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Edinburgh Leith Restaurants

With two of Edinburgh's Michelin star chefs; a lively bar culture and a dynamic restaurant scene, Leith has become one of the most interesting places to eat in Edinburgh. This didn't happen overnight. When Malmaison and its Brasserie opened on Tower Place, twenty years ago, they were not the first restaurant to strike a claim in Leith but they were perhaps the most high profile until Martin Wishart opened in 1999.

Thanks partially to these early pioneers, Leith's reputation as a culinary hotspot began to shine and helped the area to leave behind some of its less positive past. It has been a very long time since taxi drivers refused to take passengers here after dark but, like most ports, it retains a certain earthiness. There is little that is la-di-da about Leith.

What makes Leith special is the fact that that grit sits happily alongside some of Scotland's most innovative and highly awarded restaurants. Leith thrives on that diversity. Within a five minute walk of the bridge over the Water of Leith, you can eat French brasserie classics at Mal; fine dining Indian at Mithas or Spanish at Tapa. And, of course, should you fancy a wee hauf an' hauf, you don't have to scratch too far beneath the surface to find old Leith.


The sliders deal is great value for money & you get a good amount of chips between you. Lovely cocktails too!
Natasha Hill - 30/10/2016
My partner and I booked a table for 8.30 on Saturday night and were met with a warm friendly welcome. The service was courteous and efficient. The food was absolutely delicious with fresh produce expertly cooked. Now that we have discovered this gem we certainly intend to return.
Melvyn Lee - 10/10/2016
We started with eggs Benedict... fabulous! Followed by the lamb which was great too. Please open a restaurant in Glasgow!
Elaine Morris - 07/10/2016
Absolutely stunning restaurant. All four dining agreed the food was outstanding, the service was great and was superb value for money. Will definitely return next time we visit Edinburgh.
Mark Smith - 03/10/2016
The menu remains varied and interesting, and this time offered grouse breast with clapshot, an unusual combination much appreciated by US guest. The scallops with slow cooked ham were excellent. Wine and spirits good quality at reasonable prices.
David Brew - 21/09/2016
Restaurant was quiet. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble.
Jayne Donaldson - 20/09/2016
We last ate here in early June and when a friend arrived in town we though of Malmaison at once as we had enjoyed it before. Once again we had a friendly welcome, we were given good service without being fussed over. The menu choices were different from June which was nice and plenty of choice. The
Neale Gilhooley - 02/09/2016


Malmaison Edinburgh head chef cooks pan fried hake.


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Panoramic views of Leith

Panoramic views of Edinburgh's Leith from Malmaison Edinburgh's clocktower.

Top restaurant offers in Edinburgh Leith

  • £14.95£14.95 for 2 courses on a la carte menu + sundryBritannia Spice Book
  • £13.50£13.50 for 2 courses on brunchy lunch menuA Room In Leith Book
  • £15.50A la carte available - average price for 2 courses is £15.50Mintleaf Book
  • £10£20 2 person offer - flat iron steak + bottle of wineThe Mash Tun Book
  • £17.50£17.50 for 3 courses on a la carte + lotus teaSeasons Vietnamese Book
  • £22.95£22.95 for 3 courses on festive dinner menu The Granary Book
  • £18£18 for 2 courses on set menuPunjabi Junction Book
  • £15£15 for 3 courses on daily menu Bistro Provence Book