theatrical dining experience at 21212 delivers surprises galore. Set within...Read More

  • 2. Bread Meats Bread

    $ | West End | Burger

    This family-run burger joint, first opened in Glasgow in 2012 and expanded to Edinburgh in 2016, has already gained a nationwide reputation...Read More

  • 3. Contini Cannonball

    $$ | Old Town | Italian

    The name refers to one of the most delightful quirks of Edinburgh's Old Town—the cannonball embedded in the wall outside, said to have been...Read More

  • 4. Dusit

    $$ | New Town | Thai

    Tucked down narrow Thistle Street, Dusit doesn't register on most travelers' radars, but it has been a local favorite since 2002. An authentic...Read More

  • 5. Galvin Brasserie de Luxe

    $$$ | New Town | French

    This Parisian-style brasserie combines handsome surroundings with first-class cuisine from London brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin. Dapper waiters...Read More

  • 6. Kalpna

    $ | South Side | Indian

    Amid an ordinary row of shops, the facade of this vegetarian Indian restaurant may be unremarkable, but the food is exceptional, and a great...Read More

  • 7. L'Escargot Bleu

    $ | New Town | French

    When it comes to quality at a good value, this pretty little French bistro, situated on one of Edinburgh's trendiest streets, is almost impossible...Read More

  • 8. Lovecrumbs

    $ | Old Town | Café

    A bakery-café with an inordinately sweet tooth, Lovecrumbs joyously, deliciously, and unashamedly focuses on what really matters in life:...Read More

  • 9. Mimi's Bakehouse - Leith

    $ | Leith | Bakery

    Despite its large interior with acres of seating, this bakery-café still regularly has lines out the door. The reason is simple: it does the...Read More

  • 10. Norn

    $$$$ | Leith | Scandinavian

    Opened in summer 2016, Norn is a relative newcomer to Leith's upmarket dining scene, but the signs are it's here to stay. Owner and chef Scott...Read More

  • 11. Oink

    $ | Old Town | British

    For a quick, cheap bite while wandering the Royal Mile, you can't beat Oink—possibly the best hog roast (pulled pork) in Edinburgh. Located...Read More

  • 12. Restaurant Martin Wishart

    $$$$ | Leith | French

    Leith's premier dining experience, this high-end restaurant combines imaginative cuisine, luxuriously understated decor, and a lovely waterfront...Read More

  • 13. Sushiya

    $ | Haymarket | Japanese

    It may look underwhelming from the outside, but step inside for amazing, atmospheric, and authentic Japanese dining. It's a tiny place, with...Read More

  • 14. The Honours

    $$$ | New Town | French

    Run by Edinburgh restaurant grandee Martin Wishart, the Honours is a more relaxed (though almost as pricey) alternative to his eponymous flagship...Read More

  • 15. The Lobster Shack

    $ | Seafood

    North Berwick's most talked-about dining option isn't a traditional restaurant, or even a restaurant at all—it's a shack. That's testament to...Read More

  • 16. Timberyard

    $ | Old Town | British

    There are few restaurants that feel so wonderfully, well, Edinburgh as this one. The freshest seasonal ingredients, mostly sourced from small...Read More

  • 17. Wedgwood the Restaurant

    $$$ | Old Town | British

    Rejecting the idea that fine dining should be a stuffy affair, owners Paul Wedgwood and Lisa Channon opened this Royal Mile gem in 2007. Local...Read More

  • 18. Bonsai

    $ | South Side | Japanese

    The owners of Bonsai regularly visit Tokyo to research the casual dining scene, and their expertise is setting a high standard for Japanese...Read More

  • 19. Checkpoint

    $ | Old Town | International

    Originally run as a pop-up during the Festival Fringe, this supercool café-bar became a permanent part of the Edinburgh dining scene in 2015...Read More

  • 20. Contini George Street

    $$ | New Town | Italian

    Set within a grand former banking hall on George Street, this superb restaurant serves inspired Italian food and wine in a relaxing, airy setting...Read More

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