Visitors to the historic city of Edinburgh will be pleased to learn that there are some amazing restaurants throughout the city where excellent food and service is available for diners to enjoy. Here we list our top ten Edinburgh restaurants in no particular order.
Café St Honore
Café St Honore is run by Scottish Chef of the Year 2014 Neil Forbes and is located centrally in Edinburgh city close to Princes Street. This stylish restaurant opens seven days a week for lunch and evening dinner offering "good honest food" that is created and served to a very high standard indeed. Gluten and dairy free menus are offered, while the menu changes on a daily basis meaning diners can look forward to different delights every time they visit the restaurant.
Bread is baked fresh every day and with such dishes as Gartmorn Farm Confit Duck Leg followed by Wild Mint Crème Brulee and Shortbread for pudding it's no wonder Café St Honore is very popular. All ingredients are sourced locally therefore diners are assured of an authentic Scottish experience when they dine here. The restaurant offers a superb private dining space that can accommodate up to fifty people, while unique menus tailored to diners' requirements are also catered for.
Café St Honore can be found in the heart of the new town but two minutes' walk from Princes Street which in turn is located very close to Edinburgh Castle. Online booking is facilitated and contact details are as follows
- Café St Honore
- 34 North West Thistle Street Lane
- EH2 1EA
- Tele 0131 226 2211
Locanda De Gusti
Locanda De Gusti is an amazing Italian restaurant located close to the centre of the city on Dalry Road between Haymarket and Gorgi. Chef Rosario Sartore hails from Naples and imports many ingredients from Italy to cook along with authentic Scottish produce making for an amazing fusion of tastes. The restaurant is open for lunch or dinner and offers a real authentic Italian home from home atmosphere.
The menu here changes daily which is great and delicious fish, sea foods, meats and pasta dishes are served up with genuine Italian service that is second to none. Why not try a delicious pizza or a mouth-watering rib eye steak, while desserts such as tiramisu or panna cotta are to die for here! Locanda De Gusti boasts two AA rosettes and Italian Certificate of Excellence 2014/15. The restaurant will be open all over the Christmas period 2015 offering a wide range of choices when it comes to dining, while booking early is advised to avoid disappointment.
Locanda De Gusti Dish
The restaurant can be found in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh which is a bustling part of the city filled with cafes, restaurants and shops. Contact details are as follows
- Locanda De Gusti
- 102 Dalry Road
- EH11 2DW
- Tele 0131 346 8800
The Kitchen is chef Tom Kitchen's fabulous restaurant located in the Leith area of Edinburgh. Kitchen, who is an award winning chef has created an ambient welcoming atmosphere in his restaurant where diners can view their food being prepared through a window if they so wish. The Kitchen is sited in an old whiskey bonded warehouse and offers a varied menu cooked from locally sourced quality ingredients. The Kitchen opens every day except Sunday and Monday.
The Kitchen offers a wide selection of choices when it comes to its menus including
- A La Carte
- Set Lunches including a Vegetarian Option
- Chefs Celebration of the Season
- Chefs Tasting Menu
There is also a superb selection of delicious wines on the menu, while mouth-watering dishes such as Fillet of Hake from Scrabster or Lamb and Girolle cannot fail to please. If its fine dining you seek then The Kitchen is the restaurant for you. A three course set lunch will set you back £29.50, while reservations are easily booked online at the website. Private dining is also offered at The Kitchen with up to twenty diners catered for, while the menu will be designed by Tom Kitchen himself. Gift vouchers can be ordered at the website too and a redeemable up to one year from purchase.
The Kitchen Interior
The Kitchen Restaurant is located in the city waterfront area pretty close to where the Royal yacht Britannia is moored. Contact details for the restaurant are as follows
- The Kitchen
- 78 Commercial Quay
- EH6 6LX
- Tele 0131 555 1755
Wedgewood the Restaurant
Wedgewood the Restaurant is located on The Royal Mile beneath the imposing historic Edinburgh Castle. The restaurant boasts a relaxed ambient atmosphere that focuses on the comfort of its diners rather than getting diners to eat and run so no rushing here! Paul Wedgewood is the Co-Owner and chef at the restaurant, while he prides himself on only using quality locally sourced ingredients in his delicious menus. Dietary requirements are catered for, simply let the restaurant know in advance and although there is no children's menu Paul will create a more child friendly version of any dish from the menu when ordered.
If it's excellent seafood you would like to eat then The Wedgewood will provide it, while the restaurant is well known for using unusual wild ingredients that are foraged and used to create amazing dishes. Two courses for lunch will cost diners a mere £12.95 and includes such dishes as pan fried salmon, beef fillet and white chocolate cheesecake for that all important yummy dessert. There is an amazing dinner menu filled with delicious choices along with a comprehensive wine list to suit all tastes. Wedgewood the Restaurant opens seven days a week, while online reservation booking is facilitated at the website.
This superb fine dining in comfort restaurant is located very centrally close to Edinburgh Castle on the Royal Mile. Contact details for Wedgewood the Restaurant are as follows
- Wedgewood the Restaurant
- Royal Mile
- 267 Canongate
- EH8 8BQ
- Tele 0131 558 8737
Timberyard Restaurant is a family run business located inside a nineteenth century brick built warehouse on Lady Lawson Street in central Edinburgh. Timberyard is an award winning restaurant that opens Tuesday to Saturday for both lunch and dinner, while private dining is also facilitated at the restaurant. Timberyard also provides outside seating for those who like to dine alfresco, while during the winter months a wood burning stove ensures diners of a cosy atmosphere.
