Restaurants, French

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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…

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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…

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…

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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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 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…

Café Rouge - Lancer Square

2 Lancer Square, Kensington Church Street, London, W8 4EH

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…

B'est

16 Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9TX

Billing itself boldly as ‘Edinburgh’s most exciting eatery’, B’est has a lot to live up to, and somewhat inevitably falls short of its claim. Paintings of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe and stencilled words en Français say ‘this is a French…

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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…

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…

Café Marlayne

13 Antigua Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3NH

Don’t come here to snap pictures of your grub before you scoff it. Not that what’s on your plate is unappetising, or entirely uneasy on the eye. Rather, this is more relaxed French-influenced café than starched-linen restaurant. It’s an all-day affair.

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.

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…

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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…

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…

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…

The Wild Restaurant

21 Newington Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1QR

You wouldn’t guess from the unprepossessing frontage, but there’s a lot going on here. Having moved into the space vacated by The Wild Elephant, young couple Nico Masecchia and Lili Johnson are developing a unique take on what will hopefully prove more…

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…

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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…

Café Rouge - Sevenoaks

Unit SU27 Blighs Meadow, Pembroke Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1AS

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 Tartine

72 Commercial Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6LX

To the restaurant strip on the ground floor of the old bonded warehouses along Commercial Quay (already home of The Kitchin and Bond No.9) comes a touch of homely French elegance. Within a long, slim, fresh dining room, selections include grilled steaks…

La Garrigue

31 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DH

On the very short list of French restaurateurs who’ve imported a genuine taste of their homeland’s regional cuisine to Scotland, La Garrigue’s Jean Michel Gauffre will certainly be near the top. Here you’ll find the professionalism and élan of a proper…

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…