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. Aurora

    $ | Leith | British

    Probably the best quality-to-value dining option in Leith, Aurora offers deliciously inventive three-course lunch menus (with plenty of tasty...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. The Bonnie Badger

    $$ | British

    A charming concoction of sandstone walls, raftered roofs, and roaring fireplaces, as well as a lovely garden area, this upmarket inn is the...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. Fhior

    $$$$ | British

    A relative newcomer to Edinburgh's dining scene, Fhior seems here to stay. Owner and chef Scott Smith, who previously ran the award-winning...Read More

  • 7. Grazing by Mark Greenaway

    $$$ | New Town | British

    Despite the name and the smattering of shared plates on offer, Grazing is mostly about traditional, hearty bistro fare done brilliantly. Set...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Number One

    $$$$ | New Town | British

    Clublike but unstuffy, this outstanding basement restaurant, set within the Edwardian splendor of The Balmoral hotel, is made for intimate dining...Read More

  • 11. The Boat House

    $$ | British

    Scotland's natural larder is on display at this romantic restaurant on the banks of the Forth. Seafood is the star of the show, and chef Paul...Read More

  • 12. The King's Wark

    $$ | Leith | British

    This gastro-pub at The Shore in Leith combines a beautiful historic setting with great quality food and a wide selection of Scottish gins. At...Read More

  • 13. The Original Rosslyn Inn

    $ | British

    This atmospheric inn, on the crossroads in the center of Roslin village, serves tasty, hearty pub grub, including fish-and-chips, burgers, and...Read More

  • 14. The Steading

    $ | British

    This pleasant pub, set within a converted farm building on the roadside of the A702, serves traditional, freshly prepared pub food, along with...Read More

  • 15. Restaurant Mark Greenaway

    $$$$ | New Town | British

    Fine dining with a real sense of fun is what makes Restaurant Mark Greenaway stand out from the crowd. Inventive dishes and serving styles populate...Read More

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