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Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Old Town
Indian, Asian, Nepalese
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25-27 | Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BP, Scotland
+44 131 225 2832
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 12:00 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went on Saturday night, six of us for dinner including one vegetarian. Everyone was delighted, the food was absolutely delicious. My lamb shank madras was exceptional. Ate every bite. All of us enjoyed the meal, I would definite recommend Gurkha to anyone who enjoys Indian food.

Thank Emma H
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great curry and a warm welcome as ever from the Gurkha tradition. Quite spicy but very tasty and absolutely crammed full which added to a great ambiance

Thank Chris C
Lecce, Italy
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've already been to Gurkha twice and I'll be back soon...just love everything: the food, the ambience, the location, the service...it's like being in Kathmandu again!!

Thank Virginia C
Badenoch and Strathspey, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Popped in at the dead zone (3pm -5pm) on Sunday last. Server was friendly, and service prompt. We shared the Mix Starter, all very nice. My husband had the vegetable biryani which was enormous and I had the tandoori chicken. Usually tandoori chicken is one leg and one breast but this was two huge breasts. It's in a quiet wee... More 

Thank Nellicat
Formby, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had another lovely meal here while visiting Edinburgh. The food was just as lovely but the service just not quite as good, but it was a little busier than our last visit. We will definately come here again on our next trip to this lovely city for the very tasty and plentiful food!

Thank Jan51_11
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I went to the Gurkha Cafe with some friends on a Friday afternoon. We were a large group (15) and booked on the recommendation of a couple of people within our group. Anyway we arrived at 2pm and found a pretty quiet restaurant. We sat down and the first thing I noticed was that there wasn't a lunch menu just... More 

Thank Paul G
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went here on a recent trip to Edinburgh based on a recommendation. Glad we did! The food was great and would certainly go again. Staff were lovely but the service was a bit slow, not sure if this was because it was lunchtime and they didn't have many chef's cooking etc.

Thank Louise S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great little restaurant, the staff was friendly and talkative about their home country Nepal. The food was great and very tasty a little less spicy than Indian. We found on the day, the service was good even though the restaurant was busy and people were being turned away if they had not booked.

Thank Moondarra
Sidcup, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My partner and I visit Edinburgh a couple of times a year and we always book a table here. The food is exceptional and the service warm and friendly. The fact that the Gurkha is always busy says it all. Go there and have a lovely evening.

Thank Chris C
Minehead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't be put off by appearances on this one, attentive staff, great food and plenty of it. Very tasty and really reasonable - you must try it!

Thank moorveiw

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$23
Indian, Asian, Nepalese
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25-27 | Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BP, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 2832
Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant is a Authentic Nepalese and Indian restaurant based in the Heart of Edinburgh. This popular restaurant offers a unique journey through the Nepalese cuisine. As well as maintaining the authenticity of the food, Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant strives to elevate the Friendly and relaxed dining experience by following the changing food trends in Nepal. To join us please make a Online Reservation using our Online Booking Form. Gurkha Cafe & Resaurant has an extensive variety of extraordinary Nepalese delicacies as well as Indian all time favorite which are all prepared for a fantastic palate.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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