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Al Dente Restaurant

#256 of 1,784 Restaurants in Edinburgh
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139 Easter Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QA, Scotland
+44 131 652 1932
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10:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here whilst on a weekend away with my boyfriend, the restaurant is so cute the food was out of this world so tasty. The staff were lovely and friendly. Would defiantly go again. GET THE CHICKEN!

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Thank Emily M
Edinburgh
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food here is beautiful authentic Italian. The service is good and the waiter is warm and knowledgeable. He is very informative about the menu. It's a small and very relaxed restaurant, with the quality of food being very high. The fresh pasta is lovely. The cheese for desert was a tasty selection and washed down with a complimentary Limoncello.... More 

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Thank muzzyg34
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sir Grazziano is one of the BEST host I've ever encountered. Very friendly and cultural. Loved all the dishes from entry to desert. The prices are very reasonable due to the great quality. Left the place with a full stomach and a happy mind. Nothing can go wrong with Al Dente 10/5 stars

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Thank Le T
Dingwall, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food here is lovely and the service is good. A little different from the standard Italian and quite a bit of variety from the sprecials board. The only slight gripe I would have is that the portion of lasagne was very small for the price and although our 11 year old said it was fine - he left nothing... More 

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Thank Karen F
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I had a lovely meal here last night. We would definitely recommend and hope to return.

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Thank Clarabelle355
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great selection of Italian dishes - we ate off the superb 'Specials' menu: beetroot gnocci, pumpkin and gorgonzola tart; seabass on a red pepper mayonnaise - all beautifully presented and bursting with flavour. We were warmly welcomed and enjoyed the friendly ambience. We'll certainly be back.

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Thank Angeli M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Great authentic italian food at this restaurant. Good selection of italian dishes and pasta and Loved the introduction of the new specials all of which are reasonably priced. Owner is really friendly and welcoming too.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Our experience was very positive with an interesting menu with well cooked and presented dishes. The waiter was very welcoming, polite and served the food with a degree of humour.

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Thank robertbruce45
York, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

My brother has eaten at Al Dente before so when a group of 11 of us were all travelling to Edinburgh for my brother's 50th birthday celebrations he booked this restaurant for our first evening. All he told me was that it was a 'proper Italian'! Prior to our date at the restaurant I contacted Graziano and we agreed on... More 

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Thank JaneyYork_England
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Really disappointed by this restaurant as had read good things about it but in reality it disappointed on many fronts. It took ages to get our drinks orders taken, ages to have our food orders taken, ages for the drinks to arrive and when no food had arrived after over an hour I suggested they could provide some bread or... More 

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lovingtravel32, General Manager at Al Dente Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear customer, Thank you for your review. Your lady friend who you dined with that evening has also posted a negative review For those customers who are reading this review please read the one directly below as both reviewers were at the same table that evening. According to your friend's review the food and service was correct so I find... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$32
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean, European, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Tuesday
10:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 22:00
Thursday
10:00 - 22:00
Friday
10:00 - 22:00
Saturday
10:00 - 22:00
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?