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The Outsider

15/16 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EE

It’s worth grabbing a table here for the view from those oversized rear windows alone – watching the sun dip behind the rooftops of the Grassmarket, the hulking mass of Edinburgh Castle looming in the background, is a magical sight, whether you’re a…

Saramago Café Bar

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

Teeter down the steep hill from Glasgow School of Art and you’ll find the CCA, a constantly-evolving space that’s not just about contemporary art; as well as galleries, bookshop and club nights, it’s host to the well-travelled Saramago. Although the…

Bia Bistrot

19 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5DP

Set slightly away from Holy Corner bustle is the charming, purple-fronted Bia Bistrot. Nothing flash here, but this husband and wife team (with helpers) provide honest food and cheerful service to regulars and passing trade. Without pretension, a…

Rock Lobster Bar & Grill

1/4 Virginia Court, Glasgow, G1 1TS

A funky little bistro combining food with rock ‘n’ roll music and memorabilia. The owner and his team offer a relaxed yet upbeat vibe hidden within Virginia court. Pictures of music icons hang from the wall while the retro plastic seating adds to the…

The Forest Café

141 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9JN

The Forest Café, a hippy-ish, vegetarian café in a glass-fronted corner on Lauriston Place, affords excellent views for people-watching both outside and in. Here, in dusty nooks, an army of volunteers bustle among mismatched, recycled chairs and…

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75 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AU

Holyrood’s Hemma has become one of Edinburgh’s go-to venues for relaxed family time. Although grabbing its share of the nearby after-work crowd, popular kid-friendly weekend brunches are the main event with chilled-out staff ensuring its nice and…


33 Castle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3DN

If you are looking for a destination dining experience featuring Thai food, then Chaophraya should fit the bill perfectly. With its city-centre rooftop location, intricate lighting arrangements and stunning view of the castle, this place is all about…

The Espy

62–64 Bath Street, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 1HF

The Espy is a real neighbourhood favourite, full of coffee-drinking mums by day, families in the early evening and a casual crowd by night. The twinkling fairy lights and old pictures of Portobello create a comfortable place to come for a quiet pint…

Fratelli Sarti

42 Renfield Street, Glasgow, G2 1NF

Fratelli Sarti have three City Centre venues, all sharing the same à la carte menus; and all have a devoted patronage solidly built on authenticity and warm service. The Renfield Street branch has an inviting, candle-lit, wood panelled and marbled…

The Holyrood 9A

9a Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AE

From the same stable as its Southside cousin The Southern and Lothian Road hangout Red Squirrel, Holyrood 9a has impeccable pedigree when it comes to beer and burgers. With over two dozen draughts on tap including familiar craft beer favourites from…

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62 Argyll Arcade, Glasgow, G2 8BG

Tucked down a cobbled lane off busy Buchanan Street, this venerable bar’s covered trestles are probably the nicest outdoor seating in the city’s epicentre. Inside is packed with period features, polished wood and brass, Victorian tiles and a claim to…


6–8 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9HX

Although a relative newcomer, Tanjore is becoming an increasingly popular spot for diners in the know. And quite rightly so. Tanjore exquisitely exhibits the best of south Indian cuisine, a lot of which is not to be found on menus in other Indian…

La Brava

679a Clarkston Road, Glasgow, G44 3SE

Sashaying from lattes and eggs Fiorentina, via paninis, into the evening’s sharing platters and clinking glasses, La Brava does a roaring trade from school bell until last bus. With a largely local customer base, it pays attention to quality and allows…

The Kilderkin

67 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8BT

Musical references abound at Kilderkin, with owner James’s album covers and vinyl adorning the walls, a wonderfully eclectic playlist on the stereo and a handful of playful evening menu pizza names. Hoinkytoink Woman marries nearby Oink’s pulled pork…

WEST Brewery

Building 4 Templeton Building, Glasgow Green, Glasgow, G40 1AW

Who would have thought you could set up a Bavarian brewery in the East End of Glasgow and establish yourself as one of the most talked about places in the city? Not many, but Petra Wetzel has done it with a charm, success, and character second to none.

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Bar G&V

1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1AD

Update: Hotel Missoni became G&V Royal Mile Hotel in May 2014, with Bar Missoni re-branded as Bar G&V. The overall offering remains much as described in this year's review. Backed by its family-owned fashion house, Bar Missoni continues to…

Burger Meats Bun

48A West Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 2RA

While the proliferation of burger joints throughout Glasgow has driven competition and upped the overall quality of the star attraction, it also brings the danger of uniformity. In many ways, Burger Meats Bun represents everything that has become…

Fanny Trollope's

1066 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8LY

This cosy bistro located in the heart of hip and trendy Finnieston offers simple yet impressive cooking centred on an ethos of high quality and locally sourced ingredients. Tables are arranged galley style, with works by Scottish artists dotting the…

Kama Sutra

331 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3HW

Don’t be put off by the entrance – hinting at a restaurant that puts a cheesy theme first – for inside is a colourful, spacious yet pleasantly intimate space. Menus may proclaim 'the food of love', yet the twisted metal table dividers and heavy wooden…

Amber Regent

50 West Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 2RA

There’s an old-fashioned charm to the Amber Regent which is reassuringly steadfast. Nothing much changes here – top-end cooking, seafood, and prime Scottish meats, served on white-linen tables by super-efficient waiting staff. Fish, be it seabass…

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33 Newington Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1QR

To avoid any confusion, it’s nothing to do with hairy mammals – it’s all about the bees (an apiary, for the uninitiated, is a collection of beehives). Or, indeed, the birds and the bees, as this Southside newbie is the younger sibling to Bruntsfield’s…

Bar Milano

2 Mains Avenue, Eastwood Toll, Giffnock, Glasgow, G46 6QZ

From its pleasantly neutral décor and friendly service to the suburban location, Bar Milano ticks all the boxes for a comfortable neighbourhood trattoria. It’s housed in a converted bank but where such buildings often possess a cold grandeur, the…

Battlefield Rest

55 Battlefield Road, Glasgow, G42 9JL

With fairy lights in its windows, The Battlefield Rest sparkles on its traffic island. Distinctly bistro, tightly packed tables are decked with attractive oilcloth and candles. With a number of specialities that aren't commonplace in Glasgow…

The Bothy

11 Ruthven Lane, Glasgow, G12 9BG

Few other restaurants in Glasgow wear their Scottishness quite as literally as G1’s The Bothy, tucked away down Ruthven Lane in the heart of the West End – see the waiting staff’s signature kilts for proof. Exposed stone walls and a rustic old chunky…


40 Wilson Street, Glasgow, G1 1HD

It would be great if waiting staff in this stunning, former sheriff court building, said: “You’ve been served!” as they handed over the food. But there is no such cheesiness here; it’s just a good, honest (naturally) bistro in the heart of the Merchant…