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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First time visiting there with my pal. I had a lovely spaghetti Napoletana and my pal enjoyed his cheese and tomato pizza. We had a lovely Flat White cuppa afterwards. Nice place, quick service and friendly staff.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 31 December 2023

We have always enjoyed eating here and have been many times. We decided to book for Hogmanay to support a local business. When we arrived there seemed to be a weird atmosphere. Staff who are normally very friendly looked very unhappy. We sat down and...were presented with a set menu which hadn't been advertised and we hadn't expected. I think it caught a few customers out. People who arrived after us saw the set menu and left. The restaurant wasn't full. Despite being a bit disappointed with the menu we decided to make the best of it and ordered starters & mains. The atmosphere by staff still seemed really strained throughout. The only dessert on the set menu was profiteroles. When we were ready to order we were told they'd run out. My husband had previously enjoyed their tiramisu but was told that had run out too. We were told we could have a scoop of ice-cream, which we really didn't want. We finished our bottle of wine & asked for the bill. They charged us for 3 courses. Given what we had, we felt it wasn't right to charge for a menu they hadn't been able to provide. We were told in no uncertain terms that it was Hogmanay and we'd refused ice-cream so the fixed price stood. We paid and left. Very sad. This is not a business we will support again. Hogmanay is only once a year..but it clearly means more to the owner than having repeat customers supporting his business many times throughout the year.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 15 October 2023

Fantastic place. Food is excellent and staff very friendly and welcoming. Very cosy and reasonably priced. So glad our friends introduced us to this gem. Can't wait to go back again.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 16 February 2023 via mobile

Sambuca is proof that the best things can be found off the beaten track. Very unassuming from the outside, but inside it is cosy, comfortable and inviting. Visited here with my boyfriend, who had seafood pasta- delicious and plentiful! I had the chicken and mushroom...pizza; clearly handmade, with delicious authentic thin crust and very generously topped. Profiteroles for dessert, which again were gorgeous, both in presentation and taste. Polite, friendly service also. We are sad that we are not local- we would be regulars! Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 13 February 2023

We went here on a wet & cold Wednesday evening but inside was warm & welcoming….but fairly quiet…..only 2 other tables taken The food was authentic & very tasty - we only had a mozzarella & garlic bread shared as a starter but then had...salmon pasta & seafood risotto for mains….both very good. Thoroughly enjoyed it & good value would definitely recommendMore

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 14 January 2023

The food is authentic, and some dishes might not be what you'd get from a typical chain-styled Italian (i.e. filled with double cream); instead, they taste like you are in Italy. I have been eating at Sambuca for 18 years, and the food is out...of this world and super consistent. I have brought clients, friends and family, and they have all loved it. Enjoy.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 11 December 2022 via mobile

We had a fabulous meal at Sambuca. I had veal which was delicious. The staff are so friendly and we thought the meal was great value. Lovely portion sizes. We will be back soon.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 20 September 2022 via mobile

My wife and I had a lovely dinner at this unpretentious little Italian restaurant. The seafood risotto was as good as any I’ve ever had, and my wife really enjoyed her scallopini. Service was efficient and friendly, prices very reasonable. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 16 September 2022 via mobile

We visited Sambuca on a Friday evening. It was close to where we were staying. Given the excellent quality of the food it was surprisingly quiet. The food was excellent, though. Whether it was the starters (a spaghetti carbonara, melon, caprese, garlic & cheese bread),...the mains (pizza, a steak and veal) or the amazing desserts, the evening was a great success. Sambuca deserves more people.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 12 November 2021

Lovely lunch with a wide choice of Italian specialities and plenty to suit non-meat eaters. We had freshly prepared bruschetta to start and pasta dishes with a green salad to follow, plus coffee. The chilled house white was good too. The food was tasty and...very good value. It is a traditional family-run eatery with a clear focus on the food. The decor is practical and, in keeping with good Covid practice, the tables are not laid in advance. It was a really nice change from the Italian chain restaurants in the middle of town.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 11 November 2021

I didn't have high expectations but they were exceeded. We got dressed up and when we saw the furniture we thought why did we bother. It is fitted out in a very basic style no table cloth. The other clientele were also well attired so...we did not feel out of place. It was not the most welcoming of restaurants as we had to hover by the door until one of the chefs came from the Kitchen and directed us to a table. The sole waitress was brilliant very attentive and looked after us very well. The food was not the best Italian in my view but my partner who is always critical of Italian food thoroughly enjoyed it. We had a good night out.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 5 October 2021

This used to be a very pleasant restaurant to visit. Although the food is still enjoyable, the change of front of house staff, has completely ruined the atmosphere, to the point where I would not bother to visit again.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 4 September 2021

We spent a week in Edinburgh and ate out at several restaurants. This one was the worst. The room is very stark, more like a cafe. The menu was quite extensive and we had pretty standard Italian fare. I'm afraid the cooking left a lot...to be desired. My scampi in a sauce was just about edible. The sauce wasn't nice at all. My partner's penne was stogy and also not very good. Service was ok, but for food, there are a lot better places nearby.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 20 August 2021

A very unassuming outside and a basic layout this restaurant is a real find. Super food-sole in lemon sauce amazing and has kind and profssional service. Due to a reduced Fringe and following the pandemic this place deserves support. A super little restaurant well worth...locating and not too far as a walk from th Commonweath Pool.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 15 August 2021

Went to get granddaughters hair cut a few doors down. Went in for quick lunch. OMG was the best lasagna I've ever had! Daughter had a pasta dish was beautiful also 10/10 thank you service was fast and food red hot x granddaughter also ate...the lasagna (faint) will be back as soon as we are in Edinburgh.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Sambuca Italian Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5