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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

Signature dishes include a sublime ravioli of Borders partridge with cabbage in truffle cream. — Afar Magazine

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

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

The Kitchin

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

Offers some tantalizing dishes including rolled pig’s head with crispy ear salad...or razor clams with chorizo as well as tasting menus from £70. — Rough Guide

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

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

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

Ondine

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

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

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

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

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

The Gardener's Cottage

International 86 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 — Michelin Guide

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

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

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 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

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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

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

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

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

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 →

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

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

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

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

The Honours

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

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

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

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

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Timberyard

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

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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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

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

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

Castle Terrace Restaurant

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

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

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

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Restaurant Mark Greenaway

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

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

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

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

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Cafe St Honore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fishers

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

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

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

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

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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Field

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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Hendersons Salad Table Restaurant

Vegan and Vegetarian 79 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

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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Kalpna

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

Harvey Nichols Forth Floor Restaurant

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

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

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

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

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

Buzzy eatery with wonderful Firth of Forth views. — Michelin Guide

Aizle

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

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

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

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

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