The Kitchin

The Kitchin
78 Commercial Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6LX
  • Telephone 0131 555 1755
  • Seasonal times Closed Tuesday 2nd April to Saturday 6th April 2019 , Tuesday 16th July to Saturday 20th July 2019, Tuesday 15th October to Saturday 19th October 2019 and Tuesday 24th December 2019 to Saturday 11th January 2020.
  • Food served Tue–Sat noon–2.30pm, 6–9.30pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
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  • Website www.thekitchin.com
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A revered and respected Edinburgh institution which is neither stuffy or exclusive, despite its lengthy list of plaudits and awards.

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Located in a converted warehouse in the old dock area of Leith, The Kitchin needs little introduction to anyone with any knowledge whatsoever of Edinburgh’s food scene. This revered and respected eatery may have held a Michelin star since 2007 but it’s neither stuffy nor exclusive. The cosy dining room features warm grey and soft turquoise décor in contrast to exposed stone walls and dark steel beams. A range of menus, including set lunch, à la carte, tasting, prestige and vegetarian options, offer carefully sourced, Scottish seasonal produce transformed by French-inspired cooking and underpinned by a ‘nature to plate’ philosophy and a nose to tail approach. From the lunch menu, a starter of cannelloni is stuffed with slow-cooked hogget neck in a parsley and garlic sauce. A main of pork belly is crispy then melt-in-the-mouth served with roasted carrot and celeriac, and a dessert of caramelised puff pastry with citrus fruits and yoghurt sorbet is zingy and palate-cleansing. The service is impeccable and the experience is so relaxed and rewarding that you’ll want to repeat it again and again.

The List's rating
8.8

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Stan Blackley visited The Kitchin on 13 March 2019
  • High point: Beautifully-presented food and impeccable service
  • Low point: Regular visits might stretch your finances
  • Average price: £35 for 3 courses; £41 for 3 courses with cheese; £47 for 4 courses with cheese; £27 to wine match 3 courses; £34.50 to wine match 4 courses (set lunch); £80 for 3 course a la carte; £90 for surprise tasting menu; £140 for prestige tasting (all…
  • Private dining: 20 private dining / 90 exclusive hire
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Jazz
  • Capacity: 75
  • Largest group: 65-70
  • Open since: 2006
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 60
  • House wine: £39 per bottle

Reviews & features

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22 May 2019

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Asparagus farming in Scotland overcomes cold climate

9 Jul 2012

One of Scotland's most specialist farmers talks about his delicate crops

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Neighbourhood Watch: Leith, Edinburgh

21 Jul 2011

A beginner's guide to the capital's port town

What’s it like? It’s Leith. If you’re an Edinburgh List reader, it’s very likely you live there. Glossy bars, Michelin-starred restaurants and warehouse conversions squaring off against cobbles, pint’n’pie pubs and Hibees. Vibrant, community-focused (it…

A guide to some of the best restaurants in Edinburgh

16 Feb 2011

The Scottish capital has some of the best restaurants for Scottish cuisine

Some visitors may come to Scotland with a sense of dread that they’ll be force-fed salty porridge or be obliged to eat everything deep fried in fat. It’s true that the more adventurous may well encounter food here they’re unlikely to find elsewhere…

Modern day Leith is now home to Michelin-starred restaurants

16 Feb 2011

Port outside Edinburgh shakes off long-held seedy reputation

Vibrant, colourful Leith has shaken off its long-held seedy reputation in recent years to establish itself as an area of stylish urban regeneration and a must-visit destination for foodies. A world away from the seamy side of Edinburgh life…

Top five Michelin-starred restaurants in Edinburgh

16 Feb 2011

The Kitchin, Martin Wishart, The Plumed Horse, Number One and 21212

1: The Kitchin The menu here reflects chef/owner Tom Kitchin's passion for locally-sourced Scottish produce with French interpretations. One of Edinburgh's A-list restaurants, it won its accolade just six months after opening in the summer of 2006…

Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin on Scotland's best berries

17 Sep 2010

The Larder: Chef's Choice

The Scottish idiosyncratic climate is good for something – it provides ideal growing conditions for our produce. Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin explains why he uses only Scotland’s best berries in his restaurants.

Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin on Eassie Farm's asparagus

1 May 2009

Chef's Choice

I rely almost fanatically on the seasons. My suppliers are invaluable and I trust them for their guidance on finding the best produce around – they are very much a part of the Kitchin team.  My trusted fish supplier Willie Little recommended I visit…

The Kitchin Michelin Star Restaurant, Edinburgh