The Best Places To Eat & Drink In Edinburgh

With its gothic architecture, rich history and dynamic food and drink scene, Edinburgh is the second most-visited city in Britain after London, and a trip here is a must for any cultured explorer. Plus, this month the city is taken over by the iconic Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world. Tempted? We’ve whittled down the best spots to eat and drink in the Scottish capital, whether you’re attending the Fringe or not…


The Kitchin

Tom and Michaela Kitchin opened Michelin-starred The Kitchin on Leith waterfront in 2006. The kitchen serves modern British food influenced by French cooking techniques and showcases Tom’s passion for the high quality ingredients available from Scotland's fantastic natural larder. We like the sound of poached Loch Fyne oysters, squid ink tagliatelle, spelt, spring vegetables and Oscietra caviar, followed by terrine of Highland venison, venison tartare and liver parfait, celeriac, bramble and orange.

Commercial Quay Commercial Street, EH6 6LX



Modern Scottish restaurant Fhior (which translates to ‘true’ in Gaelic) was opened in the summer of 2018 by Scott and Laura Smith. The pair believe that serious food and wine should not only be accessible, but also playful and light-hearted. Current seasonal highlights include the likes of halibut, fennel, buttermilk and pepper dulse and chocolate, Jerusalem artichoke and sea buckthorn.

36 Broughton Street, EH1 3SB


The Little Chartroom

The Little Chartroom opened in lovely Leith in 2018. The project of two of the city’s well-respected industry faces – chef Roberta Hall (ex-The Kitchin) and front-of-house Shaun McCarron (ex-Castle Terrace) – this 18-seat restaurant is an intimate spot that serves just four dishes each lunch and dinner. Current offerings include the likes of stuffed lamb saddle with crispy kidney, black garlic, apricot, bitter leaves, smoked yoghurt and almonds, and cucumber gazpacho, white asparagus, apple and grape.

30 Albert Place, EH7 5HN


The Table

The Table has established itself as the first interactive, fine-dining experience in central Edinburgh. The centrepiece of the restaurant is a stone counter that comfortably sits ten people in front of an open-plan kitchen. Here, guests join chef-patron Sean Clark for an evening of fun food via a multi-course tasting menu that showcases the very best of Scottish produce. The Table focuses on European cooking with some influence from further afield – think ‘Golden Wonder Cheese and Onion' (Isle of Mull cheddar raviolo with onion broth).

3A Dundas Street, EH3 6QG


The Honours

The Honours Brasserie is independently owned by multi-award-winning chef Martin Wishart, who also owns two one-Michelin-starred spots – Restaurant Martin Wishart and Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond. The Honours is all about well executed food, great cocktails and carefully selected wines. On the menu, the very best of Scottish local ingredients are used with enthusiasm, applying traditional and modern French cuisine techniques. We like the sound of roast Borders roe deer with wild mushroom ravioli, celeriac puree and goat’s cheese gnocchi.

58a North Castle Street, EH2 3LU



For the best brunches and breakfasts we always like to head to Dishoom and now there’s also one in Edinburgh. We will forever recommend the breakfast naan, filled with Ramsay of Carluke’s smoked streaky bacon. We also like the sound of this Dishoom’s signature breakfast cocktail, the ‘Dhoble’, which features fresh orange and lemon juice, Luksusowa vodka, jaggery and a dash of orange bitters, served over cubed ice. What a way to start the day.
3a St Andrew Square, EH2 2BD

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