15–17 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AX
  • Telephone 0131 221 9323
  • Opening times Tue–Sat 11am–11pm Closed Sun/Mon except on performance days
  • Seasonal times Festival: late opening
  • Bar open Café open Tue–Sat 11am–late
  • Food served Tue–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5–9pm; Sun/Mon closed (except on performance days).
  • Average price £11.95 (set lunch); £15.95 (set evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price Set menu available
  • Email
  • Website www.zuccarestaurant.co.uk

Based in the heart of Edinburgh's theatre-land, Zucca sensibly concentrates on speedy service and a straightforward menu, perfect for before or after a show.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

Zucca knows how to get the most out of its location. Next to the Lyceum theatre, this restaurant is popular with pre-theatre diners looking for a quick bite, and that's exactly what it offers. The menu is fixed, with a small but solid selection of starters, mains and desserts. The service is smart and speedy: you're no sooner in the door than you can be out and back on your way to see whatever panto, play or performance you've got lined up. That said, thought has gone into the menu. While Italian staples such as bruschetta and mushroom risotto do feature, there are also some more unusual dishes which can make dining here a memorable affair, rather than a place to stave off hunger until the interval. Notable starters include marinated swordfish loin with a fennel, orange and pomegranate salad and pig's head terrine with plum and apple chutney. For mains, the chef ticks all the boxes of Italian regional cuisine, one area at a time: fettucini, gnocchi, risotto. The ribeye of beef is served with a generous amount of olive oil, but remember to order a side, or it's meat and nothing but meat.

  • High point: Fast, friendly service
  • Low point: No à la carte menu
  • Notable dish: Marinated swordfish loin
  • Delivery: Deliveroo
  • Private dining: Room in Lyceum - 30 people
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
  • Capacity: 75
  • Largest group: 75
  • Open since: 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £19.99 per bottle