Top 11 Restaurants in Edinburgh

Top 11 Restaurants in Edinburgh

Top 11 Restaurants in Edinburgh

There is such a great range of restaurants in Edinburgh you'll be spoilt for choice whatever your appetite desires.  From fabulous fine dining to purse friendly budget eats Edinburgh has it all.  It was a difficult task, but we have managed to narrow it down and find our Top 11 restaurants in Edinburgh that are bound to tickle those taste buds.


The Witchery


Steeped in history the Witchery is located in a historic 16th Century building by the gates of Edinburgh Castle and is one of the most renowned restaurants in Edinburgh.  Now in its fourth decade, The Witchery was established by James Thomson OBE in 1979 and has remained one of Edinburgh’s finest dining experiences.  The decadent setting is accompanied with an appetising menu showcasing a range of fine Scottish produce.  The Witchery also prides itself on its extensive wine cellars, featuring over 500 wines. They also have experienced sommeliers on hand who are happy to assist with suggestions.

352 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NF


The Kitchin

This Michelin starred restaurant in Edinburgh combines inspiring French cooking techniques with the finest Scottish produce to create a mouth-watering menu of modern British cuisine. Located in a converted Whisky warehouse on the pretty waterfront port area of Leith, the Kitchin delivers an elegant yet un-pretentious dining experience.  Opened in 2006 by Tom and Michaela Kitchin, they follow a simple philosophy of “seasonal cooking From Nature to Plate” The Kitchin has received numerous awards over the years and is regularly called one of the best restaurants in Edinburgh so it is best to booked in advance.

Commercial Quay Commercial St, Edinburgh EH6 6LX


Six By Nico


Six By Nico specialise in offering a carefully curated six course tasting menu, that changes every 6 weeks.  One of our favourite Edinburgh restaurants: the menus are inspired by a theme, place or experience and provide a popular yet unique dining experience.  Located on Hanover Street in Edinburgh’s ‘new town’ the restaurant offers both a regular and vegetarian tasting menu, and if you have any dietary requirements alternative dishes are available.  The tasting menu costs £28 and you can also enjoy a wine pairing menu at additional cost. Past menus themes include ‘Middle East’ ‘the chippie’ and ‘the Orient Express’

97 Hanover St, Edinburgh EH2 1DJ

The Ivy On The Square


With bright airy décor and modern art donning the walls, The Ivy on the Square in Edinburgh provides a pleasant and contemporary dining experience.  Offering ‘approachable sophistication and luxury’ this all-day British brasserie is open from 8am until midnight and serves a varied menu of modern British cuisine that is beautifully presented.  One of the best restaurants in Edinburgh, the breakfast and brunch menus prove popular as well as the mouth-watering cocktails they offer.

6 St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2BD



One of the many reasons Charoprya makes our list of the best restaurants in Edinburgh is the setting.  Nestled between George Street and Princess Street, Charophraya is located on the fourth floor with stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and the Firth of Forth.  Inspired by Thailand, this contemporary restaurant offers a range of tasty cuisine from classic thai food to re-imagined signature dishes.  There is also a great cocktail menu worth trying too.

4th Floor, 33 Castle St, Edinburgh EH2 3DN




Inspired by the traditional Irani cafes that adorned Bombay in the 1960’s, Dishoom brings a taste of the East to Edinburgh. With traditional ceiling fans, bohemian styling and high attention to detail it almost feels like you have stepped back in time.  This trendy Edinburgh restaurant is open from 8 am on weekdays, and the breakfast offerings are particular popular with dishes such as bacon and egg nann rolls, Kejriwal; friend eggs on chilli cheese toast, and date and banana porridge.  On the all day menu you’ll find a mix of indian classics as well as a mouth-watering drinks menu covering everything from Chai tea and fruit lassis to  cocktails and punch.

3a St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2BD


Forage and Chatter

A hidden gem, Forage and Chatter specialises in ‘foraged’ seasonal, local produce, all from within a 25 mile radius of the restaurant. The restaurant is located in a charming stone built building in Edinburgh's West end and is regularly praised for its delicious food and friendly service. One of the best and most sustainable restaurants in Edinburgh it is advised you book advance. The nouveau Scottish menu changes’ regularly depending what is in season but it will always have a tempting range of meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan dishes.

1A Alva St, Edinburgh EH2 4PH


The Outsider Restaurant


The Outsider Restaurant in Edinburgh provides a varied European menu of fresh seasonal produce, combined with a laid back dining experience. The restaurant is placed in a central location on George IV Bridge in Edinburgh’s pretty old town and boasts great views of Edinburgh Castle.  The menu usually changes daily but firm favourites include the grilled skewers served with pitta and homemade coleslaw, fresh gnocchi, garlicy fries and a range of seafood dishes.

George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EE



Rollo restaurant and wine bar is so popular it now has two locations in Edinburgh; Stockbridge and Broughton Street.  Rollos concept is to combine “delicious food, exceptional wine, great atmosphere attentive service and personality”.  For over eighteens only this is the perfect setting to meet with friends and enjoy their original tapas menu.

Broughton Street

14 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RH


108 Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, EH4 1HH

Pickles Of Broughton Street

Anyone who is a fan of wine and cheese has to visit Pickles in Edinburgh. This cosy and informal restaurant/bar specialises in wine, cheese and of course pickles.  The menu is simple yet tasty and consists of a range of platters, pates and nibbles.  The Scottish cheese selection platter is a popular choice and perfect for two to share.  There is also a great wine list so you can the perfect accompaniment as well as a range of beers, spirits and soft drinks.

56a Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3SA


Ting Thai Caravan


Ting Thai caravan began as a food stall at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the summer of 2012.  Fast forward seven years and Ting now has 2 two popular restaurants in Edinburgh.  Inspired by Asian Street Food, the restaurants offer a range of Vietnamese and South East Asian dishes in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.  Located near the university and with affordable prices it proves a popular venue for students but its reputation has grown to cover all walks of life.

8-9 Teviot Place, EH1 2QZ


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