The city's top Scottish restaurants prove there's much more to local food than haggis and whisky
Dynamic. Creative. Resourceful. Pleasurable. Scottish dining displays the joys and range of Scotland's plentiful larder, with a distinctive identity and attention to detail. Whether you're exploring the city's collection of Michelin stars or just heading out for tea, the bar is set high for sourcing ingredients and delighting diners. Here's out picks of the best in Edinburgh:
Café Saint Honoré Edinburgh's take on Paris marries Scotland's larder with bucket-loads of charm.
The Dining Room The marriage of flavours and sensory delights in this elegant Georgian room isn't just for whisky lovers.
Edinburgh Food Studio You really don't know what you're getting at this restaurant-cum-food lab, which won't suit everyone, but it's always going to be creative and fun.
The Gardener's Cottage Inventive but dependably brilliant food is par for the course at this unique, laid-back restaurant that grows a significant amount of its own produce.
The Kitchin Sensational food, impeccable service – an unparalleled dining experience without any of the stuffiness that might suggest.
Norn Exceptional cooking brings out the best in even the humblest ingredient in this modest Leith space.
Purslane A petite gem in the heart of Stockbridge, Purslane offers competitively priced fine dining using high-quality local produce.
Timberyard A chic-industrial setting glorifies Scotland's diverse produce with exquisite productions and stunning wines.
33a St Stephen Street,
Raising the tone of neighbourhood restaurants in trendy Stockbridge, Purslane offers fine dining at a pretty fine price.
10 Lady Lawson Street,
Industrial-chic warehouse conversion engaging in sensational nose to tail and root to leaf gastronomy.
Café St Honoré
34 North West Thistle Street Lane,
The dedicated team at Café Saint Honoré celebrate Scotland's abundant larder through a palpable love of great ingredients.
The Dining Room
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 28 Queen Street,
Like a well-balanced whisky, the Dining Room marries flavours and sensory delights in the elegant surrounds of Edinburgh’s New Town.
The Gardener's Cottage
1 Royal Terrace Gardens,
Social dining and seasonal cooking which is so imaginative, interesting and delicious you'll never be bored or disappointed.
50–54 Henderson Street,
Fresh, bold and committed contemporary Scottish dining using ingredients from local seas, shores, hedgerows and kitchen gardens.
78 Commercial Quay,
Michelin-starred since 2007, The Kitchin remains loyal to its ethos of creating exceptional dishes using the finest Scottish seasonal produce.
Edinburgh Food Studio
158 Dalkeith Road,
Edinburgh-raised chef and food explorer Ben Reade and partner Sashana Souza Zanella, an anthropologist and chef, are creating the Edinburgh Food Studio as the centre of their journeys into cooking, eating, tasting, discovering and researching Scotland's…