Restaurants, French

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L'Escargot Bleu

56 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3SA

L’escargot Bleu is the kind of place that compels you to burst into your dimly remembered and slightly embarrassing school French. It’s just … so French. In fact, it’s everything you'd expect from a French bistro, except (whisper it) with better…

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3 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5AB

Paul Kitching has been cooking his own sweet way since his Michelin-starred fine-diner opened five years ago. It starts with a menu beating a distinctive 2-1-2-1-2 rhythm of choices at each course. The two ‘ones’ are soup and cheese courses, punctuating…

The Kitchin

78 Commercial Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6LX

Treasure maps tend to be jealously guarded, prised from cold, dead hands or relinquished reluctantly at gunpoint. The Kitchin, however, does things differently, each diner presented with a wee scroll depicting Scotland in relief, X marking the spots…

Plumed Horse

50–54 Henderson Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6DE

To begin at the end – and a mighty fine end indeed, distinguished by desserts as delightful on the eye as the spoon. A vibrant gingerbread mousse contrasts with sweet, crunchy ‘rocks’ of honeycomb, a thing of true beauty. Then nougat parfait, delicately…

Restaurant Martin Wishart

54 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6RA

You know that moment at the theatre when the lights go down, just before the curtain goes up? The bit when the audience holds its collective breath? That’s what an encounter with Martin Wishart’s tasting menu is like. You scan the menu before you eat…

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Café St Honoré

34 North West Thistle Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH2 1EA

Barring the name and the elegant Parisian bistro-style interior, it’s been a few years since Cafe St Honore has had much to do with French food. With chef Neil Forbes at the helm the restaurant has turned its focus to using the best of seasonal Scottish…

Aizle

107-109 St Leonard's Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9QY

When Aizle arrived in April 2014, a lot had to be explained carefully. Aizle rhymes with hazel, we were advised, and the word itself was Scots for 'spark'. A 30-year-old Scottish chef, Stuart Ralston, and his American partner Krystal Goff, an innovative…

Café Marlayne

76 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1EN

If anywhere deserved the hoary old estate agent’s term ‘compact and bijou’, it’s this lilliputian bistro on Thistle Street’s restaurant row. Closely packed tables in a cosy room are good for eavesdroppers, but not gossip merchants preferring privacy.

L'Escargot Blanc

17 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4QW

Perhaps the less well-known of the two ‘snails’, L’Escargot Blanc undoubtedly suffers from an uninspiring entrance. But it’s worth climbing the stairs to be greeted by a charmingly French welcome and a huge deli-fridge with promises of good things to…

Petit Paris

38–40 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU

Like a classic song that never quite loses its power – despite multiple plays – a good dish can continue to hit the spot. Like a generous venison stew arriving in a copper pan, rich with a properly reduced winey sauce, with a simple, well-dressed green…

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Chez Jules

109 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DJ

Cheap and cheerful is the name of the game at Chez Jules. Customers here can enjoy classic, unfussy French cuisine at seriously bargain prices; where else in the centre of town can you enjoy a decent steak for under fifteen quid? A starter of cuisses de…

Café Rouge - Southgate

45-46 Cannon Hill, Southgate, London, N14 6LH

With a combination of delicious food, great wines and a real ambience, Café Rouge has embodied the style and je ne sais quoi of French dining since it opened way back in 1989. Now with over 90 sites across the country it's just the place to mull over…

Hotel du Vin Bistro

1 Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UX

From the plush entrance vestibule and manager’s greeting, to the opulent décor and restrained atmosphere of the bistro itself, Hotel du Vin knows how to do formal dining like no one else in Glasgow. For those with plenty of change jangling in their…

Maison Bleue

36–38 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW

It’s easy to spot the North African influence of the Algerian owner and chef at this multi-storey labyrinth on Victoria Street. The comfortable low, cushioned seating that greets you is more souk than chateau, while the menu has many nods to the…

La P'tite Folie

Tudor House, 9 Randolph Place, Edinburgh, EH3 7TE

A decade of unswervingly French service to diners in the West End has built a loyal following of patrons from business lunches to family gathering and romantic evenings in the fenestration-lavished upper dining room at Randolph Place. The kitchen…

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Pierre Victoire

18 Eyre Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5EP

No story of Edinburgh’s dining scene in the last two decades can be fully told without Pierre Victoire being mentioned. Through thick and thin, ups and downs, Pierre Levicky is still part of the scene; these days he’s operating in relative seclusion at…

Le Bistro Beaumartin

161 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 2UQ

In France a bistro is generally less formal than a restaurant, and here at Beaumartin the relaxed, neighbourhood feel of the Parisian model translates into mismatched tables and chairs, a wood-burning stove and some comfy old leather armchairs for…

Le Marché Français

9a West Maitland Street, Edinburgh, EH12 5DS

The human dynamo that is Pierre Pelletier has had his hands full lately, keeping his French Market alive and turning out excellent-value, classic bistro-style French food while horrendous tram works created carnage outside his front door. Now that’s…

Schottische

16–18 Blackfriars Street, Glasgow, G1 1PE

Brian Maule at Chardon d'Or

176 West Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 4RL

Glasgow doesn’t currently have a Michelin-starred restaurant, but le Chardon d’Or delivers an experience that’s pretty close. Chef Brian Maule spent eleven years with Michel Roux Jr at Le Gavroche, and his experience shows in elegant, precisely…

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Café Cassis

Salisbury Hotel, Salisbury Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5AA

Tucked neatly into the bright basement of the Salisbury Hotel, Café Cassis has become a local favourite and increasingly a destination for those seeking relaxed, high quality dining. Chef-owner Denis Guillonneau is no stranger to success, having built a…

Café Rouge - Didsbury

Unit D 651-653 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 6QZ

With a combination of delicious food, great wines and a real ambience, Café Rouge has embodied the style and je ne sais quoi of French dining since it opened way back in 1989. Now with over 90 sites across the country it's just the place to mull over…

Café Rouge - Oxford

11 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HP

With a combination of delicious food, great wines and a real ambience, Café Rouge has embodied the style and je ne sais quoi of French dining since it opened way back in 1989. Now with over 90 sites across the country it's just the place to mull over…

Chez Gerard - Covent Garden

38 The Market, Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 8RF

Located directly opposite The Royal Opera House in a beautiful Grade II listed building, Chez Gérard in Covent Garden is a bustling 1930s-style conservatory restaurant, with a beautiful open air terrace overlooking the Covent Garden Piazza.

Creelers of Skye

Broadford, Isle of Skye, Highland, IV49 9AQ

For a restaurant known for its French seafood dishes, Creelers of Skye is in a remarkably unremarkable building. A tiny place in what is essentially a hut, they have nevertheless built up a loyal following for their fresh fish, gumbo and bouillabaisse…