Best restaurants in Edinburgh
A scrumptious starter at Michelin-starred restaurant The Plumed Horse
Whether you're after an iron bru curry, gourmet Haggis or Michelin starred cuisine, check out our rundown of the best restaurants in Edinburgh
Edinburgh's not all castles and tourist traps - it's also home to some of the finest restaurants in Britain. So if you’re looking for inspiration, check out our pick of the best joints in the city - featuring hidden gems, chocolate curries, michelin-starred eateries and of course, the best place to grab a wee dram.
The Plumed Horse
Chef Tony Borthwick began The Plumed Horse in rural south-west Scotland in 1998, before gaining a Michelin star and moving the restaurant to Edinburgh by 2006. Now, this intimate eatery (it sits just 40 diners) is a city-wide institution - and for good reason. The menu is exquisite and intricate, offering everything from roast fillet of monkfish wrapped in bacon to smoked aubergine caviar and the desserts are particularly sweet. First time visitors should try the eight-course tasting menu - it’s perfection.
Some like it hot - and for those who do, we recommend a trip to Kismot. This family-run Indian restaurant serves the best biryani in Edinburgh with emphasis on depth of flavour. It also caters to those with adventurous tastes, with chocolate and iron bru curries on the menu. If you dare, try the kismot killer - a dish so hot customers need to sign a disclaimer stating they are over 18 before being served. The best part? It’s bring your own beer, so it’s a dining experience that’s light on the wallet.
Kismot 29 St Leonard's St, Edinburgh EH8 9QN
Tucked away in a cobbled side street in central Edinburgh, this cosy treat of a restaurant serves steak and seafood cooked to perfection. All produce is locally sourced (think Angus beef, borders lamb and west coast mussels) and they also offer some proper Scottish fare, including Haggis. Wildfire is family run, which just adds to the warm and inviting atmosphere. As for menu tips? While we love the fish dishes, the steak is a must for first-time visitors - you won’t be disappointed.
Wildfire 192 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 4AZ, Scotland
Passorn cooks with only the finest ingredients
Passorn was launched in 2009 by Cindy Sirapassorn with one aim: to bring authentic Thai food to Edinburgh. It’s been doing that ever since, mixing the finest and freshest Scottish produce with herbs and spices imported from Thailand. Along the way it’s also gained a reputation as one of the best east Asian restaurants in Scotland. Our menu tip is the Kaeng Keow Wan, a very hot and very delicious Thai green curry.
Passorn 23-23a Brougham Place, Edinburgh EH3 9JU, Scotland
It’s impossible not to take notice of Miro’s. From the moment you see this Mexican restaurant you’re greeted with an explosion of colour with their street frontage painted a vibrant blue. Inside it features floral tablecloths, soft lighting and yet more colour. Despite the decor, this restaurant is anything but obvious. It serves authentic south American food with a flavour of depth that will surprise you - and it has a specials board worth paying attention to. Delicioso!
Miro’s Cantina 184 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 4BA, Scotland
Whether you’re after a cup of coffee and a croissant in the morning or dinner with a glass of something a little bit stronger after work, this unpretentious Italian eatery has what you need. There’s a good reason why Mia is always busy. The food is high quality, the portions generous and the prices reasonable. What more could you ask for?
Mussel and Steak Bar
The name might not exactly be subtle but that doesn’t stop the Mussel and Steak Bar from being one of Edinburgh’s best kept secrets. Now, with customer reviews ranging from ‘excellent’ to ‘wonderful’ and after winning a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence in 2013, that secret is beginning to get out. Go before everyone else realises they serve the best oysters in town.
With its Spanish-style decor (think patterned tiles, stone floors and colourful lights) tapas restaurant Café Andaluz is hot, hot, hot. Located slap-bang in the middle of George Street, it’s perfect for a pre-night out meal - or, if you fancy trying some of their excellent Spanish wine, a night out in itself. For those unsure of how to negotiate the menu, Café Andaluz’s staff are on hand and willing to help you make the perfect choice. Don’t visit without trying a) the paella and b) the margarita cocktails.
Castle Terrace has a first-class menu
It has a Michelin star and it’s underneath Edinburgh Castle. Just in case you need anymore to be convinced, the Castle Terrace offers first-class service alongside its first-class menu. Run by culinary whizz-kid Dominic Jack, it serves innovative, beautifully cooked Scottish food. A treat from start to finish - particularly for those adventurous enough to try the surprise tasting menu.
The Whiski Rooms is the perfect destination for a big meal followed by a wee dram. The bar has more than 300 malts and blended whiskies to choose from and they offer daily tasting sessions - for those so inclined we recommend booking one in before a meal. Even if you’re teetotal, the food alone make the Whiski Rooms worth a visit; a mixture of Scottish fare such as Haggis as well as seabass and steak for those with different tastes.
Whiski Roms 4, 6 & 7 North Bank Street, Edinburgh EH12LP, Scotland
Seafood, Indian, Thai, Mexican, Steakhouse, Spanish, Scottish, Curry, Fish