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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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Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
139 Easter Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QA, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on evening of Friday 5 January. First customers at 5.30pm so had small space to ourselves for some time. Served by the chef who engaged in very interesting conversation about his food philosophy (makes own stock, simplicity is key etc) and italy. We had...More

1  Thank tintoy77
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Following a booking at short notice over the internet during the Christmas break six of us visited Al Dente for an evening meal. We were met with open smiles and shown straight to our table. The restaurant was quite full with just two waiting staff....More

1  Thank Kim516
Reviewed 6 December 2017

second visit here, it's only a small place so it's worth booking. great choice of specials on the board and also a wide choice on the main menu. the food took a little while to arrive but the restaurant was busy and it's freshly cooked...More

Thank Dave W
Reviewed 5 December 2017

Our first visit to Al Dente but it won't be our last. Tucked away in an unlikely spot, it is small and cosy, with an imaginative menu - a nice change from the standard Italian restaurant menu, friendly staff, a hands-on owner, who comes to...More

Thank IHD
Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

Lovely evening with friends. Delicious goats cheese parcel starter and Genovese pasta dish. Husband asked for a seafood risotto instead of the seafood spaghetti not a problem, very accommodating Would return and recommend. Booking required as small restaurant

Thank Plymouth2007
Reviewed 14 November 2017

We were staying nearby and decided to give this restaurant a go on the basis of some previous reviews. Very glad we did. The cannelloni was delicious as was my husband's chicken. Very friendly staff. Not many tables so I advise booking

1  Thank laurade2014
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Excellent service from all staff; friendly, accommodating, attentive and the waitress was very efficient. The Italian chef came to our table to ensure our food was to our satisfaction. Graziano was knowledgable about the menu and offered alternatives to enhance our dinning experience. We will...More

1  Thank Kerry N
Reviewed 15 October 2017

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

1  Thank Val A
lovingtravel32, Owner at Al Dente Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

Dear Madam, I would like to thank you to have taken your time to review my restaurant even though I have to say I have found your review very unfair, extreme, misleading and judgmental. I believe all started when you find out that we had...More

Reviewed 20 September 2017

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

1  Thank C_Gulls68
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

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

1  Thank Dono3000
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Sandra M
22 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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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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