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 16th January 2024

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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.

Slug and lettuce, Edinburgh, George Street

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If reasonably priced restaurants in Edinburgh city centre are what you're looking for, then check out Slug and Lettuce. Rustling up everything from bottomless brunches to Sunday roasts, afternoon teas and burgers, it's a great destination for any time of day.


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.

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.


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.