The Best Restaurants in Edinburgh You Must Dine At

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Wondering where to eat in Edinburgh? We’ve detailed the best Edinburgh restaurants for every type of cuisine and every style of dining. So if you’re looking for a cheap eat or unique experience in Scotland’s capital, we’ve got you covered. This exciting list to restaurants in Edinburgh is forever growing, much like our waistlines, so bookmark and come back!

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Best Edinburgh in Restaurants

Best Brunch in Edinburgh 

  • Southern Cross (Cockburn Street, Old Town) – Facebook
  • Laila’s (Cockburn Street) – Instagram
  • Loudons (New Waverley and Fountainbridge) – Facebook
  • The Treehouse Cafe (The Meadows) – Facebook
  • Urban Angel (Hanover St, City Centre) – Website
  • The City Cafe (Blair St, Old Town) – Ev Ed favourite – Website
  • The Pantry (Stockbridge) – Website
  • Hula serves Acai bowls! (W Bow, Fountainbridge) – Facebook

Here’s our full brunch in Edinburgh review.

Loudons Eggs Benedict Food Brunch Edinburgh_
Urban Angel Brunch Edinburgh Food

Best Italian Restaurants in Edinburgh

  • Nonna’s Kitchen (Morningside Road) – Facebook
  • Frizzante Proseccheria (Lothian Road) for extensive Italian cocktail list – Facebook

Best Pizza in Edinburgh

  • Civerinos (Hunter Square, Forrest Road, Portobello Beach) – Website
  • @Pizza for Subway-style build pizzas (Charlotte Lane, West End or Royal Mile) – Website
  • Cold Town House (Grassmarket) – Website

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Best Burgers Restaurants in Edinburgh

  • Bells Diner (Stockbridge)- Website
  • The Cambridge (Young St) – Facebook
  • Luxford Burgers for burgers and freak shakes (107-109 St. Leonard’s St) – Instagram
  • Bread Meats Bread (Lothian Rd) – Website
  • Down the Hatch (Antigua St) – Website
  • (RIP) – Special mention to Wannaburger (GBNF)
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Best Thai Restaurants in Edinburgh

  • Chaophraya (City Centre) – Website
  • Ting Thai Caravan (various locations) – Facebook
  • Streetbox (53 Reaburn Place, Stockbridge) – Website

Read our Thai restaurants review.

Chaophraya Thai food pad Thai

Best Chinese Restaurants in Edinburgh

Best Japanese Restaurants in Edinburgh

  • Kanpai (Grindlay St near Lothian Road) – Website – Pic 1 and 2
  • Koyama (Forrest Rd, near Old Town)
  • Harajuku Kitchen (Gillespie Pl) – Website – Pic 3

Check out our best sushi in Edinburgh review.

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Best Tapas in Edinburgh

  • Cafe Andaluz (George St) – Website

Best Indian Restaurants in Edinburgh

  • Cutting Chaii (Salamander St, Leith) – Website
  • Mosque Kitchen (Nicolson Square, near Old Town) – Website
  • Navadhanya, image below (32-34 Grindlay St) – Website
Navadhanya Indian in Food Edinburgh
Mosque Kitchen Food Edinburgh

Best Mexican Restaurants in Edinburgh

  • Viva Mexico (Cockburn St, Old Town) – Website
  • Miros Mexican Cantina (Rose Street)
  • El Cartel (Thistle St, Teviot Pl) – Facebook
  • Mariachi (Victoria St, Old Town), coriander in everything though – Website

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Best Scottish Restaurants in Edinburgh

  • Angels with Bagpipes (High St) – Website
  • The Cellar Door (George IV Bridge) – Website
  • Scran & Scallie (Comely Bank Rd, Stockbridge) – Website
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Best South American/Latin Restaurants in Edinburgh

  • Fazenda (George St) – Website
  • Tupiniquim Brasil Crepes (Green Police Box Forrest Rd) – Facebook
  • ORINOCO arepas (Leith Walk)
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Middle Eastern and Turkish Restaurants in Edinburgh

  • Meze Meze (71 Rose St)Website
  • Ada (9/3 Antigua St, Leith) – Website
  • Erbil (55-57 W Nicolson St) – Website

Best Fish Restaurants in Edinburgh

  • The Ship On The Shore (24-26, Shore, Leith) – Website
  • Fishers (The Shore, Leith and Thistle St) – Website

Best Afternoon Tea in Edinburgh

  • The Signet (Parliament Square) – Website
  • Balmoral Hotel (Prince St) – Website
  • The Dome (George St) – Website
  • Mimi’s Bakehouse (Leith, Corstorphine) – Website
  • Prestonfield House ( Priestfield Rd) – Website

Here’s our full guide to afternoon teas in Edinburgh.

