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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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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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Cafe Tartine Leith, Edinburgh

French

0 reviews

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

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.

Make a free reservation at The Fly Half »

Chez Mal - Edinburgh Leith, Edinburgh

Modern, Bistros & Brasseries

87 reviews

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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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.

£16.95 Offer: £16.95 for vegetarian mezze on tapas + mezze menu + glass of fizz

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Basils Leith, Edinburgh

Gastro Pub

8 reviews

Inspired by famous Scottish architect, Sir Basil Spence, this unique neighbourhood bar and kitchen embraces the spirit of 1960s food and design. Diners can tuck into a cosmopolitan menu offering modern takes on classic retro dishes, from eggs benedict in the morning to gammon steak in the evening. The snazzy hand-painted mural offers a perfect backdrop to it all.

£17.70 Offer: 50% a la carte discount

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Mintleaf Leith, Edinburgh

Indian, Thai, Vegetarian/Vegan

16 reviews

Mintleaf is a vibrant restaurant on Bernard Street in Leith and offers authentic Thai and Indian cuisine. Around the corner from The Shore, the restaurant is wheelchair accessible, child-friendly, and also boasts two private dining rooms on the mezzanine floor. Striking as the decor is, it’s the Indian and Thai dishes which keep the customers coming back.

£15 Offer: Save £5 on the a la carte menu

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Latest Edinburgh Restaurant Reviews

  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Lovely restaurant with excellent service

    We thought the food was excellent and the portions were very generous, perhaps a little too much but not necessarily a fault. The staff couldn't have been more chatty and friendly and just added to the overall pleasant atmosphere of the place. A very nice restaurant experience.
    dined in La Casa - Leith – 13/08/2020
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 4

    Service: 4

    Value: 5

    Great atmosphere

    The sharing platter for 2 was superb, plenty to eat. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and very busy for a very wet and windy Wednesday night in Leith. Made to feel very welcome from walking in and cheerful goodbyes when we left. Will go back again.
    dined in La Casa - Leith – 01/02/2020
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 4

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Great value

    The staff were lovely and very helpful, the food was lovely and arrived hot. I ordered a cocktail for myself along with my partner's dessert. The cocktail took longer than average to come but was worth the wait.
    dined in Basils – 26/01/2020
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  • 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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