Scotland’s capital city boasts a wonderful range of dining options with more restaurants per head than in any other city in the UK. From the picture-perfect waterfront area of The Shore and the historic and dramatic Old Town in the heart of the city, to overlooking the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry, there’s an excellent choice of fresh Scottish produce to enjoy.
If you are after something special, Ondine on George IV Bridge was recently awarded the prestigious title of Scottish Restaurant of the Year at the British Hospitality Awards. Enjoy a sumptuous platter of seafood and shellfish.
Edinburgh menus also boast many international influences, so look out for delicious flavours from across Europe and beyond to China and India.
No mention of Edinburgh dining is complete without highlighting its Michelin-starred restaurants. The city is home to an impressive five restaurants with the coveted status, the second highest outside London.
Restaurant Martin Wishart received Edinburgh’s first Michelin-star in 2000. Renowned for its signature seafood dishes it is situated in Leith, close to another Michelin-star recipient, The Kitchin. Across the city you can also enjoy sumptuous feasts at 21212, Number One at the Balmoral Hotel, and The Kitchin’s sister restaurant, Castle Terrace, which received Edinburgh’s latest Michelin-star in 2011.
Away from the city
You’ll also find great dining opportunities across the Lothians. In East Lothian, enjoy a round of golf before sampling great meat or seafood dishes from John Paul at the Marine Hotel in North Berwick. Or head for Gullane and indulge in seasonal menus at La Potinière or Chez Roux at Greywalls. Find out more by browsing the East Lothian food and drink directory.
In Midlothian, what better way to reward a long walk in the Pentlands than with a traditional Scottish meal at the Flotterstone Inn? Or relax in the picturesque surroundings on the banks of the South Esk River at the Orangery at Dalhousie Castle & Spa in Bonnyrigg. Browse the Midlothian food and drink directory for more ideas.
Out in West Lothian, enjoy award-winning fare at Livingston’s restaurant in Linlithgow or Scotch beef at the town’s Champany Inn and find more information in the region's foodie directory.
If you’re looking for a light snack or a coffee stop, you’ll love the cafe culture of Edinburgh & The Lothians. Take a break from shopping or enjoying the many attractions across the region with delicious home baking and spectacular city, river or countryside views. You're never far from a cafe or tearoom to suit your tastes.
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