The Best Restaurants In The Stockbridge Area Of Edinburgh

The Scran And Scallie Chicken Liver Parfait Toast
The Scran And Scallie Chicken Liver Parfait Toast | Courtesy Of The Scran And Scallie
Tori Chalmers

Stockbridge, a suburb of Edinburgh located near the north end of the city, has forever been a popular hangout of those looking for antiques, cozy coffee shops and great walks. The name derives from the Scots ‘stock brig’ and from the Anglic ‘stocc brycg’, and means ‘timber bridge’. Whether you’re an Edinburgh native or aimless wanderer on a mission for exploring, whet your appetite with the best restaurants in this dazzling part of town.

1. Rollo Restaurant And Wine Bar

Restaurant, Wine Bar, Bar, Contemporary, British, European

A relatively recent newcomer to the Stockbridge dining scene, Rollo Restaurant and Wine Bar is already a hit among the locals. This intimate dining abode has a fetching wine list and tapa-styled small bites to top it off. An innovative family venture between an architect, sculptor and fashion designer, this boutique restaurant is a must-visit foodie destination.

2. The Scran & Scallie

Gastropub, Restaurant, British

The Scran and Scallie
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Scallywags and culinary connoisseurs alike should stop into The Scran & Scallie for a sensational foodie frenzy. This rustic gastro pub exudes an effortlessly chic element and offers a crisp contemporary Scottish menu. Brought to Edinburgh by the wonders behind the Michelin-starred restaurant The Kitchin and ever so popular Castle Terrace, locals will want to keep this diamond to themselves. The food is divine and the selection of whiskies, draught and artisanal bottled beer are excellent when in need of a tipple, too. Culinary enthusiasts will be salivating over the fact that The Scran & Scallie is a holder of the Michelin guide Bib Gourmand 2017.

3. Hamilton’s Bar And Kitchen

Bar, British, Wine, Cocktails, Beer, Pub Grub

The Scran And Scallie Chicken Liver Parfait Toast
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Since opening in 2008, Hamilton’s Bar and Kitchen has been bringing the perfect mix of top-notch food and a relaxed convivial atmosphere to Stockbridge. The dishes, which are simple, sleek and utterly delicious, are made from the finest of fair-trade and organic ingredients. Those who love rustic yet refined food are in for a treat, especially when the hypnotic sounds of live music resonate from the bar area; all in all, this is a most stellar eatery.

4. Pickles

4. Pickles


Well worth the wander from the Stockbridge area to Broughton Street, Pickles is a shining star of the local eating scene. In other words, those with a craving for exceptional cheeses, perfectly picked wines and delicious bite-sized snacks will be besotted. Whether soaking up the delightful ambience in the wee outdoor cubbyhole courtyard or inside the rustic hip sanctuary, this place is dynamite. From the Scottish cheese selection platter to pâtés, combos, cheese balls and a maze of drink choices, you can’t go wrong.

Pickles, 56A Broughton St, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 557 5005

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5. L’Escargot Bleu

Restaurant, Bistro, French, European, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free

French Bistro
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Like Pickles, L’Escargot Bleu is close enough and too good to not be put on this list. This chic French bistro has impressed Edinburgh since 2009 and hosts a mouthwatering menu that features all of the classics. Each dish is made from the freshest of Scottish seasonal produce, including the wild Scottish snails from the Isle Of Barra. From the washed white walls and posters to locally sourced ingredients and a fine French menu, L’Escargot Bleu stands out from the crowd.

6. Bell's Diner

Restaurant, Diner, American

Those with a hankering for a good old hamburger or steak should start striding towards Bell’s Diner. Free from unnecessary bells and whistles, this unassuming diner-esque eatery has been around since 1972. Scrap the diet for a moment and indulge in what is arguably the best comfort food in Edinburgh. From burgers and steaks to pancakes, ice cream, sundaes and veggie options, Bell’s will always leave a welcomed lasting impression.

7. The Stockbridge Restaurant

Restaurant, British

Fine dining meets chilled vibes at The Stockbridge Restaurant, an intimate family-run eatery. For dishes filled with freshness, creativity and innovation, look no further. Like all smart restaurants, this place draws upon Scotland’s natural seasonal larder and weaves it throughout its appetizing menu. Perfect for a date night, the romantic ambience complete with fairy lights, cozy setting and chic grotto-like features calls for an enjoyable time. From the halibut and duck to venison, sea bass and scallops, every bite is as perfect as the next.

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