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“Lovely little restaurant for vegetarians and carnivores”
Review of Empires

Empires
Ranked #949 of 2,598 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$14 - US$33
Cuisines: Turkish
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Old Town
Reviewed 10 July 2014

This place is much nicer inside than it looks from the outside. Cosy intimate atmosphere decorated with colourful Turkish lamps and cushions. The food is predominantly mezes but there's loads to choose from, the portions very generous and the price very reasonable. We even had seconds of different dishes as it was so delicious,, as vegetarians we were spoilt for choice.The place isn't licensed but they very kindly brought us an ice bucket for our wine and the service was very attentive throughout. It was a pity that the place wasn't busier on the evening we were there, it certainly deserves to be.

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Thank Margaret W
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

This small restaurant offers a nice break from pub & tourist food in the heart of Edinburgh. The meze servings are rather large compared to other meze-style restaurants I've eaten at, so you might plan to order less than you think you'll need. All of the food we tried was delicious and the atmosphere was cozy and not too loud. Service was good and friendly. It's also BYOB, no alcohol served.

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Thank aw511
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Nice wee restaurant with a mezzanine floor. Small and intimate. Lovely food, mezze a speciality. Nice place to go with friends for the evening. Very relaxed and enjoyable

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Thank Coldst57
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

The place is not inviting-looking from the outside. There is no alcohol served. The food is average as is the service.

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4  Thank niemand
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

After a very average at best meal in David Bann's veggie eatery next door a few weeks ago we got speaking to group of youths outside this place who were raving about it, so went last night, lovely candle lit atmosphere/felt like you were a million miles away from the busy Royal Mile, had amazing 5 item meze main course which was so tasty, corkage is £3 so although main courses are not cheap, you can save money by taking a decent £4/5 bottle of wine(2 in our case lol). Waitress and waiter were charming and engaging, food fresh and loved that you got 5 items meze on a plate with bread as well/salad. Will be back, The only reason this did not score a 5 was the promise of seafood options on their website-and no seafood options when you get there-shame as I don't eat meat but I like fish., plenty of veggie options however.

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Thank Sam C
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