Best Scottish restaurants in Edinburgh
The city's top Scottish restaurants prove there's much more to local food than haggis and whisky
Scottish dining in Edinburgh continues to flourish. At its best, high-quality ingredients from Scotland's larder combine with the impressive talents of the city's chefs, and while there is undoubtedly fine-dining to be had, it's not necessarily a prerequisite of the scene. You're as likely to find a young restaurateur kick-starting their first establishment as a Michelin-lauded chef at the top of their game. And while the tartan-sprinkled clichés still exist, they are easy to avoid – which is great news for lovers of simple, wonderful, Scottish food.
Café St Honoré
34 North West Thistle Street Lane, New Town, EH2 1EA
A taste of Paris with 97% sustainable and mostly Scottish ingredients, this is a top choice for ethical eaters.
cafesthonore.com | read our review of Café St Honoré
33–35 Castle Terrace, West End, EH1 2EL
This sophisticated fine-dining restaurant just has the edge on its sister venue The Kitchin. Exquisite plates in a refined atmosphere.
castleterracerestaurant.com | read our review of Castle Terrace
Edinburgh Food Studio
158 Dalkeith Road, Southside, EH16 5DX
Innovative space for cooking, eating, sharing; three dinner services a week plus a host of guests and events.
edinburghfoodstudio.com | read our review of Edinburgh Food Studio
The Gardener's Cottage
1 Royal Terrace Gardens, New Town, EH7 5DX
Imaginative, interesting and delicious social dining and seasonal cooking – the Cottage never disappoints.
thegardenerscottage.co | read our review of The Gardener's Cottage
50–54 Henderson Street, Leith, EH6 6DE
Newcomer Norn champions bold and committed contemporary Scottish dining in its muted space, using ingredients from seas, shores and hedgerows.
nornrestaurant.com | read our review of Norn
Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street, New Town, EH2 2EQ
Solid luxury and the finest of dining in what must surely be Edinburgh's most indulgent location.
roccofortehotels.com | read our review of Number One
33a St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, EH3 5AH
Purslane offers fine dining at a pretty fine price, with an accessible approach to the Scottish larder.
purslanerestaurant.co.uk | read our review of Purslane
10 Lady Lawson Street, West End, EH3 9DS
Timberyard softens the 'fixed menu no choice' concept with an innovative menu based on professionally presented home-grown produce and impeccably sourced ingredients.
timberyard.co | read our review of Timberyard