Scottish Restaurants in Edinburgh
1. 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”.
2. 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).
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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
6. 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.
7. The Palmerston Scottish restaurant in Edinburgh 1 Palmerston Place - EH12
Opened in early August, a neighbourhood restaurant near Haymarket, from ex-Harwood Arms GM James Snowdon and ex-Spring chef Lloyd Morse, who will "champion provenance and sustainability" with their St-John-style “whole animal cooking”. The corner site will house a 60-cover restaurant, bar, bakery, coffee shop and butchery.
8. Restaurant Martin Wishart French restaurant in Edinburgh 54 The Shore - EH6
“Still the best in Edinburgh” – Martin Wishart delivers “a glorious celebration of Scottish fare” at this “slightly formal” operation. “This is serious no-nonsense cooking from the canapés, to the amuse bouche, and you can opt for the tasting menu, à la carte, vegetarian tasting menu and fish tasting menu; plus a fantastic selection of wine and wine flights”. Stylewise, it’s “a classic modern dining room” in “a nice location by the water in Leith”, and “with a level of service akin to that of a top London hotel”. “The only quibble is the very limited choice at lunchtime” although the set deal is “overall very good value for the price”.
9. Mono Italian restaurant in Edinburgh 85 South Bridge - EH1
“Making other fine dining establishments in town look somewhat staid, out of touch and overpriced” – this April 2018 newcomer is “superb”, and some would say “the best restaurant to have opened in Edinburgh in recent times”. “A charismatic space” with “splendid service” – “the reference on its website to ‘progressive Italian dining’ is accurate” and the modern cuisine is “outstanding” – “go downstairs to see the kitchen in action”. To match the fine cooking there’s “an exceptional, mostly Italian, wine list”.
10. Timberyard Scottish restaurant in Edinburgh 10 Lady Lawson St - EH3
“I would travel a LONG way for these exceptional, innovative flavours” says a London-based reporter about this Fountainbridge fixture, opened in 2012 in the “charismatic” space of a converted Victorian warehouse, and serving a selection of Ben Radford’s Scandi-influenced tasting menus (from four-courses to eight-courses), offset by a “long” wine list of exclusively natural wines from small European producers.
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