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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 eponymous chef is one of the leading lights of the Scottish culinary scene, and was the first Michelin-star holder in Edinburgh. Though relatively small and demure, his original... — Rough Guide

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

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

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

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

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

'From nature to plate' is the motto of this passionate and focused chef, so expect refreshingly honest, seasonal cooking which shows great skill and clarity of flavours. The converted... — Michelin Guide

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 Dogs

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

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

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

Ondine

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

Smart, lively restaurant dominated by granite-topped bar and crustacean counter. Classic menus showcase prime Scottish seafood. Straightforward, tasty cooking. Well-structured service. — 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

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

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

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

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Castle Terrace Restaurant

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

In the shadow of the castle, an understatedly stylish restaurant with a gilded ceiling and an attractive bar-lounge. Refined cooking showcases seasonal local produce in an assured,... — Michelin Guide

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

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

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

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The Gardener's Cottage

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

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

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

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

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David Bann

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stunningly refurbished Georgian townhouse designed by Thomas Playfair. The glass-fronted kitchen is the focal point of the stylish, high-ceilinged dining room. '21212' reflects the number... — 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

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Timberyard

International 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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 77 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

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

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

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

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Wedgwood The Restaurant

International 77 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

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

Wedgwood wouldn't feel out of place in San Francisco or Seattle. Smart and easygoing, it has a menu emphasizing local and foraged ingredients: Sea radish (salty stuff) or woodland salad... — Afar Magazine

"Deciding Time" is a pre-dinner feature at this little restaurant at the bottom of the Royal Mile—a diplomatic device to help indecisive diners by plying them with... — Frommer's

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

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Fishers

77 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

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

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

The once down-at-heel docklands in Leith is now gentrified, the waterfront lined with buzzing bars, gastropubs, and a boutique hotel, along with two Michelin-starred... — Frommer's

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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Restaurant Mark Greenaway

International 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

Set in an old bank on a corner site in the New Town; they store the wine in the old vault! The cosy dining room has a brasserie look and a formal feel. Menus range from 'set' to... — Michelin Guide

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

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Kalpna

Indian 76 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

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

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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Harvey Nichols Forth Floor Restaurant

International 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Harvey Nichols has become synonymous with chic shopping, so it stands to reason that the department store's restaurant 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

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

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

Buzzy eatery with wonderful Firth of Forth views — Michelin Guide

The Honours

French 75 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

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

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

A brasserie in the grand New York style, but with chef Martin Wishart overseeing proceedings (but not cooking – his talented partner Paul Tamburrini does that here); standards and quality... — Rough Guide

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Hendersons Salad Table Restaurant

Vegan and Vegetarian 75 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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Number One at The Balmoral

French 75 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Clublike but unstuffy, this basement restaurant with a thoughtful layout perfect for intimate dining serves the best of Scottish seafood and meat within the Edwardian splendor of the... — Fodor's

A stylish, long-standing restaurant in the basement of a grand Edwardian hotel. Richly upholstered banquettes and red lacquered walls give it a plush, luxurious feel. Cooking is modern,... — Michelin Guide

This is the stylish and sophisticated chatelaine of Edinburgh’s city-centre restaurants, all gold-and-velvet elegance with a Michelin star sparkling on her tiara. The food is top-notch... — Lonely Planet

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Field

International 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Small, rustic restaurant run by two young owners; the 8 tables are overlooked by a huge canvas of a prized cow. The appealing menu changes slightly each day, offering unfussy, traditional... — Michelin Guide

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

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L'Escargot Bleu

French 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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

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