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bar italia

#103 of 1,806 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
West End
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100 Lothian Road | Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH3 9BE, Scotland
+44 131 228 6379
Today
12:00 - 12:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 12:00
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Bar Italia has been an "institution" on Lothian Road for many a year. It's still a great place to visit. We recently went there after a visit to the theatre. As ever, there was a warm friendly welcome and the service throughout our visit (dealing with 8 of us) couldn't be faulted. I opted for the seafood risotto. It was... More 

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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Was looking for some traditional Scottish food but wasn't able and was hungry. Decided to try this restaurant, and so glad I did. Simply the best Italian food I've had since I visited Italy! Not a the best picture of my main, but everything was stunning. From starter through to desert, but my main was fantastic, seafood pasta with squid... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was very tasty but I am very impressed with the service! Thanks for the wonderful experience

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Jedburgh, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have visited this Italian a few time and always liked it but after this visit I don't think I will be back. The food was very disappointing and bland I had a fillet steak for my main which was very tough and hard to chew. My partner didn't enjoy either of his courses he said both were tasteless and... More 

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Praiano, Italy
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been in Edinburgh for the NYE. I am from the southern Italy, Amalfi Coast and I am really fussy on food. I never choose Italian restaurant abroad as I do not really trust them, but this on, I understood from outside that was something else that is why I had to check. I enter the restaurant and it... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Proper traditional Italian restaurant (with real Italians actually eating there...always a good sign) serving proper traditional Italian food. Really enjoyed it and was incredibly impressed by the 'older' lady who was banging out the hand made pizzas immediately behind our table - she REALLY worked hard and the food was delish. Having previously opted for another Edinburgh 'institution' (another Italian... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been since and still rated it highly. Visited on 1 January, restaurant has been given a slight overhaul. I did not like getting my meal in a plate which had a round deepish middle bit, pasta seemed to be stuffed into it. It really put me off. the people at thenext table, which was almost connected to ours, had... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

having been before and found it good , we booked here as it is very handy for the theatre.THe garlic bread was very poor, devoid of garlic and butter. most of the meal was pretty good, its very hard to get pasta wrong!!! It was very busy as expected being close to the theatre but tables were very close together... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We dined here on 29th Dec and again on the 1st Jan 2017 as the food was superb. The atmosphere was brilliant and took us back to the experiences we had whilst travelling in Italy. It felt homely, rustic and very welcoming. The decor and murals add to the Italian ambiance.The staff are excellent especially Guiliana who looked after us... More 

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West Wemyss, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited on 30th of December for a pre concert meal, they were fully booked but managed to squeeze us in for an hour. I had the spaghetti carbonara and my companion had the mushroom risotto which I have to say was one of the best risottos I have ever tasted. My carbonara hit the spot and the serving size was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$33 - US$41
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Delivery
Good for
Romantic, Cheap Eats, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 12:00
Monday
12:00 - 12:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 12:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 12:00
Thursday
12:00 - 12:00
Friday
12:00 - 12:00
Saturday
12:00 - 12:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 Lothian Road | Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH3 9BE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +44 131 228 6379

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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West End
Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in industrial Britain had their most desirable neighbourhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes. Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along the district’s busy main roads. Lothian Road connects to southern Edinburgh and harbors a vague entertainment district: three theatres and the city’s main indie cinema. All attract a select crowd, the sort who appreciate the Saturday Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market around the corner. The West End’s other great thoroughfare, Shandwick Place, is dominated by trams trundling out to the suburbs and airport, and shoppers picking up last-minute items before hopping aboard.
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