Fine dining in Edinburgh for the festival

Zopaash Iqbal | Date posted - 02 Oct 2018
Festival Fever is hitting Scotland’s capital city with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Festival, and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo all commencing on the 3rd August 2018. 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 guide to 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.


Ondine, located just off the Royal Mile, offers proper seafood with amazing worldwide flavours. Think classic fish soup enhanced with North African spices to Shetland Mussels cooked in an Asian broth of fermented ginger & black bean with freshly shredded coriander. For those of you travelling on a budget but want to enjoy some fine food, we recommend stopping in for Oyster Happy Hour for five varieties of oyster to choose from at just £1 a shuck. Oyster happy hour – 5:30-6:30pm Mon-Thurs or Fri & Sat from 5pm-6pm

Restaurant Martin Wishart

If you are looking for Michelin star fine dining in Edinburgh, here is one for your list. Opened 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 they’ve held on to every year since.


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. 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.

The Kitchin

Venture out to Leith’s waterfront, and you will find some of the best fine dining in Edinburgh 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.


They first burst on the Edinburgh scene in 2015 and have been going from strength to strength ever since. A contemporary brasserie, champagne, and cocktail lounge in the city centre of Edinburgh, Dine is the ideal place for a pre or post show meal at the festival. People rave about the food here and with Michelin-starred chef Stuart Muir behind the menu, is it any wonder?
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