The Best Steakhouses In Edinburgh

Steak | © Markus Spiske/Flickr
Steak | © Markus Spiske/Flickr
Photo of Tori Chalmers
9 November 2016

For those moments when a salad (although appealing) will simply not suffice, it seems as though the only option to get the gastronomic juices flowing is a melt-in-your-mouth steak. From rib eyes and filets to sirloin, whet your appetite, dig in and delight in the best spots for steak in Edinburgh.


Restaurant, Steakhouse, Gluten-free, $$$
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Kyloe, Edinburgh
Kyloe, Edinburgh | Courtesy Of Kyloe

When that intense hankering for a perfectly grilled steak encompasses the mind, Kyloe is a pretty good place to start. Situated at the city’s West End in the Rutland Hotel with stunning views of the Castle, Kyloe is Edinburgh’s first gourmet steak restaurant. The word ‘kyloe’ is an old Scots word for Scottish beef produce, so these steak enthusiasts certainly know how to cook a mean one. From pedigree cuts of sirloin and rump to rib eyes and filets, foodies are always in for a treat at Kyloe.


Restaurant, Steakhouse, European, British, $$$
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Succulent Steak On Board
Succulent Steak On Board | © Lisa Fleming

Simple, satisfying and straight to the point, a visit to STEAK is a no-brainer when in need of a mouth watering piece of meat. Choose from two true culinary adventures in a hip industrial setting — the STEAK Restaurant Experience or STEAK On Stones. Nothing is more satisfying than the sizzling sound as you sear your own thinly sliced steak on piping hot volcanic stones or tuck into a succulent steak cooked to perfection just for you. From tasty meats to top-notch veggie picks, STEAK is undeniably the hippest steak spot in town.

Chop House

Butcher, Restaurant, Steakhouse, European, British, Gluten-free, $$$
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Filet | © Markus Spiske/Flickr

Consider Chop House an easy pick when it comes to expertly cooked meat of the highest quality. Cooked on an open flame on a custom charcoal grill, every bite is as transformative as the next. With two locations — the original in Leith and the newest Market Street addition — there is enough yum to go around. Chop House uses only the very best of British beef, which is butchered and dry aged in house with Himalayan salts. The sharing steaks are always a fail-safe choice, too; then again, the entire menu is out-of-this-world delicious.


Restaurant, Steakhouse, Soul Food, African, $$$
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Peppercorn Beef
Peppercorn Beef | © TheBusyBrain/Flickr

For a hefty sprinkling of South African charm, Shebeen is the spot to be. Its food is locally sourced, the restaurant is intimate and the dishes are bursting with ineffable flavors. From raving reviews to a myriad of well-matured beef, grab the bull by the horns and give this hidden gem a whirl.

Katie’s Diner

Diner, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Street Food, $$$
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Striploin Steak and Frites
Striploin Steak and Frites | © Kurt Bauschardt

Those in it for the food (particularly the most tender, juiciest rib eye in town) and less for the unnecessary bells and whistles will fall weak in the knees over Katie’s Diner. This adorable, compact family-run diner serves up homemade steaks and burgers like there’s no tomorrow. A true American-style eatery with finger licking bites, it’s hard to know which is better — the local food (sourced by their specialist butcher and matured for three weeks), hospitality, or stunning views of the Bruntsfield Links.


Restaurant, Steakhouse, Contemporary, $$$
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Winner of ‘Specialty Restaurant Of The Year’ at the Scottish Restaurant Awards, Calistoga is a genius Californian-style eatery nestled away on Rose Street. One swirl of the sumptuous wines transports foodies to Napa Valley. When the steak comes into the equation, it’s game over. From the mac ‘n cheese starters and the 35 day aged rib eye steak, consider Calistoga the cream of the culinary crop — and then some!

Number One

Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, Contemporary, British, $$$
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Orkney Beef At Number One
Orkney Beef At Number One

For those extra special occasions when a fancy meal seems only fitting, Number One Princes Street is a grand start. Each Michelin-starred bite is as endorphin inducing as the next, with the pièce de résistance being the beef filet, complete with smoked mash and beetroot foie gras. All in all, this restaurant has world class culinary delights surrounded by exquisite art in the most luxurious of settings — the iconic Balmoral Hotel.

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