Best bistros and brasseries in Edinburgh

Best bistros in Edinburgh

The Rabbit Hole

Sample some of Edinburgh's best cuisine in bistros across the city


Loyal to their French roots while showcasing Scotland's larder, Edinburgh's bistros and brasseries are thriving. From fine dining in prime locations with breathtaking views to cosy local joints serving up comfort food, the high standard across the city is supported by great service and talented chefs.

A playfully innovative menu and brilliant wine list make this chic little venue shine like a beacon on Great Junction Street.

Forage & Chatter
Daring, inventive and eccentric, this venture oozes confidence and culinary ingenuity, setting a high bar for exciting brasserie cuisine.

Alongside the chef's fertile brain, this wee bistro continues to evolve, with creative use of veg, pretty desserts and exceptionally friendly service in a cute, sunny room.

The Little Chartroom
Precision cooking and focused flavours are the hallmarks of this little gem on Leith Walk. A petite venue packing a seriously big punch.

The Outsider
In the heart of the tourist trail, but still popular with locals attracted by the great atmosphere, pleasant service and good-value lunch specials.

The Rabbit Hole
The epitome of a local brasserie with a hugely loyal following – a little off the beaten track but well worth the trip.

An exciting newcomer serving refined small plates in stylish surroundings, with an open kitchen where diners can watch the chef in action.

The Walnut
The tiny Walnut on Leith Walk is one of the toughest tables to book in town, thanks to a classy French-Scottish menu and excellent prices.

A Forage & Chatter
1A Alva Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4PH
Forage & Chatter is a basement star delivering local produce with style, flair and aplomb.
B LeftField
12 Barclay Terrace, Edinburgh, EH10 4HP
Confident, cheery and uncomplicated eating in a welcoming and relaxed neighbourhood bistro.
C The Rabbit Hole
11 Roseneath Street, Edinburgh, EH9 1JH
An established local bistro that attracts diners from across the city, lured by well-executed classic dishes.
D The Outsider
15–16 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EE
A city-centre favourite with a wide-ranging menu and attractive lunch offering.
E The Walnut
9 Croall Place, Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH7 4LT
Pocket-pleasing French-Scottish eatery, enticing the crowds to Leith Walk.
F The Little Chartroom
30–31 Albert Place, Edinburgh, EH7 5HN
Pocket-sized bistro serving French-Scottish cuisine from former Castle Terrace alumni Roberta Hall and Shaun McCarron.
G Aurora
187 Great Junction Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 5LQ
Local bistro serving highly satisfying lunches, dinners, and weekend brunch using seasonal, local produce and creative culinary design.