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Restaurant Martin Wishart

French 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Wows the gourmets with highly accomplished and exquisitely presented dishes featuring Scottish-sourced fish and meat. — Rough Guide

Despite a Michelin star and a host of local awards, chef/owner Martin Wishart is the antithesis of the high-profile prima donna or loud-mouthed TV chef. — Frommer's

Possibly the finest dining experience in all of Scotland. — DK Eyewitness

Having done much to kick-start Edinburgh's fine-dining scene, many would say that Wishart remains at the head of the pack. — Concierge

Slightly out of town but worth every penny of the taxi fare, this restaurant's well-known chef woos diners with an impeccable and varied menu of beautifully presented, French-influenced dishes. — Fodor's

The Kitchin

92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of the Edinburgh's most popular eateries, Tom Kitchin's award-winning venture packs in the crowds. — Fodor's

The restaurant is intimate and understated, despite the cheffy window onto the kitchen. Some people find Michelin-starred dining intimidating. This isn't. — Frommer's

A contemporary eatery in Edinburgh’s trendy Leith Waterfront area. — DK Eyewitness

Fresh, seasonal, locally sourced Scottish produce is the philosophy that has won a Michelin star for this elegant but unpretentious restaurant. — Lonely Planet

Set in a smart, converted whisky warehouse — Michelin Guide

Ondine

Seafood 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This newcomer to the Edinburgh dining scene has perhaps made the biggest splash with its fresh seafood and fish dishes, using sustainably caught produce. — Frommer's

Tucked in next to the Hotel Missoni, this seafood restaurant from Edinburgh chef Roy Brett, once Rick Stein’s main chef in Padstow, turns out some sublime dishes such as grilled lemon sole. — Rough Guide

This fabulous seafood restaurant off the Royal Mile is making waves with its expertly prepared dishes from sustainable fishing sources — Fodor's

Smart, lively restaurant dominated by an impressive horseshoe bar and a crustacean counter — Michelin Guide

Ondine is one of Edinburgh's finest seafood restaurants, with a menu based on sustainably sourced fish. — Lonely Planet

The Gardener's Cottage

International 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This cottage restaurant boasts quaint decor and an atmosphere of energetic bonhomie. — Time Out

This country cottage in the heart of the city, bedecked with flowers and fairy lights, offers one of Edinburgh's most interesting dining experiences. — Lonely Planet

The daily changing menu, scrawled on a blackboard outside, features seasonal and local ingredients—so local in fact, that some of the herbs and vegetables are plucked from the restaurant's own patch. — Frommer's

This quirky little eatery was once home to a royal gardener — Michelin Guide

At lunch or weekend brunch, entrées might include Arbroath smokie with poached eggs or black pudding and walnut tagliatelle. — Condé Nast Traveler

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The Dogs

Italian 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Budget restaurant whose menu of hearty British mains largely hits the spot. — Time Out

One of the coolest tables in town, this bistro-style place uses cheaper cuts of meat and less well-known, more sustainable species of fish to create hearty, no-nonsense dishes. — Lonely Planet

Back-to-basics British cooking with offal, cheap cuts and cheaper fish served in well-cooked dishes for properly decent prices – braised lamb heart stuffed with prunes and bacon. — Rough Guide

Off-beat menu—think devilled ox liver, offal toast, and Arbroath smokie fishcakes with vanilla sauce—and prices that won't mug your wallet. — Frommer's

This is a curious but welcome member of the Edinburgh restaurant scene. — DK Eyewitness

Wedgwood The Restaurant

International 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Wedgwood is a regular forager, and popular dishes include panko- and black sesame-crusted mullet and scallops wrapped in caul fat. — Frommer's

Asian, European, and traditional Scottish influences are apparent in dishes such as mackerel with sea arugula gnocchi, and beef fillet with bone marrow fritter and brandy cream. — Fodor's

Modish restaurant making use of local, seasonal produce and foraged ingredients. The £12.95 lunch menu is excellent value. — Time Out

Fine food without the fuss is the motto at this friendly and unpretentious restaurant. — Lonely Planet

Smart and easygoing, it has a menu emphasizing local and foraged ingredients: Sea radish (salty stuff) or woodland salad leaves may accompany the chef's creations. — Afar Magazine

The Honours

French 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Options range from soufflés to cottage pie with good seafood and offal in there too. — Rough Guide

Owned by a well-established chef; a bustling brasserie with a smart, stylish interior and a pleasingly informal atmosphere. — Michelin Guide

