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French Restaurants In Edinburgh, Scotland - Updated 2020

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Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh is one of the most-visited cities in the UK. The city is replete with historical monuments and buildings such as the Scott Monument, Edinburgh Castle, St Giles’ Cathedral and more, which attract thousands of tourists each year. If you are a thrill seeker, don’t forget to take one of the ghost tours that will take you through some haunted places in the city. A visit to the Edinburgh Zoo is a must if you are traveling with kids. This zoo is the only one in the UK that has a couple of giant pandas. Princes Mall, Cameron Toll and Ocean Terminal are some shopping malls that you can visit in the city. Edinburgh is also famous for its diverse food scene. You can find restaurants serving traditional Scottish, Indian, French, Bangladeshi and more food to satisfy your taste palate. Check out the list of French restaurants where you can sink your teeth in Edinburgh.

1. L'Escargot Bleu Restaurant


L'Escargot Bleu offers traditional and classic French food prepared with local ingredients. Located at a short stroll from Waverley Station, the interiors of this restaurant are similar to the ones found in many restaurants across France. Here, you’ll find dishes prepared with wild Scottish snails, Dexter beef, Highland Wagyu beef and organic lamb. Try the two-course set lunch for GBP12.90 (about USD16.46) or the two-course early dinner option for GBP14.90 (USD18.80).

  1. L'Escargot Bleu Restaurant

L’escargot Bleu

Address: 56 Broughton Street Edinburgh, EH1 3SA

Website: L'Escargot Bleu Restaurant

Average price two: GBP 11 to GBP 25 (USD 13.92 to USD 31.63)

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2. La Garrigue


La Garrigue is located near the famous Royal Mile and a short walk from Waverley Station. The cuisine here is inspired by southern France’s rural Languedoc region. This restaurant features rustic wooden chairs and tables created by Tim Stead. The staff here are well trained to give you the best advice if you are unsure of what to pick from the menu. Apart from great food, La Garrigue also offers a wide selection of wines from the Le Midi region of France.

La Garrigue

Address: 31 Jeffrey Street Edinburgh, EH1 1DH

Website: La Garrigue

Average price for two: GBP 11 to GBP 25 (USD 13.92 to USD 31.63)

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3. Petit Paris


Petit Paris is the perfect place to experience Parisian charm in the heart of Edinburgh. Enjoy delicious French food from the restaurant a la carte menu or the set lunch and pre-theater menus. If the weather is right, you can also sit outside and have food while soaking in some sun. Ask for favorites such as Petit Paris stew of the day or Coq Au Vin. A French meal is not complete with a glass of fine wine and at Petit Paris, you’ll find a wide selection of wines to go with your food.

Petit Paris

Address: 38-40 Grassmarket Edinburgh, EH1 2JU

Website: Petit Paris

Average price for two: GBP 11 to GBP 25 (USD 13.92 to USD 31.63)

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4. Côte Brassiere


This restaurant near the Edinburgh Castle is a great place to enjoy a relaxing brunch or a romantic dinner with your partner. This all-day brasserie serves traditional classics and regional specialties with a modern touch. The floor of this restaurant is divided into smaller sections which creates a cozy atmosphere. Try the two-course set lunch menu for GBP11.50 (about USD14.70) or the three-course set lunch GBP13.50 (about USD17.25). If you are visiting with kids, you can also ask for children’s portion.

Côte Brasserie

Address: 51 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1LH

Website: Côte Brassiere

Average price for two: GBP 11 (USD 13.92)

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5. Chez Jules


Chez Jules in the Edinburgh city center is a great place to enjoy excellent French bistro food at an affordable price. If you are a beef aficionado, don’t forget to try the steak here. The rustic decor, giant blackboards and empty wine bottles with dripping candle wax create a great atmosphere in this restaurant. Chez Jules also serves wine by the glass. The Christmas special menu served in December will make your pocket lighter by GBP15.90 (about USD20.25).

Chez Jules

Address: 109 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH1 4DJ

Website: Chez Jules

Average price for two: GBP 11 to GBP 25 (USD 13.92 to USD 31.63)

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6. Restaurant Martin Wishart


This award-winning restaurant is located in Port of Leith in Edinburgh and it brings modern as well as traditional French cuisine to the locals. Tables decorated with fresh flowers and the cream and mocha color scheme creates the ideal atmosphere for a romantic dinner. Headed by famous chef Martin Wishart, this restaurant sources it’s ingredients locally as well as internationally. A three-course set menu will cost GBP32 (about USD41) per person. The wine menu at this restaurant is carefully selected to go well with the food.

Restaurant Martin Wishart

Address: 54 The Shore Edinburgh, EH6 6RA

Website: Restaurant Martin Wishart

Average price for two: GBP 46 (USD 58)

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7. Cafe St Honore


Nestled in a quiet cobbled street near Princes Street, this French restaurant has a quaint ambiance where you can enjoy a scrumptious dinner. Sample the one-course, two-course or three-course set lunch for GBP10.50, GBP14.50 or GBP18.50 (about USD13.40, USD18.50 or USD23.50). An intimate private dining space, which can accommodate up to 45 people, it is ideal for those who want to host a small party or a family get-together.

Cafe St Honore

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

Website: Cafe St Honore

Average price for two: GBP 46 (USD 58)

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8. Cafe Marlayne


Cafe Marlayne in Thistle Street has a charming artsy decor, which is inspired by typical Parisian restaurants. Located near the Princes Street shopping area, this restaurant serves classic French dishes made with local produce. The menu comprises a wide selection of soups, seafood and meats. Seasonal vegetables and fruits are also served with many of these dishes. Don’t forget to have a look at the dessert menu if you have a sweet tooth. Vanilla and honey cheesecake, coffee Creme brûlée and pannacotta with fruits are some desserts you can sink your teeth in.

Cafe Marlayne

Address: 76 Thistle Street Edinburgh, EH2 1EN

Website: Cafe Marlayne

Average price for two: GBP 11 to GBP 25 (USD 13.92 to USD 31.63)

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9. New Chapter


This upscale restaurant offers a great fine dining experience to guests. Here you can enjoy an array of Modern European and Scottish dishes. Two-course set lunch at this restaurant is available for £16.95 (about $21.6), while you can get the three-course lunch for £21.95 (about $28). The menu is regularly changed but you will always find something for your taste. New Chapter also has a couple of private dining spaces, perfect for small events such as a conference, hen-night, pre-wedding celebration and more.

New Chapter

Address: 18 Eyre Place Edinburgh, EH3 5EP

Website: New Chapter

Average price: GBP 25 to GBP 45 (USD 32.90 to USD $57)

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10. Cafe de la Poste


This French restaurant in Edinburgh serves no fuss, simple food. Whether you order from the a la carte menu or one of the set menus, you will definitely get a good selection of food. Cafe de la Poste also has a nice selection of wines, which you can also order by the glass.

Cafe de la Poste

Address: 41 South Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9NZ

Website: Cafe de la Poste

Average price for two: GBP 19 to GBP 38 (USD 24 to USD 48)

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Enjoy French food in Edinburgh

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You’ll find many French restaurants in Edinburgh serving modern as well as traditional food. These restaurants are scattered across the city and if you have a craving for French food, don’t forget to check out one of the above during your visit to Edinburgh.

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Sumit lived in the UK for 10 years and experienced the hustle and bustle of the urban life. However, the serene Scottish country side is where his heart lies. He is still unable to understand Welsh...Read more

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