If you’re planning a trip to the Scottish capital soon, you’ll not only be blown away by the history and cultural landmarks Edinburgh has to offer but you’ll also be pleasantly surprised with the fine-dining scene. It’s home to several world-class Michelin star restaurants which will tantalise your taste buds with innovative British and European dishes. Here are four Michelin star restaurants to treat yourself to on your Scottish vacation.
This family owned restaurant is bursting with charm and flavor. Located in a beautiful four story Georgian town house in Edinburgh’s Royal Terrace, you’ll be welcomed by stunning architecture. The restaurant has received numerous awards including a Michelin star, 4 AA rosettes and was even named the UK’s best new restaurant. Not only can you experience the finest cuisine in 21212 but you can also experience world-class customer service in their hotel rooms. It’s the only Michelin star restaurant/hotel in Edinburgh, which makes it ideal for a getaway. The restaurant offers contemporary French style cooking and prides itself on creating innovative dishes; so much so that they produce a brand new menu each week. Even regulars won’t get bored of this place!
21212 is a short 5-minute drive or a 12-minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley station. Prices start from £28 ($39) per head for a 2-course lunch menu and £70 ($97) per head for 3-course dinner menu.
© The Kitchin
Another family run restaurant located in the riverside town of Leith, The Kitchin serves the finest British cuisine influenced by French cooking techniques. Filled with character, the restaurant has a very rustic, countryside atmosphere as it’s designed with natural textures such as exposed stone, wood and glass. In six short months after The Kitchin first opened it’s doors to the public, it was awarded a Michelin star and has since received 25 highly-acclaimed awards. Choose between the a la carte menu and the set menu or if you’re feeling adventurous opt for the chef’s surprise tasting menu described as a celebration of the seasons. Make sure you head to this A-list restaurant for an evening of unforgettable food and service.
The Kitchin is roughly a 15-minute drive or a 30-minute train journey from Edinburgh Waverley station. Prices start from £33 ($46) per head for a 3-course lunch and £75 ($105) per head for a 3-course dinner.
© Number One
Sixteen consecutive years operating with a Michelin star, Number One is described as one of the finest restaurants in Edinburgh. The restaurant offers creative Scottish dishes using local produce such as Balmoral smoked salmon, quail eggs, caviar and more. If you’re organizing a special celebration look no further than Number One as their 10-course tasting menu will dinner guests on their toes, craving more after each course. Art enthusiasts will also appreciate the décor at Number One, as artwork takes pride of place inside the dining room with stunning pieces from Adam Ellis and the Royal College of Art in London. Make sure you take a trip to Number One for a truly outstanding culinary experience.
Number One is set right in the heart of Edinburgh outside Waverley station making it easily accessible from any location. Prices start from £80 ($111) per head for a 3-course dinner menu.
© Restaurant Martin Wishart
Proudly known as Edinburgh’s very first Michelin star restaurant – awarded in 2001 – Restaurant Martin Wishart is now one of the UK’s most highly acclaimed dining venues located in Edinburgh’s historic Port of Leith. The interior offers the perfect setting for any celebration with a charming contemporary design featuring rich wooden panelling on the walls, fresh-cut flowers and sleek furnishings. Choose from a selection of innovative and appetizing French style dishes ranging from Orkney scallops to ravioli of snails. You’ll definitely find a suitable dish to suit your palate with their large selection of menus including a la carte, lunch, 6-course tasting, 8-course tasting and a vegetarian. Head to Restaurant Martin Wishart for a colorful and creative dining experience you won’t forget.
Restaurant Martin Wishart is roughly a 15-minute drive or 30-minute train journey from Edinburgh Waverly station. Prices start from £32 ($45) per head for a 3-course lunch menu and £85 ($118) per head for a 6-course tasting menu.