- Telephone 0131 225 1441
- Bar open Mon–Thu noon–11pm; Fri/Sat noon–midnight; Sun 12.30pm–11pm.
- Food served Mon–Thu noon–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–11pm; Sun noon–10pm.
- Average price £16 (lunch); £16 (evening meal)
- Website www.eccovinoedinburgh.com
Worth a visit for the wine alone, though a creative seafood menu means a glass can easily become a bottle.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Ecco Vino’s large tavern-style windows facing out onto Cockburn Street give passers-by a tantalising glimpse of the wine haven within. The stacked wine bottles on the wall may play their part to lure the punters in, while browsing the wine list will hopefully confirm their expectations. Novices will note its categorised layout, which makes decision-making simpler, while experts will be impressed by a broad international selection, accurate tasting notes and the waiters’ ability to pair a wine with any dish. Their new menu has a focus on seafood, with small plates featuring seared scallops, potted crab, wild prawns and veggie aubergine rolls. Mains are split into dishes ‘from the land’ and ‘from the sea’: the seafood platter brings together just about all the seafood and fish on the menu. A lot of thought has gone into the food but Ecco Vino still seems to be shaking off its sea legs: some dishes are served a little hastily, although with good intent.
- High point: The staff know the wine list like the back of their hand
- Low point: The food just needs to bed in a little
- Notable dish: Mussels with chorizo and a whisky cream sauce
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Blues and Jazz
- Capacity: 44
- Largest group: 8
- Open since: 2001
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 24
- House wine: £17.95 per bottle