Fishers in Leith

Fishers in Leith
1 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6QW
  • Telephone 0131 554 5666
  • Opening times Mon–Sat noon–1am; Sun 12.30pm–1am
  • Seasonal times Open until 10.30pm during the festival.
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–10pm; Sun 12.30–10pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri noon–6pm
  • Pre-theatre price £15 set two-course lunch deal, Mon–Fri noon–6pm
  • Email
  • Website www.fishersrestaurants.co.uk/fishers-leith/
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An imaginative menu, a solid wine list and personable staff combine to make this waterside location hard to beat.

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Set in the base of a 17th-century watchtower on the picturesque Shore, Fishers’ Leith outpost should be well-known to most of the capital’s seafood aficionados. The dining space is split between two equally atmospheric sections, both panelled in dark wood and decorated with assorted nautical paraphernalia. Starters frequently celebrate shellfish; flash-fried salt and pepper squid is a highly successful example, the flesh soft and light. Meanwhile, fishcakes are packed with salmon and enlivened by a strong hit of dill. White fish dominates the mains. There’s a North African feel about hake with tomato and olive tagine, the skin coated with zesty chermoula. A thick fillet of Aberdeen cod has been on its holidays too, paired as it is with flavoursome chorizo, pumpkin and butter bean cassoulet. No calorie-counting should be attempted when considering dessert but the addition of clotted cream ice-cream to the splendid bread and butter pudding may require a minute or two extra on the treadmill. Knowledgeable staff are on hand to assist with navigating the comprehensive and varied wine list. Unusually for seafood-focused establishments, considerable effort has been made for vegetarians and vegans with inventive separate menus available for each.

The List's rating
8.4

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Steve Morton visited Fishers in Leith on 6 February 2019
  • High point: Excellent seafood at an affordable price
  • Low point: It's snug, so arm-waving theatrics aren't recommended
  • Notable dish: Fishcakes
  • Average price: £15 (set lunch); £27 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 22 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Soulful hits
  • Capacity: 50 (24 outside)
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 1991
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 17
  • House wine: £19.50 per bottle