Café Domenico

Café Domenico
30 Sandport Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6EP
  • Telephone 0131 467 7266
  • Seasonal times Open later during the Edinburgh Festival.
  • Food served Mon–Thu 10am–9.30pm; Fri–Sun 10am–10.30pm (Sunday brunch 10am–12.45pm).
  • Pre-theatre price £8.50 (Mon–Wed all day, small pasta and glass of wine)
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Café Domenico

Photo: Caitlin Cooke

A popular little establishment down Leith way, still serving long-time favourite dishes despite a change of ownership.

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Tucked around the corner from Commercial Street, Leith’s Café Domenico has long been a charming and cheerful neighbourhood favourite. In the same family hands for nearly 20 years, olive green walls and red checked tablecloths lend warmth to a compact mirror-lined room. A fairly tight à la carte menu stretches from daytime to evening, showcasing well-prepared, honest Italian food and evenly priced house vino, with pastas and blackboard specials the star attractions. Take your pick from gnocchi with dried figs and pancetta, ham-wrapped cod with pea risotto or maybe linguine flecked with mussels and squid in a rich shellfish broth. Nduja sausage lends a spicy kick to sea bass with creamy mash, while generous bowls of seafood stew arrive packed with the day’s catch in a rich tomato and white wine sauce. Chicken and truffle pesto ciabatta features among well-packed lunchtime wraps and sun-dried focaccia, all supported by early week pasta and wine deals and the occasional evening tasting menu. Much admired by its legions of local fans, owner Dellita ensures the ambience and food at Domenico's remains welcoming and generous.

  • High point: Friendly neighbourhood joint
  • Low point: Menu a bit vague on pasta choice
  • Notable dish: Seafood stew
  • Average price: £9 (lunch); £15 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Depends on age of diners
  • Capacity: 24
  • Largest group: 24
  • Open since: 1998
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £14.50 per bottle