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. 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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. The Pompadour

    $$$$ | New Town | French

    Sophisticated surroundings, spectacular views, and sumptuous cuisine make this restaurant, originally opened in 1925, one of Edinburgh's best...Read More

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

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