Ondine Oyster & Grill receives coveted 'Best Restaurant in Scotland' Award

The iconic seafood restuaraunt in Edinburgh's Old Town has recently been refurbished, emulating the look and feel of a ship at sea.


Ondine Oyster & Grill in Edinburgh have been awarded the ‘Best Restaurant in Scotland’ and listed in the Top 100 UK restaurants at The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards, at The Stratford Hotel in London at the annual summer celebration.


Specialising in seafood and shellfish, Ondine Oyster & Grill was the only restaurant in Edinburgh to be featured on the Top 100 list which acts as the definitive guide to the best restaurants in the UK.


The restaurant, alongside featuring on the Top 100 list, also received the highly coveted ‘Best Restaurant in Scotland’ special award.



Judged by an elite panel of chefs, restaurateurs and food writers from across the UK, The National Restaurant Awards are organized by Restaurant Magazine. First launched in 2007, the awards aim to showcase the very best of the UK dining scene.


Beloved for their seafood and shellfish, Ondine Oyster & Grill was launched in Edinburgh’s Old Town by Owner and Chef Roy Brett back in 2009 and has since become an institution. The restaurant recently re-opened its doors following a complete redesign of the building, which emulates the look and feel of a ship at sea.



The exterior is currently fully covered in scaffolding and out of their control which will be in place until at least early next year, which has forced the restaurant to change its entire appearance.



Following its modernization, Ondine who are very well known for their Scottish seafood will also now have a stronger focus on meat thanks to the addition of a brand new robata grill – cooking over hot charcoal on an open fireplace which intensifies the flavour and adds a different texture to the meat and fish. As more meat is slowly introduced to the menu, the name of the restaurant has also been adapted accordingly to ‘Ondine Oyster & Grill’.


Chef and Owner, Roy Brett said: “We as a team are absolutely delighted to not only feature in the Top 100 UK restaurants but also be awarded the ‘Best Restaurant in Scotland’. Following the last year of lockdown and the pandemic as well as external scaffolding covering the entire restaurant, which is out of our control, we are thrilled to celebrate Ondine Oyster & Grill as a team and to continue doing what we love.”


“Following our re-opening, I said we maybe can’t control what is happening outside the restaurant, but we can control what is happening inside which remains true, more than ever. Together as a team, we will continue to strive to do what we do best.”

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