10 of the best places to eat in Edinburgh - in pictures

With restaurants spanning the whole gamut of food styles and dining experiences, Edinburgh is one of the capitals of the Scottish culinary world.

Wednesday, 7th November 2018, 8:28 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th December 2018, 8:25 pm
Edinburgh is spoilt for choice when it comes to fine dining

But with such a dizzying variety of eateries on offer, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Here are 10 great options. Originally published on Scotsman Food and Drink.

Named, we can only presume, after the Roman goddess of the dawn, this place certainly brightened the days of its reviewers. Cosy is the adjective that crops up the most in reviews: cosy food, cosy service and cosy atmosphere. Prices are reasonable and food as you might expect is top drawer, with the eggs Benedict and eggs Florentine coming particularly recommended. 187 Great Junction Street
The title is again a telling one here. Scottish for a burning coal; a glowing hot ember; a spark, reviewers agree that Aizle perfectly captures the restaurants flair for the unconventional and its daringly inventive approach to cuisine. Husband and wife duo Stuart Ralston and Krystal Goff arent afraid to push the boat out with their menus bold flavours, and married to a commitment to using only seasonal and local ingredients (Aizle even grow their own herbs and vegetables in the restaurants back garden), its a combination that sits well with its visitors. 107-109 St. Leonards Street

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As an unpretentious fine diner, The Table is that rarest of beasts. Targeting fine dining quality and experience but without the baggage of formality and fuss, reams of satisfied reviewers attest that the restaurant is definitely making good on its promise. 3A Dundas Street
Whats in a name? Well, as this article is swiftly bearing out, rather a lot. With a staggering amount of pickles and preserves on its menu, and a similarly awesome amount of chutney adorning its walls, Pickles does exactly what it says on the tin. 56A Broughton Street
Number One at the Balmoral is one of Edinburghs swankier fine dining experiences. Wines garner particular praise from its visitors, with tipples being always matched excellently to the accompanying dish. 1 Princes Street/The Balmoral Hotel
If youre after a little taste of Italia as opposed to a silver spoon, look no further than Locanda De Gusti. A small, family run Italian restaurant, Locanda is as friendly an establishment as any of the homeliest on this list even if you come in at closing time, the restaurant still ushers you to a table with open arms. 102 Dalry Road
With dough balls amuse bouche so good that theyre worth the trip alone and an experience that reviewers claim has all the trappings of a top, top restaurant but without the sometimes-accompanying pretentiousness, Forage & Chatter is a reliable bet. 1A Alva Street
Casual fine dining is the term Purslane Restaurant uses to describe the experience it offers its customers. Reviewers concur that the restaurant succeeds in its goal, welding together those two often disparate elements of fine dining and an unstuffy atmosphere into a convincing professional package. 33A St. Stephen Street
Another shining example of Edinburghs culinary cosmopolitanism, Tupiniquim Brasil Crepes brings the spirit of the Brazilian carnival to the Scottish capital. There's an inventive selection of both sweet and savoury crepes margueritatata, steak pancake and pear apple ginger (not, thankfully, all in the same wrap though!) sit side by side with more traditional fillings. Green Police Box, Lauriston Place
The only curry house to crack TripAdvisors top 10, if youre looking for one of Edinburghs best Thai food outlets then look no further than the incontestable Noks Kitchen. The beauty of Noks dcor, reviewers report, strikes you from the moment you walk through the door. Sequinned blue wallpaper swaddles the walls and the bust of an impressive looking Buddha-like figurine impresses from a shrine in the centre of them. The foods not half bad either. 8 Gloucester Street, Stockbridge