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“Best Italian restaurant in Edinburgh”

Al Dente Restaurant
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Ranked #115 of 2,701 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$13 - US$33
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Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Leith
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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Live round the corner and come here frequently. Am now a “regular”; much healthier than the pub. Amazing service, and seriously the best Italian food you’ll get in Edinburgh. Everything quick, light, fresh, beautiful. Ps Try the rabbit. Jesus.

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Reviewed 16 June 2018

We dined at Al Dente restaurant because it was within walking distance to our vrbo apt. 6/8/18. We did not have a reservation and waited 50 minutes in the cooool air on the sidewalk! It was well worth the wait. The restaurant only seated 26 people and the owner was our waiter. The homemade dishes were delicious, we had terrific wine and the best tiramisu. We thought it was inexpensive for the quality of food. Highly recommend it!!

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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

We came across the Al Dente restaurant as we were strolling around to find some where to eat. And what a find! We enjoyed delicious bruschetta followed by the best carbonara I have ever eaten! And the tiramisu - worth every single calorie.

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Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

Our only regret in going to Al Dente was that we discovered it so late in our visit to Edinburgh.

A passionate, skillful Italian chef is making magic in this little 24-seat bistro in Leith. He explained that he keeps the menu small and makes everything fresh (and perfectly) every day. You can watch him at work through the galley window.

We ordered a carpaccio of thin cured beef, house-made pasta tubes filled with sea bass and accompanied by perfectly cooked shrimp and succulent mussels, and lasagna Bolognese that it pained me not to be able to finish, as I was too full!

Don’t miss this Roman experience in the heart of Leith.

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Reviewed 7 June 2018

The best meal out I have had in many years, would go again when back in Edinburgh. The carbonara was amazing and I was the best pasta dish I have eaten in a long time. You have to go here to try the food when in Edinburgh. Small but cosy feel to the restaurant. Service was great too!

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Thank Leila B
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