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Edinburgh restaurants

Edinburgh's buoyant tourist trade supports a large number of mediocre restaurants that would otherwise go belly-up over night. As a rough rule of thumb, think twice before eating anywhere on the most well-worn tourist trails, and body-swerve places whose menus shout too loudly about their Scottish heritage: Haggis-stuffed Aberdeen Angus with a Bonnie Prince Charlie sauce isn't really indicative of what the city's best kitchens can do. At the top end, the better places tend to stress that they use fresh, local, seasonal ingredients and treat them simply. They also tend to be startlingly expensive, although lunches can be a bargain. At the mid-range, look for set-price meals, and at the value end, try investigating the ethnic restaurants, especially the Indians. Tread carefully in the chip shops, as the much vaunted fish 'n' chips is often better as a concept than an actual meal.

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21212, Edinburgh

A restaurant with rooms in a four-floor Georgian town house, Paul Kitching's restaurant produces dishes that sound deceptively simple on the menu but reveal...more

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Castle Terrace, Edinburgh

Edinburgh-born chef Dominic Jack opened his restaurant in 2010 with the backing of friend and fellow chef Tom Kitchin, following stints in some of Europe's...more

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David Bann, Edinburgh

Dark wood, lacquered maroon walls, and contemporary lighting isn't your typical veggie bistro decor, and a lot of diners here are even (gasp!) meat eaters....more

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Forth Floor Restaurant Bar and Brasserie, Edinburgh

Evidently Edinburgh can't get enough high-up restaurants with views. And these views are as gorgeous as any. If the weather is amenable, grab a balcony seat for...more

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Kitchin, Edinburgh

Run ambitiously by young chef Tom Kitchin and his wife, Michaela, this Leith restaurant has shot into Edinburgh's premier league since opening in June 2006. The...more

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Oloroso, Edinburgh

Alongside chef Tony Singh's multicultural menus, the rooftop views from the terrace are the draw at this contemporary restaurant in the city center. Dishes have...more

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Ondine, Edinburgh

This modern seafood restaurant is the brainchild of Roy Brett, a local chef who cut his teeth with British seafood celeb chef Rick Stein. Book a table by the...more

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Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh

Edinburgh's first Michelin star (awarded in 2001, when this place was two years old) appropriately belongs to a native son, Martin Wishart. Having done much to...more

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Urban Angel, Edinburgh

You wouldn't know it from the unassuming basement entrance, but this cafe and deli serves up an excellent meal—and a reasonably priced one, at that. Fair...more

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Valvona & Crolla Vincaffé, Edinburgh

The Valvona & Crolla delicatessen (19 Elm Row) is a foodies' haven. So too is this Deco-glam restaurant, opened in fall 2004 to celebrate the deli's 70th...more

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