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Craving some Chinese food in Edinburgh tonight? Whether you’re after authentic regional specialties or British-Chinese classics, Edinburgh is a multicultural city with plenty of options. Discover our picks and explore our favourite recommendations for the best Chinese tables to book in Scotland’s capital. This is the Greatbase guide to the best Chinese restaurants in Edinburgh: from the spiciest, most numbing Sichuan flavors, to lemon chicken, Lanzhou noodle soups, hot pot, dim sum and all-you-can-eat Chinese buffets.
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Map of the 16 Best Chinese Restaurants in Edinburgh
There’s something for everyone at this extensive all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet, which sits beside Usher Hall in Edinburgh’s city centre. The high quality selection features a wide range of regional cuisines and includes highlights such as dim sum, egg waffles, puff soup, and a teppanyaki cooking station. China Red was voted Chinese Restaurant of the Year in 2019 by the readers of the Edinburgh Evening News.
China Red is just around the corner from our Cambridge Street and Castle Terrace self-catering holiday accommodation – it’s the perfect place to pop out to, if you’re feeling indecisive about dinner!
Open Monday – Thursday 12:30 – 3:00, 5:00 – 9:30
Friday – Saturday 12:30 – 3:00, 5:00 – 10:00
Sunday 12:30 – 9:30
30 Grindlay St, Edinburgh EH3 9AP
0131 228 8688
Located near Edinburgh Airport and the Edinburgh Zoo, the Chinese Manor House serves an array of Thai, Japanese, and Asian-inspired dishes in addition to its menu of Cantonese specials. Gluten free and vegetarian menus are also available. This is a favourite of locals, and was recommended by Restaurant Guru in 2021.
Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 12:00 – 2:00, 5:30 – 10:00
Friday 12:00 – 2:00, 5:30 – 10:30
Saturday 12:00 – 2:00, 5:00 – 10:30
Sunday 5:00 – 10:00
2 Glasgow Rd, Edinburgh EH12 8HL
0131 334 9545
With a smart dress code and a lavish ceiling of cherry blossoms, Tattu is a more elevated Chinese restaurant in Edinburgh, with sleek decor blending contemporary and traditional designs. The menu features a fusion of old and new cooking methods, with dishes such as Shanghai black cod and Japanese wagyu ribeye.
This is a great place for a date night or a special celebration in Edinburgh – especially if you’re staying nearby at our Edinburgh holiday apartments – Royal Mile Mansion, Albany Street, or Albany Lane.
Open Monday – Wednesday 5:00 – 1:00am
Thursday – Sunday 12:00 – 1:00am
18 W Register St, Edinburgh EH2 2AA
0131 558 1922
Regional Chinese Favourites Food in Edinburgh
This gem is a Greatbase team favorite! Situated near the Meadows and the University of Edinburgh, The Way Taste is an excellent spot for authentic Chinese fare. Sichuan highlights on the menu include griddle cooked chicken with chilli, twice-cooked pork, and spicy shredded potato stir-fry. Braised pork belly and pan-fried baozi also feature.
The Way Taste is a great choice if you’re visiting the university or staying at our Minto Street holiday cottage in Edinburgh.
Open Sunday – Tuesday 11:30 – 8:30
Thursday – Saturday 11:30 – 8:30
65 Clerk St, Newington, Edinburgh EH8 9JQ
0131 241 1273
Classic Chinese Cuisine in Edinburgh’s City Centre – Sichuan House 蜀湘门弟
Located near the National Museum of Scotland in the centre of Old town, this Sichuan restaurant serves large portions of spicy stir fries, rice and noodle mains as well as curries and sweet & sour dishes. Classics include mapo tofu, crispy sliced beef with chili, and fish slices in chili oil.
Monday – Wednesday, Friday – Sunday 11:00 – 10:00
37-39 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL
Made in Hong Kong is a small Chinese restaurant in Edinburgh with a big menu, serving up Cantonese and favourite Chinese combination dishes in addition to the most authentic Hong Kong food in Edinburgh. Sit in or Chinese takeaway specials are available, including sirloin rice, crispy toasts, sweet and sour chicken in Hong Kong style and the chicken stay on bamboo stick.
For a lighter snack, look into the selection of cakes, milk teas and the famous crunchy, golden-brown Hong Kong street food – pineapple bun.
Made in Hong Kong is just around the corner from our charming Edinburgh holiday cottage at Minto Street.
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday 12:00 – 9:00
62 Ratcliffe Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1ST
0131 667 9988
This Tollcross restaurant specializes in northern Chinese street food. Sample ‘jianbing’ breakfast crepes from Beijing and ‘roujiamo’ braised pork flatbread sandwiches from Shaanxi province, alongside a selection of homemade dumplings and other classic Chinese dishes.
