Best Restaurants In Edinburgh City Centre

While perhaps better known for its reams of traditional pubs, the Scottish capital also doesn't skimp in the food department. From getting your spice fix at an Indian eatery to settling down in a venue with gorgeous views over the castle, our city really has it all. Stuck for ideas? Read on to discover the best restaurants in Edinburgh city centre.

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Last updated on 25th March 2024

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The Alchemist Edinburgh St James Quarter

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A top choice for cool restaurants in Edinburgh city centre, thanks to its accompanying lineup of theatrical cocktails, The Alchemist is great if you want a bit of everything. The international small plates and mains will have you munching on dishes such as burgers, bao buns and brunches. Plus, there's a George Street site as well.

Hawksmoor Edinburgh

For sumptuous steaks, take a trip to Hawksmoor in St Andrew Square. From tender cuts of Chateaubriand to t-bone and prime rib, alongside a range of Sunday roasts too, this restaurant's menu transports meat lovers to their very own idea of heaven.


One of the best Indian restaurants in Edinburgh city centre is Tantra, which transports you to South Asia with its food, entertainment and interiors. To top it off, it even has 24-carat dishes, including the slow-cooked lamb shank encrusted in golf leaf.


When it comes to Michelin star restaurants in Edinburgh city centre, one of our absolute faves is Timberyard. Slinging out locally sourced dishes in an uber-chic converted warehouse, this highly acclaimed hotspot is not to be missed and is completely perfect for date nights.

Number One

Number One is the place to go if you fancy a bit of fine dining in Edinburgh city centre. As it's boasted a spot in the Michelin Guide for many years now, you can bet this snazzy spot knows what's up in the good grub department. Think contemporary Scottish cuisine in slinky surrounds.

The Lookout by Gardener's Cottage

The Lookout By Gardener's Cottage boasts a prime spot on Calton Hill, with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout to make sure you're drinking up all the views. Serving fabulous fare from lunchtime to decadent evening tasting menus, this lofty legend is one of the best Scottish restaurants in Edinburgh city centre.