Edinburgh is a historic city that’s famous for many things. Cobbled streets. Whisky. Literature. A castle. One of the things that it’s not, however, all that world-renowned for is its food. Which is a little disappointing considering how strong the Edinburgh food scene is. Arthur’s seat is great and all but getting a seat at a quality bistro is far higher up my agenda.
Both the Old Town and New Town are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and both are home to some extraordinary restaurants, bakeries, and cafes. If you’re after a good meal in the city, the biggest problem you’ll have won’t be finding somewhere good to eat, it’ll be deciding which excellent restaurant you want to eat at first. From simple, seasonal plates at The Little Chartroom to perfect pizzas from 1926, Edinburgh is a fine place to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Just like our guides to Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Margate, Brighton, Glasgow, and Leeds, we've tried our best to highlight the very best Edinburgh eateries.
These aren’t the only restaurants worth visiting in Edinburgh but they are some of the very best around. If you wanted a hit-list for the city that’ll make you very full and very satisfied, this is it. These are the best restaurants in Edinburgh. Probably. If we’ve forgotten your face, just get in touch. I’ll either send you an apology and add it to this list ASAP or deliver you the unfortunate news that you’ve got terrible taste in restaurants.