Open Monday – Sunday, 12:00 – 2:00, 5:00 – 12:00
37 Home St, Edinburgh EH3 9JP
0131 357 3788
Established in 1956, this is one of Edinburgh’s original Chinese restaurants. Located in the West End of town, set business lunches and a VIP room are available to book. Chefs specialise in Peking and Cantonese cuisine, with dishes such as roast duck with plum sauce and lobster with ginger and spring onion.
Open Tuesday – Thursday 2:00 – 10:00
Friday – Saturday 2:00 – 11:00
Sunday 2:00 – 10:00
10a Queensferry Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PG
0131 225 2023
Dim Sum & Dumplings Restaurants in Edinburgh
This understated restaurant in Leith serves homemade dim sum including cheung fun rice rolls, soup dumplings, har kow shrimp dumplings, siu mai, potstickers, and char siu buns with jasmine tea.
Venture down Leith Walk from our Antigua Street apartment.
Open Monday 12:00 – 9:00, Wednesday – Sunday 12:00 – 9:00
42 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh EH6 8RG
0131 553 7330
An Edinburgh institution with a large dining room, a traditional dim sum menu, and generous portions of Cantonese specials. Visit for brunch on a weekend, and Imperial Palace will be full of extended local families catching up over pots of jasmine tea.
Matthews Foods offers a wide selection of Asian groceries downstairs, and the Water of Leith Walkway is nearby for a nice post-lunch stroll.
Open Monday – Sunday 12:00 – 10:00
36 Inglis Green Rd, Longstone, Edinburgh EH14 2ER
0131 443 6898
Authentic Chinese dumplings are made by hand in the window of this Tollcross restaurant and served in a rainbow of different flavors, alongside griddle pots, seafood dishes, and stir fries. The Northeast-style sweet and sour crispy pork is really something.
One of the best Chinese restaurants in Edinburgh, Dumplings of China is in a great position for those who many want to take a nice walk in the Meadows after your meal. It’s especially convenient for those staying at our Royal Mile Mansion apartment.
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday 12:00 – 3:00, 4:30 – 9:00
60 Home St, Edinburgh EH3 9NA
0131 624 0056
The Best Chinese Restaurants in Edinburgh for Noodles
This upstairs restaurant on Nicholson Street specializes in classic Lanzhou noodle soups, with options for hand-pulled noodles of various widths. Also on the menu are splendidly spicy Chongqing small noodles, as well as chow mein, dumplings, wontons and a large selection of rice, meat, stir fry, stew, and griddle dishes. We enjoy the extra-thin handpulled lamb ribs noodles, as well as the spicy cucumber salad with black fungus and bean curd.
Located on Nicolson Street near the university, Noodles Home is not too far from our Blackfriars Street holiday apartment in the Edinburgh Old Town.
Open Tuesday – Sunday 12:00 – 9:00
14a Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9DH
0131 556 7777
This is an extremely central spot near the St James Quarter and Waverley Station. With 1930s Shanghai-style interior design set in a historic Scottish building, HongFu serves a wide range of regional Chinese cuisines including Dongbei, Sichuan, Cantonese. Handmade dumplings and noodles are also available, along with a vegetarian menu.
Open Monday – Sunday 11:30 – 9:30
3-7 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3BG
0131 556 7597
The Best Chinese Restaurants in Edinburgh for Hot Pot
£18 per person at this hot pot spot near the University of Edinburgh will get you two different broths and all you can eat from a buffet-style selection of meats, seafood, vegetables, and fruits for dessert. Mix your own sauce at the sauce station and cook your own food in your broth of choice.
Hot pot is a wonderful and fun way to share a meal, especially with a group of people. Spend a long evening catching up with family and friends over the bubbling pot, with endless plates of ingredients of your choosing!
Open Monday – Sunday 12:00 – 10:00
41 S Clerk St, Newington, Edinburgh EH8 9NZ
0131 667 6337
Located near Haymarket Station, Xiangbala offers all-you-can-eat meat, seafood, and vegetables, as well as steamed buns, braised lamb short ribs, grilled fish, and an option for unlimited drinks. This is a cosy, authentic spot, and on cold days the delicious aromas often waft temptingly down Dalry Road.
Xiangbala is in a great location for guests staying at William Street Lane, in Edinburgh’s West End and the Jamaica Lane – our 2-storey holiday flat with private garage in Edinburgh New Town.
Open Monday – Sunday 12:00 – 10:30
63 Dalry Rd, Edinburgh EH11 2BZ
0131 313 4408
Choose between hot pot, barbecue, and an extensive regular menu of Chinese and Taiwanese dishes at this restaurant near the university…if that’s not enough, you can do karaoke as well! This is a great spot for a group of friends to visit – especially if you can’t make up your mind about what you want to eat for dinner.
Open Monday – Sunday 12:00 – 10:00
14 Marshall St, Edinburgh EH8 9BU
0131 662 8895