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  • The exterior of the luxury Greywalls Hotel which includes the award-winning Chez Roux restaurant, Gullane, East Lothian
    Greywalls Hotel and Chez Roux restaurant, Gullane, East Lothian
  • Enjoying lunch on an outdoor terrace at a bistro on Victoria Street
    Lunch in Edinburgh
  • A plate of freshly prepared crab from Restaurant Martin Wishart, The Shore, Edinburgh
    Crab dish from Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh
  • A place setting at The Witchery Restaurant, Edinburgh
    The Witchery Restaurant, Edinburgh
  • Customers relax at the bar in Valvona & Crolla's Vincafe on Multrees Walk, Edinburgh
    Valvona & Crolla's Vincafe on Multrees Walk, Edinburgh

Eating out across Edinburgh & The Lothians guarantees an unforgettable foodie experience. From fine-dining in award-winning restaurants and roof top terraces to a wonderful cafe culture, come and enjoy great food and drink amid beautiful surroundings. Sample mouth-watering seafood, sourced from along the North Sea coastline, tuck into traditional Scottish fare and enjoy delicious meat across the region.


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.

Cafe culture

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.

Wherever you are, look out for the Taste Our Best logo, a new award which recognises establishments which put quality and Scottish ingredients at the forefront of everything they do. Search through accredited Taste Our Best restaurants and cafés in Edinburgh & The Lothians.

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  1. Revolution Bar





    Set over 2 floors with three stunning bars, Revolution Edinburgh is the perfect place to have a party.

  2. Shackleton's Bar & Brasserie


    Bistros & Brasseries



    Welcome to Shackleton's Bar & Brasserie

  3. Hard Rock Cafe





    The Hard Rock Cafe offers an American influenced menu in a unique rock 'n' roll atmosphere enhanced by original memorabilia.

  4. Swanston Brasserie




    • Eat Scotland Award
    Eat Scotland Award


    Located on the southern edge of Edinburgh, The Swanston restaurant sits in the middle of Swanston Farm (and Regional Park). For a lazy breakfast, quick lunch or a family dinner, you'll find the Swanston Restaurant ready to welcome you.

  5. Gradings

    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best

    Edinburgh - City Centre

  6. Gradings


    Sumptuous, stylish, grand yet relaxed.

  7. La P'tite Folie





    The French cinema posters adorning the walls of the Frederick Street branch of these sister restaurants may match the theme, but the decor is so French bistro as to border on pastiche.


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