Treat yourself to the very best Edinburgh has to offer when it comes to fine dining.
50-54 Henderson Street £££
Former Norn head chef Darren Murray takes the helm at this brand new restaurant in Edinburgh’s Leith. Aiming to combine the first-class fare of fine dining with the relaxed vibes of neighbourhood bistros, Borough serves up an ever-changing menu of small and large plates using Scottish ingredients and European inspiration – plus plenty of great wine to enjoy.
Signature dish: The menu changes on the regular, but you can always count on discovering something you’ve never tried before.
The Pompadour by Galvin
Princes Street £££
French dining at its finest, the Galvin brothers’ Scottish destination may well boast one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city. Full of crisp white linen, pastel hues, and artistic flourishes from the floral painted walls to the impeccably presented dishes themselves, this is one for those on the hunt for a taste of the finer things. The menu boasts the likes of beetroot marinated short rib and dashi poached wild turbot, showcasing a creative treatment of well loved and high-end ingredients.
Signature dish: You can’t go wrong with the fresh scallop ceviche, partnered with zesty lemongrass and lime yoghurt.
352 Castlehill ££££
Lavish, opulent, decadent: there’s an abundance of words to describe the baroque glamour of The Witchery, but it’s difficult to do this showstopper of a dining room justice. Drama and theatre are at the forefront here, and the magical atmosphere is bound to impress on those romantic evenings.
Signature dish: Amp up the romance and share the lamb wellington with ratatouille and basil mash for two.
Restaurant Mark Greenaway
69 North Castle Street £££
Known for his artistic approach to cooking, innovative style and picture-perfect plating, Mark Greenaway is the number one stop for those who firmly believe that we eat first with our eyes. That’s not to say his dishes don’t deliver on taste, however; with menu options including reinventions of classics from mushrooms on toast to apple crumble, you can be sure that all of the flavour roots are firmly in place.
Signature dish: The complex “Knot” Chocolate Tart features a mastery of chocolate your eyes won’t quite believe.
33A St Stephen Street ££
Fine dining food without the fuss, Purslane combine the relaxed and casual air of rustic dining with top quality cooking and ingredients for a meal that ticks every box. As well as structuring the menu around the seasons, they also take the ethos of local produce to heart, sourcing 80% of their ingredients from Stockbridge suppliers.
Signature dish: One for the confirmed chocolate addict, the dark chocolate delice with salted caramel ice cream is every sweet tooth’s dream.
Wedgwood the Restaurant
267 Canongate £££
Scottish heritage takes pride of place at Wedgwood, from the historical location just off the Royal Mile to the locally sourced and foraged menu. Let Chef Patron Paul Wedgwood guide you through the very best Caledonia has to offer with the Wee Tour of Scotland menu, a 7-course tasting menu that merges the best of the local larder with creativity and care.
Signature dish: The Highland venison with West Calder black pudding showcases two of Scotland’s top ingredients in a combination you’ll love.
107 St Leonard’s Street £££
This is a restaurant for adventurous diners. The joy of Aizle comes in the form of a surprise, with the menu changing according to the best the season and local suppliers have to offer. Dishes last from anywhere between a couple of days and a few weeks, but each one is treated with care and respect, from the homemade sourdough and hand churned butter down to the house-made tonic in their G&Ts.
Signature dish: There is no signature dish at Aizle, just sit back and enjoy.
33-35 Castle Terrace ££££
Sister restaurant of The Kitchin, Castle Terrace follows the same ethos towards strict seasonality, cultivating a similar ‘from nature to plate’ attitude that has distinguished the restaurant group as one of Scotland’s finest. Tucked beneath Edinburgh Castle, the recently renovated space offers an innovative and modern take on Scottish fine dining.
Signature dish: Keep it sweet with the Scottish heather honey soufflé, balanced by tart sour cream ice cream.
10 Lady Lawson Street £££
In a city as ancient as Edinburgh, it’s tricky to find a truly different space, but Timberyard has done just that. Housed in an authentic brick warehouse, it’s like no other restaurant in the city. This is not an eatery to be written off as a backdrop for Instagram, however. Their four-, six-, or eight-course tasting menus are all elegantly put together and packed full of produce from local growers and suppliers, while the wine list is all natural and the herbs and edible flowers come from their own garden.
Signature dish: The tasting menus change regularly, but expect pared back dishes where the ingredients are left to do the talking, like mackerel served with lovage, fennel and apple.
The Gardener’s Cottage
1 Royal Terrace Gardens ££
As it says on the tin, The Gardener’s Cottage is just that: a cosy cottage set back in the picturesque Royal Terrace Gardens. The fairytale look makes it easy to forget you’re in the middle of the city, but the gardens offer up more than aesthetics, providing herbs and vegetables for this refined-yet-rustic restaurant. The communal family-style tables make it easy to forge new friendships, but it’s the unfussy, perfectly curated dishes that will keep you coming back.
Signature dish: Look out for dishes that make the most of the garden’s larder, from nettle soup to wild garlic purees.
Edinburgh Food Studio
158 Dalkeith Road ££
The Edinburgh Food Studio is an adventurous diner’s dream. An experimental kitchen where no two meals are ever the same, they offer up one dinner sitting every weekend where diners can enjoy a set menu full of the best produce available and dishes inspired by the research done by the chefs. Keep an eye out for guest chef residencies to try exciting menus from internationally recognised chefs.
Signature dish: There’s no set menu here, but global, innovative creativity is always the signature of the day.
Six by Nico
97 Hanover Street ££
Specialising in making fantasies, dreams, and memories edible, Six by Nico offers a uniquely thematic dining experience. The six course tasting menu changes every six weeks to reflect a new theme, with each dish a creative reimagining of something familiar. With previous menus inspired by the likes of the good old fashioned chippie and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, anything is possible.
Signature dish: There’s no predicting the signature dish here, but we can predict each meal will be something special.
85 South Bridge ££££
Bringing Italian cuisine bang up to date, Mono transposes the flavours of Italy into a modern tasting experience. Scottish staples like Borders lamb are paired with Italian classics likeanchovy-based bagna cauda, while rice pudding meets lemon, basil, and gelato Milanese. You might think you know Italian food, but you don’t know Mono.
Signature dish: You might be an olive lover, but you’ve never had olives like this: the Evoo olive oil sponge cake is light and moist, while the accompanying Taggiasca olive sorbet is a completely unique delight.