Festival Fever has gripped Scotland’s capital city with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Festival and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo all commencing on the 4th August 2017. With so much to see and do across the city for three weeks, you will be working up an appetite. We feel it’s only right to show you the best of the best in this handy top five guide to the best fine dining in Edinburgh.
Restaurant Mark Greenaway
With 3 AA rosettes for Culinary Excellence, Restaurant Mark Greenaway is one of those Edinburgh fine dining experiences that you will never forget. Scottish ingredients, modern cooking techniques and innovative presentation styles make these plates like pieces of art, very appropriate if you are attending one of the biggest international arts and culture festival in the world.69 N Castle St, Edinburgh EH2 3LJ
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Ondine, located just off the Royal Mile, is one Edinburgh restaurant you must visit during the festival. The interior is shiny, black and silver details throughout with an oyster bar in the middle and floor-to-ceiling windows which give fantastic views over Edinburgh’s old town. The ethos behind Ondine is proper seafood with amazing worldwide flavours; classic fish soup enhanced with North African spices, razor clams with Iberico chorizo and Sicilian lemons or Shetland Mussels cooked in an asian broth of fermented ginger & black bean with freshly shredded coriander. If you are travelling on a budget but want to enjoy some fine dining in Edinburgh – then we recommend stopping in for Oyster Happy Hour 5:30-6:30pm Mon-Thurs or Fri & Sat from 5pm-6pm for five varieties of oyster to choose from at just £1 a shuck.2 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1AD
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Restaurant Martin Wishart
If you are looking for Michelin Star fine dining in Edinburgh, here is one for your list. Opening in 1999, Restaurant Martin Wishart is situated in Edinburgh’s historic Port of Leith. More than a decade later, the restaurant continues to bring the very best traditional and modern French cuisine to Edinburgh, using only the finest Scottish ingredients. Under Martin’s expert direction, the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in 2001, an accolade that has been repeated every year since.54 Shore, Edinburgh EH6 6RA
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Timberyard is a family-run Edinburgh restaurant, just a short stroll from the city centre. With a farm-to-table ethos and delicious food, it’s perfect for the festival culture vulture. Ingredients are carefully sourced from local artisan growers, breeders, producers, suppliers & foragers- and feature almost medieval sounding delights such as knot root. Their growing patch of raised beds keeps the kitchen supplied with the freshest herbs & edible flowers too. This ethos isn’t just limited to the food, homemade syrups, infusions & brews by The Kernel, Partizan & Beavertown and in-house filtered & chilled Edinburgh water fill the drinks list. These all sit nicely alongside an eclectic European wine list with excellent British examples. With a courtyard, wood burning stove and tartan blankets to wrap up with, this is one fine dining experience that will suit the long Scottish summer nights during the festival.10 Lady Lawson St, Edinburgh EH3 9DS Make a booking
Venture out to Leith’s waterfront and you will find some of the best fine dining in Edinburgh and a fine accompaniment to any festival visit. The Kitchin presents modern British seasonal cuisine influenced by French cooking techniques and uses the best quality ingredients available from Scotland’s fantastic natural larder. Inside, you can expect to find a classic yet quirky interior with bleached floors and a giant fireplace. Guests can also get a view into the kitchen and the very lucky may catch a glimpse of Tom Kitchin himself working his magic.78 Commercial St, Edinburgh EH6 6LX Make a booking
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