Food Recommendations Around Edinburgh
Edinburgh is a fantastic, multicultural city with such diverse and brilliant food eateries to best suit everyone’s needs and tastes. Here are some of my recommendations based on food quality, service, price and overall scrumptiousness.
For all you meat lovers on a tight budget, this is the place for you. They have 3 locations across the city, Victoria Street, Canongate and Hanover Street. They offer hog roast rolls or hog take out boxes. A small ‘piglet’ sized filled roll will set you back just £3.40, crammed full of tender pulled pork, haggis or sage and onion stuffing, and your choice of sauce including homemade chilli jam, mustard mayo or apple sauce.
Visit- 34 Victoria Street, EH1 2JW – oinkhogroast.co.uk
This wouldn’t be Scotland without a great curry house! Tuk Tuk is a colourful, laid back restaurant selling small plates of Indian street food. Their food is truly inspired from the streets of India. Some of their small plates include classic curries, to Bengali style fish cakes to vegetarian dishes.
Visit- 1 Leven St, Edinburgh EH3 9LH https://tuktukonline.com/
Taste of Italy
I absolutely love this place. It is an Italian restaurant with a little extra. The service is brilliant, even when there are queues coming out of the door. Taste of Italy do brilliant home baked stone oven pizzas and pastas, as well as chicken and fish dishes. Pizza and pasta dishes cost £7-10.
Visit- 9 Baxter's Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3AF https://www.vittoriagroup.co.uk/tasteofitaly/
Checkpoint prides itself on its relaxed atmosphere and bohemian vibes. Opening at 10am, this place is perfect for brunch. Grab crushed avo or poached eggs on toast, vegetarian fry-ups or chorizo potato gratin. The lunch menu will set you back about £10. Meals include their homemade beef burger, halloumi burger and salad bowls. Well worth a visit!
Visit- 3 Bristo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 1EY http://checkpointedinburgh.com/
Medium priced eats
The Educated Flea
I love the Educated Flea for its dinky size and cosy atmosphere. They do 2 course lunches for £12 and pre theatre courses for £15 as well as offering brunch at 10am. Menus change on a regular basis and they have gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options. Try this place if you’re in need of some home cooked food. Be sure to book as this restaurant is always busy. The Educated Flea has two sister restaurants if you find you cannot get seated here: The Three Birds and Apiary.
Visit- 32B Broughton St, Edinburgh EH1 3SB http://educatedflea.co.uk/
Located directly beside The Educated Flea, Eden’s Kitchen is a unique bistro offering Middle Eastern style cuisine. Their biggest feature is their stone oven where they cook homemade thin crust pizza style bread to start. Their main courses range from duck, lamb, chicken to lemon sole and sea bass to their cold and hot mezze platters. This place is a must for anyone wanting good quality food for good value for money. It’s also BYOB (bring your own bottle along). Win Win!
Visit- 32C Broughton St, Edinburgh EH1 3SB https://www.edens-kitchen.com/
Ever wondered what Spanish and South African tapas tasted like in the same place? Well, you’re in the right hands at Indaba. This restaurant offers tapas style Spanish and South African dishes ranging from: croquetas de jámon y queso, tortilla de patatas and albondigas de casa as well as boerwars pap en sous sausages to mild chicken curries. Waiting staff come out with their specials and suggestions board at every sitting and go through the menu with you. This place is an absolute must! ¡Olé!
Visit- 3 Lochrin Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 9QJ https://www.edindaba.co.uk/
River Life French Caribbean restaurant
This is Edinburgh’s first French Caribbean fusion restaurant that is also BYOB. Some of their meat dishes range from boneless mutton curry to spicy oxtail stew to lamb and steak. They also have many fish and vegetarian dishes. The service here is excellent and the ambiance is relaxed and cosy.
Visit-84 Dalry Rd, Edinburgh EH11 2AX http://www.riverlifeedinburgh.co.uk/
First Coast is a quirky neighbourhood restaurant serving top quality Scottish and European style dishes. They do a lunch and a 2 course early dinner menu for £13.50. Their menu is simple offering hearty, home comfort food such as fish with creamy mash and haggis, neeps and tatties. Definitely worth a try!
Visit- 97-101 Dalry Rd, Edinburgh EH11 2AB https://www.first-coast.co.uk/
Calling all steak lovers! This is the perfect place for you! The McKirdy’s have been butchers in and around the Edinburgh and East Lothian area since 1895, gaining a reputation for the very highest quality meat available, including their award winning haggis. This is Edinburgh’s only steakhouse owned and supplied by award winning butchers. All their meats are locally sourced and dishes are all homemade. Well worth a try and it’s BYOB.
Visit- 155 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8AG https://www.mckirdyssteakhouse.co.uk/
The Tower Restaurant
Dine in style in James Thomson’s rooftop restaurant with stunning panoramic views of old town Edinburgh. Situated at the top of the National Museum of Scotland, the big windows at the Tower Restaurant show off one of the most enviable views of the castle in Edinburgh. There’s a terrace for al fresco dining, too, if weather permits. Service begins at 10am from brunch with lunch and afternoon tea served throughout the day. Dining begins at 5pm.
Visit- National Museum of Scotland, Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF https://www.tower-restaurant.com/
The Witchery by the Castle
Another one of James Thomson’s restaurants, the Witchery is a unique, distinctive restaurant with an enticing gothic appearance. The stunning décor and legendary food have ensured the Witchery by the Castle has become a much-loved Edinburgh favourite. Dine in the rich baroque surroundings of the original oak-panelled Witchery or among the elegant candle lit charms of the secret garden. Definitely worth a look at!
Visit- 352 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NF https://www.thewitchery.com/
Locanda de Gusti
Simple, honest and sincere. Those are the three words according to their website that best describe the cuisine at this establishment, and I couldn’t agree more. Locanda de Gusti offers the best combination of artisan ingredients from Naples combined with fresh meat, fish and seafood from Scotland. Their pasta is all made from scratch in their kitchen and is gluten free too. You really feel like you are in Naples when you step into this restaurant and the service is top notch. Book in advance for a table as it is always chocka-block.
Visit- 02 Dalry Rd, Edinburgh EH11 2DW http://www.locandadegusti.com/#simple
Please do not hesitate to visit Locanda de Gusti’s cheaper sister restaurants which are all on the same street in Dalry.
Pizzeria 1926- https://www.pizzeria1926.com/