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Visiting Edinburgh? Here’s 5 Restaurants You Need To Dine At

Travelling to Edinburgh this autumn? We’ve got your drinking and dining options covered with our pick of the bunch of the hottest new restaurants in the city…


Newly opened Fhior (which means true in Gaelic) is the brainchild of celebrated chef Scott Smith, the former chef patron and creative energy behind Edinburgh’s Norn. Supported by his wife Laura, Fhior serves up exciting modern Scottish food right in the heart of the city.

Go all out and try the amazing value tasting menu which includes dishes such as Cod with Oyster, Elderflower and Smoked Cod Sauce or pull up a pew in the bar area and order a glass of sherry with some lobster croquettes for the ultimate bar snack indulgence before you catch a show. They also sell bread on Saturday’s so if you’re quick, you can pick up a loaf and picnic like a pro.

Where: 36 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3SB

The Little Chartroom

The first restaurant from Roberta Hall-McCarron (Former head chef at Castle Terrace, previously at The Kitchin) and husband Shaun McCarron, we know you’ll just fall in love with this cosy neighbourhood bistro. Located on Albert Place, at the top of Edinburgh’s Leith Walk, Roberta heads up the kitchen with Shaun out front. The food is simple and seasonal and very different to your standard bistro fare.

Heavy Saturday night on the whisky? Pop into The Little Chartroom on Sunday for soothing brunch dishes like Mushrooms with Garlic, Bacon Jam, Poached Egg and Toast. There’s also a delicious lunch and dinner menu to dip into during the week – try the Plaice with clams, mussels, sea plantain, brown butter and buckwheat or if it’s something slightly more Scottish you’re after, the Haggis sausage roll with turnip ketchup has your name on it!

Where: 30-31 Albert Place, Edinburgh EH7 5HN

83 Hanover Street

This exciting new restaurant and bar is brought to you from former Gleneagles restaurant manager and owner of acclaimed Edinburgh bar 99 Hanover Street – Juan Jose Castillo Castro. Together with his partner Vanessa Alfano – 83 Hanover Street brings you a unique culinary blend of Scottish produce with Chilean flavours. Offering a modern menu of small plates showcasing fabulous Scottish ingredients prepared simply and playing tribute to Juan’s multicultural upbringing (Chile and Sweden) – this is one hot new opening that you will need to book a table for (although bar-top dining is no reservation only!)

Order a stack of small plates for sharing like the Braised Lamb Croquettes with Lima Bean Dip and Charred Octopus with White Bean Escabeche and get Juan to recommend one of his favourite bottles of wine and you’re in for an evening you won’t forget!

Where: 83 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1EE

Wedgwood the Restaurant

In the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, Wedgwood the Restaurant is close to the epicentre of Fringe activity on the Royal Mile. Renowned local chef Paul Wedgwood and wife Lisa serve a contemporary Scottish menu accompanied by one of the best wine cellars in the city. Be adventurous and opt for some of Paul Wedgwood’s more marvellous creations, Such as his signature Lobster Brulee, Mull of Kintyre cheddar & onion bread & butter pudding, or Loin of Perthshire venison, with its own haggis & cacao carrots.

Where: 267 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BQ

Le Roi Fou

Just off the city centre’s Broughton Street this chic and stylish restaurant is sweeping the awards board bagging coveted “Best New Restaurant” at the Scottish Food Awards within months of opening. And it’s no surprise, chef / patron Jerome Henry was previously head chef at Anton Mossiman’s private dining club and the legendary Le Trois Garcons in Shoreditch. Check out their pre – theatre menu if you are heading to the nearby Playhouse for a show.

Henry serves classic dishes, cooked simply using the finest local ingredients including the biggest scallops you’ve ever seen from Orkney and oysters from Loch Fyne (of course). If you’re sticking to fish there’s salmon, cod and halibut on his summer menu as well as a range of dishes for meat lovers – we like the sound of roasted corn fed guinea fowl suprême with fresh corn & chorizo.

Where: 1 Forth Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JX

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