Best Neighbourhood Dining in Edinburgh

Best Neighbourhood Dining in Edinburgh

Bodega / credit: Caitlin Cooke

The best places to eat in Leith, Portobello, Stockbridge, Marchmont, Fountainbridge and more neighbourhoods around town


No rankings: just 12 of the best restaurants in neighbourhoods across Edinburgh, from seafood highlights in Marchmont to great Italian in Stockbridge.

Taken from the 2015/16 The List Eating & Drinking Guide – £5.95 (plus p&p)

62 Elm Row, Leith Walk, EH7 4AQ
Bright and fresh Mexican recipes break free from stodgy expectations.
Open: Wed–Sun 5–10pm | read our full review

The Caley Sample Room
42–58 Angle Park Terrace, Slateford, EH11 2JR
A great local with consistently great grub., it’s worth moving house for.
Bar open: Mon–Thu noon–midnight; Fri noon–1am; Sat 10am–1am; Sun 10am–midnight; food served: Mon–Fri noon–10pm; Sat/Sun 10am–10pm | read our full review

3 Pier Place, Newhaven, EH6 4LP
Unapologetically perky, this shack has the freshest seafood on speed dial.
Open: Tue/Wed 6–9.45pm; Thu/Fri noon–2pm, 6–9.45pm, Sat noon–9.45pm, Sun noon–5.45pm; Closed: Mon | read our full review

The Espy
62–64 Bath Street, Portobello, EH15 1HF
Portobello’s shores graciously accept the diner-themed food this joint turns out.
Bar open: Sun–Thu 8am–11pm; Fri/Sat 8–1am; food served: Sun–Thu 8am–9pm; Fri/Sat 8am–10pm | read our full review

Katie's Diner
12 Barclay Terrace, Bruntsfield, EH10 4HP
Serving up old-school Americana-style comfort food off Bruntsfield Links.
Open: Tue–Thu 6–9pm; Fri/Sat 6–9pm; Closed: Sun/Mon | read our full review

The Pantry
1-2 North West Circus Place, Stockbridge, EH3 6ST
A sure-fire bet for a generous and creative brunch in Stockbridge.
Open: Mon—Sun 9am—5pm (Tue: toasties only) | read our full review

190 Causewayside, EH9 1PH
Causewayside locals want for nothing at this abundant Indian space.
Open: Mon–Sun noon–2pm, 5.30–11.30pm | read our full review

126–130 Easter Road, EH7 5RJ
For Goan specialties in a homey atmosphere, locals need only go to this Easter Road establishment.
Open: Mon 5.30–11pm; Wed–Sun 5.30–11pm
Read our full review

The Roamin' Nose
14 Eyre Place, New Town, EH3 5EP
An Italian stallion with some flair flexing its guns for the local crowd.
Open: Mon 9.30am–5pm; Tue–Fri 9.30am–10pm; Sat 10am–10pm; Sun 10am–5pm | read our full review

Salt Café
54–56 Morningside Road, Morningside, EH10 4BZ
By espousing ‘Seasonal And Local Thinking’, this Morningside café hits all the marks.
Bar open: Mon–Thu 8.30am–11pm, Fri 8.30am–midnight, Sat 10am–midnight, Sun 10am–11pm; food served: Mon–Sun 10am–3pm, 5–10pm
Read our full review

Sweet Melindas
11 Roseneath Street, Marchmont, EH9 1JH
The local catch practically swims to the plate of this Marchmont venue.
Open: Tue–Sat noon–2pm, 6–10pm; Closed: Sun/Mon (closed Sun–Wed in winter) | read our full review

Tugas Amor
161 Dundee Street, Fountainbridge, EH11 1BY
The flambéed chorizo alone is worth the visit to this Portuguese hangout near Haymarket.
Open: Tue–Thu 4pm–11pm; Fri–Sun noon–11pm; Closed: Mon; food served: Tue–Fri 5.30–11pm; Sat/Sun noon–10pm | read our full review

Eating & Drinking Guide 2015/16

Eating & Drinking Guide 2016/17

23rd Edition published April 2016. Widely recognised as the most reliable, comprehensive and authoritative guide to eating out in more than 950+ restaurants, bistros, cafes and bars in Glasgow and Edinburgh.