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Al Dente Restaurant

139 Easter Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QA, Scotland
+44 131 652 1932
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“pasta” (54 reviews)
“tiramisu” (22 reviews)
“rabbit” (11 reviews)
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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

This wee restaurant is a real gem of a place on Easter Road. The staff are attentive and enthusiastic about their menu. They gave some background info on the dishes' origins. I'd highly recommend this to all!

Thank kitkatchunky99
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Fantastic little gem on Easter road. Lush, authentic and quality food, and there is always a story behind the menu. Don't miss out.

Thank lauracr0w
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A quaint restaurant with a welcoming staff and delicious food! The tiramisu was awesome. Asparagus in phyllo~Divine!

Thank cmcdill
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had the spinach and ricotta Cannelloni, and I can’t recommend it more. It was freshly made and absolutely delicious. The chief is a culinary artist! The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly, and the staff lovely. Will definitely come back.

Thank Hayley J
Reviewed 22 March 2018

'Al Dente' refers to a perfectly cooked pasta - appropriate as the chef here is an artist, from carbonara to spaghetti. Chunky sameness of globally branded pasta restaurant chains (no names need mentioning!) is displaced here by local subtle taste stimulating menu. Service is attentive,...More

Thank SungeiSarawak
Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

We keep coming back - we've returned enough times that the people that run the restaurant recognise us, and it really adds to the cosy, welcoming atmosphere. Best lasagne in Edinburgh, IMO, although tonight I finally tried one of the specials - the rabbit medallion...More

Thank HaggisFan
Reviewed 6 March 2018

The best, most authentic, unpretentious, friendly Italian restaurant in Edinburgh. Across the board the food is always delicate and delicious. Not just a meal but a relaxing, warming evening out where everyone is made to feel as if they belong. The passion of the chef...More

Thank 33craig
Reviewed 5 March 2018

turned up for our booking at 5.30pm only to find the place closed. the weather had been dreadful but no email, no phone call, nothing to let us know and this was a pre theatre dinner. phoned to make sure and gentleman answered saying everyone...More

Thank kmc8955312
Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately tonight the tables weren’t all occupied because this lovely little restaurant deserves a full house. Beetroot and Marscapone ravioli in half portions to start and dishes from the chalk board were a delight. Rabbit not on tonight, it got away this time. Italian chef...More

Thank Francestrainer
Reviewed 25 February 2018

This is a great place, a hidden gem on Easter Road. Strongly recommended for pre-theatre or evening meal. Unpretentious, real Italian food. The chef and host makes some great pasta variations. Good wine selection. We spent a very relaxing evening working our way through chef's...More

Thank KingKongScotland
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Sandra M
23 August 2015|
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Response from lovingtravel32 | Property representative |
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$14 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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
  • E-mail
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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