Best restaurants in Edinburgh

The top restaurants and foodie finds in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has oodles of great places to eat, but they are often hard to find among the generic touristy places. So we’ve pulled together a pick of some of the best restaurants and places to eat in the city. From fine dining to budget bites, let The Good Food Guide, and our readers, help you avoid the chains, beat the crowds and eat well. And if you know of any other great places to eat, don't forget to let us know using our restaurant feedback form.

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Where to dine? A pick of the best restaurants in Edinburgh

Valvona & Crolla
19 Elm Row

This pleasantly noisy eatery in the heart of Edinburgh is the perfect pit-stop when negotiating the festival hordes. Founded by the Contini family in 1934, Valvona & Crolla is now quite the local institution, with a constant bustle from breakfast through to closing. Pop in for plates of antipasti, sensational pizzas and handmade pasta.

The Kitchin
78 Commercial Street


Nestled water-side in a dusky former whisky distillery, The Kitchin is one of the most atmospheric eateries in Edinburgh. Produce is impeccably fresh, locally sourced and expertly cooked by head chef (and namesake) Tom Kitchin. Go for a hearty sharing dish, such as the beef or monkfish tail.

2 George IV Bridge

With seriously fresh ingredients in a beautiful setting, Ondine has long been popular with our readers. Panoramic windows allow a unique view of the city, so you can keep an eye on the action while eating. The extensive seafood menu offers something for everyone, from traditional fish and chips to ‘the best lobster thermidor ever’.


The best Edinburgh cheap eats

On a budget? A selection of the best value eateries, recommended by our army of food fans.

Black Medicine Coffee Co. – Serious about coffee, with a ‘bountiful’ counter of very reasonably priced sandwiches and paninis

Eteaket – ‘Making tea sexy’ with exotic infusions and indulgent cakes. Happily, Eteaket is perhaps the only place in Britain to still sell chocolate tea cakes

Henderson’s of Edinburgh – Deli, bistro, bakery and art gallery, there is, quite possibly, ‘no reason to ever leave’ Henderson’s. 


Our top Edinburgh ‘Foodie Finds’

Our readers pick of the best foodie establishments as recommended on our Restaurant Finder - from deli to ice cream parlour, butcher to coffee shop.

The Manna House Bakery – Pop in for homemade bread and pastries and, if you wish, ‘an update on local gossip’

Eddie’s Seafood Market – A serious hit with our Foodie Finders, Eddie has a ‘superlative range of fish and shellfish', and ‘efficient and friendly’ service

Margiotta – ‘Good range of salami, pasta and wine’ and ‘staff that know their stock’. What more could a visiting foodie ask for? 

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3rd Sep 2012 at 21:53 by Smoutie:

Eddie's is wondrous. Eddie presides in white wellies, and his kind staff are more than happy to let you have a go at shelling a scallop. Meanwhile, boxes of spanking-fresh fish cover the floor and your trouser hems risk fishiness as floor levels rise. Simply the properest fish shop possible in a slightly over-manicured, if endlessly beautiful, city.

3rd Sep 2012 at 21:55 by Smoutie:

I fear for Margiotta. The one near us used to have good cheese, Simon's pies, local goodies. Now it's all gone a bit Nisa pre-packed.