Fancy restaurants in Edinburgh

Wael Makki | Date posted - 30 Jan 2019
Looking for la creme de la creme? We’ve got you covered! Here’s the list of our favourite fancy restaurants in Edinburgh; perfect when you want to wow dining companions with fab fine dining.


Scottish, British, Fine Dining, Tasting Menu
Fhior is the new hot spot in Edinburgh! Open in June 2018 by Scott and Laura Smith, the vision is “to create a dining experience that is reflective of the restaurant’s namesake” - Fhior meaning true in Gaelic. Head along for lunch or enjoy their full dining experience. The choice is simple, four or seven courses with the option of a carefully selected drinks pairing (highly advised by the ResDiary team). Fhior allows you to enjoy food and hospitality delivered with passion and skill, without pretension. When looking for the best fancy restaurant in Edinburgh, this one should totally be on top of your list. 


Contemporary, Fine Dining, Afternoon Tea
With a menu carefully established by Michelin star chef Zielinski, alongside Italian foodie Joseph Crolla, and their sensational team, Mono is undoubtedly one of the best fine dining spots in town. “Expect to encounter a multi-sensory experience: visual, textual, sound, and all kinds of stimuli”. They serve fresh cuisine that follows the roots of culinary principles in Italy: excellent quality ingredients, honest cooking and the belief that food is culture - Ma che bello! There’s no fuss at Mono, simplicity with quality comes first.


Taisteal is a family run, neighbourhood restaurant, with a twist, and the last venture of famous chef Gordon Craig. In here, you’ll find delicious dishes cooked from the best local Scottish produce combined with elements from around the world. Having trained in some of the UK's finest Michelin-starred restaurant, Gordon brings his extensive knowledge and skill to the Edinburgh restaurant scene. And we’re so thankful! But wait for the best part; their menu is complemented by an extensive wine list and a selection of classic and contemporary cocktails, and it’s hella amazing. Don’t believe us? Read our review...

The Honours

Michelin star chef Martin Wishart opened The Honours Brasserie to great acclaim in 2011, bringing the very best traditional and modern French cuisine to the city of Edinburgh. The Honours is all about well-executed food, the very best of Scottish local ingredients, great cocktails, and carefully selected wines. Looking to book a group dinner? These guys can welcome parties of all sizes. They’ve got a special menu for parties of 12 or more, perfect for friends and family, business events, and tour groups. Look no further and reserve your table at The Honours, you’ll thank us later!


Located on South Clerk Street, Sonder is one of the top spots if you’re looking for a fancy restaurant in Edinburgh. It’s a modern venue with an open plan kitchen, using only Scottish ingredients to offer their customers the freshest and delicate dishes. Expect marvellous dishes like monkfish with cauliflower and curry or beef short rib with watercress, soy and pickled onions. When it comes to wine, these guys are true experts and will advise you the best beverages to pair your meal and preferences.


In the mood for seafood? Cadiz is the place to head! Overlooking George Street, this Spanish restaurant and cocktail bar offers a wide selection of seafood dishes, prepared fresh and daily. Expect all sorts of authentic Spanish dishes such as grilled lobster with garlic butter, smoked haddock with creamed onions, grilled fillet of seabass, or large plates with a selection of seafood. Whether you go for lunch or dinner, these guys will surely not fail to please those little taste buds of yours. Que aproveche!
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