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#522 of 1,831 Restaurants in Edinburgh
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262 Portobello High Street, Edinburgh EH15 2AT, Scotland
+44 131 669 7711
Sun 12:30 - 21:00
Mon 12:00 - 22:00
Wed - Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really pleasant atmosphere on a Saturday lunch time - good service but never felt hurried. Food was delicious. We had a mix of adults and children in our group - ten people altogether - everyone was well looked after and found something they liked on the menu. The seating area isn't huge and it was quite busy, so it's probably... More 

Thank Kirstin M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We go to Spain often and love tapas. We have never eaten tapas like this! The olive bread was lumps of dough. Garlic prawns £8.50 for 5. Crispy haddock full of bones, garlic chicken was not good quality, lumps of chewy whatever. My husband will eat almost anything but did not like the meal at all. To sum up, not... More 

Thank Bluelalka
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I, my husband and our Mum’s dined at Malvarosa on Mother’s Day, as always the food was delicious and the bill really reasonable. We had the various different breads, Potato Brava’s, Chorizo, Chicken and a couple of sharing boards with vegetables, meatballs etc. We really love the food here. The service however wasn’t what we’ve come to expect. We didn’t... More 

Thank Lauren J
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tapas were ok. Prices are expensive for what you get. Service slow considering they have 5-6 tables: 20 minutes to bring a salad and some cheese is too much. The escalibada was poor at best (chef, you need to peel the peppers after you roast them). The calamari wasn't freshly cooked,( they came with a very hot lemon...reheated in microwave?).... More 

1 Thank Javi E
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

We have lived in Porty for 13 years and shamefully had never managed to get ourselves along to Malvarosa. Sorted now though! We had a lovely evening, meatballs the best I've had. The menu felt a little limited initially but actually it was all very tasty, fresh and well-prepared. The services was friendly and prompt. The space is small but... More 

Thank Julia M
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Stopped in as my partner was craving tapas. Small, quiet restaurant with good food. We had chorizo, squid, meatballs, and potatoes and all were made quickly and tasted great. We were apologised to for the kids running around, the owner's family was visiting, but to be honest they were well behaved and didn't detract at all from the meal. We... More 

Thank Tim L
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016

After reading good reviews on trip advisor we decided to try Malvarosa for dinner. We ordered 3 tapas each. Portions were very tiny and overpriced. Everything was literally swimming in oil. 'Crispy' haddock was far from crispy & chicken bites were full of fat, not chicken breast meat. The only acceptable dish were prawns but considering their prices you really... More 

1 Thank 30elisa
Edinburg, Texas
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016

Been here loads of times by far the best eatery in portobello , doesnt vary menu much but stuff on menu very good

Thank Baltha Z
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

A reliable local restaurant. Informal and relaxed friendly atmosphere, and tasty food. Very reasonably priced for Edinburgh. A small menu, but sufficient and dependable

Thank idmurphy2016
Exeter, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

We came by this restaurant on sunday evening by chance while we were in the area. We had a sharing platter between 2 which had a selection of delious traditional authentic Spanish tapas and an extra dish with a Scottish twist. The waiter was really helpful and welcoming. Hardly ever write a review but this meal was worth writing about.

Thank jen8882

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 262 Portobello High Street, Edinburgh EH15 2AT, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh
  • Phone Number: +44 131 669 7711
Friendly neighbourhood restaurant, serving delicious authentic tapas, paellas, sharing-boards,traditional homemade cakes and regional wines.
Our selection of homemade breads are baked here every morning in the premises - you can even order them to enjoy at home, as with all our dishes.

We are happy to organise group bookings, at-home 'tapas parties' and open-air paellas!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?