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Travellers' Choice2023
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PRICE RANGE
R 1 193 - R 4 175
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French, European, British, Scottish, Contemporary
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Housed in the historic Port of Leith, this restaurant has been at the forefront of the Edinburgh dining scene for years. It’s no wonder it’s such a suc...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Superb in every way. We enjoyed a wonderful evening experiencing an array of Scottish produce. The team make you feel so relaxed and we could not fault anything. We will most certainly return!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Weve dined here several times over the years and its either excellent or very average and on this occasion it was sadly the latter. The canape was really odd - it was a large ball of what felt like cold mashed potato, the onion and...cheese topping didnt really come through - an unpleasant mouthful, also quite big which probably didnt help. The beetroot to follow was okay but just pickled beetroot in beetroot juice, simple but hard to eat. Starters - we had an issue with the scallops being under / raw which to be fair they dealt with quickly and fairly, the sweetbreads and langoustine were very good. Mains of Lamb and venison were tasty but nothing out the ordinary, some parts of the dishes were cold - the venison rump and the aubergine which just showed a lack of attention to detail. The rhubarb pre desert was probably the tastiest dish of the night as the deserts were espresso mouse which sounded great but only had the faintest taste of coffee, the doughnuts were the best thing on that one and the souffle had a scrambled egg consistency and was a disappointment. Hard to really pick out something which was great or memorable, even the Buckthorn cocktail was bland and didnt taste of having any alcohol in it. Lots of staff running around, lots of decanting sauces at the table, carving the lamb at the table for show but it all felt a bit style over substance. Over all a bit of a let down.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing atmosphere & amazing food, service was 100%. Would love to go back again one day. Was lovely to spend a special birthday there.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Omg don’t miss this gem of a restaurant my husband is an amazing chef from England and we could not wait to go, we met other chefs dining there as well, every course was a symphony in your mouth, whatever the price pay it!

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took a special trip to visit The Kitchin and it did not disappoint! We've visited numerous Michelin restaurants and this one comes up there towards the top. My husband was obsessed with the burnt butter hollandaise. If he could have licked the plate, he would...have! Everything was delicious, the staff were attentive and service was impeccable. The Yuzu and rhubarb dessert was the best dessert I've ever had. Would go back just for that.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic setting, lovely atmosphere and wait staff were amazing. Went for the tasting menu with the wine pairing and everything was as good as I thought it would be and more

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I and another couple recently dined at The Kitchin in Edinburgh. The restaurant atmosphere was cozy and The Surprise Tasting Menu was diverse and creative. Each of the seven courses was outstanding (including the vegetarian menu) because the flavors were amazing and...the presentation was beautiful. The staff was very knowledgeable and described each dish in detail. We were very pleased that we decided to also include the wine pairing because we enjoyed learning about each and they complimented each dishes perfectly. The only glitch was that the optional cheese course took a lot longer to be served than the previous courses and then the rest of the courses took longer than usual, as well as receiving our bill at the end, and the dinner service ended up taking 5 hours. Regardless, we had an exceptional meal that we thoroughly enjoyed and will never forget.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Upmarket Michelin starred restaurant. Cosy moody setting. Highly professional wait staff. Slightly less attentive as got busier. Delicious food. Extensive wine list. Winter veg starter and chocolate dessert amazing. Even though not mentioned on website there is vegetarian a la carte evening menu although same...pricing as main menu (!). -1 star as one of our party had food poisoning the next morning.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely outstanding in every way. Wonderful service and welcome and the food and presentation was breathtaking. Having Tom Kitchin himself say hello was an extra special touch. Extraordinarily good value. We will definitely return.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 14 January 2024

A bit out of the way but absolutely worth the trip ., Menu as advertised.. offering the best of local produce ..proudly Scottish .. excellent wine list .. great value for a one star restaurant

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 13 January 2024

This is a smart restaurant, serving fabulous food with an atmosphere that is reasonably formal but not at all stuffy. We thought that the food was as good as any we have tasted in similar establishments - and in a couple of instances blew us...away (how can I re-create that bouillabaisse sauce!). These are tough times for restaurants, and whilst this is a pricey night out, we had a really great evening.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 28 December 2023 via mobile

We have been enjoying visits once or twice a year for about 10 years. Last year one of our group was very ill following our meal. The restaurant denied any responsibility but said they hoped we’d return and that we should ‘make ourselves known’. We...really thought we would get particularly good service but were disappointed. As we sat down a waiter appeared with glasses of ‘bubbles’ that the chef had sent us. It may sound churlish but I was disappointed because I always start with a champagne cocktail to mark the occasion and I didn’t feel able to order that because we had the ‘bubbles’. It was an hour before any food appeared and without doubt all of the food was excellent. But I’m afraid to say the shine has gone off this place for us. The service didn’t seem to be at the usual standard. We asked the sommelier to tell us what wine they were matching with the duck but he either didn’t understand or was reluctant to tell us because he kept suggesting wines that were just to expensive for us - even when I said we wanted to spend less. Eventually we agreed to a £72 bottle after rejecting his suggestions that were all nearer or above £100 a bottle. I understand that most of the guests are probably very well off but others (like us) will be going as a special treat and the sommelier should be able to read the situation and offer a lower priced wine without making us feel like skinflints. Anyway to finish the meal we opted for the soufflé and unfortunately my poor friend who had been very ill after our visit last Christmas found a sharp piece of plastic in her desert. She showed it to the waiter who took the plastic to the kitchen and returned to confirm it was part of a plastic pot. It was quite shocking that no one made a proper apology. At one point I caught the eye of the restaurant manager Steven and he came over to speak to me. I reminded him that I’d been in contact with him because my friend had been ill. He said he couldn’t really recollect which is very surprising because we exchanged several detailed emails and I would hope that incidences of guest being ill would be a rare occurrence that would stick in his memory. We told him that another medical friend had suggested that the venison tartare that we suspected had caused the illness should not be eaten by children or elderly people and that it may be a good idea to put that information on the menu. He didn’t seem interested in this. So…although the food was excellent the whole experience was disappointing and I’m sorry to say we won’t be returning.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 27 December 2023 via mobile

We have dined at several Michelin rated restaurants over the years. This is one that really deserves that distinction. The wine, food, service and presentation exceeded our expectations. While it seemed every one around us was enjoying the various tasting menus, we decided to order...a la carte. We each started with the scallop. What a treat! For the main course, we enjoyed the turbot. The sauces for the starter and main were well balanced and complimented but did not overwhelm the scallop and turbot. For dessert, the strawberry sorbet was sensational. The Kitchin is now at the top of my list. We hope to make it back to enjoy the chef’s unique offerings.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 21 December 2023

Every morsel of food was like an explosion of flavours and the wines were paired to perfection! The waiters were so professional and it felt like a truly special experience!

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 16 December 2023

Was picking up guests for a taxi transfer and was not allowed to use the toilet. Did not expect the answer I was given. I thought it was against the law in Scotland to refuse anyone to use the toilet..

Date of visit: December 2023
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The Kitchin is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5