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Afternoon Tea Mecure Hotel Edinburgh Food

Most Romantic Restaurants in Edinburgh

  • The Witchery By The Castle (Castlehill) – Website
  • The Voodoo Rooms (W Register St, City Centre) – Facebook
  • The Grain Store (30 Victoria St) – Website
  • Rhubarb at Prestonfield (private booths) – Website
  • Howies (Victoria St, Waterloo Pl) – Website (images below)
  • ROLLO (Broughton St, Raeburn Pl) – Website

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Howies Restaurant Salmon Edinburgh

Fine Dining in Edinburgh

  • The Kitchin (Commercial Quay, Leith) – Website
  • The Witchery By The Castle
  • Martin Wishart by the Shore (54 Shore, Leith) – Website
  • Wedgewood (Canongate, Royal Mile) – Website

Best Pub Food in Edinburgh

  • Auld Hundred (Rose St)
  • Brewhemia (Market St, City Centre) – Facebook
  • Ghillie Dhu (Rutland Place) – Website, also does other meals

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Brewhemia Inside Pub Edinburgh
Auld Hundred Rose Street Pub Edinburgh

Best Vegan Restaurants in Edinburgh

  • Harmonium (E London St, Leith) – Website
  • Lucky Pig at Paradise Palms (Lothian St) – Website
  • Chapter One Coffee (Dalry Rd)) – Facebook
  • Cafe MILK (Morrison St, Inverleith Park) Website

Cheap Eats Edinburgh

  • The Baked Potato Shop (Cockburn St) – Facebook
  • Mosque Kitchen Restaurant

Quirky Restaurants in Edinburgh

  • SIX by NICO (Hanover St) – Website
  • The City Cafe
  • Edinburgh Food Studio (Dalkeith Rd) – Website
  • Mums Great Comfort Food (Forrest Rd near Greyfriars Bobby) – Website

Harry Potter Themed Meals

  • Tattu – See video below
  • The Elephant House She Who Cannot Be Named wrote here – see toilets (George IV Bridge) – Website
  • Nicholsons Cafe – She Who Cannot Be Named wrote here – see plaque
Black Medicine JK Rowling Plaque Food Harry Potter Edinburgh

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Dining Experiences in Edinburgh

  • Aurora (Junction St, Leith) – Facebook
  • Red Bistro Bus
  • @Pizza
  • Auld Hoose – Nachos
  • SIX by NICO
  • Royal Yacht BRITANNIA – Read our attraction review
Six By Nico Food Edinburgh

Edinburgh Restaurants with a View

  • Cold Town House (Grassmarket) – Facebook
  • Chaophraya
  • Scotts Kitchen (Victoria Terrace) – Website
  • Orocco Pier, South Queensferry (High St) – Website
  • Scotts, South Queensferry – Website
Cold Town House Beer on the rooftop with Edinburgh Castle views

Child-Friendly Restaurants in Edinburgh

  • Vittoria (Brunswick St, George IV Bridge) – Website
  • Scran and Scallie
  • Fazenda (great for groups as well)
  • Toots Play Cafe (Gilmerton Rd) – Facebook
  • Hemma (Holyrood Rd) – Facebook
  • Chapter One (vegan)

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Buffet Restaurants in Edinburgh

  • COSMO
  • China Red

Farmers Markets in Edinburgh

  • Grassmarket Farmers Market – Every Saturday
  • Stockbridge Farmers Market – Every Sunday
  • Leith Farmers Market – Every Saturday
  • Pitt Street Market – Thursday to Sunday in Leith
Pitt Street Market Leith Edinburgh Food Pub

Final Words

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