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The Kitchin

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Ratings and reviews

Travellers' Choice Best of the Best


French, European, British, Scottish, Contemporary
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

MICHELIN Guide's Point of View

Chef-owner Tom Kitchin was born and bred in Edinburgh and this smartly converted whisky warehouse provides the perfect setting for his patriotic restau...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
Comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went for lunch Friday 15th October, as we were visiting Edinburgh. We were pleasantly greeted by front of house and showed to our table no. 32. We ordered drinks and food (set menu, 4 course) and asked for water. The server came with the...water and poured some into our glasses. As I picked up my glass to take a sip, I noticed that where my glass had been strategically placed, there was a chip on the table!! It was bang in the middle of the table. I'm in a Michelin restaurant! It should be perfect. Stood out like a sore thumb! For starters we had the beef & snails and the cod ravioli & sm eel. The ravioli was very firm and not soft as expected. I needed my knife to cut it and it also required a little seasoning to bring the dish together. The beef and snails were well cooked and seasoned well. For the mains we both had the mallard duck. Well presented and the server explained our dish and finally poured the sauce onto our plates from a ceramic jug that had a huge chip on the pourer! That should not even be in the kitchen! What a poor standard! The mallard dish was lovely, though the shredded cabbage within the pitivier needed seasoning to make the cabbage sing as it tasted of nothing. Our cheese selection was ok, but was the choice of the server. To finish we both had the chocolate tart to finish. This was nice to finish with, light and fragrant. The ambiance of the restaurant was ok and the music only played now and again when someone remembered to put it on. We also had about 6-7 different servers come to our table for one thing and another, all very good, but were unable to know, who was actually attending our table and who to ask if we needed anything. This was our first time in Edinburgh and this visit/ meal should have been memorable, but it is for the wrong reasons. Sorry Mr T Kitchin it's the little things that make the big things good.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had the taster menu. Loved the fact that everything was l locally sourced. First couple of courses were delightful. Beef did disappoint but the m9nkfish that followed was delightful. The staff were genuinely passionate about the food. Loved the story told by our waiter...Osama about the beetroot dish! I can't wait for our return.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 2 days ago

We both went with the tasting menu and wine pairing. It was an excellent way to explore the best Chef had to offer. I'm not sure if it's the signature dish or not, but we were very pleased to have the scallop served in its...own shell sealed with puff pastry...a true delight for a scallop lover. Thomas Kitchin was on-site and made the rounds. He made us feel very welcome and was pleased to see us Americans again after such a long travel hiatus. The sommelier was also friendly and knowledgeable about the pairings. When my wife mentioned she wasn't a fan of dessert wines for the final course, he quickly replaced the sauternes with champagne.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Overall a lovely afternoon at The Kitchin. This was our second visit and we loved it just as much as we remembered from last time. The amuse-bouche and appetisers were absolutely delicious and stood out despite not technically being on the “set lunch menu”. It’s...a joy to eat at such a cosy and relaxing restaurant with wonderfully attentive staff and chefs who actively explain the components and flavours of each dish as they come out to the table. I was a little disappointed with my main which was poached fish with a crab and sea buckthorn sauce. It lacked any variation in texture and was not our favourite in terms of presentation (see photo), but the flavours were still nice. We would highly recommend The Kitchin as a lovely place to celebration an occasion. Thanks for helping to make our fifth anniversary a fab one!More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 4 days ago

It was worth every penny ! Amazing food and staff ! We will come back as soon as possible. Be aware, book months in advance.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 5 days ago

Given this as a gift last year and finally got to visit !! Lovely relaxed atmosphere and not stuffy at all.The staff....every single one we encountered...were friendly,engaging and knowledgeable....they really looked as if they enjoyed working here and took pride in it.Of course the food...is why anyone goes here as it was a set menu lunch choice is restricted. One disappointment was that there was no vegatarian options and one of us struggled slightly especially with the starters.The Roe deer was gamey and a very large portion. The coley main course was a delight as was the pork.The whole experience was vastly enjoyable and as many reviews mention to have the owner himself be very visible and clearly working hard is a real testament to him.Thanks to everyoneMore

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 6 days ago

On moving to Scotland in June we had promised ourselves a meal in The Kitchin. We had to wait three months for a table and then a 90 minute drive, but the meal was well worth it. I had wagyu beef tartare to start with...and my partner had scallops. The scallops were the best we had ever tasted, while the beef was rich and ever so tasty. The added treat was that Tom Kitchin himself came out to serve the course. Our mains were halibut and hare. The halibut was light and creamy served well with fennel, while the hare was very rich and gamey. Pear on croute with salted caramel sauce, barley and ice cream was a suitable dessert. Not only was the food top notch, but the service and atmosphere were also first rate. Well worth the trip and the wait.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Saw this on remarkable places to eat and had originally booked to visit in March 2020 but a certain pandemic put pay to that. Finally got to visit at the start of October and it was a meal well worth the wait! Food all locally...sourced, beautifully cooked and served by friendly, knowledgeable staff. Really delighted to see Tom K take the time out to serve at least one course at each table, a really nice touch. Whilst all the food was lovely I can highly recommend the loin of roe deer - the taste of which will live long in the memory. Thanks to Tom & his brilliant staff for making it a wonderful occasion.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been to a few Michelin restaurants but I have never been served by the main chef in any of them till we got here! I must say I was star stuck and I was not expecting to see Tom Kitchin during a Wednesday...lunch service! Those staff much me so happy to have their mentor there to guide them and to lear from him. He came across as being such a nice guy! But let's talk food! The scallop was the best I have ever had and was such a nice surprise to have it opened at the table! The amuse bouche had my favourite ever flavours of horseradish and beetroot and I hope we can book again to try those flavours as were really good! And let me tell you about the apple crumble souffle! My god! I was eating it so fast that i was inhaling the powder sugar hahah. I love my banking but I wouldn't dream of baking such a perfect souffle! We are very fortunate for being able to enjoy so many great meals but I would definitely like to return for more reasons than one!More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had our best meal ever, each course was beautiful and so fresh, I could taste every element. My partner had the scallops which were the biggest I have ever seen. Tom brought out our main course which was a lovely touch. All the staff...were great, friendly but not intrusive. The whole evening felt special, classy but not stuffy, and not hurried. Even our pre dinner drinks tasted the best.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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2 October 2021|
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Response from 486cliffs | Reviewed this property |
It's in the hundreds for 2 people for an evening meal with drinks. Whether you think it's expensive or not though depends on the value you place on it. It's a fine dining restaurant so it is towards the more expensive end... More
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4 April 2021|
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If you are asking, you can’t afford it!!
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Yes, The Kitchin is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

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