Edinburgh is renowned for its fine food scene. The city is home to four Michelin Starred restaurants and some of the most opulent and luxurious dining experiences you can find in the UK. Take a look at our list below and get a taste for the outstanding restaurants that await you in Scotland's capital...
Grand and opulent, the Dome is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. A former bank situated on Edinburgh’s bustling George Street, diners can enjoy lunch, afternoon tea or dinner under its majestic dome. Traditional fare includes haggis, neeps and tatties served with a whisky sauce, while the restuarant's menu also offers mouth-watering flavours from further afield, all presented in a manner that befits its surroundings.
14 George St, New Town, Edinburgh EH2 2PF, 0131 624 8624 (Website)
The Tower Restaurant and Terrace
Outstanding views and mouth-watering cuisine is clearly on the menu at James Thomson’s superb rooftop restaurant situated above the Museum of Scotland. A stone’s throw from all the Royal Mile’s major tourist attractions, it’s the perfect place to relax and admire the magnificent views across the capital. Whether its brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, dishes are bursting with flavour and packed full of the freshest and finest, seasonal ingredients. Choose from fresh Scottish oysters, Borders beef and autumn game.
National Museum Of Scotland, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, 0131 225 3003 (Website)
A unique and dare we say, slightly magical, dining venue situated a short walk from Edinburgh Castle. The Witchery has been delighting tastebuds for many years and has gained an outstanding reputation for providing superb cuisine at reasonable prices. Scottish seafood, lamb, game and a legendary Angus beef steak tartare feature on an inspirational menu. Open for lunch and dinner, diners can also opt for a pre and post theatre supper.
Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF, 0131 225 5613 (Website)
The very best of Scottish cooking is on the menu at James Thomson’s Rhubarb Restaurant in the sumptuous surroundings of Prestonfield Hotel. Diners can choose from an eclectic fare of hand-dived scallops, roast loin of Glemalmond Estate roe deer, Dornochi lamb and poached autumn fruits for a sweet finale.
Priestfield Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5UT, 0131 225 1333 (Website)
Based near the Shore of Leith, this Michelin star restaurant offers up an authentic Scottish feel with a few modern twists. During your meal you will be presented with a map showing where all the produce has come from, giving an opportunity learning a little Scottish geography as you eat. The Kitchin gives diners a glass view into the Kitchen - and if you’re booked in on a lucky, day you might be able to catch a glimpse of Tom Kitchin himself preparing meals.
78 Commercial St, Edinburgh EH6 6LX, 0131 555 1755 (Website)
Colonnades at the Signet Library
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If you’re looking for a decadent treat then make you sure you book a table at the Colonnades at the Signet Library. Here you can dine in an elegant and historic surroundings set in the heart of Edinburgh. The Colonnades are open during the day for champagne afternoon tea and lunch options. However during the August festival they will also serve a 5-course dinner with optional wine pairings.
The Signet Library, Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, 0131 226 1064 (Website)
The Pompadour by Galvin
Dine and enjoy French cuisine in a beautiful setting with Edinburgh castle directly in view. The Pompadour by Galvin offers a menu with an exciting range of seasonal dishes, including venison, grouse and pigeon, which showcase the best of Scottish seasonal ingredients. The decor is decidedly French in style with an opulence making this a memorable venue for that extra special occasion.
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, Princes St, Edinburgh EH1 2AB, 0131 222 8975 (Website)
Wedgewood the Restaurant
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A passion for fine food and drink is the driving force behind chef and owner Paul Wedgewood's restaurant on the Royal Mile, which offers guests a tasty and inventive menu taking pride in the best local ingredients. If you want a truly unique experience, consider joining Paul on a gastronomic expedition with the restaurant's bespoke “Wild Foraging Experience” around Edinburgh.
Royal Mile, 267 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BQ, 0131 558 8737 (Website)
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Number One restaurant is the sort of place you should go when celebrating a special occasion proving a delightful Michelin-starred dinning in elegant surroundings. Why not try out their 10 course tasting menu for a truly scrumptious experience?
Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ, 0131 557 5727 (Website)
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Very chic, stylish restaurant from Martin Wishart offering the highest quality of local ingredients to produce a wonderful gastronomic bistro menu. The beautifully decorated interior will lend it a Parisian classy feel. Whether it's lunch or dinner this is an excellent restaurant that will make you want to come back for more.
58A North Castle Street, Edinburgh EH2 3LU, 0131 220 2513 (Website)
Castle Terrace Restaurant
After a hard and tiresome tour of the Edinburgh Castle, the Castle Terrace Restaurant is the ideal place to sit down, rest and eat something exquisite. Expect to find innovative flavour combinations such as popcorn souffle. This restaurant is from the same family as The Kitchin in Leith which who also knows how to impress guests with their fresh, elegant, vibrant seasonal dishes.
33-35 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2EL, 0131 229 1222 (Website)
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When dining at a Michelin starred restaurant you enter with high expectations, and at 21212 by Paul Kitching you will be left with them met. Set in the beautiful Georgian townhouse in Edinburgh’s Royal Terrace, 21212 is a Michelin starred restaurant with bedrooms availble. Guests are able to relax in their sumptuous drawing room with some drinks before taking their seat in the dining room. The kitchen is windowed to the dining room which makes for a different atmosphere, where guests are accompanying the hard work done in the kitchen.
3 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AB, 0131 523 1030 (Website)