Fine Dining Scotland – 12 Listed: Best Restaurants in Scotland

Best Restaurants in Scotland – here are our twelve Fine Dining Scotland restaurant recommendations listed and described for you to visit – throughout mainland Scotland and Islands: Best Restaurants in Scotland

Fine dining Scotland - The Airds Hotel, Port Appin
The Airds Hotel, Port Appin, Scotland
  1. The Witchery, Edinburgh
  2. The Waterside Bistro, East Lothian
  3. The Airds Hotel, Port Appin
  4. Ox & Finch, Glasgow
  5. Etive, Oban, Argyll
  6. Old Pines, Fort William
  7. Inver, Loch Fyne
  8. Kinloch Lodge, Isle of Skye
  9. Three Chimneys, Isle of Skye
  10. Boat House, Isle of Gigha
  11. SEAcroft, Isle of Lewis
  12. The Forveran, Orkney

These restaurants are in addition to Michelin Star restaurants. There’s good news for Glasgow as there are two Michelin star restaurants –  Unalome by Graeme Cheevers was awarded one star and Cail Bruich retained their one star for 2022.

The Witchery, Edinburgh – Fine Dining Scotland – Best Restaurants in Scotland

The Witchery sat nav Address: 352 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NF. Tel:00441312255613

If you’re looking for a romantic meal, a glamourous weekend away, or just afternoon tea in a sumptuous, indulgent and slightly mad venue with theatrical attention to detail – then here’s the place for you – in the heart of Medieval Edinburgh in a 16th-century listed building.

There are two dining rooms: The Witchery – with painted ceilings, dark oak panelling and red leather; plus The Secret Garden with an elegant wall of arched French windows overlooking the hidden terrace – an ideal location for a romantic tryst on a summer’s evening. 

The Waterside Bistro, Haddington, East Lothian – Fine Dining Scotland – Best Restaurants in Scotland

The Waterside Bistro sat nav Address: 1-5 Waterside, Haddington EH41 4AT. Tel:00441620825674

Travel 20 miles east of Edinburgh on the A1 and you’ll find the town delightful town of Haddington with The Waterside Bistro, set by the river and ancient bridge. The nearest rail station is Drem, 4 miles to the north, served by regular Edinburgh to North Berwick trains.

Head Chef Jamie Hamilton and his team of skilled chefs craft seasonal menus, daily specials, dishes for children and homemade desserts.

The Airds Hotel, Port Appin – Fine Dining Scotland – Best Restaurants in Scotland

The Airds Hotel sat nav Address: Port Appin, Loch Linnhe PA38 4D Tel:00441631730236

Helicopters may land in the garden by prior arrangement N 56 33′ 26″ W 5 24′ 44″

Private aircraft: Oban airport is 17 miles (27 km) away via the A828

The Airds is a luxury boutique hotel, with stunning views of Loch Linnhe with its abundance of fresh local ingredients, so some of the best shellfish in the world is right on their doorstep. Their seafood tasting menu is popular as well as Scottish meat and game.

The restaurant is also open for lunch and in fine weather you can enjoy lunch, afternoon tea, or an early evening meal in the garden or the conservatory.

Ox & Finch, Glasgow – Fine Dining Scotland – Best Restaurants in Scotland

Ox & Finch sat nav Address: 920 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G3 7TF. Tel. 01413398627.


Located on the iconic Sauchiehall Street in the Kelvingrove/Finnieston neighbourhood, Ox & Finch is a deservedly very popular trendy, casual restaurant offering creative, contemporary tapas-style dishes. There’s also a great wine list to enjoy and we’ve always received friendly, attentive service.

You’ll find seasonal and ingredient-led menus which combine delicious bold flavours with many international influences. Ox & Finch was awarded the ‘Bib Gourmand’ in The Michelin Guide to Great Britain and Ireland within six months of opening and retains their Bib Gourmand for the 8th consecutive year in the 2022 Guide.

Etive, Oban Harbour – Fine Dining Scotland – Best Restaurants in Scotland

Etive sat nav Address: 43 Stevenson Street, Oban, Argyll, PA34 5NA


Phone 044 (0) 16315 64899Tel:00441631564899

Chef/patron is John McNulty and sommelier/patron David Lapsley complement each other perfectly so you can experience the very best produce and ingredients from across Scotland – the best food and wine in the area.

Old Pines, Fort William – Fine Dining Scotland – Best Restaurants in Scotland

Old Pines sat nav Address: Spean Bridge, Scotland PH34 4EG

A short walk from the Commando Monument, set in seven acres of ancient Scots pine trees, Old Pines is a restaurant and small hotel at Spean Bridge with spectacular views of the Ben Nevis range.

You’ll find a calm and welcoming atmosphere inside the restaurant’s single-storey wooden structure. There were two menus: meat and seafood and a vegetarian menu. You can mix and match from both. Imogen Dalley is the chef and her husband Ken who is at front of house, is a vegetarian.

