Scotland’s capital, is undoubtedly one of the best UK cities for food and drink. From Michelin stars and award-winning restaurants to unique and romantic venues, Edinburgh is a foodie’s heaven. If you’re looking for somewhere to dine for a special occasion, take a look at some of our favourite places to experience Scottish fine dining at its best.
At Norn, diners can enjoy fine dining in a modern way. Opened in the city’s waterfront area of Leith in 2016, this concept restaurant is relatively new to the scene and it’s already made its mark with its culinary mix of tradition and innovation. Chef Scott Smith offers two tasting menus (4 or 7 courses), using local produce and interesting foraged ingredients.
2. The Gardener’s Cottage
Set in a quaint 1836 cottage in the Royal Terrace by Calton Hill, this venue is a storybook escape off one of Edinburgh’s busiest roads. Come here for a magical foodie experience and bring the whole family too – because The Gardener’s Cottage is kid friendly! Enjoy communal dining on long tables and the best of seasonal cooking in the city. Great for lunch or for the tasting menu at dinner time.
3. The Kitchin
Tom Kitchin’s Michelin starred restaurant is located along the Leith waterfront and is one of Scotland’s most treasured dining spots. Plan well in advance to ensure you get a table though as the Chef’s tasting menu proves to be popular all year round. The menu is known for its excellent execution of Scottish produce, delivering a modern take on British cuisine whilst taking influences from French cooking techniques.
4. Restaurant Martin Wishart
Awarded with a Michelin star since 2001 and multiple other awards and accolades, this is one of Edinburgh’s most highly acclaimed dining venues. The Edinburgh born chef has trained under the likes of Albert Roux, Michel Roux Jr. and Marco Pierre White, and brings his wealth of knowledge in French cooking techniques to the city’s gastronomy scene. There is a 6 or 8 course tasting menu available, as well as a lunch menu for just £32 per head.
Paul Kitching’s 21212 opened back in 2009, scooping up a Michelin star just one year in. It’s the only Michelin star venue in Edinburgh with rooms, making it ideal for a romantic weekend stay. There’s a lunch and dinner service, with everything from haggis risotto and garlic smoked figs to potted chocolate shortbread and a cheeseboards.
For hipster foodies who are into ‘hygge’, Timberyard is a must-visit the next time you’re here. It oozes Scandinavian charm in décor and style, yet the larder is strictly Scottish. Indulge in local flavours (such as Scot’s lovage or fresh mussels) all within a modern, relaxed and comfortable dining space.
7. Cranston’s at the Old Waverley Hotel
Located on the first floor of the Old Waverley on Princes Street, Cranston’s is an elegant venue with wonderful views of the city. The menu is created with locally sourced and organic ingredients, with prices starting from just £7.95 for a single course. Perfect for fine dining on a budget, and a great place to bring the whole family.