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Where to Eat in Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh Dining Guide

November 23
5 min read
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    Considering a visit to Edinburgh and looking for the best dining experiences? Whether you’re a local or a traveler, finding where to eat in Edinburgh at the right restaurant is crucial for a memorable meal. Explore the top 10 restaurants in Edinburgh, offering a diverse range of cuisines from traditional Scottish to international delights.


    Pork Meat Pies


    Recommended to me by a local, this is a restaurant for a quick bite or for a bite to go. While it is a smaller non-formal restaurant, Oink draws in a large crowd for its famous pork meat pies and pork dishes. Located on the street that was the inspiration for Diagon Alley, Oink does not have a lot of seating options so be prepared to wait if you wish to eat delicious food while admiring this famous street.


    Scottish, Nordic Fusion


    A modern restaurant where the aesthetic of the restaurant matches the food. While this place is more expensive, it is great for those looking for a fancier experience or celebrating a special occasion.




    Have you ever had a formal restaurant experience in the middle of a library? At Colonnades, you can! This restaurant is located in the center of the historic Signet Library, creating a truly unique dining experience. While it is known for the three-tier plates for afternoon tea, there are a variety of choices to choose from at any point in the day.

    The Lookout By Gardener’s Cottage

    Cafe, Scottish Modern Dining


    A literal “destination” restaurant due to its location on the top of Calton Hill. This restaurant is located within the restored observatory and glass dome, creating an amazing aerial view of Edinburgh. The menus change very often to complement this unique dining experience.

    The Pantry

    Brunch, Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly


    For the brunch-goers, or those looking to save money by having two meals at once (like I do), The Pantry is a popular brunch restaurant serving up a mean eggs benedict. While breakfast is only served until 11 am, the restaurant boasts an all-day brunch menu for those looking for a warm breakfast meal later in the day. Additionally, one of the co-founders is vegetarian, so there are many vegan and vegetarian offerings on the menu.

    The Cellar Door

    Scottish Cuisine


    Located underneath George IV Bridge in the Old Town, this restaurant is known for serving modern Scottish cuisine using locally sourced ingredients. While the menu resembles traditional Scottish dishes, a closer look will reveal a new twist on the dishes. For a memorable dining experience, order the six-course “Taste of Scotland” which includes tastes of the old and new.

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    Mum’s Great Comfort Food

    British, American Cuisine


    A retro-style bar serving classic comfort food dishes, perfect for a rainy day or cold weather. The comfortable atmosphere, food, and staff provide a warm experience to remember. Be sure to try the mac and cheese dish which is sure to fill you for your busy day of adventures.

    The Bon Vivant

    Contemporary Scottish Cuisine


    Located in the New Town, this restaurant has become a popular hangout spot for locals and visitors. Known for its delicious cocktails and modern Scottish dishes, The Bon Vivant is known for its blend of the old and new. Be sure to book a table in advance as this place fills up quickly.

    The Gardener’s Cottage

    Scottish Cuisine


    An old stone cottage from 1836, is now a high-end dining experience. This restaurant takes garden-to-table to a whole new level considering their produce comes from their own garden on site! For those looking to plan their meals ahead, note that the menu varies a lot depending on what produce is available in season.

    Forage & Chatter

    Scottish Cuisine


    This restaurant takes pride in how the majority of the ingredients used are sourced within a 25-mile radius of the restaurant, demonstrating that everything served is fresh. However, this restaurant is not for those who like to look at a menu and plan ahead, as the menu changes daily depending on what ingredients are available that day.

    In the heart of Edinburgh’s culinary scene lies a diverse array of restaurants, each with its own unique charm and flavor. Whether you crave traditional Scottish delights, international fusion, or a cozy spot for comfort food, the city caters to every palate. From the historic Colonnades to the modern Timberyard, and the scenic Lookout By Gardener’s Cottage, Edinburgh’s dining options promise not just a meal but an experience. With this dining guide of where to eat in Edinburgh, let your taste buds guide you through the top-notch gastronomic offerings, making your visit truly unforgettable. Edinburgh’s culinary journey awaits, offering a delightful blend of tradition, innovation, and warm hospitality. Cheers to savoring the best of Edinburgh’s flavors!

    Be sure to check out my Complete Travel Guide to Scotland!

    Considering a visit to Scotland? Be sure to check out my guides below:

    Scottish Food to Try in Scotland

    Scottish Souvenirs to Buy in Scotland

    Best Places to Visit in Scotland

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