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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” (56 reviews)
“tiramisu” (29 reviews)
“rabbit” (12 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 5 December 2018 via mobile

We went for the early bird menu. They went out off their way to cater for my husbands allergy. Super service. Thank you. As for our meal - mussels were fresh and tasty, both the bread that accompanied them and the bruschetta tasted quite burnt...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank christinedI3748VD
lovingtravel32, Owner at Al Dente Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2018

Dear Christine, thank you so much for your review and sorry for the cold plate.. we will do better at your next visit. We grill our bread used foir the bruschetta in order to give that rustic, original taste to the dish. Thank you for...More

Reviewed 23 November 2018

It is up against some good opposition but above all else I like honest home food cooked with love, so this is it. Interesting and delicious impeccably cooked food. Sparkleingly clean, perfectly balanced service. I have now been there a few times and find it...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank whitwp
Reviewed 22 November 2018 via mobile

Being native Italians, we were looking for a restaurant with really authentic Italian flavours and dishes. Having tried a handful of restaurants around town, we stumbled across this hidden gem. With only 20 or so covers, it is a small, yet quaint restaurant with a...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 12 November 2018 via mobile

Visited this restaurant last week and very impressed ! As it was before going to the Playhouse for a show we chose from the early bird menu which was 3 courses for £15....and we weren't disappointed! Food excellent, service excellent,staff friendly and polite. It's a...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Michelle A
Reviewed 3 November 2018

I'd heard great things about this place and was expecting great food. We ordered bruschetta that was burnt, aubergine that was greasy, and risotto that was bland and cannelloni that tasted rancid. All in all we were really disappointed, because we had heard good things...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank RMLeither
lovingtravel32, Owner at Al Dente Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2018

Dear RMleither, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. I am sorry to hear about your bad experience at our restaurant last night. I wish we had some feed back from you trough out your meal as we usually ask customers...More

Reviewed 31 October 2018 via mobile

Wednesday is BYOB and the food is spectacular! The atmosphere is lovely and we’re still arguing if the tiramisu is better than the panna cotta.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank ebm333
Reviewed 26 October 2018

We had a great meal in this little gem in Easter road. Food was incredible. Freshly cooked and skillfully prepared. Nice selections of grilled vegetable and sliced roasted potatoes served beside a perfectly cooked Duck in orange sauce from their special board. My wife had...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank michealcress
Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

Was looking forward to visiting this place but was quite surprised when arrived to find a tiny place . Ok so let’s give it a go . Asked for a spritzer waitress is confused had to explain - comes back still confused - my husband...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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lovingtravel32, Owner at Al Dente Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2018

A chianti riserva was ordered but we didn't have any apart from a Chianti classico. I then suggest the waitress to offer a Diano D'alba DOCG 2011 Please for everyone who understand wine.... Diano D'alba DOCG 2011 BIOLOGIC PROCUTION ! Ashame I cannot show you...More

Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Al Dente is fantastic! We had three different pasta dishes and they were all fresh and so delicious! Wonderful welcoming service as well! We will be back!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank kngraves12
lovingtravel32, Owner at Al Dente Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2018

Thank you for your review. We are glad you had a great experience at AL DENTE and you enjoyed our pastas!

Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

Cute traditional Italian restaurant with a small selective menu. Everything I tried there was delicious and clearly freshly made. Wouldn’t hesitate to eat here again

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank drsunny
lovingtravel32, Owner at Al Dente Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2018

Dear Customer, thank you for your review! We really appreciate your comments.and we are glad you had a great experience in our restaurant

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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$32
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
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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