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. Restaurant Martin Wishart

    $$$$ | Leith

    Leith's premier dining experience, this high-end restaurant combines imaginative cuisine, luxuriously understated decor, and a lovely waterfront location. Renowned Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart woos diners...Read More

  • 2. The Honours

    $$$ | New Town

    Run by Edinburgh restaurant grandee Martin Wishart, the Honours is a more relaxed (though almost as pricey) alternative to his eponymous flagship in Leith. Inside...Read More

  • 3. The Little Chartroom

    $$$$ | Leith

    For fine dining with a touch of theater, it's hard to beat this superb open-kitchen restaurant, where you can sit at the bar and watch...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. David Bann

    $ | Old Town

    This hip eatery, situated just off the Royal Mile, serves exclusively vegetarian and vegan favorites, and its inventive dishes and modern interior make it a...Read More

  • 7. Fhior


    Owner and chef Scott Smith, who previously ran the award-winning Norn, serves up seasonal, Scandinavian-inspired fare here with rare Scottish ingredients, from beremeal (an ancient...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. The Kitchin

    $$$$ | Leith

    A perennially popular high-end dining option, Tom Kitchin's Michelin-starred venture packs in the crowds. Kitchin, who trained in France, runs a tight ship, and his...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. La Petite Mort

    $$ | Old Town

    This exceptionally fine bistro treats its seasonal, regional Scottish flavors with Continental reverence, and the crowds that pack the place to the rafters every night...Read More

  • 12. 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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