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We have selected 8 of our favourite restaurants in Edinburgh, answering to tastes and preferences of all kinds.

Edinburgh is one of the finest dining cities across the UK, offering visitors a diverse variety of eateries. Sample traditionally hearty Scottish food, or treat your and your loved ones to a unique dining experience.

Read on to discover 8 of the best restaurants in Edinburgh…

1. La Favorita Pizzeria

Wood-fired pizza

La Favorita is one of the finest Italian Edinburgh restaurants, serving exquisite Italian food in a welcoming environment.

This multi-award-winning pizzeria prides itself on serving authentic, wood-fired, thin-crust pizzas along with a host of other Italian delicacies. Also sample traditional pasta, antipasti and mouth-watering desserts while at La Favorita.

Many of the ingredients are imported from Italy itself, ensuring that you get a true taste of this magnificent cuisine.

Opening times: 12pm-11pm

Address: 325-331 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH6 8SA

Contact: 0131 554 2430;

2. Pataka

Indian Curry

Pataka is one of Ediburgh’s best Indian restaurants, and was voted in Scotland’s top 10 by the Scotland on Sunday newspaper.

The unique Charles Rennie Mackintosh interior enhances the character in this eatery which sits within a stone’s throw of Arthur’s Seat. The creative décor is complimented by the equally inventive menu, portraying an element of experimentation.

The menu offers an vibrant concoction of flavour, appearance and aroma which combine to provide a mouth-watering dish for everybody. Enjoy main dishes with all meat variations, chefs recommendations, set meals and vegetarian options.

Opening times: 5:30pm-11:30pm

Address: 190 Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 IPN

Contact: 0131 668 1167;

3. Nok’s Kitchen

Thai Curry

Get a true taste of Asian cuisine at one of the finest Thai restaurants in Edinburgh. When eating here, choose from a wide variety of flavoursome dishes to suit your taste.

Nok’s Kitchen truly does offer something for everybody, with both a lunch and dinner menus as well as set meals. Within these, find everything from fragrant curries and stir fries to pad Thai, starters and soups.

Nok’s sits just outside of Edinburgh’s city centre, making it the perfect stop-off during a day of exploration.

Opening times: Lunch time 12pm-2pm; Dinner time 5:30pm-10pm

Address: 8 Gloucester St, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH3 6EG

Contact: 0131 225 4804;

4. Novapizza

Vegetarian Pizza

Head to Edinburgh’s best vegan and vegetarian restaurant for an ethical, flavour-packed feast.

Novapizza proudly offers locally-sourced and sustainable Italian cuisine, presented immaculately within a welcoming atmosphere.

Discover the Italian classics at Novapizza, with traditional pizzas, pasta, calzones and more on its eclectic menu. The ingredients are mouth-watering and inventive, offering vegan salmon and pepperoni as tasty alternatives.

Opening times: 12:30pm-10pm (closed Tuesdays)

Address: 42 Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6TH

Contact: 0131 237 5695

5. Number One at The Balmoral

Michelin-starred Dish

For one of Edinburgh’s Michelin-starred restaurants, be sure to consider the magnificent Number One at The Balmoral Hotel.

Sampling the exquisite menus at Edinburgh’s culinary landmark is an experience you will never forget. Treat you and your loved ones to one of the pristine tasting menus offering unbeatable seasonal treats.

Appreciate meticulous and innovative presentation matched with hard-to-beat flavour to find the ultimate fine dining experience.

Opening times: Times vary

Address: 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ

Contact: 0131 556 2414;

6. Bodega TollX


As far as Mexican restaurants in Edinburgh go, Bodega is amongst the highest quality. It is one of two Bodega restaurants in Scotland’s capital, and is a vibrant eatery bursting with flavour.

Sample all the Mexican classics from appetisers to desserts, washed down with a traditional Mexican beer, cocktail or soft drink. Crispy tortilla chips and tacos, mouth-watering chicken wings and churros allow you to get a true taste of the Mexican cuisine.

Opening times: Monday-Friday 5:00pm-10:00pm Saturday-Sunday 12:00pm-4pm and 5:00pm-10:00pm

Address: 36 Leven St, Edinburgh EH3 9LJ

Contact: 0131 228 9485


Wooden Table Restaurant

This 19th-century brick warehouse resides in Edinburgh’s charming old town, close to Edinburgh Castle, and exudes a quirky, old-style charm.

TIMBERYARD offers a creative and modern British menu using local artisan produce, all served in a unique environment. Select from a range of menus including lunch & pre-theatre, or either four, six or eight-course feasts.

Choose to sample this one-of-a-kind menu in the original warehouse, the intimate 10-person shed or out on the glorious south-facing yard. The welcoming fires inside combine with the suntrap exterior to make TIMBERYARD a superb restaurant to enjoy all-year-round.

Opening times: Tuesday-Saturday 5:30pm-9:30pm

Address: 10 Lady Lawson St, Edinburgh EH3 9DS

Contact: 0131 221 1222

8. Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (Mound)

Gourmet Haggis and Mash

There are two Makar’s Gourmet Mash Bars within Edinburgh’s striking city centre, Mound and West End, striving to end one of Scotland’s biggest culinary stereotypes.

The owner of these inventive Edinburgh restaurants wishes to kill the stigma of deep-fried food being a Scottish delicacy. Instead, Makars provide traditional and wholesome food “like Granny used to make”. Wash down your meat and tatties with a local whisky or craft beer to get a full taste of Scottish cuisine.

Makars Gourmet Mash Bar pride themselves on offering a welcoming bar/restaurants with a homemade feel.

Opening times: Monday-Thursday 12:00pm-8:30pm Friday-Saturday 12:00pm-9:30pm Sunday 12:00pm-7:30pm

Address: 9 N Bank St, Edinburgh EH1 2LP

Contact: 0131 226 1178;

Turn your Edinburgh restaurant experience into a self-catering cottage holiday to remember, browse our Edinburgh cottages today. Our Edinburgh Travel Guide will suggest more to see and do during your stay. If you enjoy the finer things in life, but follow a vegan diet, take a look at our selection of vegan-friendly Michelin Star restaurants in the UK

Image Credits: Hotel de la Paix Genéve(CC BY-SA 2.0 UK); HLron –  (CC BY-SA 4.0)

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