Scotland is home to a wealth of Michelin-starred eateries, but the country also has its fair share of underappreciated restaurants serving some incredible food.

Scotland is home to a wealth of Michelin-starred eateries, but the country also has its fair share of underappreciated restaurants serving some incredible food.

Here we pay tribute to 11 fantastic and underrated establishments that we think have more than earned a prestigious award.

Scottish restaurants that deserve a Michelin star

Six by Nico, Glasgow

Serving a uniquely themed six course gourmet menu which changes every month, Six by Nico is fine dining on relatively modest budget – around £30 per person.

Past whimsical themes have included ‘Childhood’, ‘Route 66’ and ‘Disney’.

Visit: 1132 Argyle Street, Finnieston, Glasgow, G3 8TD – sixbynico.co.uk

The Three Chimneys, Isle of Skye

Although it was once awarded a Michelin star back in 2014, The Three Chimneys on Skye doesn’t currently have one.

The elegant restaurant specialises in cuisine made using local produce, and recipes that honour both Scotland’s culinary heritage and ancient Nordic connections.

Visit: Colbost, Dunvegan, Colbost, Isle of Skye, IV55 8ZT – threechimneys.co.uk

Cafe St Honore, Edinburgh

A hidden gem in plain sight, Cafe St Honore is a French brasserie located just off the beaten track of George Street in Edinburgh’s city centre.

Like stepping into a Parisian restaurant, the eatery is sleek and inviting, and the regularly changing menu has something for everyone.

Visit: 34 Thistle Street North West Lane, Edinburgh, EH2 1EA – cafesthonore.com

Cail Bruich, Glasgow

Also serving a French-influenced menu, the family-run Cail Bruich in Glasgow’s West End makes the most of Scotland’s natural larder with every dish.

Choose between their ever-evolving market menu, seasonal a la carte offerings or set tasting menu and enjoy top quality cuisine in a relaxed environment.

Visit: 725 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX – cailbruich.co.uk

Firebrick Brasserie, Lauder

Nestled in the Scottish Borders, the family-run Firebrick Brasserie in the town of Lauder opened in late 2015, and already has a reputation as one of the country’s best bistros.

With 20 years of experience under their belts, chef David Haetzman and pastry chef Amanda Jordan have created a restaurant and menu to be proud of, showcasing Scottish seafood, perfectly executed Sunday roasts and moreish desserts.

Visit: 7 Market Place, Lauder, TD2 6SR – firebrickbrasserie.co.uk

North Port Restaurant, Perth

Cosy and classic, North Port only opened in 2014, but the husband and wife team at its helm have quickly turned the restaurant into a favourite for Perth locals and visitors alike.

Carefully selected ingredients are supplied by small, local growers, breeders, suppliers and foragers, and prepared with love into elegant dishes.

Visit: 8 North Port, Perth, PH1 5LU – thenorthport.co.uk

Timberyard, Edinburgh

Effortlessly cool, the glamorously industrial Timberyard in Edinburgh offers several set menus (four, six or eight courses) as well as lunch and pre-theatre options.

As well as being a stunning space, this restaurant prides itself on Michelin-worthy service and some truly innovative food.

Visit: 10 Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9DS – timberyard.co

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Salt Seafood Kitchen, Ullapool

You don’t get seafood much fresher than the stuff available at Salt Seafood Kitchen in Ullapool.

Plucked from beautiful waters diners can see from the restaurant itself, the expertly prepared langoustine, crab, lobster and mussels served here taste out of this world.

Visit: 140 Badenscallie, Ullapool, IV26 2YJ – saltseafood.com

Inver, Strachur

A modern Scottish eatery on the shores of Loch Fyne, Inver is no stranger to praise and awards.

Homely but modern inside, the restaurant serves beautifully presented dishes that make the most of local Scottish produce.

Visit: Stracthlachlan, Strachur, PA27 8BU – inverrestaurant.co.uk

The Gannet, Glasgow

A romantic and welcoming restaurant space that feels distinctly European in the heart of Glasgow’s West End, The Gannet has perfected the art of relaxed fine dining.

Offering a small but perfectly formed and constantly changing menu of modern Scottish cuisine, there’s something new to look forward to on every visit.

Visit: 1155 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8TB – thegannetgla.com

The Dogs, Edinburgh

Quirky but refined, The Dogs has become an Edinburgh institution over the years, known for their reasonably priced modern takes on traditional British and European dishes.

Book in at the weekend to soak up the bustling atmosphere in unique surroundings.

Visit: 110 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DR – thedogsonline.co.uk

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