The best places to eat in Edinburgh

Apr 15, 2021
The best places to eat in Edinburgh

As a city known for its world-class culture, it stands to reason that Edinburgh has a vibrant and diverse dining scene. The Scottish capital is a bona fide foodie destination, perfect for locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re heading to the city for the weekend or you’re the proud resident of an area such as Fairmilehead or Kirkliston nearby, here are five of the best places to eat Edinburgh has to offer.

Number One

Where better to start than at Number One? Aptly boasting one Michelin star, this stunning restaurant is housed within the luxury Balmoral hotel on Princes Street. This is a great place to eat to celebrate special occasions, as you pull up a chair on rich oak floorboards surrounded by tasteful decor and plush furnishings. The seven-course seasonal tasting menu is always a hit, allowing you to sample the best of the Scottish cuisine garnished with international flourishes.

Makars Gourmet Mash Bar

If you’re looking for a slightly more down-to-earth haunt, this award-winning independent restaurant is one of the best places to eat in Edinburgh Old Town. Makars Gourmet Mash Bar does what it says on the tin, paying homage to the stoic yet versatile potato. Championing both strong ethics and local produce, you can feast on classic Scottish dishes and a wide selection of vegetarian options. Hearty to the last, there’s also a great selection of beers, wines, whiskies and coffees to complement your meal.

Golden Bite

If you’re looking for a bite before or after the beach, this spot is hard to top. Golden Bite is something of an institution, and has been proudly serving up fresh fish and chips to tourists and Edinburghers alike, always with the friendliest of service. There are plenty of other takeaway options on the menu to mull over, so grab your usual order of choice and stroll over to the sandy Portobello Beach for a meal with a view.

Prestoungrange Gothenburg

The good folk at Prestoungrange Gothenburg just along the coast in Prestonpans have certainly had time to master their craft. This establishment dates back more than a century to 1908, offering the same relaxed, informal dining and drinking through to the present day. Whether you’re drawn to the Goth’s welcoming atmosphere, the generous pub grub or the fact there’s a microbrewery attached, don’t miss the live music at the weekend to cap a memorable evening out.


When it comes to high-end dining, Condita is one of the very finest places to eat in Edinburgh. Offering a fluid menu which changes with the seasons, this is the perfect restaurant if you’d like to enjoy a romantic meal in an intimate setting. Chef Conor Toomey has been awarded a Michelin star for this effort, which serves up a surprise tasting menu where high quality ingredients and modern flourishes are sure to impress.

Whether you’re interested in a quick chippy at the seaside or a special treat at one of Edinburgh’s top fine dining restaurants, don’t miss our developments in and around the city. Whether you want to live south of the city centre with great access to the City of Edinburgh Bypass at our Heritage Grange site, or to the west of town on the way towards Queensferry at Cammo Meadows, we’re here to help you find your new home in the Scottish capital.