Four Edinburgh restaurants named in Square Meal’s UK Top 100

Edinburgh has been revealed as the best Scottish city for dining in SquareMeal’s UK Top 100 restaurants, with four capital restaurants named in the final list. 

Published 9th Sep 2019
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

The Michelin-starred The Kitchin is joined by seafood specialists Ondine, Mark Greenaway's new venue Grazing and laid-back seasonal sourcing experts The Timberyard.

Only two Glasgow dining establishments made the top 100 - The Crabshakk in  Finnieston and Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery, while Restaurant Andrew Fairlie in Auchterader, The Whitehouse in Lochaline, and The Peat Inn in Fife were the other restaurants representing Scotland.

The top 100 is distinctive as it’s the only poll to exclude London restaurants, allowing the UK’s regional dining scene to truly shine.

The website compiles the list every year, based on thousands of votes from an annual survey whose results are then moderated by SquareMeal's editor, Ben McCormack, and his nationwide team of professional reviewers.

Ben McCormack said that the list is proof that opportunities to eat well now exist in more of the UK's cities, he said: "While 10 years ago this list would have been dominated by gastropubs and country-house hotels, the thriving restaurant scene in Edinburgh proves that London isn’t the only UK city with a nationally recognised food scene.

"There’s never been more of an appetite for dining out in the UK – and UK diners have never been so spoilt for choice.”


Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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