Don't miss the sublime crab cappuccino (served, thankfully, in a large bowl instead of a coffee cup), with chunks of succulent crab submerged in a creamy bisque and topped, of course, with foam. — Frommer's

An upmarket bistro that avoids pompousness. Steaks are recommended, although sugar lovers will be most impressed by the desserts. — Time Out

Run by Martin Wishart, one of Edinburgh's true restaurant grandees, the Honours is a more relaxed (though no less pricey) alternative to his supertrendy, eponymous flagship — Fodor's

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Timberyard

International 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

There are few restaurants that feel so wonderfully fresh and, well, Edinburgh as this one — Fodor's

The imaginative menu features dishes such as raw venison, burnt oak oil, shallot, mustard, and buckwheat alongside smoked beef loin, shallot, burnt ramson, cauliflower, kohlrabi and mustard. — Frommer's

Trendy warehouse restaurant; its spacious, rustic interior incorporating wooden floors and wood-burning stoves — Michelin Guide

A slow-food restaurant where the accent is on locally sourced produce from artisan growers and foragers. — Lonely Planet

Elaborate and dishes in an artistic setting. Expect unusual ingredients and exciting combinations that run from drinks to dessert, as well as a hipster vibe. — Time Out

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David Bann

Vegan and Vegetarian 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Dark wood, lacquered maroon walls, and contemporary lighting isn't your typical veggie bistro decor, and a lot of diners here are even (gasp!) meat eaters. — Concierge

The solely vegetarian venue is a distinctive offering on Edinburgh’s culinary menu. — Time Out

Thoroughly modern vegetarian restaurant, open long hours and offering a wide choice of interesting dishes such as chickpea koftas with home-made curd cheese or risotto of roasted tomato. — Rough Guide

One of the best vegetarian restaurants in Scotland, in the heart of the Old Town. — Insight Guides

If you want to convince a carnivorous friend that cuisine à la veg can be as tasty and inventive as a meat-muncher’s menu, take them to David Bann’s stylish restaurant. — Lonely Planet

Castle Terrace Restaurant

French 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It was little more than a year after opening in 2010 that Castle Terrace was awarded a Michelin star under chef-patron Dominic Jack. — Lonely Planet

Edinburgh-born chef Dominic Jack opened his restaurant in 2010 with his friend and fellow chef Tom Kitchin...Modern, seasonal, and local, his food is artfully presented in understated surroundings. — Concierge

Set in the shadow of the castle is this bright, contemporary restaurant with hand-painted wallpapers and a mural depicting the Edinburgh skyline — Michelin Guide

Locally sourced seasonal Scottish produce cooked in classic French-style and served to a mixed clientele. Michelin-starred. — Time Out

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Restaurant Mark Greenaway

International 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Run by the talented star of the BBC's Great British Menu, this restaurant offers wonderful seasonal dishes and indulgent desserts. — Fodor's

Smart restaurant located in an old Georgian bank - they store their wine in the old vault — Michelin Guide

Creative, accomplished, fascinating and fun cooking. — Time Out

The signature Loch Fyne Crab Cannelloni with smoked cauliflower custard, lemon pearls, herb butter, and baby coriander is a theatrical (smoke swirls under a glass top)—and delicious—tour de force. — Frommer's

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Cafe St Honore

French 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef Neil Forbes' quintessentially Parisian-style café champions sustainable local produce. — Fodor's

Long-standing French bistro, tucked away down a side street — Michelin Guide

Located close to the main shopping streets, but in a quiet lane, this traditional French restaurant with a typical Parisian-style interior, is a favourite of many. — DK Eyewitness

This hidden gem down a little cobbled alley in Edinburgh's New Town is the closest thing to an authentic French bistro you'll find in the Scottish capital. — Frommer's

Enduring bistro that hasn’t lost its charm. A rigid observer of the SlowFood movement, expect the best ingredients. — Time Out

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Fishers

80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The menu offers a dependable list of classics (fishcakes, fish soup, mussels, oysters, seafood platter) as well as à la carte choices like Goan monkfish and king prawn curry. — Time Out

Locals and visitors flock to this laid-back pub-cum-bistro down on the waterfront, and to its sister restaurant, Fishers in the City, at 58 Thistle Street in the New Town. — Fodor's

There are smarter fish restaurants in the capital, but this one feels more spit and sawdust. From bisque to bass, the usual suspects jump off the menu. — Frommer's

The chalkboard menu changes with the day's catches at this scenic, nautically themed spot on the bustling waterfront. — Travel + Leisure

