Based inside The Roxburghe Hotel, The George Street Bar and Grill holds the prestigious title of Food and Drink Commendation Award from the 2014 Scottish Hotel Awards. The eatery’s menu and interior is inspired by traditional grand European cafés and brasseries. The chefs cook with fresh, seasonal produce, using locally sourced ingredients where possible. During the day, the venue acts as a place to catch up over a coffee with frees, while later on, the kitchen and bar provide pre-theatre meals and drinks. Open until late, The George Street Bar and Grill provides a space for live entertainment and cocktails.
Resting on the outskirts of the architectural city of Edinburgh, Melville Castle is a stately Georgian-style hotel surrounded by the rural landscape of the Lothians. The Pentland Hills Regional Park is just a ten-minute drive, and the castle is conveniently located for those in search of countryside pursuits. There are numerous historic sites and cultural attractions to be discovered around the city, including Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Zoo, as well as a wide variety of bars, restaurants and shops.
Established over 15 years ago in Leith, family-run Cafe Truva has since expanded to encompass further locations on the Royal Mile and on Lady Lawson Street by the College of Art.
The cafes specialise in crafting Turkish cuisine amid a Mediterranean atmosphere, serving meze and moussaka, baklava and Turkish tea alongside full English breakfasts and paninis.
All three branches also play host to private functions, and sometimes feature live entertainment such as traditional Turkish dancing.
Translating as "a matter of taste", Locanda de Gusti is a double AA Rosette-winning Italian restaurant that specialises in Neapolitan cooking in central Edinburgh. Head Chef Rosario mixes produce sourced in Scotland with imported Italian ingredients, while the menus change to feature seasonally appropriate dishes. Contemporary artwork and terracotta flooring add to the authentic atmosphere, with the function room also featuring exposed brickwork and barrel tables with candles.
Stac Polly boasts three Edinburgh branches: a Dublin Street restaurant; a brasserie, gin and wine bar at the same address; and a bistro on St Mary’s Street. Each kitchen specialises in innovative takes on Scottish classics such as haggis, Aberdeen Angus steaks and regional seafood. Fare is complemented by an extensive wine list, a range of local ales and a menu of malt whiskies. All three venues feature candlelight, wooden furnishings and framed artwork.
Inspired by the rich colours and flavours of Provençal cuisine, Michael and his team at Bistro Provence are determined to give locals an authentic taste of rural France. The eatery offers up a variety of traditional French cuisine, including soups, salads and seafood dishes. Lunch menus change weekly and dinner menus seasonally to emphasise a focus on quality, while Saturdays see chefs showcase further creativity via a four-course tasting menu.
Edinburgh boasts award-winning restaurants and mouth-watering local dishes. The most popular foodie streets are George St, Princes St, Rose St and Victoria St but there are plenty of culinary delights to be found off the beaten track.
Must-have Local Dishes at Edinburgh Restaurants
You haven’t experienced the real Edinburgh until you’ve tasted local specialties such as The Hog Roast Rolls at Oink, The Haggis Burrito at Los Cardos or The Haggis Spring Rolls at WhiskiRooms.
It’s not all Haggis
If you’re planning on eating out in Edinburgh, The Honours is a popular choice with locals (but be warned there is a waiting list!), as is the award-winning Wedgwood. Vegetarians are spoilt for choice with popular eateries such as Henderson’s. Those in search of something more high-end will be glad to learn about Edinburgh’s impressive collection of Michelin Star restaurants, such as The Kitchin. If you’re a tourist doing some sightseeing, book a table nearby the landmarks, for example The Ship on the Shore is a no.1 choice for those visiting Edinburgh’s popular tourist attraction: The Royal Yacht Britannia.
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restaurants. For example you can sample the cuisine at one of the best Italian restaurants Edinburgh has to offer, or find an Indian restaurant to suit your palate.
Edinburgh Restaurants: Scotland's Cosmopolitan Capital
Every year millions of visitors flock to Edinburgh from all over the world. This cultural melting pot of a city has inspired a vast range of cuisines, meaning that in Edinburgh you can sample authentic delights from all over the globe. Whether it be Indian, Italian, Thai, Turkish or of course Scottish, the city has something for everyone's palate.
Authentic Scottish Cuisine in Edinburgh
There's so much more to Scottish cuisine than haggis and deep-fried Mars bars. This northern gem is home to a range of authentic Scottish restaurants where you can find everything from Michelin-starred dining experiences to hearty Scottish local restaurants. At the casual and affordable end of the spectrum is Blonde restaurant, a cosy hotspot popular with locals and tourists alike. Similarly, Howies offers cafe-style dining with locally sourced produce where you can try the set menus offering traditional Scottish dishes like 'Cullen Sink' soup, Shetland salmon and wood pigeon breast. Well-renowned local restaurant The Kitchin is the brainchild of Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin, fusing together Scottish ingredients with the techniques of French cuisine. It was awarded the 'Best Restaurant Experience' reward for 2015 and stands true to its commitment to providing fresh produce 'from nature to plate'.
A Taste of Asia
There are also a range of Asian restaurants in Edinburgh offering up fresh and exotic tastes. For Korean food, your best bet is the highly acclaimed family-run Kim's Mini Meals, a recipient of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014. In this hidden gem, the husband and wife duo serve a wide variety of Korean national dishes with generous portion sizes and free helpings of soup. For a vegetarian friendly option, try the South-East-Asian-inspired cuisine of the Himalaya Cafe, a cosy atmosphere offering delicious and reasonably priced curries. If you fancy some Chinese food, then Xiangbala Hot Pot is a popular spot for an authentic taste of China, where you add your choice of fish, meat and vegetables to a bubbling pot and it cooks right before you eyes.
Fine Dining Experiences
Amongst Edinburgh restaurants there is a variety of high-end establishments offering a unique kind of fine-dining experience - there are 5 Michelin-starred restaurants in the city. Ondine, in the heart of the city, has been praised as Edinburgh's best seafood restaurant and serves a fusion of different cuisines at the hands of chef Roy Brett, who has over 30 years experience in the kitchen. The A La Carte menu includes signature dishes like Dunbar lobster, Cornish sea bass and grilled Orkney fillet of beef. Another option for those looking to celebrate in style is the Harvey Nichols restaurant, with attractive views overlooking St. Andrew Square, where they serve up modern European dishes for both lunch and dinner. It is also available for private hire for anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion with a large group.