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La Garrigue

Price guide: Mid-range
#5/40
expert-rated restaurants in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

A charming and authentic French restaurant.

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David Bann

Price guide: Mid-range
#7/40
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Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

Modern, imaginative vegetarian food in stylish surroundings.

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Dusit

Price guide: Mid-range
#8/40
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Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Fresh and delicious Thai food.

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The Outsider

Price guide: Mid-range
#12/40
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Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Trendy and spacious, with fabulous views over the old town and castle.

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Hanedan

Price guide: Budget
#14/40
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Best for Value for money -
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

A small, friendly Turkish restaurant with a wonderful atmosphere and great food.

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The Circle Cafe

Price guide: Budget
#16/40
expert-rated restaurants in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

A warm and inviting, stone walled emporium of delicious home-made food.

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Cafe Marlayne

Price guide: Mid-range
#17/40
expert-rated restaurants in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

An intimate French bistro with a great atmosphere and delicious food.

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The Dogs

Price guide: Budget
#19/40
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Best for Trendiness -
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Keen prices, imaginative dishes, eccentric owner - The Dogs is a one-off, well worth a visit.

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Mussel Inn

Price guide: Mid-range
#20/40
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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Informal diner with great seafood, bang in the centre of town.

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Howies

Price guide: Mid-range
#23/40
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Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

A great Scottish restaurant set in a beautiful historical building.

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Barioja

Price guide: Mid-range
#24/40
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Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Authentic Spanish tapas in the heart of Scotland.

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Loch Fyne Edinburgh

Price guide: Mid-range
#26/40
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Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Large, airy fish restaurant in fabulous location overlooking the sea.

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Urban Angel

Price guide: Mid-range
#30/40
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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Trendy cafe/restaurant open all day - and breakfast is the business.

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Tex Mex 2

Price guide: Budget
#31/40
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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Mexican food to warm the heart and not raid the wallet.

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Chop Chop

Price guide: Budget
#34/40
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Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

The home of the dumpling queen - this is a hugely popular restaurant.

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Bar Roma

Price guide: Budget
#36/40
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Best for Families -
Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

Wonderful exuberant Italian restaurant.

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#38/40
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Best for Cheap eats -
Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

The best fish and chips in Edinburgh. Go - you will thank me.

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There are hundreds of great places to eat and drink in Edinburgh. Really we have come a long way from ye olde days of deep fried Mars Bars and haggis pies. There has been a revolution in the standard and food being both produced and cooked in this country.

With six Michelin-starred restaurants in the Edinburgh area alone, other restaurants and food producers have raised their game. As a result you will be spoiled for choice. Whether you want to spend a few quid or a shed load of money you can pick and choose the kind of food you like to eat in the atmosphere you like to eat it.

I have featured three of the Michelin-starred restaurants in town because they are my favourites. I will of course list the names of the others but I felt that, as Michelin is already a known standard, I should perhaps draw your attention to smaller, lesser-known establishments which would be easy to overlook.

Every country seems to have a different policy on tipping but here it is generally left to the discrepancy of the customer. As a rule of thumb I  recommend 10% of the total bill. Sometimes if you have party of 8 or over they will automatically charge you 10% but it should state that clearly on their website or when you book. Occasionally a restaurant will add an automatic 10% service charge even if there are just one or two of you which I don't agree with and I have  insisted they take the service charge off to make the point. I am happy to generously tip if the service is good, if not, I don't.

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Each of the restaurants/cafes/coffee shops I have featured offer value for money, great food, consistency and excellent service. I have been involved in the restaurant industry in Edinburgh, both as a consumer and a professional, for over 20 years. During that time my husband started his own restaurant and expanded until we had eight sites in Scotland, he sold them three years ago - so there is no conflict of interest! In addition I was food critic for The Sunday Herald for a year, presented two series of food programmes on STV and was a judge in Channel 4's new food show Iron Chef. I have also been a judge for Restaurant of the Year for the past two years and am going through the process again late 2010 to be announcend February 2012/ To be frank, food is my obsession. I eat out all the time and I am very proud of what Edinburgh can offer.

Geographically I have tried to cover all areas of the city, with a natural concentration in the centre. I hope you find somewhere close to where you are staying. If not please let me know as feedback from you is paramount and I can rectify things.

On an ongoing basis  I will keep my ear to the ground and review any new additions to the Edinburgh food scene, as well as monitoring all featured restaurants with a view to making sure what you read on this list is accurate as it is important you can rely on this.

Cheers! Enjoy! 

Regards, Alison

1st November, 2010