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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.


What an excellent evening, food was absolutely gorgeous and the staff were so friendly and attentive. I have already recommended this place to friends and I will definitely be going back.
Lee McHugh - 14/04/2017
Had a meal here, it was a Wednesday evening so it was very quiet but the food was lovely and the service was fast and friendly. Great chilled out atmosphere too. Would definitely go back next time I am in the area.
Alison Butters - 20/02/2017
Thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Very attentive staff. Great range of Edinburgh gins including cocktails.
Rebecca Lawson - 12/02/2017
We were the only diners in the restaurant on a chilly Friday lunchtime but we still really enjoyed our experience. Our lovely Spanish waiter looked after us really well. The food was delicious, our starters of smoked salmon were served with beetroot and pears which brought out the flavours and the
elizabeth roberts - 11/02/2017
Starters were OK. Chicken tikka main was awful, tasteless and very thin meat. Not even the equivalent of one chicken breast. Lamb curry had very little meat. Will not be back.
Brenda Tonner - 05/02/2017
Meat platter was tasty but very slow to come. Meat platter is very big for 2.. Service not good and it was quiet. Poured wine without asking to taste it. Food finished for a long time before they cleared the table.
Christine Wallace - 31/01/2017
Lovely meal in a lovely warm restaurant, service was perfect.
Phyllis Pollard - 29/01/2017


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Top restaurant offers in Edinburgh Leith

  • £9.50£9.50 for a beef, chicken or veggie burger + chips + slaw + pint of Carling, real ale or soft drinkThe Bonnington Book
  • £12.88A la carte available + glass of wineGiuliano's On The Shore Book
  • £12.95£12.95 for a Mal burger + drinkMalmaison Brasserie - Edinburgh Book
  • £6£12 for 2 breakfasts + tea/coffeeThe Mash Tun Book
  • £21£21 for 2 courses on set dinner menuA Room In Leith Book
  • £9.95£9.95 for 2 courses on a la carte menuBritannia Spice Book
  • £15.50A la carte available - average price for 2 courses is £15.50Mintleaf Book
  • £18£18 for 2 courses on set menuPunjabi Junction Book
  • £13£13 for 2 courses from daily menu + BYOB + tea or coffeeGaia Deli Book
  • £11.5530% a la carte discountThe Granary Book
  • £13.90£13.90 for 2 courses on a la carte menu + BYOBSeasons Vietnamese Book