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…

21212

3 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5AB

The name 21212 derives from its unusual menu concept, offering two choices for starter, main and dessert interspersed with soup and cheese (you can choose to have three, four or five courses). However, what’s truly original is chef Paul Kitching’s style…

The Kitchin

78 Commercial Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6LX

Of course, you can melt the credit card with the tasting or seasonal menus at this ultra-slick Leith restaurant, but Tom Kitchin has also brought his Michelin-starred brand of fine dining to a refreshingly wide audience of food lovers. A set lunch menu…

Restaurant Martin Wishart

54 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6RA

It’s more than that Michelin star. Restaurant Martin Wishart has a certain caché. It is a place to propose, to woo, to seal the deal. If it’s on the expense account, lucky you. If not, buy the ticket, take the ride: choose a tasting menu, with…

La Garrigue

31 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DH

It is tempting to describe La Garrigue as an Edinburgh institution. You know the name, and perhaps you’ve long wanted to go. And go you should. Multi-awarded and much-exulted, La Garrigue is Jean Michel Gauffre’s proud paean to the cuisine of his native…

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Hotel du Vin Bistro

1 Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UX

Dress up for a night out at this bistro, situated in the luxury Hotel du Vin. A premiere address since it opened in 2006, the atmosphere is as refined and sophisticated as the menu. If you are feeling flash and want to experience the range of skills…

Petit Paris

38–40 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU

If Petit Paris aspires to be a little piece of the French capital, it’s not the city’s grand boulevards or imposing squares, but the winding cobbled streets where time seems to stand still and there’s an old-fashioned bistro on every corner. The place…

Aizle

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

Café Cassis

Salisbury Hotel, Salisbury Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5AA

Now in its third year, Café Cassis remains unfamiliar even to many of Edinburgh’s enthusiastic restaurant goers. This is a shame, as it turns out highly enjoyable, seasonally influenced meals that aim to offer something for everyone, with lots of…

Castle Terrace

33/35 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2EL

When you emerge as the offshoot of a fairly flawless Michelin-starred restaurant there is only one way to avoid playing second fiddle. And that is, of course, to win your own star, which is exactly what Castle Terrace did in 2011, less than a year after…

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Maison Bleue

36–38 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW

Housed in an old building full of character, Maison Bleue’s chateau-cum-castle interior design makes the most of its olde-world surrounds: stone arches and spiral staircase, artfully aged wood, thistles on the table, while candle-flickeringly low…

La P'tite Folie

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

For 16 years La P'tite Folie has been part of Edinburgh's dining scene, initially in the city-centre bustle of Frederick Street and joined, ten years ago, by the venue that has come to overshadow the original, set behind a quirky Tuor façade looking out…

Baby Grand

3–7 Elmbank Gardens, Glasgow, G2 4NQ

Tucked away behind the King's Theatre, this brasserie has been on the city restaurant scene for 20 years. The layout includes a long, thin bar with an open kitchen, a blackboard showing specials, quirky artworks and candles flickering on black tables.

Café Marlayne

76 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1EN

While Café Marlayne’s Antigua Street sibling plies the breakfast-through-dinner café-bistro trade, the Thistle Street branch is its ‘proper’ restaurant. It is bijou in both size and character, with tight tables, mirrored mosaics and a living-room feel…

Café St Honoré

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

Venture down a cobbled New Town lane to find this romantic slice of Paris. With its wood panelling, black and white floor tiles and hazy old mirrors, the atmosphere is classic French brasserie. The food, however, is much more exciting. Under the…

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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…

Café Marlayne

13 Antigua Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3NH

There are two Café Marlaynes: the bijou Thistle Street restaurant and the contrastingly informal Antigua Street branch, which is split into compact café and large dining room. The café does a standard line in coffee, croissants and chat, laptops and…

L'escargot Bleu

56 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3SA

The humble snail is a byword for French cuisine and the symbol of the international Slow Food movement, both of which are well represented by this popular Broughton Street restaurant. There’s a real French ambience in the high-ceilinged dining room with…

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…

sketch - Gallery - Dinner

9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG

Michelin star-awarded Sketch offers a breathtaking gastronomic experience in the exclusive neighbourhood of Mayfair. The unique restaurant stretches over 4 spaces, covering everything from tea and pastries to French and European haute cuisine. A…

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Le Bistro Beaumartin

161 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 2UQ

Glasgow’s newest French restaurant celebrated its first anniversary in March 2013, and has already established itself as a firm favourite with many. Run by Frenchman Richard Dupupet, veteran of several Paris bistros, together with head chef Andrew…

Café Rouge Bistro - The Strand

9-11 Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NA

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 Jules

109 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DJ

It's twenty years since the plain but distinctive red-and-yellow colour scheme of Pierre Victoire off-shoot Chez Jules first appeared in Edinburgh. Its comeback over the last couple of years – first on Hanover Street then, towards the end of 2010, a…

1901

1534 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G43 1RF

Though a little removed from the main Shawlands dining strip the value of the food along with the decidedly relaxed and jovial atmosphere at this unassuming corner pub and bistro make it worth the venture. New owner Graham Sutherland, who also has the…

Silver Darling

Pocra Quay, North Pier, Aberdeen, AB11 5DQ

In a unique setting on the upper floor of Aberdeen’s old Custom House at the mouth of the harbour, owner-chef Didier Dejean bring high-level French culinary skills to bear on fine local seafood.