Restaurant Martin Wishart

French, Scottish, Vegan, Vegetarian·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Restaurant Martin Wishart

Silver Award

Chef and well-respected restaurateur Martin Wishart has held a Michelin star here since 2001, and standards remain sky-high at his suave flagship restaurant on Leith waterfront. Thick pile carpets, stripped pine panelling and mellow colour schemes create a mood of suave sophistication, while Wishart’s cooking takes account of Scottish produce – although his seasonally changing repertoire bears all the hallmarks of rarefied and refined French technique. You could open your account by ordering ravioli of snails with Shetland mussels, Ayrshire wild leeks, garlic shoots and white onion velouté, before tackling braised veal cheek with a fricassee of peas, morels and broad beans. After that, a dessert of brown butter pannacotta with blackcurrant crémeux and Granny Smith granita might beckon. There are also two tasting menus (including a veggie version featuring the likes of basil gnocchi with sprouting broccoli, monk’s beard, celeriac and Parmesan), while the superlative wine list offers some fine food-matching possibilities. Some readers applaud the “flawless attention to detail” and the service from “friendly French-speaking staff”, while others point out that lunch is “excellent value for money”.

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Average Price
££££ - Over £80
French, Scottish, Vegan, Vegetarian
Cosy, Fine dining, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Romantic
One Michelin star
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions


Martin Wishart is an Edinburgh born chef who has honed his talent when training under such renowned chefs such as Alnert Roux and Marco Pierre White, that he has established himself as one of the most respected chefs in the country. Wishart worked in kitchens from a teen, and although he initially never planned to become a chef, he fell in love with the industry and is now well established as a multi award winning chef and restaurateur.

Wishart is exceptionally proud of his Scottish heritage and loves to focus on the very best ingredients he can source, saying that “the langoustines, scallops, crabs and lobsters always come live into my restaurant. I am very passionate about Scottish produce and use it as much as I can.” He was on the search for nearly seven years before he found the perfect property for his first restaurant in Leith, and has a great entrepreneurial attitude, these days owning three restaurants, a cook school and outside catering opportunities.

For lunch, try the three or four course option beginning with a gratin of white asparagus starter with smoked salmon and a poached hens egg, or the broccoli ravioli with smoked almond crumb and red pepper veloute. Your main course may be the Tweed Valley aged sirloin with braised short rib, black pudding and Roscoff onion, or the roasted halibut and pig's trotter.

Dessert includes the cherry beer baba with pistachio cream and sorbet, and there are additional options of a cheese board and coffee with petit fours. The tasting menu is vague, and leaves much to be discovered, just like many others. To start, you'll enjoy flavours of wild garlic and onion, before a ceviche of halibut with mango and passion fruit and Orkney scallops with vadouvan spice with squash, walnut pesto, sauternes and curry veloute. For dessert there is a pairing of gariguette strawberry with yoghurt mousse and pink peppercorn glass.


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Restaurant Martin Wishart has one Michelin star.

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54 The Shore, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6RA

0131 553 3557 0131 553 3557


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 12:00-13:30
Thu 12:00-13:30
Fri 12:00-14:00
Sat 12:00-13:30
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 18:30-21:00
Thu 18:30-22:30
Fri 18:30-22:30
Sat 18:30-22:30
Sun Closed


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5 Reviews 

Alexander S

01 June 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4

Colin C

04 April 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4
Continued enjoyment

From arrival to departure the staff were cordial and attentive, made to feel at home and nothing was a problem.

Food as ever flavoursome and beautifully presented, with a concise description of what was in front of us. Drinks and wines complemented the food..As ever a delightful experience.


John P

03 December 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5

Marjory R

18 September 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5


21 March 2018  
Excellent food, daily specials and fresh fish, gluten free cakes, lovely young (trained) staff. Delightful views of The Fleet, webcams on rare bird nests.
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