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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.

Chez Mal - Edinburgh Leith, Edinburgh

Modern, Bistros & Brasseries

Housed in the eye-catching Malmaison hotel on Tower Place, the Chez Mal restaurant enjoys spectacular views over the Port of Leith. Given a smart refurbishment in 2016, the dining room has a sleek, contemporary look and light, spacious feel. The new look bar is a hip hangout with craft beers and innovative cocktails while the waterfront terrace is always popular when the sun makes an appearance.

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Tapa Leith, Edinburgh

Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas

Situated in a refurbished warehouse building, Tapa is an atmospheric Spanish tapas restaurant on Shore Place in Edinburgh's Leith. The welcoming, vaulted interior combines a classic bodega feel with traditional Spanish colours, old film posters, exposed stone and fairy lights wrapped around iron pillars. Friendly staff make for a relaxed atmosphere. A good selection of Spanish gins and sherries complements a wine list which draws on both the finest and other, less known and sometimes under appreciated, Spanish grape varietals.

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Cafe Tartine Leith, Edinburgh

French

French café and wine bar in Leith An airy French café, bistro and wine bar on Commercial Street, Café Tartine is open for breakfast crepes right through to late nightcaps. The menus offer plenty of choice. There are lots of French classics such as onion soup, boeuf Bourguignon and confit duck leg. A popular option, especially when paired with an after work glass of wine, are the sharing platters of charcuterie, cheese, pâté and char grilled vegetables

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The Fly Half Leith, Edinburgh

British, Modern, Gastro Pub

Offering live big screen sports and a hearty menu, The Fly Half Bar & Kitchen is a laidback spot for a bite to eat. Beyond the often buzzing bar area, the restaurant section’s exposed brickwork and flickering candlelight adds a certain rustic charm to proceedings.

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Cafe Tartine Leith, Edinburgh

French

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French café and wine bar in Leith An airy French café, bistro and wine bar on Commercial Street, Café Tartine is open for breakfast crepes right through to late nightcaps. The menus offer plenty of choice. There are lots of French classics such as onion soup, boeuf Bourguignon and confit duck leg. A popular option, especially when paired with an after work glass of wine, are the sharing platters of charcuterie, cheese, pâté and char grilled vegetables

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La Casa - Leith Leith, Edinburgh

European, Spanish

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The sister restaurant of the Dalry Road eating spot, La Casa in Leith serves up a mix of Spanish and Greek tapas dishes. It is a family business that’s committed to sourcing authentic ingredients from top suppliers, so that diners can enjoy a real taste of the Mediterranean.

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The Fly Half Leith, Edinburgh

British, Modern, Gastro Pub

0 reviews

Offering live big screen sports and a hearty menu, The Fly Half Bar & Kitchen is a laidback spot for a bite to eat. Beyond the often buzzing bar area, the restaurant section’s exposed brickwork and flickering candlelight adds a certain rustic charm to proceedings.

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Tapa Leith, Edinburgh

Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas

96 reviews

Situated in a refurbished warehouse building, Tapa is an atmospheric Spanish tapas restaurant on Shore Place in Edinburgh's Leith. The welcoming, vaulted interior combines a classic bodega feel with traditional Spanish colours, old film posters, exposed stone and fairy lights wrapped around iron pillars. Friendly staff make for a relaxed atmosphere. A good selection of Spanish gins and sherries complements a wine list which draws on both the finest and other, less known and sometimes under appreciated, Spanish grape varietals.

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Tapa Leith, Edinburgh

Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas

96 reviews

Situated in a refurbished warehouse building, Tapa is an atmospheric Spanish tapas restaurant on Shore Place in Edinburgh's Leith. The welcoming, vaulted interior combines a classic bodega feel with traditional Spanish colours, old film posters, exposed stone and fairy lights wrapped around iron pillars. Friendly staff make for a relaxed atmosphere. A good selection of Spanish gins and sherries complements a wine list which draws on both the finest and other, less known and sometimes under appreciated, Spanish grape varietals.

£24.47 Offer: Tapa menu availability + complimentary glass of cava

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The Fly Half Leith, Edinburgh

British, Modern, Gastro Pub

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Offering live big screen sports and a hearty menu, The Fly Half Bar & Kitchen is a laidback spot for a bite to eat. Beyond the often buzzing bar area, the restaurant section’s exposed brickwork and flickering candlelight adds a certain rustic charm to proceedings.

£16.03 Offer: 20% a la carte discount

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Seasons Vietnamese Leith, Edinburgh

Chinese, Far Eastern, Vegetarian/Vegan, Vietnamese

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Edinburgh is well served for Thai restaurants but there is less opportunity to try dishes from its nearby neighbour. Seasons Vietnamese Restaurant on Newhaven Road is helping to change that. If you have ever wondered what people eat in Hanoi's Old Quarter, now is your chance to find out. As with many of the noodle shops of Vietnam's capital, the decor at Seasons Vietnamese Restaurant is functional rather than plush.

£13.90 Offer: £13.90 for 2 courses on a la carte menu + BYOB

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La Casa - Leith Leith, Edinburgh

European, Spanish

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The sister restaurant of the Dalry Road eating spot, La Casa in Leith serves up a mix of Spanish and Greek tapas dishes. It is a family business that’s committed to sourcing authentic ingredients from top suppliers, so that diners can enjoy a real taste of the Mediterranean.

£17.95 Offer: £17.95 for meat mezze on tapas + mezze menu + glass of cava

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Latest Edinburgh Restaurant Reviews

  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 3

    Service: 3

    Value: 5

    Great food

    Excellent food & portion size, would recommend the Calamari. Liked the decor, lights etc but a bit too canteen cafe like to be great ambience. Good value lunch though & handy for Newhaven Quay. Would return for lunch.
    dined in Basils – 20/01/2020
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 4

    Service: 4

    Value: 4

    Nice menus. Restaurant a wee bit away from Leith docks than we thought.

    Helpful staff, even the chef came out on occassions as I understand one of the staff had not arrived for work. Team work!
    dined in Basils – 20/01/2020
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Lovely casual restaurant

    Tasty food, nice atmosphere, good value.
    dined in Basils – 19/01/2020
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 4

    Service: 4

    Value: 5

    Hidden Gem!

    We booked this restaurant as it was close to the Premier Inn at Newhaven Harbour. Both the quality of the food and the portion size were tremendous value for money. We ate from the Market Menu which offered 2 courses, plus a glass of wine/soft drink, for £12 per person. I had cauliflower fritters with hot pepper sauce followed by grilled chicken breast with truffle mash and green beans - both dishes were piping hot and very generous portions. My fiance enjoyed chicken liver parfait with toasted brioche and battered haddock with hand cut fries - again served piping hot and the portion of fish was so big, he was unable to finish it, despite a really good effort! We enjoyed the food so much, we returned two days later for lunch and, yet again, everything was top quality. I loved my starter of salt and pepper squid with garlic mayo and the Basil burger was excellent. We look forward to returning to Basils on our next weekend break in Edinburgh.
    dined in Basils – 06/01/2020
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  • Food: 4

    Ambience: 4

    Service: 4

    Value: 4

    Maybe try the cocktails?

    Basil's had a very friendly welcome and the service was pretty good. The food was reasonably tasty; calamari in particular was decent. The place however seems to have a bit of an identity crisis, not quite a restaurant, not quite a cafe, not quite a diner, not quite a bar. We had an OK meal, just not quite sure I'd go back. Having said that, the table next to us had some cocktails that looked great so maybe that would tempt me.
    dined in Basils – 03/01/2020
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