With its slew of eclectic eateries, Scotland is the perfect place for both grazers and eating machines. Whether looking for a light bite, boozy affair or fantastical feast, Edinburgh
caters to all — and with a cherry on top! Choose from a five-star selection and explore our guide to the top picks in town.
Bistro, Restaurant, French, European, Contemporary, $$$
is the brainchild of culinary couple Roisin and Matthias Llorente, who between them use their Irish, Scottish, French and Spanish heritage to create a mixture of exquisite dishes worthy of umpteen stars. The unpretentious refined food, all from local organic suppliers, is seasonal and set amidst wonderfully relaxed vibes. When times call for a stellar take on all the French classics, Bia Bistrot is in a league of its own. With multiple raving reviews and recommendations from the Michelin Guide, this cultured culinary gem is faultless.
Bistro, Restaurant, Deli, Contemporary, Fusion, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
An esteemed culinary empire of Edinburgh, Hendersons
is a cut above the rest when it comes to fresh, local organic produce. The longest running vegetarian restaurant in the UK — and regular stomping ground for musicians, artists and actors — anything and everything on all of their menus is destined for wholesome, healthy deliciousness. Between The Salad Table, Shop & Deli, Holyrood location and vegan restaurant, there’s a lot of foodie love to go around. At the end of the day, any of the Hendersons eateries make for a dream organic farm to table lunching experience suited to vegans, veggies and even meaties with a discerning palette!
Badger & Co.
Restaurant, British, Contemporary, $$$
Perfect for birthday celebrations and fantastical festivities, Badger & Co.
is a no brainer when searching for craft cocktails and effortless, clever food. Located in the once home of The Wind In The Willows
author, the creativity must have worn off, as demonstrated in the dishes, which adhere to the finest, fresh ingredients and seasonal modern eats. Expect all the good stuff like burgers and homemade soup with crusty bread and make a point of sampling all the sumptuous desserts. Gorgeous furnishings and the enticing drinks menu make Badger & Co. a win-win lunching location.
Restaurant, European, British, Contemporary, Vegetarian, $$$
, with its effortlessly suave furnishings and intimate personality, is a prime pick for a relaxed romantic lunch date. Creative contemporary cuisine with traces of Scottish flair make for an inviting menu for both vegetarians and meat eaters. Some may even describe the food as Michelin quality. If eats like beef rump with artichoke, mushrooms and kale, or gorgonzola rotolo with cauliflower, apricot and hazelnut sound exciting, then by all means, this is your dream lunching destination.
Rollo Restaurant And Wine Bar
Restaurant, Wine Bar, Contemporary, British, European, $$$
Rollo Restaurant And Wine Bar
is the genius creation of a triumphant trifecta; a merging of the musings of an architect, a sculptor and a fashion designer. Blending creativity with style and fun, this family-run boutique wine bar could not be more suited to the days that demand an unprecedented boozy lunch. Contemporary dishes overflowing with innovation make up the menu, which is suited to sharing tapas style. The dimmed lighting and stylish interiors create a romantic vibe and the wine just keeps on flowing, as it should!
Restaurant, Mexican, Contemporary, Street Food, $$$
could not be more ideal for the moments that call for lunch on the go. This compact ‘Fresh-Mex’ eatery makes all your takeaway dreams possible. The service is exceptionally speedy, the burritos enormous and the salsa on fleek — you can even buy it by the jar! Choose from an enticing mix of quesadillas, tacos and burritos and go wild with the tasty beans and other mandatory Mexican food components. Always a day-maker.
Restaurant, Fusion, $$$
Ruling the roost like no other, Wings
is a dynamite one-stop shop for chicken wings galore. With multiple (and we mean multiple) sauce options of all different spice grades, there’s so much flavour. Made for the brave and spicy beyond comprehension, the sauce challenge brings the heat to a whole new level. The few who succeed make it to the ‘Wall of Flame’! This is a trendy, pop-culture adorned epicentre of spice and all things nice, attached with appealing prices. The novelty could never wear off.