I had some amazing meals in Edinburgh. Don’t miss our top recommendations:
Spoon Café Bistro: This is a fun upstairs restaurant at 6a Nicolson Street. You will enjoy the eclectic décor and the solid home-cooked, local and seasonal food.
Ondine: Located at 2 George IV Bridge, this is a very contemporary seafood restaurant with a creative menu. The fish prepared in curry was well-prepared. It is a nice break away from the tourists on the Royal Mile. They offer a two or three course lunch menu at a good value.
La Cucina, Hotel Missoni: Just off the Royal Mile at 2 George IV Bridge, in the recently opened Missoni hotel, La Cucina had a very contemporary design with great color. They offer a three course pre-theater dinner menu served between 6 to 7 pm. One offering was a wonderful fresh pasta, a pork chop with vegetables and dessert. The service was excellent and there is a roof bar area off of the restaurant, for those Scottish summer nights. The bar, lobby and restaurant all had a fun young vibe. If you want stuffy you won’t find it here!
The Kitchin: Be prepared for a most memorable meal at this well-known Edinburgh restaurant with one Michelin Star. The food is really outstanding. They do offer a three course set lunch. Examples of what you will have include a chilled tomato consommé served with heirloom tomatoes and marinated line-caught mackerel, a seared fillet of North Sea hake served with herb crust and red pepper piperade and a lemon soufflé with Loch Arthur frozen yoghurt. There were wonderful breads, crudité with a blue cheese sauce with toasted barley and a wonderful taste of seasonal vegetables and crispy bacon. It is located at 78 Commercial Quay near the harbor.
The Outsider: Don’t miss The Outsider. It is a lively restaurant with a young crowd and great design. Menu items include an excellent lime and coriander marinated salmon fillet, balsamic roasted beetroot, braised fennel and salsa verde with apple beetroot coleslaw. I highly recommend this fun, casual spot. It is at 15-16 George IV Bridge.
Oink: At 34 Victoria St., this is a great place for a fast sandwich. Recommendations include the hog roast roll with freshly carved hog roast similar to pulled pork. It comes a with white or brown roll and a choice of sage and onion, apple sauce, chili relish or haggis. You should try your first haggis which is actually quite good. It is a good location for a bite between your Fringe Festival performances. They recently opened a second location on the Royal Mile.
Wedgwood The Restaurant: At 266 Canongate (Royal Mile), this a fine-dining restaurant featuring local produce and products.
Harvey Nichols: Located at 34 St. Andrews Square, there is a sleek, contemporary bar and restaurant on the 4th floor of the famed department store. It has wonderful views of the city and is a perfect spot for afternoon tea!
Leith and Commercial Quay: This is a neighborhood near the water with small pubs and many restaurants. It is home to The Kitchin mentioned above, Fishers which is well-known for seafood and Teuchter’s which is a fun pub with outdoor seating on the water.