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Restaurant Martin Wishart

French 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The namesake of renowned local chef Martin Wishart, this Michelin one-starred restaurant is housed in an understated building on the bank of the Water of Leith. — Travel + Leisure

Elegant modern restaurant with immaculately set tables and attentive, professional service. — Michelin Guide

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

Here's the best British chef you've never heard of, largely because he eschews shouty TV shows. Martin Wishart has revived the high end of Edinburgh dining since he began in 1999. The... — Afar Magazine

If you’re going to spend big, spend it at this Michelin-starred marvel in Leith. — Time Out

The Kitchin

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

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

The tasting menus are the star at this bold, brilliant restaurant from Michelin-starred chef (and TV regular) Tom Kitchin. — Time Out

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

This Leith restaurant has shot into Edinburgh's premier league since opening in June 2006. — Concierge

Ondine

Seafood 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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... — Rough Guide

Smart, lively restaurant dominated by an impressive horseshoe bar and a crustacean counter. Classic menus showcase prime Scottish seafood in tasty, straightforward dishes which let the... — Michelin Guide

This modern seafood restaurant is the brainchild of Roy Brett, a local chef who cut his teeth with British seafood celeb chef Rick Stein. — Concierge

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

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

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The Gardener's Cottage

International 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This quirky little eatery was once home to a royal gardener. Two cosy, simply furnished rooms have long communal tables. Lunch is light and dinner offers an 8 course set menu; much of the... — Michelin Guide

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

From pop-up to permanent fixture. Chefs Edward Murray and Dale Mailley's practice session at the Edinburgh Farmers market was just a stepping-stone for the 2012 launch... — Frommer's

Once inside this small restored bunga- low turned restaurant in Royal Terrace Gardens, it’s easy to forget you’re in the center of the city. With its communal tables, record player, and... — 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

Cosy, slightly bohemian-style eatery on the first floor of a classic Georgian mid-terrace, with two high-ceilinged, shabby chic dining rooms and an appealing bar. Robust, good value... — Michelin Guide

David Ramsden's mutt-themed empire expands and contracts like a yo-yo dieter. Seadogs (the fishy one) Amore Dogs (Italian) and the Underdogs basement bar have bitten the dust; however,... — Frommer's

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 (£7.95)... — Rough Guide

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 such as... — Lonely Planet

David Bann

Vegan and Vegetarian 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In the heart of the Old Town, this ultrahip eatery serving vegetarian and vegan favorites attracts young locals with its light, airy, modern dining room. — Fodor's

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

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

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

Timberyard

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

Trendy warehouse restaurant; its spacious, rustic interior incorporating wooden floors and wood-burning stoves. Scandic-influenced menu offers 'bites', 'small' and 'large' sizes, with... — Michelin Guide

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

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

This restaurant’s minimalist space— it was built in the nineteenth century as a prop and costume store and later repurposed as a timber yard—is the perfect foil for chef Ben Radford’s in-... — Condé Nast Traveler

The foodie Radford family's latest venture, Timberyard—housed in a sprawling 19th-century costume and props warehouse—was one of the most exciting restaurant launches of recent years.... — 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 →

Long-standing French bistro, tucked away down a side street. The interior is cosy, with wooden marquetry, mirrors on the walls and tightly packed tables. Traditional Gallic menus use... — Michelin Guide

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

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

Starched white tablecloths, a black-and-white tiled floor, and dimly lit interior: This hidden gem down a little cobbled alley in Edinburgh's New Town is the closest thing to an authentic... — Frommer's

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

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Wedgwood The Restaurant

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

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

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

Atmospheric, split-level bistro, hidden away at the bottom of the Royal Mile; it's personally run by a friendly team and a hit with the locals. — Michelin Guide

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

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

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Fishers

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

For more than 20 years this has been one of Edinburgh's primary destinations for seafood, cheek by jowl with Leith Docks. Other esteemed local restaurants have come and gone in that time... — Time Out

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

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

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

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Castle Terrace Restaurant

French 79 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

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

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

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The Honours

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

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

Martin Wishart's Michelin-starred eponymous restaurant down in Leith's revamped docklands might be on the formal side, but at his city center brasserie everything ... — Frommer's

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

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

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Restaurant Mark Greenaway

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

The pudding man cometh. When Mark Greenaway opened his eponymous restaurant in the New Town in 2013, waistbands groaned at the prospect. Deconstructed desserts such as the Knot Chocolate... — Frommer's

Smart restaurant located in an old Georgian bank - they store their wine in the old vault. The well-travelled chef employs interesting texture and flavour combinations. Dishes are modern,... — Michelin Guide

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

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

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Kalpna

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

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

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

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

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

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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'. Well-balanced, skilfully prepared dishes are, in effect, a surprise, as the set menu is presented as a long list of... — Michelin Guide

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

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

Aizle rhymes with hazel (and is the old Scots word for spark or ember). At first glance the new-fangled culinary style—Scottish Neo-Bistro—might set your teeth on edge, but go with it.... — Frommer's

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Field

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

There's no shortage of restaurants in Edinburgh preaching about local, seasonal produce and raving about Scotland's larder—and this little bijoux billet set up by a... — Frommer's

A rustic restaurant run by two young owners, comprising just 8 tables - which are overlooked by a huge canvas of a prized cow. The appealing menu changes slightly each day, offering... — Michelin Guide

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

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L'Escargot Bleu

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

As with its sister restaurant, L’Escargot Blanc on Queensferry St, this cute little bistro is as Gallic as garlic but makes fine use of quality Scottish produce – the French-speaking... — Lonely Planet

A nice step up from the rustic, no-frills French bistro that’s still in evidence across Edinburgh. — Rough Guide

A welcoming bistro that serves up French cuisine crafted from Scottish produce. — Time Out

Authentic French bistro offering boldly flavoured, regional French favourites; sit in the front room with its large windows and buzzy atmosphere. Dishes may be fiercely French but... — Michelin Guide

Anyone still laboring under the misconception that French cuisine is pretentious should pay a visit to this gem. — Fodor's

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21212 Restaurant

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

A grand Georgian town house on the side of Calton Hill is the elegant setting for Edinburgh’s newest Michelin star. — Lonely Planet

Stunningly refurbished Georgian townhouse designed by William Playfair. The glass-fronted kitchen is the focal point of the stylish, high-ceilinged dining room. Cooking is skilful,... — Michelin Guide

Paul Kitching's restaurant produces dishes that sound deceptively simple on the menu but reveal themselves to be a multilayered rainbow of ingredients. — Concierge

Gentle, slow cooking is a signature, as are seemingly odd but successful combinations of ingredients. — Frommer's

The most challenging and polarizing restaurant to arrive in Edinburgh in recent years; some (including the Michelin inspectors) love chef Paul Kitching’s shopping-list style of cooking... — Rough Guide

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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 →

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

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

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

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

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The Witchery by the Castle

International 78 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

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

With its atmospheric oak-paneled main dining room and airy converted courtyard (known as the Secret Garden), dinner at this 16th-century building near the castle gates verges on the theatrical. — Concierge

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

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