Updated: Aug 6, 2021
Leith has exploded over recent years to bring new taste delights, which reflect the ever growing and strong community of people who live here. The restaurants below have been staples within the community since they opened for good reasons: the food is delicious, high quality and they continue to provide excellent service. Fancy going for a drink after? We have here just a small sample of the incredible bars and pubs in and around the Leith area.
The Black Fox This foxy retreat specialises in burgers in a classic pub setting. They serve an incredible selection with good vegetarian options to boot. Look out for the ‘Attack of the Killer Beans’, ‘The Scotsman’ and the ‘Haggis Bon-Bons’. The drinks are an additional bonus, with the pub serving local craft beer and creating their own cocktails including a ‘Leitharita’.
17 Albert Place, EH7 5HN
Woodland Creatures This pub has an excellent array of food dishes to satisfy that classic gastropub craving. The food menu ranges from Bar Bites to Brunch to Main Menu and even a ‘Little Critters Menu’, not to mention the cocktail and local craft beer selection that they offer. This family friendly place is a beautiful spot for a meal or a drink outside in the sunshine on Leith.
260-262 Leith Walk, EH6 5EL
Leith Depot Gastropub Another excellent spot for a drink or a meal, depending on what tickles your fancy. Leith Depot, known for its community support, offers a Lunch menu, a Main menu as well as Brunch menu and honestly what could be better than ordering a cocktail and enjoying some classic pub favourites.
138-140 Leith Walk, EH6 5DT
Nobles Nobles gracefully walks the line between pub and restaurant as they emphasise the history of Leith. They use the best Scottish ingredients across their brunch and dinner menus to lure you in, but you will return for the old-world maritime charm as well as the food. You can also enjoy cocktails, craft beer and the contemporary art which are nobly blended together. Highly recommended.
44A Constitution St, EH6 6RS
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Tapa This authentic Spanish restaurant has all the trappings of good tapas – hence the name. They have such a wide selection of delicious morsels from chorizo, jamón ibérico, pinchos de pollo to seafood delicacies like croquetas de arroz negro. The menu also includes their ‘recomendados’ which are the specialities of the restaurant and glimpses into true Spanish food.
19 Shore Pl, EH6 6SW
La Favorita Everyone’s favourite Italian restaurant in Leith for a good reason. They cook all their pizzas in a log-fired oven which not only adds a delicious smoky flavour to the dough, but a special crispiness. They have a fantastic range from traditional to calzones; and their pasta selection is equally mouth-watering. Their wine and dessert menus will ensure you happily stay there for a long time.
325-331 Leith Walk, EH6 8SA
Aurora Modern Eatery
A fine dining experience tucked away in a hidden corner of Leith, Aurora offers a modern twist on European cuisine. The chef likes to experiment with unusual pairings of ingredients and flavours which bring together wonderfully vibrant dishes. Check out their seasonal tasting menus which offer scallops with passion fruit or confit suckling pig with pineapple.
187 Great Junction Street, EH6 5LQ
Heron This brand-new opening brings Scotland back onto the map in Leith. Created by a duo of fantastic chefs who only wish to serve the best local produce around, they are bringing new dishes such as duck with honey and lavender or oyster with wasabi. With a fantastic view of the Shore, this restaurant is an idyllic setting to enjoy delicious, freshly prepared dishes.
87-91 Henderson Street, The Shore, EH6 6ED
Restaurant Martin Wishart A Michelin starred restaurant whose menu is as exquisite as it sounds. Using classic French techniques with Scottish ingredients, Martin Wishart continues to impress with his delicious, specialised dishes. The Tasting menu has a wide variety of opportunities to try something new, and with a Michelin star since 2001, this restaurant will have your taste buds quivering.
54 Shore, EH6 6RA
Campervan Brewery’s Taproom With 10 beers on tap, Campervan’s Taproom Beer Garden showcase Campervan classics alongside the finest of Scotland and the UK’s craft beers, plus a selection of wine, local spirits and soft drinks. The perfect way to start any trip to Leith and a firm favourite from us here at Taste Magazine Scotland!
112 Jane Street, Edinburgh, EH6 5GH
Lost in Leith Bar and Fermentaria The best way to kick off your night is with a craft beer at the Lost in Leith Fermentaria and bar. Campervan Brewery have their own on-site beer barrel-aging process for beer enthusiasts and for those who might prefer wine or spirits, the bar offers a variety of Scottish producers and suppliers. For those who love beer, this is a must try.
82 Commercial Street, EH6 6LX
A firm favourite on Leith’s pub scene, Robbie’s has been here for as long as anyone can remember and continues to be one of the prime spots for regulars, locals and newcomers alike. Robbie’s prides itself on featuring guest beers from Scottish breweries and you may even catch some live music on the weekends if you’re lucky.
367 Leith Walk, EH6 8SE
Another brand-new opening in Leith, Three Marys takes over the spot formerly occupied by Sofi’s, with a nod to Mary Queen of Scots, Mary Magdalene and Mary of Guise. This bar serves locally themed, handcrafted cocktails, craft beer and wine but be sure to order their signature drink: the Bloody Mary.
63-65 Henderson St, EH6 6ED
This game-themed dive bar lights up Leith with its unique interior and quirky furnishings, offering pinball, board games, cocktails, DJs and more. Head here for a fun-filled evening out with some pals and you won’t be disappointed.
180 Leith Walk, EH6 5EA
RoseLeaf Bar Café
This beautiful bar is situated near The Shore and is open all day with a variety of menus, including one for vegans. Be sure to pop along for a coffee or a drink and check out their ‘Beverage Bible’ which provides a fun and useful glossary of Leith slang!
23/24 Sandport Place, EH6 6EW
This bar and restaurant steals the limelight with its perfect location overlooking the Water of Leith: you can even sit on the pontoon! Choose from a variety of local spirits and beers or from a menu which will satiate every appetite from nibbles and deli boards to haggis and Scottish shellfish.
1a & 1c Dock Place EH6 6LU
The Lighthouse Restaurant and Bar, The Fingal
A beautifully crafted menu which highlights the seasonal availability with a focus on Scottish produce, including Perthshire strawberries and Orkney scallops. The Lighthouse is on the Fingal ship situated near the Leith Docks which allows for a truly Scottish atmosphere as you relax and enjoy your meal.
Alexandra Dock, Leith, EH6 7DX
This Asian Fusion restaurant has excellent options on the menu including Khai Soi, the Og Bánh Mai or nibble options such as Wasabi Devilled Eggs. This delectable restaurant near the heart of Leith also has a ‘Five Phases’ Cocktail menu which offers dishes to pair with your drink.
7 Bernard St, EH6 6PW
Chez Mal Brassiere & Bar, Malmaison Hotel
What was once a house of ill repute is now the beautiful Malmaison Hotel which overlooks the Leith docks. The brassiere and bar is a fantastic spot to grab a bite to eat, and their extensive drinks menu, including a dedicated cocktail menu, ensures a pleasant evening.
1 Tower Place, Leith, EH6 7BZ
The original chophouse was opened in Leith, 2015 and since then it has continued to wow residents and tourists alike. Their ‘Off the Coals’ selection of steaks are exceptional as the dry aged beef is hung on site. So kick back and enjoy a sumptuous meal with a glass of fine wine.
102 Constitution Street, EH6 6AW