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What are the best restaurants in Edinburgh for eating out?

Edinburgh offers a plethora of restaurants to suit every palate and wallet!

Choose from city centre restaurants, to local gems out-with the city centre. For example, enjoy the village feel of Stockbridge with its lively cafes, pubs and restaurants or head to Edinburgh's waterfront at Leith which is growing in stature as a key gastronomic destination.

Eating out in Edinburgh gives you the chance to taste local, national and international specialities. From cafes, to good pub grub, to Michelin starred restaurants the choice is endless. Indeed some people believe that Edinburgh has more restaurants per capita than London.

These are our top ten restaurants in Edinburgh in 2016 (in no particular order).

Cafe Royal

Serving its famous Oysters until 10pm, this elegant Victorian venue has a modern and laid-back attitude. With a varied bar menu, this is the ideal place for a lighter meal. If you’re looking for a wee tipple after dinner, then they stock 30 Scottish whiskeys.

West Register Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AA.

Telephone: 0131 556 1884


Chop House Bar & Butchery

This new steak house in Leith offers a delicious cocktail menu for those pre-dinner drinks. Their award-winning British beef is dry-aged in house for thirty-five days, before being lovingly cooked on a charcoal grill.

102 Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6AW.

Telephone: 0131 629 1919


Chop House


With an intimate friendly atmosphere, this Thai restaurant combines the freshest Scottish produce with contemporary Thai cooking, serving new flavours in more traditional dishes. The monkfish, scallops and king prawns are especially recommended.

49a Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DY.

Tel: 0131 220 6846



With an impressive wine list and mouth-watering dishes (roast fillet of cod with haggis crusted dauphinoise potatoes, purple sprouting broccoli and cauliflower puree, laced in a Drambuie cream), Field combine creative cooking with fresh local ingredients.

41 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DB.

Telephone: 0131 667 7010


Kilted Lobster

A new Edinburgh restaurant, rapidly gaining in popularity with locals and tourists. All profits go to its ‘Cooking Up A Storm’ initiative for young people. Seared scallops, pigeon breast, whole sea bream or lobster and clootie dumplings await your taste buds on the mouth-watering menu.

112 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH3 5AD.

Telephone - 0131 220 6677


Kiltd Lobster

The Kings Wark

This 15th century, waterfront Inn offers tasty seasonal menus and traditional feasts. Eat like Royalty with a roast pig’s head banquet. The delicious a la carte menu and homemade steak burger is recommended.

36 Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6QU.

Telephone: 0131 554 9260

Mamma’s Pizza & Panzerotti

For handmade Gluten-Free pizza, fresh pasta and the tastiest Italian food in Edinburgh, Mammas has been a favourite with locals and tourists since 1985.

30 The Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU.

Telephone: 0131 225 6464


Shore Bar & Restaurant

A hidden gem in Leith! A waterfront dining experience serving classic British dishes with a European mix - with fish and shellfish on the menu too! If freshly caught and local fish and shellfish is your thing, then the Fishers restaurant next door is part of the same chain.

3 Shore, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6QW.

Phone: 0131 553 5080


Tony Singh’s at the Apex Grassmarket

Tony Singh has been a restaurateur in Edinburgh for at least 15 years. With a dedicated children’s menu, the unique menu for grown-ups includes a prosaic, vegetarian Mug O’ Soup, Indian Furr Furr Crackers and a BBQ Pork Doughnut. Pick and mix and reward your taste buds.

Apex Grassmarket Hotel, 31-35 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HS.

Telephone: 0131 300 3456


The Witchery

Indulge yourself with a luxury dining experience, hidden below the entrance to Edinburgh Castle. The £19.99 two course Theatre or Lunch deal offers fabulous value dining, in a picturesque setting.

Castle Hill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NF.

0131 225 5613


The Witchery

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