Inver, Loch Fyne – Fine Dining Scotland – Best Restaurants in Scotland

Inver, Loch Fyne sat nav Address: Stracthlachlan, Strachur PA27 8BU, Scotland.

Tel 01369 860537 Tel:01369 860537Tel:01369860537

An ideal rural retreat for couples or groups of foodie friends, set on the banks of Loch Fyne, next to Old Castle Lachlan, you’ll find this internationally acknowledged restaurant with spectacular views and interior design features by local artisans.

Their four bothies (modernist cabins) are designed for guests who travel substantial distances to dine and are best for one- or two-night stays.

The restaurant has a stripped-back farmhouse look. Inver is one of the best restaurants in Scotland, but this isn’t ‘fine dining’ as you may know it. There are many foraged ever-changing options seasonal options.

There are a variety of breakfast choices to be ordered and delivered to your bothy. Try their superb Scottish croissant – a bacon fat rowie.

Kinloch Lodge, Isle of Skye – Fine Dining Scotland – Best Restaurants in Scotland

Kinloch Lodge sat nav Address: A851, Sleat, Isle of Skye IV43 8QY

Tel: 01471 833333

The location is spectacular – Kinloch Lodge lies just over 10 miles from the Skye Bridge on the southern shores of Skye at the head of Loch na Dal, in the Sound of Sleat. You have a view of Loch na Dal from all the bedrooms and suites, all of which have recently been refurbished.

Head chef Jordan Webb’s emphasis is on ultra-local produce such as scallops, mussels, langoustines, venison with fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs from the Kinloch’s own kitchen garden.

Kinloch Lodge is family-friendly – there’s also an all-day food menu including splendid sandwiches, venison stews, delicious cakes. You can choose to eat al fresco beside the fire pit looking over the loch.

Cooked breakfast options include locally smoked salmon with scrambled eggs on granary toast, and a magnificent grill with Isle of Skye black pudding.

Three Chimneys, Isle of Skye – Fine Dining Scotland – Best Restaurants in Scotland

Three Chimneys sat nav Address: Colbost, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, IV55 8ZT



Three Chimneys is an internationally renowned Scottish restaurant, with chef Scott Davies at the helm, and 5-star accommodation with two-person bathtubs.

Choose from a three-course à la carte menu for £65, or £90 for the Skye Showcase Menu or for £110 opt for the ‘Kitchen Table’ to be in the heart of the action.

Double rooms are from £345 (lower winter break rates available). Breakfast and afternoon tea included.

Boat House, Isle of Gigha – Fine Dining Scotland – Best Restaurants in Scotland

Boat House, Isle of Gigha sat nav Address: The Boathouse, Isle of Gigha, PA41 7AG

Phone: 0044(0)1583 505123Tel:00441583505123


Located in a 300-year-old rustic boathouse on a small community-owned island, overlooking the water. Menus cater for all, focusing on fresh seafood and local meats.

The Boat House is on the shores of Ardminish Bay on the Mull of Kintyre. It’s a popular stopping point for boats who are sailing on Mull as they can use moorings and jetty.

You can dine inside the rustic Boathouse; on a table on the beach, or on their heated decking area – with views of the Kintyre Sound.

SEAcroft, Isle of Lewis – Fine Dining Scotland – Best Restaurants in Scotland

SEAcroft, Isle of Lewis sat nav Address: 3A Aird, Aird Uig, Timsgarry, Isle of Lewis HS2 9JA

Phone: 0044(0)1851 672753Tel:00441851672753


Sarah and Andrew are your hosts and provide great food at their elegant B&B that also has “seapod” accommodation. Dogs are allowed. Sarah is front of house and Andrew cooks. Each room has a view of the Atlantic Ocean.

All meals are freshly prepared and must be pre-booked by 10am – Andrew focuses on fresh succulent seafood and meat including local hand-dived scallops, salmon, halibut, mussels, whole lobster, langoustine, venison, steak, black face lamb and Stornoway black pudding.

Andrew also prepares delicious take out lunches upon request.

The Forveran, Orkney – Fine Dining Scotland – Best Restaurants in Scotland

The Forveran sat nav Address: Kirkwall, St Ola, Orkney KW15 1SF

Tel: 0044 1856 872389 Tel:00441856872389


The Forevan is a restaurant with rooms. Paul Doull is recognized as one of Orkney’s top chefs – his menu focuses on local beef, lamb and seafood, cheese, vegetables. North Ronaldsay mutton The Forevan Mutton and lamb get their wonderful texture and flavour from the seaweed the sheep graze on the rugged island shoreline.

Forveran bake their own bread daily including a traditional bannock flat bread (bere bunno) using stone-ground bere meal flour.

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