Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Edinburgh
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Edinburgh restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 358 restaurants in Edinburgh and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Edinburgh restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Number One, Balmoral Hotel British, Modern restaurant in Edinburgh 1 Princes Street - EH2
“Still-fantastic food, service and a very special location” again win powerful support for this landmark hotel’s cosseting and sophisticated basement – long one of the city’s heaviest culinary hitters. And the arrival of new head chef Mark Donald – still under the hotel’s executive chef, Jeff Bland – has caused n’er a ripple in reports. Even a rare reporter who isn’t wowed by its luxurious below-ground setting feels “the excellent standards make it a worthwhile destination nonetheless”.
2. Wedgwood Scottish restaurant in Edinburgh 267 Canongate - EH8
“Glad we found them before they became so popular and Paul becoming a personality!” – Paul & Lisa Wedgwood’s “gem of a restaurant” on the Royal Mile (much of it below ground) wins consistent praise for its “fabulous” modern Scottish cuisine: “very well executed dishes from locally sourced ingredients”.
3. Aizle Scottish restaurant in Edinburgh The Garden Room in The Kimpton Hotel, 38 Charlotte Square - EH2
“Stunningly good food” – “consistently ambitious, intriguing and successful in its execution of superb ingredients” – is on the daily, no-choice, six-course menu at this dynamic Newington fixture, where everything is baked, fermented and otherwise created in-house. “All the food is good but the fish is really outstanding”. (The name rhymes with hazel, and is Scots for a glowing hot ember).
4. Rhubarb, Prestonfield Hotel Scottish restaurant in Edinburgh Priestfield Rd - EH16
With its “rich and opulent” setting, this Georgian former private estate provides a “unique environment” for “high-end” meals that are a feast for the eyes as much as the tastebuds. James Thomson pioneered his borderline kitsch approach to hospitality at his gothic-themed Witchery.
5. Gardener’s Cottage British, Modern restaurant in Edinburgh 1 Royal Terrace Gardens, London Road - EH7
“The menu is fixed and you sit at one of three large tables with others” at this quirky venture, which occupies a stone cottage in Royal Terrace Gardens. You get what you’re given from a mystery tasting menu on which sustainability is to the fore, with many of the ingredients grown by Charlie the gardener. On practically all reports the food is well-rated, and they must be doing something right having last year now opened The Lookout (see also).
6. The Stockbridge British, Modern restaurant in Edinburgh 54 St Stephen's St - EH3
2019 Review: Consistently good feedback once again on this stylish and “cosy” picture-lined basement in Stockbridge, which produces quality Scottish-accented cuisine.
7. Rico's Italian restaurant in Edinburgh 58a Castle Street - EH2
Taking over the site of Martin Wishart's The Honour is local restaurateur Stefano Pieraccini of The Rocca Group, which also includes The Broughton and The Seafood Ristorante in St Andrews. Italian dishes are made with locally-sourced Scottish ingredients.
8. Erpingham House Vegan restaurant in Edinburgh 1 Leith Street - EH1
A third branch for the Norwich-based vegan restaurant, which opened inside the Bonnie & Wild Scottish Marketplace in June 2021.
9. Bonnie & Wild Scottish Marketplace Scottish restaurant in Edinburgh St James Quarter, 415-417 St James Crescent - EH1
Opening in July 2021 after five years of development, the largest food hall in Scotland (and the first in Edinburgh) will feature independent Scottish food and drink producers; restaurants signed up so far include Erpingham House and Glasgow's The Gannet. Bonnie & Wild is the brainchild of Mac & Wild
10. Creel Caught Scottish restaurant in Edinburgh Bonnie & Wild Marketplace, St James Quarter, 415-417 St James Crescent - EH1
MasterChef: The Professionals winner Gary Maclean opened his first restaurant in June 2021 inside the Bonnie & Wild Marketplace, Edinburgh's first food hall in St James Quarter. Unsurprisingly, given the name, the menu champions Scottish seafood.
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