Restaurants in Edinburgh

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Fall head over heels for the cuisine served by Edinburgh’s quality restaurants and establish a fresh list of favorite dishes.

You can expect the freshest and finest local produce of international flavors seasoned by creations of original chefs of the city.

Staying true to its history, Edinburgh provides top-quality meat, shellfish and inventive plant-based menus which bring a twist to the traditional cuisine.

The city has everything from beach restaurants to street tables, from elegant classic rooms to local healthy cafes. Literally everything you could think of!

Lengthen your lunch table and join a community feast extended by day services and lunch clubs.

Don’t make your cravings wait and grab a bite at our best restaurant picks:

Timberyard

Timberyard Restaurants
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Arriving in a new city means a lot of experimentation. Timberyard will satisfy you with unusual ingredients and exciting combinations.

Enjoy the hipster vibe given to the restaurant through its old utility of a timber yard.

It is now turned into a blooming tasteful building and outside courtyard along with a Scandinavian ceramic wall which artfully makes the palace bright.

The interiors are covered in red tartan blankets over the backs of seats and natural light through the huge windows gives it a serene feel.

Opening hours:

Friday to Sunday: 12 pm to 10 pm

Aizle

Aizle Restaurant
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Put your faith in the hands of Aizle chefs and enjoy the seasonal ingredients, fresh local food and swanky environment.

This restaurant began from Chef Stuart Ralston and Krystal Goff’s dream of a concept of ‘bistronomy’.

Aizle has a bright atmosphere with considerate staff that values your preferences.They also have a board of ingredients for you to choose from.

Ralson has next prepared a five-course menu for you with unusual dishes and fresh combinations of ingredients.

Upon your visit, don’t forget to try a savory dish like Pommes anna with cured egg yolk or a sweet made of raspberry, white chocolate and goat milk.

Opening hours:

Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday: 6 pm to 9.30 pm

Friday and Saturday: 5 pm to 9.30 pm

Café St Honoré

At the nicest spot in the center of Edinburgh lies Café St Honoré with chic Parisian interior.It is decorated with heavy linen tablecloths, monochrome floor tiles and mirrored walls.

The French flavors of the cafe are dominated by local Scottish produce, following the principles of Slow Food.

Its chefs will track down any variety of rhubarb to bake in an almond tart, hand-squashed apple juice or tiger stripe tomato.

Despite the attention to detail, the chefs never allow the flavor to become overbearing, they cater to gluten, dairy and meat-avoiders.

Opening hours:

Thursday to Monday: 12 pm to 2 pm and 5 pm to 9.30 pm

The Table

The Table has one table which caters to at least ten people in one sitting with a breakfast bar available adjacent to it. 

The restaurant’s environment is impressively smart, always buzzing with interactions with the chefs as they cook and flex their performance art skills. 

Sean Clark, the chef-patron, provides a seven-course menu with the first dish known as Miss Piggy Was Right. 

The menu is influenced by Scottish and European cuisine and changes regularly to bring you fresh options for every meal. 

Opening hours:

Wednesday to Monday: 7 pm to 12 am 

The Gardener’s cottage

Cottage decor and energetic atmosphere are the signature quality of this restaurant ever since its door opened in 2012.

This place was originally William Playfair which provides you with a dining chat room for a private meeting for two people. 

Brunch is served at the weekend with home-grown veggie and herb patches planted in the cottage’s garden.

Duck and rhubarb soup is a successful dish among the visitors and thus is a must-try! 

The restaurant’s staff is friendly and will greet you with a simple yet inventive menu that will delight you. 

Interiors are designed especially for cozy dining spaces, stylish rooms and long communal tables. 

Opening hours: 

Thursday to Sunday: 12 pm to 2.30 pm and 5 pm to 11.30 pm

The Scran and Scallie

The top-notch cuisine of the Michelin-starred chef’s Scran and Scallie attracts a well-heeled crowd.

On top of the amazing cuisine, it is coupled with Stockbridge locations for a beautiful view of the Waters of Leith.

For starters, surely order the lobster ravioli or fresh oysters with mackerel ceviche that perfectly matches the riverside location.

The main course will include braised hogget shoulder and daily seasonal specials like game pie.

Interiors of The Scran and Scallie are decorated with warm wood, tartan and tweed furnishings that are polished with contemporary wallpaper.

On the wine and whisky menu, you will find a fine selection of house cocktails and the highly recommended Scotch Martini.

Opening hours:

Daily: 12 pm to 1 am

Dusit

Dusit is a Thai restaurant in Edinburgh that produces innovative flavors of Asian cuisine.

Located in New Town, the restaurant is known for giving the dishes edgy names like ‘A Loving Couple’, ‘Lady in the Garden’ and ‘Fleeing Fish’.

It is a relaxing place with Zen-like calm and sophisticated vibes, a very challenging task to achieve as a restaurant.

Dusit beautifully balances the delicate flavors of Thai, Japanese, Chinese, French and Vietnamese cuisine with a neat twist of Scottish produce.

The curry dishes are all over the menu with ingredients like roast duck, sweet potato, king prawns or coconut sauces.

Opening hours:

Saturday to Sunday: 12 pm to 3 pm and 5 pm to 10 pm

L’Escargot Bleu

Welcome to one of the best French restaurants in Edinburgh, L’Escargot Bleu, where French cuisine is coupled with Scottish produce.

Bleu’s chef, Fred Berkmiller opened this restaurant in 2008 and it became trendy among coffee shops, independent booksellers and butchers.

As you pass through the blue door, you’ll be welcomed by vintage posters of Edith Piaf and french liquor ads.

Windows connecting the floor to the ceiling have a cozy table where you will be surprised to not have French classics but dishes from Berkmiller’s childhood.

The menu specials change regularly with slabs of homemade terrine on the go, a permanent dish.

You must try the most popular sweet dish, the Moorish delight of Tarte au chocolate and creme Anglaise!

Opening hours:

Wednesday to Saturday: 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Locanda De Gusti

Locanda De Gusti
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Find yourself enjoying an Italian restaurant in Edinburgh that launched in 2014 close to Haymarket Station.

Chef Rosario Sartore from Naples has a pronounced style in Southern Italian dishes that include seafood.

The menu includes starters like sauteed seafood feast of assorted crustacea, shellfish and squid with olive oil, chili, garlic and parsley.

Main courses include linguine with lobster, white wine, cherry tomatoes and chili with pork belly and sweet peppers.

The interiors of Locanda De Gusti make way for a fresh atmosphere and the vibe of a polite farmhouse kitchen.

Dessert choices are more than just tiramisu and panna cotta, rather the traditional Neapolitan tart and Cannolo Siciliana are also available.

Opening hours: 

Monday to Saturday: 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm and 5.30 pm to 10 pm.

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