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Al Dente Restaurant

#256 of 1,808 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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139 Easter Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QA, Scotland
+44 131 652 1932
Today
17:30 - 21:00
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Thank Emily M
Edinburgh
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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

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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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, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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?