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. The Pompadour

    $$$$ | New Town

    Sophisticated surroundings, spectacular views, and sumptuous cuisine make this restaurant, originally opened in 1925, one of Edinburgh's best spots for fine dining. Head chef Dan...Read More

  • 2. Wedgwood the Restaurant

    $$$ | Old Town

    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....Read More

  • 3. 21212

    $$$$ | New Town

    Paul Kitching is one of Britain's most innovative chefs, and the theatrical dining experience at 21212 delivers surprises galore. Set within a Georgian town house,...Read More

  • 4. First Coast

    $ | Haymarket

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

  • 5. La Garrigue

    $$$ | Old Town

    Edinburgh is blessed with several excellent French bistros, and this is one of the best. Although the modern decor evokes Paris, the food has the...Read More

  • 6. Number One

    $$$$ | New Town

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

  • 7. Galvin Brasserie de Luxe

    $$$ | New Town

    This Parisian-style brasserie combines handsome surroundings with first-class cuisine from London brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin. Dapper waiters glide around the cavernous dining area with...Read More

  • 8. Norn

    $$$$ | Leith

    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...Read More

  • 9. Jasmine

    $ | West End

    Fresh seafood and meat matched with just the right spices is the main attraction of this small, friendly Cantonese restaurant. The standout dishes here include...Read More

  • 10. Restaurant Mark Greenaway

    $$$$ | New Town

    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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