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Whether you’re planning a date night, a family get-together, a proposal or a business dinner, sometimes only a fine dining restaurant will do. And when it comes to fine dining, Edinburgh knows how to do it in style. Across the city, you’ll find numerous restaurant with AA rosettes, Michelin stars and other top foodie credentials. If you’re finding it hard to choose, our round-up will give you an idea of what to expect at each of our top picks.
Purslane is a great romantic choice for fine dining, with its relaxed and intimate feel and candlelit evenings. The kitchen team combine the finest fresh local ingredients with influences from across the globe, and with no dress code, it’s a place where you can genuinely relax and enjoy an evening of fantastic food. The food in this basement restaurant is outstanding, with a choice of the a la carte offering or two different tasting menus with optional matched wines.
Purslane, 33A St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AH
We love the ambience of the Castle Terrace, nestled in an enviable position just below Edinburgh Castle. It’s a glamorous yet relaxed place that’s bright and airy, with a stunning hand-drawn mural of the Castle itself taking up a whole wall. This beauty extends to the food, too: there’s a real focus on local produce which is presented like a work of art. Choose from a range of different menus, from the a la carte option to various tasting menus. There’s a surprise tasting menu on offer, as well as a seasonal celebration menu that’s a great way to sample the season’s finest local ingredients.
Castle Terrace Restaurant, 33-35 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2EL
If you’re looking to impress with something truly exclusive, The Table is the place to be. Since 2015, this tiny elegant restaurant has been offering ten diners per evening the chance to book breakfast bar-style seating in front of an open plan kitchen to enjoy a seven course surprise tasting menu in a relaxed atmosphere - it almost feels like a dinner party at a friend’s house. The food is inventive and designed for diners who eat everything, and you can even bring your own wine. Book well in advance as places fill up quickly - we promise it’s worth it!
The Table, 3A Dundas Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6QG
With its dark walls, large artworks and masses of candles and fairy lights, The Stockbridge Restaurant is an intimate cellar restaurant that’s ideal for a romantic night out. The atmosphere’s welcoming and informal, and it’s a place that’s known for its fish and game. Depending on the season, you’ll find anything from scallops with butternut squash purée, apple salsa, Serrano ham and caramelised walnuts to duck breast with duck confit and a duck sausage roll, and their cheese board is not to be missed.
The Stockbridge Restaurant, 54 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AL
With its views across the water, Leith’s Restaurant Martin Wishart is a chic, warmly decorated restaurant with food and service that are totally deserving of its Michelin starred status. The menus focus on local produce, cooked in a French style: think rich Emmental soufflés with creamed Swiss chard; roasted sweetbreads with artichoke and girolles, curry & Sauternes sauce, and buttermilk mousse with fennel sorbet, sorrel parfait and Granny Smith. The wine list is extensive and covers the whole globe - and the sommelier’s suggested wine matches are outstanding.
Restaurant Martin Wishart, 54 Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6RA
Aizle in the Old Town offers something a little different to those looking for a fine dining experience in Edinburgh. It’s a relaxed, almost café-style environment where you won’t find any menus - instead, you’ll be presented with a list of seasonal ingredients from which your five-course tasting menu will be created. The dishes themselves are inventive and skillfully done, and we love the matched drinks, which include some truly brilliant cocktails.
Aizle, 107-109 St Leonard’s Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9QY
Tags: Edinburgh, Date Night, International, Amazing Drinks, Business Dining, Fine Dining, Extensive Wine List, ££ - £30-£40, £££ - £40+, International, Business, Date Night, Extensive wine List, Restaurant
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