Best Restaurants in Edinburgh

Our clients often ask us which restaurants they should visit on their trip to Edinburgh. This is a great question because there are so many amazing places to eat. At Intrepidus Outdoors we have sat down as a team and decided on a list of our favorite restaurants in Edinburgh.  

Do you agree? Disagree? Or have other suggestions? Let us know on the socials! 

Edinburgh is the gateway to Scotland for many of our clients, with most people starting and finishing their Scottish adventure in the capital city. If you are in Edinburgh for a night, long weekend or an extended period of time, finding that place to eat out is usually pretty high up peoples To-Do lists. 

Our list is not in any particular order and there are all sorts different food from Scottish pubs to international cuisine. We hope this blog article helps your decision making!

Best Restaurants in Edinburgh:

Holyrood 9a

Holyrood 9a is, in our opionion, the best burger bar/pub in Edinburgh city centre. It is convientiently located just off The Royal Mile which is ideal for people staying centrally. We think it has great, reasonably priced food, a friendly environment and lots of choice of beer and ales.

Chop House

The Chop House has 3 venues across Edinburgh and while its not cheep, it is tip top! If you are looking for very high quality steak or a banging chateaubriand the chop house is the spot. On a side note the cocktails are also greeaattt! Thoroughly recommend as it is an Intrepidus Fave.

Scran and Scallie

The Scran and Scallie is part of the Kitchin Group and is a truly first class posh pub located in the beautful Stockbridge. The Scran and Scallie serves lunch, bar snacks and dinner… all of which we recommend! This is at the higher end of the price scale but is worth it especially if you’re looking for locally sourced Scottish cuisine.

Rose Leaf 

The Rose Leaf in Leith is a…? Bar/cafe/gastro pub/restaurant/bistro/ they do cocktails in tea cups so who knows! What we do know is the Rose Leaf is a gem of a venue with a great atmosphere. If you are looking for somewhere a little quirky this is the spot.

The Granary 

The Granary is a lovely spot on the shore in Leith. It is a beautiful building with great food and a pub feel. This is a great lunch spot if you are spending the day exploring the Royal Yacht Britannia or the other treasures that Leith is hiding.

Street Box

You don’t always want to eat out! Especially if you have just spent the day on one of our amzing adventure tours. So if you’re chilling in your Air B&B and are looking for a take away, Street Box is the place. It is an awesome wee Thai place that is a personal favourite of the team.


Kanpai is arguably the best sushi in Scotland. There really isn’t anything else to say. This place is the best!


Steak is not just another steak restaurant. Located at the top of Leith Walk they have a great menu and an impressive wine list. Steak has a classy atomosphere that is just as suitable for a romantic meal for two as a group of friends heading to celebrate the end of their holiday.


Scotland has often been labelled the world’s larder. From salmon and shellfish to beef, lamb and the best dram of whiskey. Scotland has it all and Aurora uses it! Aurora food is locally sourced, seasonal, unprocessed and truely first class. If you are looking for high quality tasting menues that don’t cost the earth, I really would recommend Aurora.

David Bann

Here is one to cancel out all the steak places that we are recommending, David Bann is a lovely vegetarian restaurant located just off the Royal Mile. Their menu changed frequently and they have very high quality locally sourced food.

Teuchters Landing

Teuchters Landing is the best pub in Leith and a personal favourite of mine as it is just around the corner from my house. Large, good quaility portions at a more than reasonable price. We frequiently hit this location on a Friday and Saturday night! Oh, and they have a whisky selection that will make even the most enthusiastic of whiskey connoisseur smile ear to ear.

Outdoor Adventures Edinburgh

Intrepidus Outdoors is an adventure tour and outdoor experience provider based in Edinburgh, Scotland. We specialise in private and open canyoningcoasteeringmountain biking and hill walking tours, and deliver these adventurous experiences across Scotland.

If you enjoyed this blog article and are looking for additional information about adventures from Edinburgh, we have published a number of other blogs:

  • 6 Steps to be happy like a Scott: here
  • The best breakfast spots in Edinburgh: here
  • The best hotels and hostels in Edinburgh: here
  • Stag Party Adventures Edinburgh: here
  • Planning a Hen Party to Edinburgh: here
  • Top Tips for Backpacking in Scotland: here
  • Edinburgh Stag Party Ideas: here
  • Hen Party Adventures Edinburgh: here
  • Stag Party Outdoor Adventures Edinburgh Essentials: here

If you haven’t already seen it, check out the Intrepidus Outdoors Trip AdvisorYoutube channelVisit Scotland page and blog to hear about how others found their outdoor adventures with us!

Intrepidus Outdoors

Intrepidus Outdoors specialises in Outdoor Activites Edinburgh. We are a adventure tourism and outdoor education provider based in Edinburgh. We specialise in canyoning, coasteering, mountain biking and hill walking, and deliver these adventurous experiences across Scotland and the North of England. The experiences that we provide take clients into some of the most exquisite, incredible and extreme environments the UK has to offer.

Mission Statment :

To deliver the highest quality adventurous experiences to entertain, thrill and inspire.

Outdoor Activities Edinburgh & Scotland

Our values reflect those of a business started by a small group of rock climbers and mountain bikers. The experiences that we have had adventuring, and our passion for the outdoors, has led us to choose a lifestyle dedicated to sharing our love for the outdoors with others. The approach that we take to the experiences that we provide, and the business that we run, is that of sustainability, and an unapologetic quest for quality.

For us at Intrepidus Outdoors, we recognise that our experiences kayaking in clean rivers, surfing on unpolluted beaches and climbing frozen waterfalls have contributed to who we are as people. Therefore, protecting the planet so that the next generation of adventurers can have their own experiences, is hugely important for us. We believe that for people, communities and businesses to make the choice to minimise their impact on our planet, they must first value the planet that we have. We feel that the best way for people to value our blue planet, is to have first hand quality experiences in nature. They can then see the beauty of a forest, feel the power of an ocean and learn to love what is outside our towns and cities, so that they then fight to protect them. We strive to through the products that we deliver make a small difference to peoples understanding of the impact that they have on our world.

Our experiences adventuring have made us who we are and Intrepidus Outdoors is a reflection of us. We provide real adventurous experience that we hope you will cherish.

Adventure Activities Edinburgh & Scotland

There are cities where stuff is happening all year round and where you will never get bored. Edinburgh is undoubtedly one of these cities. It’s an extraordinary place, full of history, festivals, impressive architecture and plenty of attractions you won’t find anywhere else. Not to mention that we are located on the door step of so many amazing adventures and outdoor experiences.

We would like to introduce you to this extraordinary city, giving you a full range of possibilities that can be found north of the wall! Edinburgh has a huge dose of beautiful history, world-famous festivals, fantastic attractions, adrenaline fuled expereinces and great food. Edinburgh is calling you and you simply cannot refuse its invitation.

There are a many outdoor and adventurous experiences to be had in Edinburgh. If you are a thrill seeker visiting Edinburgh and interested in a canyoning, coasteering or mountain biking adventure in Scotland, Get In Touch!

Outdoor Adventures Scotland

It’s no secret that Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. From the rural coastlines to vast mountain ranges, we have it all.

Whatever kind of experience you’re after you’re sure to find it here, so we’ve put together an adventurer’s guide to Scotland to help get you started. Our guide breaks down all the outdoor activities Edinburgh has to offer and many more adventures to keep you entertained on your holdiay.

To read more check out our adventures guide to Scotland [here]

Check out our Trip Advisor, Youtube channel, Visit Scotland page and blog to hear about how others found their outdoor adventure with Intrepidus outdoors and to see what we do!


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