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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Contini George Street

    $$ | New Town | Italian

    Set within a grand former banking hall on George Street, this superb restaurant serves light but satisfying Italian favorites divided into ...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. First Coast

    $$ | Haymarket | International

    This laid-back bistro, just a few minutes from Haymarket Station, has a loyal following—and for good reason. Its multicultural menu has everything...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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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