The best Scottish restaurants in Edinburgh's city centre

Whether you're visiting Edinburgh or a resident, sometimes you just can't beat traditional Scottish recipes made with local produce.

Published 1st Feb 2018
Updated 12 th Sep 2023

Sushi, pizza and curry are all well and good, but here's where to go in the city centre for Scottish cuisine.

Forage & Chatter

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Hidden in basement premises in the West End, Forage & Chatter is a stylish yet cosy bistro, specialising in locally sourced Scottish cuisine.

Expect everything from crab bisque to red deer loin, with plenty of vegetarian options and some tempting desserts, too.

Visit: 1A Alva Street, EH2 4PH -

Angels with Bagpipes

Located on Edinburgh's iconic Royal Mile, Angels with Bagpipes opened in 2010, and has gone on to establish itself as a popular hotspot for gourmet Scottish food.

The restaurant serve their own take on several local delicacies, including haggis with neeps and tatties, venison and Scottish salmon.

If you can't make your mind up, you can always try their tasting menu, which costs £40 for four courses.

Visit: 343 High Street, EH1 1PW -

Number One at The Balmoral

Housed inside the historic Balmoral Hotel at the East End of Princes Street, Number One is an elegant gourmet restaurant, serving many innovative dishes with a Scottish twist.

Whether you go a la carte or opt for the seven or 10 course tasting menu, you'll be treated to the very best of local seasonal produce - from Borders roe deer to North Sea lemon sole.

Visit: Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street, EH2 2EQ -


Located above the Traverse Theatre, and close to both the Usher Hall and the Lyceum, Dine is in the heart of Edinburgh's theatre district.

A beautiful and unique space, the restaurant serves both pre-theatre and a la carte menus, featuring the likes of Balvenie whisky cured salmon, short rib of Borders beef and Roast Ayrshire pork tenderloin.

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Visit: 1st Floor, 10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED -

Makars Gourmet Mash Bar

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Perched on The Mound, this warm and welcoming restaurant celebrates Scotland's favourite vegetable - the potato - in style.

Choose from the likes of haggis, wild boar sausage or braised ox cheek and then add whichever kind of mash you fancy (from chive and cheese to wholegrain mustard).

If you aren't a fan of mash, they also serve potato rosti fritter stacks and crispy potato skins.

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Visit: 9 North Bank Street, EH1 2LP -


With a strong emphasis placed on the importance of high quality raw ingredients, many of the salad leaves and herbs used at Wedgwood are foraged locally.

Named after co-owner and head chef, Paul Wedgwood, the Canongate restaurant offers a set 'Wee Tour of Scotland' menu, incorporating everything from Isle of Mull cheddar to Sound of Mull diver caught scallops.

Visit: 267 Canongate, Royal Mile, EH8 8BQ -

Stac Polly

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Rustic and cosy with exposed stone walls, tweed upholstery and candlelit tables, Stac Polly on Dublin Street has a quintessentially Scottish menu.

Start with traditional cullen skink or haggis parcels, follow by Scottish lamb shank or pheasant breast wrapped with Ayrshire bacon.

To drink, the restaurant serve several well-priced wines, Scottish beers from the Orkney Brewery, and an eclectic selection of malt whiskies.

Visit: 29-33 Dublin Street, EH3 6NL -

Educated Flea

On their varied fusion menu, Educated Flea still manage to serve several Scottish classics with a twist, including Buckfast cured salmon, venison haunch and a fresh seafood platter.

This small but perfectly formed restaurant specialises in top to tail cooking and does all pickling, smoking and preserving in-house.

Visit: 32B Broughton Street, EH1 3SB -


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Specialising in the best seafood Scotland has to offer, Ondine is a relaxed but still sophisticated eatery on George IV Bridge.

Indulge in their signature offering (oysters prepared in various ways), then dive into a menu of locally sourced squid, crab, scallops and much more.

Visit: 2 George IV Bridge, EH1 1AD -


From cullen skink and haggis, neeps and tatties to fresh Scottish calamari and mussels, there's a whole host of Scottish cuisine on the menu at both Howies city centre locations.

Visit: 29 Waterloo Place, EH1 3BQ / 10- 14 Victoria Street, EH1 2HG -

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