This cosy little restaurant, tucked beneath a 17th-century signal tower, is one of the city's best seafood places. — Lonely Planet

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Field

International 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A rustic restaurant run by two young owners, comprising just 8 tables - which are overlooked by a huge canvas of a prized cow — Michelin Guide

The name is a hint,  along with the huge image of a cow on the wall, as to what the menu offers. Apart from that the place is more cutely clinical rather than earthy and rustic. — Frommer's

A tiny restaurant punching way above its weight, Field pulls off that rare feat: fine dining at modest prices — Lonely Planet

A Michelin-starred model at a fraction of the price. Expect quirky, yet unpretentious, fare. — Time Out

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Lovecrumbs

79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Serves wonderful cakes of all kinds, from pistachio and chocolate to heavenly peanut butter brownies. They also make amazing tarts. Eat in with a cup of coffee, or get them to go. — Fodor's

The daily cake flavors ranged from orange-lavender to peanut butter to the standard and decadent dark chocolate. Get here early to snag a seat - especially one of the coveted window seats. — Afar Magazine

Serving up Edinburgh’s most creative and beautiful bakes, Lovecrumbs is a shabby-chic cafe popular with students and hipsters — Lonely Planet

Savoury lovers beware: Lovecrumbs forgoes the standard sandwiches in favour of all things sweet. Coffee is Artisan Roast, the Tea Anteaques, and cakes fresh. — Time Out

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Hendersons Salad Table Restaurant

Vegan and Vegetarian 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Edinburgh's pioneering canteen-style vegetarian restaurant opened in 1962, long before it was fashionable to serve healthy, meatless creations. — Fodor's

Established in 1962, Henderson’s is the grandmother of Edinburgh’s vegetarian restaurants. — Lonely Planet

Right in the heart of New Town, Henderson's is another bona fide institution in the Scottish capital. — Frommer's

Well-established veggie restaurant serving a strong selection of mains and desserts. — Time Out

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Kalpna

Indian 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Amid an ordinary row of shops, the facade of this vegetarian Indian restaurant may be unremarkable, but the food is exceptional and a superb value. — Fodor's

Outstanding vegetarian restaurant serving authentic Gujarati dishes. Four set meals (from £13.50), including a vegan option, and a good main menu. — Rough Guide

A long-standing Edinburgh favourite, Kalpna is one of the best Indian restaurants in the country, vegetarian or otherwise. — Lonely Planet

The atmosphere is that of a pleasant, modern Indian restaurant which isn’t too uptight about itself. — Time Out

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The Witchery by the Castle

International 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Old-school charm and decadent dining without the stuffiness. — Time Out

This atmospheric place offers a theatrical candlelit experience and features traditional/new-wave Scottish cuisine, such as rabbit stuffed with black pudding or Scottish oysters and langoustines. — Insight Guides

The hundreds of "witches" who were executed on Castlehill, just yards from where you'll be seated, are the inspiration for this outstanding and atmospheric restaurant — Fodor's

An upmarket restaurant set in magnificently over-the-top medieval surroundings full of Gothic panelling, tapestries and heavy stonework, all a mere broomstick-hop from the Castle. — Rough Guide

The restaurant serves traditional baked Scottish crotin and rabbit wrapped in Parma ham—all cooked to perfection. — Travel + Leisure

Harvey Nichols Forth Floor Restaurant

International 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Harvey Nichols has become synonymous with chic shopping, and the department store's food hall is no slouch when it comes to style — Fodor's

If you’re going to eat in one clothes shop in Edinburgh, make it this one. — Time Out

The in-store restaurant at Harvey Nichols has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking St Andrew Sq, making it a great place to enjoy sunset views. — Lonely Planet

Evidently Edinburgh can't get enough high-up restaurants with views. And these views are as gorgeous as any. — Concierge

At the top of the Harvey Nichols boutique department store, this restaurant has excellent views of the Firth of Forth. — Frommer's

Aizle

79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Modest little suburban restaurant whose name means 'ember' or 'spark' — Michelin Guide

You haven't seen the menu yet...there isn't one, just a list of ingredients from which your four-course tasting menu will be conjured. Yes, it's gimmicky, but it's fun and adds a sense of adventure. — Frommer's

Put your faith in the chef's hands at this neo-bistro with an intense focus on seasonable ingredients. — Time Out

If you're the sort who has trouble deciding what to eat, Aizle will do it for you (the name is an old Scots word for 'spark' or 'ember'). — Lonely Planet

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