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…

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…

21212

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…

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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 Honours

58a North Castle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3LU

Martin Wishart is a local celebrity in the Edinburgh restaurant scene. His eponymous Leith restaurant won him a Michelin star – the first in Edinburgh to do so – and his cook school has built up an excellent reputation. So this, his ‘less formal’ New…

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…

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.

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…

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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…

Baby Grand

3–7 Elmbank Gardens, Glasgow, G2 4NQ

Serving up music and main courses to Glasgow diners for 20 years, it’s clear they might be on to something here and there’s no sense they want to fix what isn’t broken. There’s a faded charm, though the traditional menu isn’t quite cheek to cheek with…

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…

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…

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.

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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…

Hotel du Vin Bistro

11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EZ

They care about ‘the finer things in life’ at this French bistro, hidden from the street in an Old Town hotel – a smart conversion of a former asylum. Wine lovers find over 500 bottles on offer; whisky connoisseurs can sample 170 single malts in the…

Malmaison Brasserie

1 Tower Place, Edinburgh, EH6 7BZ

Sitting on the dock of the bay (well, OK, firth), the baronial bulk of the Malmaison building and its landmark clock tower have been a focal point of the Leith landscape since the late 19th century, serving as seamen’s mission and notorious haunt of…

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…

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…

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Café Rouge - Bluewater

LO47 Bluewater Shopping Centre, Lower Thames Walk, Greenhithe, DA9 9SJ

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…

Chez Roux

Greywalls Hotel, Muirfield, Gullane, East Lothian, EH31 2EG

Overseen by Albert Roux, the most influential restaurant chef in the UK in the last 30 years, dining at this attractive East Lothian Edwardian country house was always going to be an unrushed experience, and rightly so. A drink beside the fire in the…

Le Gothique

Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, John Archer Way, London, SW18 3SX

Built in 1857 with its foundation stone laid by Queen Victoria, Le Gothique is a stunning structure on Wandsworth Common. Surrounded by Gothic design and artful original features, guests can enjoy a refined French menu, focusing on time-honoured…

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…