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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” (23 reviews)
“rabbit” (11 reviews)
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Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
139 Easter Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QA, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We dined at Al Dente restaurant because it was within walking distance to our vrbo apt. 6/8/18. We did not have a reservation and waited 50 minutes in the cooool air on the sidewalk! It was well worth the wait. The restaurant only seated 26...More

1  Thank Prudence002
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came across the Al Dente restaurant as we were strolling around to find some where to eat. And what a find! We enjoyed delicious bruschetta followed by the best carbonara I have ever eaten! And the tiramisu - worth every single calorie.

Thank TimTamTillie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our only regret in going to Al Dente was that we discovered it so late in our visit to Edinburgh. A passionate, skillful Italian chef is making magic in this little 24-seat bistro in Leith. He explained that he keeps the menu small and makes...More

Thank Suzymobile47
Reviewed 1 week ago

The best meal out I have had in many years, would go again when back in Edinburgh. The carbonara was amazing and I was the best pasta dish I have eaten in a long time. You have to go here to try the food when...More

Thank Leila B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent restaurant. Superb Italian food, beautifully served; very friendly staff. The best Italian food this side of Italy. A place and a cuisine to savour

Thank David S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The service was excellent from booking through to the day. The food was full of flavour and delicious. There was 13 of us and we were looked after. Thank you we would highly recommend.

Thank caroline k
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just had a meal here with 11friends and I must say the food and service was fantastic.Nothing was too much for the staff, who were really accommodating.we had two other friends turn up and they made room for them.The carbonara was the nicest I have...More

Thank Rob M
Reviewed 22 April 2018

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 20 April 2018 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 8 April 2018 via mobile

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

Thank cmcdill
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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$13 - US$33
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
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
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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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