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Al Dente Restaurant

#249 of 1,824 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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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a joyous and delicious find on Easter Road! We loved the intimate nature of this neighbourhood restaurant: it has a the air of a small, utterly welcoming, family Italian restaurant, while providing a menu sophisticated in its appeal, and affordable in price. The menu, however, doesn't reveal all its secrets. when we asked for the gnocchi, it was revealed... More 

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Perth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked this restaurant as it was close to where I was staying with my family in Edinburgh for a pre-theatre meal. Included in my party was my daughter who requires a gluten free menu and my 81 year old Mum who gets very anxious. I checked with the restaurant before we went whether they could accommodate a gluten free... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An authentic Italian restaurant in Leith! We had amazing pastas, one of which was homemade and delicious wine. Service was fantastic. Overall, a great experience. Would definitely recommend and come back!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very good meal, washed down with a nice wine. Not an Expensive restaurant. 10-15 mins walk from Princes Street

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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Fantastic authentic food served in a cosy friendly atmosphere. Graziano is a great host and definitely goes the extra mile to ensure you're looked after. The Amaretto Parfait was superb!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

We went before the street party for hogmanay. Graziano is a perfect host which adds to the whole experience. The food was lovely for both meat and non meat eaters. There are home made specials as well as the main menu. If you are in Edinburgh go to this restaurant as you won't be disappointed

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

We came here on hogmanay for an early meal before the bells - it was fantastic! The food was delicious, and our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable.

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Rome, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

The restaurant is small but cozy! The waiter was friendly and he did his best to make our dinner run smoothly! However it was not the only thing we appreciated, the food was great and tasty as it would be in Italy. It serve real italian food with no adaptation of the scottish cuisine!! We have a great dinner and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 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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Edinburgh
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 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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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$12 - US$31
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean, European, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?