In the bustling centre of Edinburgh, there are a whole host of fantastic restaurants to choose from.


(103 George St, EH2 3ES, 0131 225 1550)

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Victor and Carina Contini’s Italian ristorante has an illustrious history attached to it.

The Contini family has been in the restaurant business for three generations. Furthermore, the restaurant is on the site of Edinburgh’s first Corn Exchange, which later became a Florentine-style banking hall.

Despite the vast scale and imposing architecture of the building, Contini manages to be welcoming and intimate, especially since its recent £250,000 refurbishment.

The interior is now furnished with banquette seating in soft grey leather, and luxurious hangings depicting frescos adorn the walls.

New dishes which are sure to tingle any customer’s tastebuds include the sublime Salame Calabrese with roasted aubergine, crème fraiche and pistachio.

Main courses cost between £14 and £24.

The Pompadour by Galvin

(Princes Street, EH1 2AB, 0131 222 8975)

Edinburgh’s Waldorf Astoria is home to this beautiful rococo dream of a restaurant. Established in the 1920s, this ornate dining room was converted into its current incarnation in 2012 by the Galvin brothers.

Jeff and Chris Galvin have already bagged the Urban Restaurant of the Year Award, and continue to dazzle with their expert grasp of French cuisine. Views of Edinburgh Castle only make the experience of dining here even more charming, and the dishes completely conform to the Galvin brothers’ ethos: “quality and luxury in simplicity”.

French techniques and Scottish produce are combined to create such wonders as their roast fillet of Peterhead stone bass, or their tender Perthshire pheasant.

Three courses cost £58.

Number One

(Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes St, EH2 2EQ, 0131 557 6727)

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This is the number one spot to sample modern Scottish cuisine at its finest.

The restaurant has been open since 1997, but was fully refurbished in 2015, making it even more stylish than before.

You can take a seat on one of the dove-grey wool banquettes, and enjoy the fabulous art on the walls, including a triptych of a Scottish oak tree by Adam Ellis.

However it is the food that is the main event. Dishes include such delights as Balmoral smoked salmon with quail’s egg, and Inverurie hogget with mint yoghurt.

The executive chef at Number One is Jeff Bland, who has held a Michelin star for fourteen years.

The seven-course tasting menu costs £85.

Stac Polly

(29-33 Dublin St, EH3 6NL, 0131 556 2231)

Established in the last decade of the twentieth century, Stac Polly looks to the past and the future with its cuisine.

Dishes include a fillet of Scottish salmon, served with salmon, prawn and lime mousse stuffing, as well as a magnificent Borders pheasant breast with sage and lemon stuffing.

There is an extensive wine list, and Scottish beers from the Orkney Brewery for ale fans.

The restaurant itself is housed in a series of rough-stone-walled cellars, furnished with Bute tweed upholstery.

Main dishes cost between £17.95 and £27.95.

The Dome

(14 George Street, EH2 2PF, 0131 624 8624)


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For the grandest dining rooms of them all, look no further than the Dome.

This brilliantly ostentatious, neoclassical venue contains two restaurants, a tea room and a bar, but the Grill Room is the reigning champion of the four.

The kitchen has been cooking up wonderful dishes for nearly twenty years, with Head Chef Sue Snider at the helm. Local produce is the main attraction, with grass-fed Buccleuch beef and Hornig’s haggis from the Lothians.

Starters include the divine Belhaven smoked salmon, and steamed Shetland mussels, while the stars of the main course are the rump of lamb and the grilled sea bass.

Main courses cost between £18 and £33.

About The Author

Maddy Searle

Maddy lives in Edinburgh and has written for the Sunday Herald and the Ed Fringe Review. She is passionate about authentic, sustainably sourced food, and is always keen to discover exciting new flavours.

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