Five of the best places to eat in Leith

Leith continues to be one of the best places in the capital to go for food; from fine dining to casual cuisine and with some amazing seafood, Scottish fare and pub grub on offer, you won't struggle with options when it comes to dining out.

Picture: Zaian\Wikimedia
Picture: Zaian\Wikimedia

Merged with the rest of the capital in the 1920s, Leith, with its famous port and shoreline, is home to some of the best restaurants not just in Edinburgh, but in the country.

There are very few places outside of London that are home to as many Michelin Starred - or previously awarded Michelin Starred - restaurants as Leith, and with such a rich heritage of culinary excellence, you won’t be surprised to learn that it really is one of the best places in the capital to go for a bite to eat. Here are five of the best restaurants to check out next time you are in the area.


Tom Kitchin's The Kitchin is one of the UK's leading restaurants. Picture: TSPL

(50-54 Henderson St, Edinburgh EH6 6DE)

Featuring two tasting menus - four courses and seven courses - Norn, which is named after an ancient Scottish language, has a deep focus on highlighting what’s possible with Scotland’s rich food landscape and heritage.

Opened by Chef Scott Smith, a protégé of Michelin-starred Geoffrey Smeddle, owner of The Peat Inn, the 36 cover restaurant mixes culinary art with some truly amazing seasonal ingredients to great effect, to create a dining occasion that won’t be forgotten in a hurry.


Tom Kitchin's The Kitchin is one of the UK's leading restaurants. Picture: TSPL

(78 Commercial St, Edinburgh EH6 6LX)

Very little needs to be said about celebrity chef Tom Kitchin’s eponymous restaurant, other than that alongside Restaurant Martin Wishart, it truly is one of the best dining venues not just in Leith, or even Edinburgh, but across the whole country.

A must visit for any foodie, the Michelin-starred eatery offers French inspired cuisine with a Scottish heart, featuring carefully curated ingredients from around Scotland like mallard from the Borders, monkfish from Scrabster and Hare sourced locally in East Lothian.


(54 Shore, Edinburgh EH6 6RA)

Martin Wishart’s Edinburgh restaurant recently reached 9th place in Harden’s Guide to 100 of the UK’s best restaurants.

Run by one of Scotland’s top chefs, Wishart worked under the likes of Albert Roux, Michael Roux Jr and Marco Pierre White before launching his own restaurants across the country, two of which have Michelin Stars and in the flagship eatery in Leith you have a selection of menus that highlight just how skilled the vastly experienced chef is - with the six and eight course tasting menus particular stand outs.


(1 Shore, Edinburgh EH6 6QW)

Moving away from fine dining and Michelin stars - but not dropping in quality of food - Fishers in Leith, which is housed in the 17th Century watchtower on the Shore, serves up classic Scottish seafood dishes like Shetland mussels, Anstruther Smoked salmon and of course the stunning seafood platter.

In the summertime, there are few better places to enjoy some mussels while sitting outside on the docks of Leith.


(23-24 Sandport Pl, Edinburgh EH6 6EW)

A Leith institution, The Roseleaf will probably be the first name on any local’s lips when asked where to go for great value food while in the area.

The small family run bar and cafe has been serving Leith residents and visitors to the Shore for over a decade and is a great place for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner and drinks.

Homely dishes like Chunky Cullen Skink, Mac and cheese (with lightly truffled smoked applewood cheddar sauce) and Kedgeree sit side by side with globally inspired Chana Curry and Spiced lamb koftas, all for prices that won’t break the bank.