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.
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,
Achingly cool dining that’s daringly different and delicious.
Café St Honoré
34 North West Thistle Street Lane,
Ethically run and sustainably influenced venue with well-sourced, cleverly composed Scottish food in a delightful French bistro setting.
The Dining Room
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 28 Queen Street,
Elegant first floor dining room in a Queen Street townhouse that showcases one of the city’s finest whisky selections.
The Gardener's Cottage
1 Royal Terrace Gardens,
Unassuming, informal restaurant cooking exciting seasonal dishes using the finest produce.
78 Commercial Quay,
A revered and respected Edinburgh institution which is neither stuffy or exclusive, despite its lengthy list of plaudits and awards.
Edinburgh Food Studio
158 Dalkeith Road,
Exciting, innovative, seasonal fine dining with a communal, informal atmosphere.