Top 10 Edinburgh restaurants according to Trip Advisor

Looking to enjoy a great meal in the capital? Then why not find out some of the favourite places to go for locals and visitors alike with Trip Advisor?

Published 19th Jun 2017
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Usually the first stop online when searching for quality restaurants in any city, a positive local opinion of an eatery on Trip Adivsor can often do wonders for business.

So, to help you out with ideas for eating out in the capital, we've compiled a list of the review site's top 10 Edinburgh Restaurants.

The Table

(3A Dundas Street, EH3 6QG)

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Picture: The Table restaurant is a must-visit in Edinburgh

It's fair to say that this restaurant is outrageously popular with 95 per cent of its 200 reviews rated as "excellent."

It is located in the heart of the New Town and has a set menu that costs £70 a head and at the moment includes the very best in Scottish ingredients like Lobster, Halibut and Venison.

A must for any foodies visiting Edinburgh.

Forage & Chatter

(1A Alva Street, EH2 4PH)

With over 400 reviews, 94 per cent of which are rated "excellent," F&C is a superb fine dining experience in Edinburgh's West End.

Valerie from Dallas, Texas said it has "congenial hosts and wonderful food" and gave the restaurant five stars.


(107-109 St. Leonards Street, EH8 9QY)

Located in Edinburgh's south side near Holyrood Park, Aizle is a "dinner only" restaurant with a set seasonal menu. The menu has five courses and amounts to £45 per person.

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With over 500 reviews, 84 per cent of which are in the "excellent" bracket, Aizle is loved by locals and tourists alike.

Jessica from New York said that dinner here was "was the best meal" they enjoyed while in Scotland.

The Colonnades at the Signet Library

(Parliament Square, EH1 1RF)

Located smack bang in the centre of Edinburgh's Old Town, The Colonnades lies just off the High Street.

Boasting an impressive 85 per cent rating in the "excellent" bracket derived from over 800 reviews, this idyllic venue is hugely popular with locals and visitors alike.

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More a café than a restaurant, it serves afternoon tea and lunch until 5pm at £30 per head, with the exception of August where dinner is served until 8pm.

Natalie from Nebraska described going there as a "wonderful experience."

Purslane Restaurant

(33A St. Stephen Street, EH3 5AH)

A little further North to Stockbridge lies Scotland's 2015 "Best Fine Dining Award" winner.

From over 650 reviews, 80 per cent of those visiting this charming little restaurant have rated it as "excellent".

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Devika from London called it a "pocket of happiness" and anyone who has been here is usually inclined to agree.

Small, quaint and reasonably priced, it is the definition of a hidden gem, and due to its size, booking ahead is advised.

The Walnut

(9 Croall Place, Leith Walk, EH7 4LT)

Located to the North East of the town, The Walnut is another of Edinburgh's little known but hugely popular restaurants. Amidst 221 TA reviews only 1 per cent dropped to the "average" bracket with 83 per cent rating it as "excellent."

Boasting a varied menu of great value which has been very well received by the people of Edinburgh, local resident Sheena called it "fantastic" and told TA that "she will be back".

Number One at The Balmoral

(1 Princes Street, The Balmoral Hotel, EH2 2EQ)

The most central restaurant on our list is part of the renowned Balmoral Hotel on the corner where Princes Street Meets North Bridge.

84 per cent of its reviews are in the top bracket and those are derived from over 1,300 reviews.

Peter H wishes to tell you: "If you're thinking of going to Number One, but are unsure, don't think twice."

Though probably the most widely known restaurant on this list due to its location, its reputation for being an extraordinary dining experience is well founded according to most who've been here.

Locanda De Gusti

(102 Dalry Road, EH11 2DW)

A touch off the beaten track now to the west side of town. Locanda is situated on Dalry Road and boasts an impressive 84 per cent excellence rating based on over 1,000 reviews.

Well known for its seafood, this is one of the top Italian places in town if you're craving a little taste of Italy.

Winner of multiple awards, including two AA Rosettes, Locanda de Gusti is brilliant value for the calibre of culinary competence you can expect there.

As Joel from Edinburgh points out: "Best Italian I've ever been to! Point Blank!"


(56A Broughton Street, EH1 3SA)

Just North of Queen Street, Pickles is one of the best places in the capital for authentic Scottish cuisine.

85 per cent of the 712 TA reviews are in the top bracket and that speaks volumes for this little eatery's popularity.

Thomas from Newcastle upon Tyne described it as "perfect!" and from what has been said in the other reviews on the site, most seem inclined to agree.

Kezban Mediterranean Restaurant

(9-10 Commercial Street, EH6 6JA)

Located in Leith right next to river, Kezban is as authentic a Mediterranean restaurant as you will find in Edinburgh. It boasts over 300 reviews, 85 per cent of which are in the "excellent" bracket.

The food is rich and sumptuous and the staff are competent and friendly.

In terms of value it is more than reasonable and if you need more confirmation of its quality just defer for a moment to the numerous positive reviews on TA.

Journalism intern at The Scotsman. 21. Student at Dublin City University. Born in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland. Currently living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Lover of arts, culture, lifestyle and news. All views expressed are my own.
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