Edinburgh and the Lothians Restaurants

Edinburgh's eclectic restaurant scene has attracted a brigade of well-known chefs, including the award-winning trio of Martin Wishart, Tom Kitchin, and Paul Kitching. They and dozens of others have abandoned the tried-and-true recipes for more adventurous cuisine. Of course, you can always find traditional fare, which usually means the Scottish-French style that harks back to the historical "Auld Alliance" of the 13th century. The Scottish element is the preference for fresh and local foodstuffs; the French supply the sauces. In Edinburgh, you can sample anything from Malaysian rendang (a thick, coconut-milk stew) to Kurdish kebabs, while the long-established French, Italian, Chinese, Pakistani, and Indian communities ensure that the majority of the globe's most treasured cuisines are well represented.

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  • 1. Cannonball Restaurant

    $$ | 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Wedgwood the Restaurant

    $$$ | Old Town | British

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

  • 6. Checkpoint

    $ | Old Town | International

    Originally run as a pop-up during the Festival Fringe, this supercool café-bar is now a permanent part of the Edinburgh dining scene. The coffee...Read More

  • 7. David Bann

    $ | Old Town | Vegetarian

    This hip eatery, situated just off the Royal Mile, serves exclusively vegetarian and vegan favorites, and its inventive dishes and modern interior...Read More

  • 8. Hanam's

    $ | Old Town | Middle Eastern

    Kurdish food may not be as well known as other Middle Eastern cuisines, but dishes like bayengaan surocrau (marinated slow-roasted eggplant...Read More

  • 9. Howies

    $ | Old Town | British

    The Victoria Street branch of this bistro chain is a good choice for contemporary Scottish fare, with lots of fresh local produce. Alongside...Read More

  • 10. La Garrigue

    $$$ | Old Town | French

    Edinburgh is blessed with several excellent French bistros, and this is one of the best. Although the modern decor evokes Paris, the food has...Read More

  • 11. Michael Neave Kitchen and Whisky Bar

    $$ | Old Town | British

    Young chef Michael Neave delivers exceptional cuisine at affordable prices in his restaurant just off the Royal Mile. With a mission to "explore...Read More

  • 12. Ondine

    $$$ | Old Town | Seafood

    This fabulous seafood restaurant just off the Royal Mile makes waves with its expertly prepared dishes from sustainable fishing sources. The...Read More

  • 13. La Petite Mort

    $$ | Old Town | French

    This exceptionally fine bistro treats its seasonal, regional Scottish flavors with Continental reverence, and the crowds that pack the place...Read More

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