Best Restaurants In Edinburgh

Armed with some of the freshest ingredients in the whole of the UK, as well as a passion for absolutely delicious grub, the capital has always been a foodie paradise. Whether you're down for a platter of Thai delights or would rather good ol' Scottish cuisine, we've got the recommendations for you. Check out our list of top Edinburgh restaurants here. 

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Last updated on 12th June 2024

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Porty Vault

For those mouthwatering BBQ eats, check out Porty Vault on Portobello High Street. Whether you're after an oozy mac 'n' cheese with truffle oil and parmesan or an 8-hour smoked sausage, this venue is set to impress. Feeling thirsty? Quaff down a few craft beers.

The Alchemist Edinburgh St James Quarter

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Exciting, enticing and hunger-inciting, The Alchemist is a cool hideout in the city centre that's ideal for date night dinners. While in sultry surrounds, chow down on East Asian-inspired bites, such as bao buns and gyozas, or opt for a next-level burger. Another top-notch venue? There's also a site on George Street.

Gusto Italian - Edinburgh

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One of the best Italian eateries that our city has to offer, the stylish, minimalist Gusto can be found on George Street. This friendly restaurant cooks up authentic Mediterranean fare, from sourdough pizzas topped with vegan nduja to pan-fried seabass fillets or scallop and prawn ravioli. Topping it all off? They also offer a two-course boozy brunch, complete with six cocktails, for just £37 per person.


Up there as one of the very best restaurants in the city, Fhior is well-known for its delectable four to 10-course tasting menus. Each dish is made with either foraged ingredients or those from the country's highly regarded suppliers, resulting in mouthwatering, eye-pleasing creations.


Condita is blowing it out of the water with its culinary offering, which has made it one of the only Michelin star restaurants in Edinburgh. Settle into the cute, cosy surrounds, where you'll receive a surprise multi-course tasting menu from the highly acclaimed chef, Conor Toomey.

The Little Chartroom

The chefs over at The Little Chartroom know what's up in the good grub department, as it cooks up gorgeous dishes using fresh, seasonal ingredients. From beef rump with haggis pie to cured monkfish accompanied by rhubarb, it makes the most of what Scotland has to offer.

Tuk Tuk

Tuk Tuk shows its guests what casual Indian dining is all about. Whether you're shovelling down fiery sheesh kebabs, enjoying a rogan josh curry or snacking on some moreish pakoras, this is sure to satiate your cravings for cool restaurants in Edinburgh.

The Palmerston

Only at The Palmerston would you find crispy pig's head with mustard mayonnaise and pickled celery then fried pumpkin, honey, chilli and Branzi on the menu. This Michelin guide-featured restaurant's ethos surrounds whole animal cooking along with a dedication to showcasing Scottish suppliers, with the result being dishes to die for.

Whiski Rooms

Ideal if your date is a big fan of the firewater spirit, Whiski Rooms couples authentic Scottish dishes with traditional drinks; think elevated fish and chips, haggis and neeps, plus so much more. While you tuck in, sip many a dram of the good stuff from international bottles, many of which are rare.


Timberyard in Edinburgh is a gorgeous, family-run restaurant set in a repurposed warehouse. It doesn't get trendier than this, with its rustic bare-brick walls, intimate candle lighting and wooden tables. Pop by for eye-catching plates of British fare amplified using international flavours.

Duck & Waffle

Located on St James Square you'll find the dazzling dining experience that is Duck & Waffle. Not only are they all-day brunch enthusiasts, but also they whip up incredible cocktails and delicious Sunday roasts. Don't miss out on their signature dish featuring crispy leg confit, fried duck egg drizzled in mustard maple syrup.

The Spence

If you haven't got The Spence on your restaurant hot list, then add it now. The brass-adorned, all-day restaurant is located in Gleneagles Townhouse, equipped with a wowing dome roof. The menu features modern Scottish cuisine using local fish and meats, plus there's a brunch club and afternoon tea, too.