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Al Dente Restaurant

139 Easter Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QA, Scotland
+44 131 652 1932
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good19%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
139 Easter Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QA, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband and I had dinner here last night. We we're really looking forward to it after reading reviews and seeing the online menu. We traveled a 60 mile round trip to try this place. Firstly the menu was limited and not as advertised as...More

Thank Val A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just dropped my son and his girlfriend off to university... Needed a great meal and nice setting to enjoy some time together and say good bye... Service was superb, loved the passion and attention to detail from the chef and could not fault the experience.....More

Thank C_Gulls68
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great little restaurant, correct prices, and pasta cooked just the way it should: "al dente". Very friendly staff

Thank Dono3000
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Just visited this lovely little authentic Italian restaurant to celebrate my daughter and her boyfriend's birthdays. What a treat! It's run by Italians and the food was really lovely and very reasonably priced. Great atmosphere- we will be back!

Thank crisr
Reviewed 30 August 2017

We had travelled up to Edinburgh to attend the Tattoo and visit various Fringe events. We had a brilliant time and on our last night went to "Al Dente" with our Edinburgh friends. We were bowled over by the welcome, the humour, and, in particular...More

Thank Gervase A
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Absolutely authentic Italian, completely staffed by Italians, and usually full of Italians. The menu is limited, as it should be, to what they do very well, so it's just a few antipasti, pastas, a few special secondi piatti on the board, and desserts. Wine list...More

1  Thank EricDecorum
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend and I found this restaurant on our last night in Edinburgh and were looking for a casual but nice place to eat. The food and customer service were amazing and the panna cotta was if not the, then one of the best panna...More

1  Thank Bec S
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

This place was quite quiet when we went for lunch, which amazed me, because the food was outstanding. The waiter was also the chef - he was incredible! He managed to do two jobs at once, and excel in both. Incredible value, the most beautiful...More

Thank Bauchope
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Perfect. Just off the beaten path, excellent food and service. Highly recommended for delicious Puglia style Italian cuisine.

Thank bosevelt
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

An unpretentious and delightful place, simply laid out and with a small but very enticing menu. I had calamari, beautifully prepared followed by veal with Parma ham rounded off by a delicious parfait all in all a great meal and reasonably priced. Well worth a...More

Thank q_billy
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Sandra M
23 August 2015|
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Hallo, I have just seen you message therefore I am sorry if I couldn't have answered earlier. The restaurant closes at 10 pm and the last sitting is
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$33
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 139 Easter Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Leith
  • Neighbourhood: Leith
  • Phone Number: +44 131 652 1932
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Secreted away on one of the quieter stretches of Easter Road is a sparkling jewel of Italian dining – Al Dente is quite simply glorious. The walls are covered with pictures of Italian movie stars and picturesque vistas and these evocative images, along with the tiled floor and simple wooden tables, imbue Al Dente with the earthy simplicity of old Italy. But do not be fooled by this rustic interior or the attractively affordable prices; this restaurant offers the finest food and the friendliest service. A roast pepper overflows with fat grains of arborio rice, subtle but vibrant flavours elevating homely fare to five-star standards. A similar trick is played with immaculately presented mains such as porcini mushroom risotto and chicken breast stuffed with asparagus and parmesan. The set lunch is fantastic value; that diners can enjoy two courses of locally sourced, seasonal food, beautifully cooked for only £7.50 seems almost preposterous, if wonderfully so.High point: Beautiful, affordable foodLow point: The shop front is not as welcoming as the staff within
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