5 of the best restaurants in Edinburgh's Corstorphine

Corstorphine is a bustling suburb of Edinburgh, home to Edinburgh zoo, a busy high street, and a number of excellent restaurants.

Published 24th Mar 2017
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

From Chinese to Italian to Scottish, here are five of our favourite Corstorphine restaurants.

The Bothy Restaurant and Drinkery

(18 Corstorphine Rd, EH12 6HN, 0131 337 1844)


From hearty breakfasts, to leisurely brunches, to intimate dinners, the Bothy has it all. This restaurant can be found in the Murrayfield Hotel, and specialises in traditional Scottish cooking.

In this relaxed environment, you can enjoy a great selection of whiskies while tucking into delicious Scottish dishes. The 10 oz dry-aged ribeye steak comes from Ayrshire, and the beer-battered haddock is fresh from the North Sea.

The Italian-inspired hot smoked salmon linguine is also worth a taste, as is the classic sticky toffee pudding for dessert.

Eastern Pavilion

(46 St John's Rd, EH12 6PA, 0131 334 3346)

Picture: Eastern Pavilion Facebook page
Picture: Eastern Pavilion Facebook page

Eastern Pavilion’s Indian cuisine is made using only the freshest ingredients, including the best herbs and spices. The simple decor and the friendly staff make this restaurant a very pleasant place to be.

You can sample some classic Indian dishes, such as tandoori chicken or lamb biryani, but there are also lesser known specialities that will make your tastebuds tingle.

The Korai Gosht is made with stewed lamb, cooked in a sauce with onion, green and red pepper, and is served in a sizzling hot korai. The green herb lamb is also pretty special, made with fresh coriander, spring onion and green pepper.

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Fabio’s Restaurant

(23 Glasgow Rd, EH12 8HW, 0131 334 2300)


This family-run Italian restaurant has been on the go since 1998, and shows no signs of slowing down. Authentic regional cuisine is the main focus, prepared by a chef with over 36 years of experience.

The soft lighting and warm yellow walls create a chilled atmosphere, and the extensive menu offers a great choice of traditional Italian dishes.

The restaurant’s own specialties include the Pizza Fabio, topped with mozzarella, tomato, spicy sausage and peppers. The scampi thermidor is another treat, cooked with onions, English mustard, white wine and cream.

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Cool Jade

(Downie Grove, EH12 7AU, 0131 334 3823)


Tracy Chu takes pride in her restaurant’s traditional Cantonese cuisine, and its popularity with local residents. Her aim is to offer customers the widest possible experience of Cantonese cooking in stylish surroundings.

The speciality dishes are particularly worth ordering, including the spicy lar chee, which is made with the chef’s own special sauce. The chui chui is also delicious, with its sweet mandarin and soy sauce.

Another fantastic dish is the morning glory, a spicy dish made with beans, mixed onions, mushrooms and baby corn.

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Corstorphine Inn

(17 Corstorphine High St, EH12 7SU, 0131 334 1019)

Picture: Corstorphine Inn Facebook page
Picture: Corstorphine Inn Facebook page

For classic pub grub in a casual, relaxed environment, look no further than the Corstorphine Inn. As well as a fantastic food menu, you can sample a range of wines, draught beers and cask ales.

The hunter’s chicken is sure to satisfy any appetite: a whole chicken breast topped with smoked streaky bacon, BBQ sauce and mature Cheddar cheese. The beef and ale pie is made only with British beef, and is cooked in a rich Ruddles Ale gravy.

For an authentic taste of Scotland, you can try Scottish mussels in a shellfish sauce, served with seasoned fries and mayonnaise.

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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