- Telephone 0131 225 1770
- Bar open Mon–Thu 4pm–midnight; Fri 4pm–1am; Sat noon–midnight. Closed Sun.
- Food served Mon–Fri 4pm–11pm; Sat noon–11pm. Closed Sun.
- Average price £20 (lunch); £20 (evening meal)
- Website www.divinoedinburgh.com
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
Divino can fairly count as one of Edinburgh's hidden gems. Set among the pretty murky shadows off Candlemaker Row and under George IV Bridge, this is a surprisingly sophisticated, enchanting subterranean venue of rough-stone walls, clubby leather seats, tucked-away spaces and lots – and lots – of top-notch Italian wine. Dozens of these are available from an Enomatic wine dispenser which keeps the wine of opened bottles in optimum condition under inert gas. It means you can take a glass from a bottle more expensive than you might otherwise try, or taste your way around a series via a suggested ‘wine flight’ of 25ml or 50ml tasting portions. As in the best Italian enotecas, there's a selection of fine nibbles and light bites available, including platters of cheese and prosciutto which, like the wine, are carefully selected and handled. You can also order salads, simple pasta dishes or a piece of cheesecake or torte if you're looking for something slightly more substantial.
- High point: One of Edinburgh's special drinking spaces
- Low point: Best not to get lost looking for it
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 42
- Private dining: Up to 14 covers
- No. overnight rooms: 2010
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Lounge
- Capacity: 60
- Largest group: 45
- House wine: £19 per bottle
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