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Restaurants in Edinburgh

While many restaurants in Edinburgh, especially in the picturesque Old Town, cater to tourists with rote renditions of pub fare, you don't need to look far to find chefs who are serving up the best of Scottish game and fish, in inspired dishes. And Edinburgh is an international city, albeit no major metropolis, with its share of excellent Indian, Italian, Thai, and other restaurants.

Two of the best restaurants in Edinburgh are found in Leith, the city's historic port. Martin Wishart, the eponymous restaurant from the chef, first received a Michelin star in 2001 and has retained it every year since. It is an expensive night out and reservations are necessary far in advance. (The Honours, in the New Town, is Wishart's contemporary brasserie alternative in the New Town.) The other stand out in Leith is the Ship on the Shore, the place to go for some of the best seafood in Scotland.

Other Edinburgh restaurants not to be missed:

  • The Kithchin
  • One Balmoral at the Balmoral Hotel
  • Lothian Road, lined with trendy restaurant options
  • Mother India Café
  • Visit a fish and chip shop
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  • Café Royal Circle & Oyster Bar

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Arrive at midday, before the rugby fans take over, nab a red-leather booth and order a pint of Deuchars and the best pub food: steak-and-ale pie, p... More
  • Dubh Prais Restaurant

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Authentic Scottish dishes like kedgeree (smoked haddock and pearl barley) and haggis cakes with whisky-and-leek sauce are served in this cozy basem... More
  • Fishers in Leith

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    The chalkboard menu changes with the day's catches at this scenic, nautically themed spot on the bustling waterfront. Loch Fyne oysters are a briny... More
  • Mussel Inn

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Despite an unassuming exterior, the Mussel Inn restaurant draws crowds with its menu of fresh seafood imported from the western coast of Scotland. ... More
  • Plumed Horse

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Tony Borthwick relocated his Michelin-starred restaurant from the tiny village of Crossmichael to this 38-seat dining room, which opened in Decembe... More
  • Restaurant Martin Wishart

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar
    The namesake of renowned local chef Martin Wishart, this Michelin one-starred restaurant is housed in an understated building on the bank of the Wa... More
  • The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Located in an 18th-century Georgian townhouse, this upscale restaurant is the only public component of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society headquarters.... More
  • The Grain Store Restaurant

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Edinburgh foodies have been coming to this unpretentious second floor space for 17 years. Seasonal ingredients star in seared Scotch salmon with sp... More
  • Vincaffé

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Located beside St. Andrew’s Square, this café and wine bar is an offshoot of Valvona & Crolla, the city’s oldest operating deli. Inside, the two-st... More
  • Witchery by the Castle

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    The restaurant serves traditional baked Scottish crotin and rabbit wrapped in Parma ham—all cooked to perfection. More

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