1 Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, EH4 1HU
  • Telephone 0131 332 9977
  • Opening times Tue–Sun noon–2.30pm, 6–9.30pm. Closed Mon.
  • Food served Tue–Thu 12.30–2.30pm, 6–9.30pm; Fri/Sat 11.30am–2.30pm, 5.30–9.30pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Pre-theatre times Tue–Thu 6–7pm; Fri/Sat 5.30–6pm.
  • Pre-theatre price £13
  • Email
  • Website www.taisteal.co.uk
Photo of Taisteal
in association with
Birra Moretti

Michelin-trained chef Gordon Craig uses inspiration from his travels abroad to create imaginative dishes that fuse global ingredients with local produce.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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‘Taisteal’ means to journey or travel and the walls of this Stockbridge restaurant are full of lush photographs of exotic spices and colourful ingredients. The food reflects this restless energy, with head chef Gordon Craig taking the classic Scots larder for a whirl around the globe. The result is refined yet gutsy; delicately presented but studded with contrasting textures and tastes. Charred and cured mackerel comes with guacamole, pickled grapes and ponzu gel while venison is flanked by gnocchi, wild mushrooms and cassis jus. If those flavours leave you feeling dizzy then don’t worry – you can comfort yourself with a side order of triple cooked chips. A similarly far-flung (if pricey) wine list (with all wines available by the glass) complements the food while the front of house service is sparky and knowledgeable. Menu options range from a five-course tasting menu to a keenly priced market menu, so Taisteal is equally suitable for a midweek meal or weekend splurge.

The List's rating






Tracey Reilly visited Taisteal on 24 January 2018
  • High point: Inventive, confident and modern
  • Low point: Traditionalists may find combinations challenging
  • Notable dish: Pan-fried scallops with satay sauce, black pudding and pomegranate
  • Average price: £13 (set lunch); £22 (dinner)
  • Provides: Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Generic smooth music
  • Capacity: 44
  • Largest group: 44
  • Open since: 2017
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 18
  • House wine: £22 per bottle

Reviews & features

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16 Apr 2018

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Taisteal: 'hints at the exotic without being elite, inaccessible or scary'

29 Mar 2017

Using Scottish produce this new venture takes inspiration from around the globe to offer a refreshing take on fusion

Chef Gordon Craig is a happy man. This is his dream job: a place of his own. His path to get here has included stints at the multi-Michelin starred Waterside Inn, the Plumed Horse, and more recently a partnership at Field. After a year at the helm of…