Updated June 2017
Edinburgh, the home of TLE, is a magnet for tourists and also for food lovers. With 4 Michelin Star Restaurants in the city and every taste and style of food accounted for there really is something for everyone in the city. Read on to discover which are our tried and tested favourites in Edinburgh.
Norn combines incredibly creative dishes with natural wine and adds an element of theatre and food education to produce an extremely polished and, quite frankly, amazing evening out. Sample one of their four or seven course tasting menu, pair it with their natural wine selection or simply enjoy a three course lunch. Essential eating in the city.
Address: 50-54 Henderson St, Edinburgh EH6 6DE
Phone: 0131 629 2525
Twenty Princes Street
Absolutely one of our favourite restaurants in the city, looking out onto Princes Street. This is a luxury dining experience with a focus around steak and seafood, much of which is cooked on the kitchens Josper grill. Take a table at the front at the bay windows looking out onto Princes Street and you have everything you need for a perfect night out.
Address: 20 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AN
Seasons is the brainchild of founder and executive chef Matthew Urry. Matthew along with the kitchen team and restaurant manager, James Paulin, (they met when both working for Tom Kitchin) take you on an exploration of food and drink that is guaranteed to impress! Combining Scandinavian foraging and cooking techniques with local seasonal ingredients and wines that match the food perfectly with no ‘traditional menu’ in sight an evening here will leave you craving to come back for more!
Address: 36 Broughton St, Edinburgh EH1 3SB
Phone: 0131 466 9851
Positioned on the first floor above the Traverse Theatre this brassiere and cocktail bar is the brainchild of Paul Brennan and Stuart Muir. Stuart was former head chef of Harvey Nichols Forth Floor restaurant for 13 years. Menu options are made up of ingredients that are locally sourced and in season – presentation, service and quality is faultless and good value for money, one of our top favourite restaurants in the city.
Address: Saltire Court (1st Floor) Edinburgh, 10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh EH1 2ED
Phone: 0131 218 1818
Steak does what the name suggests; it serves amazing cuts of meat. The restaurant has a theatre like quality to the space, a former ballroom has been re-imagined into a meat eaters paradise with the large space being brought down to size with suspended wood beams running from the high ceilings and backless shelving helping to add intimacy between tables. Green bankers lamps and candles provide a soft hue and focuses your eyes on your plate. Opened in 2012 Steak has been quietly working away winning awards and serving perfect premium cuts of beef and is our favourite spot in the city for a steak.
Address: 14 Picardy Pl, Edinburgh
Phone: 0131 556 1289
Cucina is located in the G&V Hotel. Serving up contemporary Italian dishes in a beautiful modern dining-room. From bowls of tagliatelle with ragu, though to ox tongue and full brown tasting menu’s and an incredible Italian wine selection it has all the ingredients for a perfect night out. Once you are done finish the evening off with drinks down in the hotel’s bar Epicurean.
Address: 1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1AD
Tel: 0131 240 1666
Nestled between the rooftops of Edinburgh’s Old Town at the top of the National Museum of Scotland lies The Tower Restaurant. Part of restauranteur James Thomson’s collection, The Tower has long been a destination restaurant in the city thanks to it’s exceptional food and drink experience and panoramic views across to the Castle and we love this for a romantic night out.
Wedgwood in Canongate has become a fine dining titan since Paul and Lisa Wedgwood opened their eponymous restaurant back in 2006. Contemporary in style across both menu and decor, this is anything from stuffy. Service is impeccable, yet playful, and the atmosphere is relaxed. Paul has taken inspiration for the menu from traveling the world and the result is a fusion of Asian and Scottish ingredients and techniques.
Address: Royal Mile, 267 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BQ
Phone: 0131 558 8737
Restaurant Martin Wishart
The first of the Martin Wishart Group of restaurants in Scotland, The Restaurant, situated in the historic port of Leith, is a gastro institution that has remained true to its vision for more than ten years and there is little doubt as to why they have been awarded a Michelin Star consecutively since 2001. From lunch to a la carte dinner menus to their extraordinary range of tasting menus, there’s something for everyone with an interest in fine dining. When you arrive, expect a luxurious, exquisite and delicious dining experience.
Address: 54 Shore, Edinburgh EH6 6RA
Phone: 0131 553 3557
Presenting modern British cuisine influenced by French cooking techniques, Patron Dominic Jack showcases his culinary prowess with his elegantly balanced dishes prepared with flair and passion. See, smell and taste how the freshest Scottish ingredients create dishes showcasing their philosophy of ‘From Nature to Plate’; a philosophy shared with their sister restaurant The Kitchin.
Address: 33-35 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2EL
Phone: 0131 229 1222
Harvey Nichols Forth Floor
Classic luxury in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town at St Andrews Square. With views looking out across the city, mix fine dining with spectacular views, and make sure you try a cocktail before hand in the bar. A firm favourite of TLEs, pre booking is essential.
Address: Harvey Nichols, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2AD
Phone: 0131 524 8350
Printing Press Bar & Kitchen
The Printing Press Bar and Kitchen adds to Edinburgh’s rich literary heritage. Formerly home in the 1780s to novelist Susan Ferrier the restaurant has been developed by one of London’s more respected restauranteurs Des McDonald and it located in the luxury George Hotel. Dishes on the menu include Spatchcock Borders Grouse & Slip Soles caught off the coast of Peterhead. The restaurant is in a convenient location on Edinburgh’s George Street and prebooking is recommended
Address: 21-25 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PB
Leith Chop House
Leith Chop House is an innovative blend of classic British steakhouse and cocktail bar, intimate in size, but big on flavours. Located on Constitution Street, this is Leith’s newest addition to the culinary food scene. Provenance is at the centre of the restaurants offering, meat is butchered and dry aged on site, then cooked on an open flame charcoal grill.
Address: 102 Constitution St, Edinburgh EH6 6AW
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