Selecting a seafood restaurant in Edinburgh...

DATE: 13 Sep 2017 | BY
Fish and seafood in Edinburgh Edinburgh's finest fish and seafood restaurants

With our coastal location, it’s no wonder that there’s many an amazing seafood restaurant in Edinburgh. Want some help choosing? Here are our tips.

If you’re looking for a great seafood restaurant in Edinburgh, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice. For centuries, fish and shellfish have played a huge part in our city’s cuisine thanks to the spoils of the coastline, lochs and rivers in the area - and today is no different. Simple grilled or steamed fish dishes, decadent seafood platters, classic fish and chips, globally-inspired fish dishes...however you like your seafood, the city’s your oyster. From casual restaurants to fine dining venues, you’re sure to find a seafood restaurant in Edinburgh that suits your tastes, your style and your budget.


This Old Town restaurant definitely offers a seafood experience to remember. It’s a bright and modern restaurant: we love the mosaic-tiled central bar and the huge windows that let in loads of natural light. While this is certainly fine dining, Ondine has a lovely relaxed feel and the staff are always friendly and helpful: no stuffy formal atmosphere here. If you’re here on a date night, we highly recommend the grand fruits de mer: a platter piled high with fresh lobster, langoustine, oysters, mussels, cockles, clams, crab and crevettes - a real seafood feast!

Ondine, 2 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1AD

Fishers in Leith

Fishers in Leith is the original Fishers restaurant - you’ll find another branch on Thistle Street in the city. It’s a bijou restaurant by the water, and its setting in an old watchtower is sure to impress. At Fishers, you have a choice of more simple or more refined: their seafood platters, oysters and fishcakes are outstanding, but their main menu offers some fantastic flavour combinations too. The Asian flavours of the halibut with soy, chilli, aubergine salad and coriander rice are among our favourites on the menu.

Fishers in Leith, 1 Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6QW

Cadiz Edinburgh paella The signature paella at Cadiz


For us, seafood and cocktails is a winning combination - and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Cadiz on George Street. It’s a place that’s got the feel of an upmarket oyster bar, with attentive and knowledgeable service to match. We love the diversity of the menu: Cadiz serve everything from fish and chips with the perfect batter to seafood risottos, mussels with white wine, chorizo and chilli, and whole grilled lemon sole with butter, parsley and capers. If you’ve not yet been on a Sunday, we definitely recommend it: the last day of the week is paella day, which makes the perfect alternative to a traditional Sunday lunch.

Cadiz, 77b George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3EE

Kilted Lobster

We love the nautical look and feel of this seafood restaurant in Stockbridge: its sea blue tables and chairs, fishy wall art and driftwood candle holders really help to set the scene. We also love the fact that all of their projects go towards meal banks, cookery classes for single parent families and food-related health conditions, and other great causes. The complimentary canapés are a lovely touch, and we recommend their signature lobster dish, served with a decadently rich crayfish butter. Be warned, though - the lobster can sell out quickly on busy nights.

Kilted Lobster, 112 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AD

The Ship on the Shore

The Ship on the Shore is one of our top seafood picks for date nights: its pub-crossed-with-gentlemans’-club feel is relaxed and friendly. In the summer, try and get a table outside to enjoy your seafood on the shore-front terrace for an amazing experience. There’s a separate crustacea and molluscs menu for those who love their seafood (we can’t get enough of the brown crab and chips), while the separate lunch and dinner menus mean you’ll be faced with a huge amount of choice. Multiple visits are definitely needed...

The Ship on the Shore, 24-26 Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6QN

Mussel Inn

Just off Princes Street, the Mussel Inn is a lively and informal bistro style restaurant that’s popular as a lunch stop or a pre-theatre dining destination. It’s seriously family-friendly too: you won’t just find a few kids’ dishes here, almost the entire menu can be ordered in half portions. Creamy seafood chowders, crispy fried whitebait, a decadent seafood pasta in a shellfish bisque..there’s more than just mussels to choose from, but the mussels really are fantastic. For something a bit different, try a pot of mussels in blue cheese sauce - you won’t be disappointed.

Mussel Inn, 61-65 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2NH

Tags: Edinburgh, Good For Groups, Date Night, Business Dining, Alfresco Dining, Seafood, Fine Dining, Extensive Wine List, £ - £20-£30, ££ - £30-£40, £££ - £40+, Fish, Seafood

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