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Al Dente Restaurant

#265 of 1,812 Restaurants in Edinburgh
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139 Easter Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QA, Scotland
+44 131 652 1932
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Sunday
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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Derby, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

had dinner here on a Friday evening with my brother who lives nearby, but hadn't been before. It's only a small place so it's probably worth booking especially at the weekend. Was impressed with the food, it's what I would call authentic Italian food, much better than what you get in the chain restaurants. had homemade ravioli which was good,... More 

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Thank Dave W
Simsbury, Connecticut
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had dinner tonight at AlDente. We were greeted warmly, received great service and the food was fantastic. Very reasonably priced with a good selection on the menu plus several specials. This was our favorite dinner in Edinburgh. The restaurant is a bit outside of the tourist area but well worth the trip. We would definitely eat here again.

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1 Thank jwarren5573
Brookline, Massachusetts
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432 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I clearly differ from most reviewers, and I'll share our experience. We arrived on a Wednesday night about 6:45 pm with a reservation. We were the only peeps in the restaurant until around 8:00, just before we left, when two women arrived. It was not cozy or particularly comfortable. Service was great, but then why wouldn't it be? My husband... More 

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Thank Nancy2005
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant was a great place to eat, after a long drive to Glasgow. On a flying visit we wanted some quick food near our hotel. Well, we found excellent food, great service, at a more than acceptable price. Thanks for a great meal.

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1 Thank StephenMcletchie
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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436 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited last minute for a meal based on trip advisor reviews. We were not disappointed. The service was very friendly and the owner even took time to say hello and have a chat towards the end. The food was exceptionally good and all washed down with a good bottle of wine. Overall a lovely evening and will definitely be back.... More 

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1 Thank Joe B
Seghill, England, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Al Dente is a small, intimate restaurant on Easter Road not too far from Princes Street. It only holds about 24 persons maximum and it has a nice ambiance, reminiscent of those you find in Italy. The owner, Graziano makes you very welcome and the food is excellent and the menu varied. If you want a nice, quiet dinner in... More 

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1 Thank Bryan G
Italy
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner to Al Dente's in April 2017 and I have to admit it was a pleasant surprise. We tried some mixed starters, spaghetti alla carbonara and gnocchi alla sorrentina. The quality of the pasta is really high as the ingredients they used. Staff is also friendly and kind. I suggest to visit this place and to make a... More 

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1 Thank ThePirate87
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Friendly service,pleasant atmosphere and a first rate imaginative menu. Highly recommended and well worth the walk up Easter Road.

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1 Thank 345Ellie
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

I have lived around the corner from this wee place for 3 years and never been. Not because it seemed uninviting but because we always go to town or to the shore for food. That being said, I visited with my wife, my daughter and my parents tonight. The owner Gratziano was amazing from the word go and made us... More 

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Thank Jamie J
2 reviews
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Dropped on this little gem last week. Good food that tasted great. we will certainly be going back soon.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$13 - US$32
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
12:00 - 21:00
Saturday
12:00 - 21:00
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
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?