Adventure through Scotland’s larder at these Edinburgh eateries that celebrate the best of local ingredients and ideas
Angels with Bagpipes
343 High Street ££
Calling Edinburgh’s most historic street home, Angels with Bagpipes on the Royal Mile brings the very best of Scottish cuisine to the table. Seasonal additions keep the menu interesting, while top Scottish produce keeps the dishes authentic.
Signature dish: The panna cotta with whisky, honey and raspberry is a refined take on the classic Scottish pud, cranachan.
356 Castlehill ££
Boasting views across Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile, Cannonball offers diners fine Scottish dining in an iconic location. The food is traditional but made with care and a focus on flavour-packed local ingredients. Finish off your meal in the brand new Whisky Bar for the full experience.
Signature dish Go full Scot with the haggis cannonballs, complete with pickled turnip and Glengoyne 10-year-old whisky.
10 Cambridge Street ££
Heading to the Traverse theatre? Make a night of it and head upstairs to Dine, the glamorous dining room above. Boasting an award-winning cocktail bar and and impressive tree centrepiece, this intimate brasserie is the perfect place to enjoy fabulous food and catch up on your thoughts after the play.
Signature dish Be sure to start things off with the monkfish cheeks – accompanied by parsnip and vanilla puree and edamame beans, it’s a guaranteed winner.
41 West Nicolson Street ££
Field has a notable reputation in the city, known for their passion for seasonality, keen innovation, and proud sense of sustainability. They specialise in unique dishes that pair the familiar with the new, from oysters with rhubarb granita to palm sugar chillies on puds.
The wine list is impressively wide-ranging, but if you’re struggling to choose, put your faith in their highlighted wines of the season.
Signature dish Go tropical with the smooth and sweet peanut and coconut mousse, brightened up with mango salsa.
36 Broughton Street ££
Headed up by Scott Smith, formerly of the acclaimed Norn, Fhior brings a modern Scottish dining experience to Broughton Street. Expect Scandi-style minimalist dishes that let the Scottish ingredients do the talking on a menu that changes with the season.
Signature dish Smith is renowned for his signature beremeal bread.
Forage & Chatter
1A Alva Street ££
As it says on the tin, foraged ingredients take pride of place at Forage & Chatter, where the dishes are designed around wild produce. A warm and cosy restaurant in the West End, it’s a great spot for couples looking to try the best of the Scottish larder.
Signature dish The North Sea cod with fresh and vibrant herb veloute makes the most of wild greenery.
38 St Mary’s Street ££
Scottish produce with a modern European feel, Lovage combines two culinary traditions in a menu that is unique, creative, and colourful. The menu changes regularly, but we’re yet to try something we haven’t loved.
Signature dish Their rice pudding is the one to beat, topped with rhubarb granita and Douglas fir chocolate oil.
1 Festival Square £££
Take in the iconic Fringe Festival fireworks while you feast at One Square. Its prime central location and glass front allow for direct views to the castle, making every meal a special event. The menu is updated regularly to showcase the best of Scotland’s seasonal larder, and even includes a map so you can track your favourites, from Scrabster hake to Dumfries beef. Be sure to start dinner off right with a G&T from their extensive gin list, including their very own Edinburgh-distilled One Square gin.
Signature dish: Keep things classic with One Square’s super smooth chicken liver pâté, jazzed up with orange jelly and pistachios.
Priestfield Road £££
The signature restaurant of the 5-star Prestonfield House, Rhubarb has luxury in abundance. Lavishly decorated, it’s well established as one of the city’s most romantic restaurants, and the menu is impressive too. Packed with the likes of roe deer, turbot, and Chateaubriand, every choice is a good choice.
Signature dish Make sure you bring a dining partner that you trust and order the tarte tatin for two.
29-33 Dublin Street ££
Known as The Scottish Restaurant and with good reason, Stac Polly boasts a menu full of top quality Scottish produce and culinary classics, served up in a beautiful stone-walled dining room. Start the meal off right with a visit to their wine and gin bar upstairs, or keep things traditional, and finish off with a whisky.
Signature dish No trip to Edinburgh is complete without trying their traditional cullen skink.
The Dining Room
28 Queen Street ££
Calling the Scottish Malt Whisky Society home, it’s no surprise that the famed Scottish spirit takes pride of place at The Dining Room. Some of the very creative dishes on offer incorporate whisky within the food itself, or opt for the taster menu, which is paired with an array of fine malts.
Signature dish: Mix it up with their kumquat tarte tatin, paired with chocolate and balsamic sauce and fennel pollen ice cream.
110 Hanover Street £
Good food, good value, good vibes – the dining situation at the dogs is simply good. Looking out over the New Town from what was originally a townhouse, there’s a sense of comfort at this eccentric restaurant, where you’ll struggle to find a dish above £15.
Signature dish: The pork belly is marinated for three days to create an unparalleled flavour.
The Grain Store
30 Victoria Street ££
Housed amongst the historic stone archways of Victoria Street, The Grain Store is a restaurant steeped in Edinburgh atmosphere, from the stone walls to the flickering candlelight. With a fine line in rich and hearty fare made with top quality Scottish produce, this is proper date night decadence.
Signature dish: The Borders pigeon, roasted and served with carrots, red cabbage and confit potato, sums up their menu to a tee.
The Scran and Scallie
1 Comely Bank Road ££
Combining the best of pub comforts, from cosy furnishings and wood panelling to hearty, wholesome food, Tom Kitchin’s The Scran and Scallie elevates the humble Scottish pub to something truly special. Look out for the likes of homemade sausage and mash, and ham, egg and chips.
Signature dish: The Scran & Scallie fish pie is famously the one to beat.
The Stockbridge Restaurant
54 St Stephen Street ££
Tucked amongst the cobbled streets of Stockbridge, this eatery has all the hallmarks of a local favourite, with the added bonus of seriously impressive food. Look out for classically rich and indulgent dishes made with top Scottish ingredients from rabbit to pigeon.
Signature dish: The hearty rack of lamb goes perfectly with cassoulet bean stew, confit garlic, roast potatoes and rosemary sauce.
A unique fixture in the Edinburgh food scene, The Tower stands high above the National Museum of Scotland, offering panoramic views across the city. Scottish culinary traditions sit front and centre, from Dingwall haggis to brown crab and Loch Etive salmon.
Signature dish: The Tower’s renowned shellfish bouillabaisse has it all, prawns, scallops, crayfish and more.