Restaurants, French

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The Kitchin

78 Commercial Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6LX

Refurbished in early 2015 and now twice the size, Tom Kitchin’s original Leith site continues its impressive evolution while the approach remains consistently on brand, promising ‘from nature to plate’. The new surroundings reflect the natural approach…

Aizle

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

Owner and head chef Stuart Ralston’s worldwide travels and Michelin-starred background combine to reveal one of the city’s most innovative and intriguing dining experiences. A blackboard list of ingredients offers clues to the hidden menu, heightening…

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3 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5AB

Paul Kitching is a man who has clearly worked hard to evolve his own voice in the kitchen: a complex and witty patchwork approach to cooking with its own unique language. So on the menu you might see C.A.M x 123 or perhaps Beef Fillet 'Cow Py'…

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

Martin Wishart’s Michelin-starred temple to elegant, inventive fine dining is one of the key destination restaurants in Edinburgh. It’s the place for special occasions, expense accounts and deep-pocketed foodies. Set discreetly on the Shore in Leith, it…

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Café St Honoré

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

Delightful French bistro décor meets the pick of Scotland’s larder in one of the city’s most compelling fusions. Black and white checkerboard flooring and sepia-toned walls link with linen-clad tables and dark timber warmth to offer an appealing glimpse…

Petit Paris

38–40 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU

Sometimes it’s the little things that really make a place stand out, and with Petit Paris it’s the quality of the bread. Made by one of the restaurant’s former chefs, the open-textured crusty loaf puts other places’ pappy baguettes to shame. The…

Cellar Gascon

59 West Smithfield, London, EC1A 9DS

Cellar Gascon is the wine bar of Michelin-starred French restaurant Club Gascon. It is a great option for those who wish to sample the Pascal Aussignac's commendably authentic French cuisine in a relaxed and laid-back environment. Prices are reasonable…

La Garrigue

31 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DH

La Garrigue has achieved what many restaurants in Edinburgh can only dream of – enduring popularity due to consistently good food. Cooking up brasserie-style dishes from the Languedoc region since 2001, Jean Michel Gauffre’s bright, cheerful place has…

The Honours

58a North Castle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3LU

Tucked on the left side of North Castle Street is this bistro from Edinburgh chef Martin Wishart. The décor is slick and modern with black leather chairs, oversized lamps and gold accents. During the week the clientele seems to consist of business…

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Hotel du Vin Bistro

11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EZ

Hotel du Vin is housed in a former 18th-century asylum, close to Edinburgh University. It boasts a cigar bothy, wine tastings and has a two-level dining area, with the main part facing large bay windows. Oak tables and scattered French posters define…

Riverlife

84 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2AX

A new opening in 2012 in the less fashionable culinary end of town, Riverlife brings to the Edinburgh market its singular blend of French and Caribbean cooking. Inspired by the upbringing of lead chef Mario Caneval on the island of Guadeloupe and a…

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…

Brian Maule at Chardon d'Or

176 West Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 4RL

Every food-lover in Glasgow knows about Brian Maule’s converted townhouse, which still sits firmly at the top-end of places to dine. His classical French training – a decade under Michel Roux Jr – and close supplier relationships ensure Scotland’s…

Café Cassis

Salisbury Hotel, Salisbury Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5AA

Café Cassis is a wonderful example of a traditional bistro, with a straightforward menu offering solid French fare in pleasant surroundings – ostensibly the restaurant for the adjoining hotel although external diners outnumber residents. Scottish…

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Café Rouge

43 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1EP

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 - Finchley

Leisure Way, Finchley, London, N12 0QZ

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

This year the grand dame has had a makeover and gone a bit bling – the first things to see are the huge, contemporary chandeliers. From time to time regular patrons – and there are many in this leafy part of the West End – may spot the odd such…

Notting Hill Brasserie

92 Kensington Park Road, London, W11 2PN

Local residents, businessmen and celebrities mix freely at The Notting Hill Brasserie. This homely neighbourhood restaurant (formerly three Edwardian town houses) consists of a series of six warmly lit dining rooms. With classical decor, African art…

Pierre Victoire

18 Eyre Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5EP

With 29 years of history in Edinburgh, Pierre Victoire has experienced both highs and lows to triumph as a local favourite. Set at the north end of the New Town and next to Canonmills, the bistro is slightly secluded but this adds somewhat to its charm.

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Pig'halle Restaurant

South Street, Perth, PH2 8PG

Herve and Paula Tabourel run a resolutely Parisian brasserie in a Florentine Palazzo-style building by 19th-century architect David Rhind. Menus change constantly but are reliably French, from the complimentary pork rillette with bread to start, through…

sketch - Lecture Room - Lunch & Dinner

9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG

2 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. The…

La Barbe

71 Bell Street, Reigate, Reigate, RH2 7AN

A trusty favourite since opening in 1982, La Barbe offers authentic French cuisine and bountiful continental charm. With a menu crafted by Normandy-born head chef Romain Harvard, La Barbe draws in throngs of regulars and new visitors alike, and…

La Bonne Auberge

161 West Nile Street, Glasgow, G1 2RL

It is the 40th year in 2015 that La Bonne Auberge has had a presence in this city, happily adjoining the Holiday Inn in Cowcaddens for nearly 20 of them. And it feels very much like a hotel restaurant inside, with just enough black cast-iron and art…

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…