So, what can we expect on the menu here? Well, all the ingredients used in their amazing dishes are locally sourced in the Edinburgh area from local farmers, growers, breeders and foragers ensuring diners of a really authentic Scottish dining experience. Timberyard even grows its own herbs and spices in their own little patch, while the restaurant also offers a great wine list along with free sparkling and still water. Booking may be made online.
Located right in the city centre Timberyard is easy to find and is not far from Edinburgh Castle and other historic landmarks of the city. Contact details are as follows
- 10 Lady Lawson Street
- EH3 9DS
- Tele 0131 221 1222
Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar
Those who wish to eat good wholesome food in a casual setting will surely find Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar right up their street. We don't always require fine dining when eating out as sometimes it's good to be a little more down to earth and this lovely restaurant offers us simplicity and quality combined. Located in Leith Walk Edinburgh and open seven days a week, this great fish restaurant isn't simply a chippy it offers some fabulous fish dishes at relatively reasonable prices.
Delicious Fish Dishes
The restaurant offers daily specials such as delicious fish stew, mussels in shells and fresh cod dishes, while price wise for around the £9.50 mark its certainly eating well for less! Unusually for a fish restaurant diners can also choose from a selection of appetising pasta dishes too, a takeaway menu is also offered for those who don't wish to sit in to eat, while a delivery service is also offered from Monday to Thursday. Please see the website for further details. Tailend also serves a range of coffees to finish off your dining experience, while kids eat free when with an adult on Sundays from 12pm to 5pm.
Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar is just ten minutes' walk away from Prices Street with contact details as follows
- The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar
- 14-15 Albert Place
- Leith Walk
- EH7 5HN
Suruchi Indian Restaurant
Suruchi Indian Restaurant is located opposite the Festival Theatre and caters for diners who wish to eat in along with a great takeaway service for those who wish to eat at home. Suruchi, established in 1992, offers a superb A La Carte menu plus a comprehensive takeaway menu with varying delivery charges according to your location. Please visit the website for a list of charges.
Suruchi offers a range of starters from vegetarian dishes to soups, kebab feasts and seafood. Vegetarian main dishes, chicken specialities, lamb specialities and Scottish favourites feature on the mains, while a range of special rice's and breads are also available. Many Indian restaurants don't seem to offer a good range of desserts but this cannot be said about Suruchi as there are some fifteen desserts on the menu to choose from! Suruchi also offers a huge choice when it comes to drinks too with a comprehensive selection of alcoholic and soft drinks on offer.
Suruchi opens seven days a week and is a stone's throw away from historic Edinburgh Castle. Contact details are as follows
- Suruchi Indian Restaurant
- 14a Nicholson Street
- Opposite Festival Theatre
Pickles Restaurant is located in the Broughton Street area of Edinburgh, while it prides itself on being warm, welcoming and a great place to go to relax for drinks and food. If it’s a casual relaxing affair you seek rather than a formal dining place then this superb restaurant/wine bar is a great option. Leather sofas, ambient lighting and friendly service make Pickles a once visited never forgotten place.
So, what's on the menu here? Pickles serve fabulous platters including Scottish cheese selections, Mediterranean meats or a mixed meat and cheese platter for those who wish to try a taste of both. Wonderful pates served with a range of breads are available with exotic ingredients that include venison and wild boar. Those who are into their savoury will love Pickles range of pickles combos and pickles and preserves, while price wise eating at Pickles certainly doesn't break the bank! Bottled beers, ciders, wines, spirits, teas and coffees are also available here.
Pickles can be found below L'Escargot Bleu on Broughton Street in Edinburgh. The restaurant opens seven days a week from either 4pm or 4.30pm. Contact details are as follows
- Pickles of Broughton Street
- 56a Broughton Street
- EH1 3SA
- Tele 0131 557 5005
La Petit Mort
La Petit Mort is one of the newest restaurants in Edinburgh and is located in the Tollcross area of the city. All the ingredients used in dishes served by La Petit Mort are locally sourced meaning diners who choose this amazing restaurant are assured an authentic Scottish experience. With a superb food and drinks menu that changes from day to day this beautiful restaurant will not fail to please.
La Petit Mort Dish
Along with a very special menu La Petit Mort serves batch cocktails, craft beers and superb wines. A typical meal can consist of Assiette of Tuna for starters, Dukka Spiced Flat Iron Steak for main and Rhubarb and Balsamic Compote for dessert. Sounds delicious? Well it is and all for a very reasonable price too! The service at the restaurant is second to none, friendly and quick too, while La Petit Mort opens seven days a week with booking available online.
La Petit Mort is located in the South West of Edinburgh City in Tollcross. Contact details are as follows
- La Petit Mort
- 32 Valley Field Street
The Caffeine Drip
Finally last but oh so not least is this quirky eatery offering South African fayre that is both authentic and really different. Located in the West End district of Edinburgh those who want to try something a little different won't be disappointed with the Caffeine Drip. If it's amazing rustic sandwiches and rolls you crave or delicious cakes and amazing coffees and drinks then this is the place for you.
The café is very individual having basic wooden décor, recycled furniture and walls covered in fabulous personal photographs that were taken during the owners visit to Capetown. This unique café caters for a huge range of tastes including serving veggie options, healthy options and very indulgent cakes and desserts to die for! Ever tried a South African Boerewors (sausage)? Well you must when you visit this cafe.
The Caffeine Drip offers a comprehensive breakfast menu with "hangover rolls" fresh toast and omelettes. Great lunch options include Paninis, bagels, flatbreads, soups, wraps and amazing salads, while all the above are also available to take out. Drinks offered include coffees, hot chocolates, smoothies, iced drinks and ice cream floats.
The Caffeine Drip is sited in the heart of the West End and opens seven days a week. Contact details are as follows
- The Caffeine Drip
- 10 Melville Place
- EH3 7PR
- Tele 0131 538 9579