- Telephone 0131 220 9980
- Food served Mon–Sun 10.30am–10pm. [Tapas served from noon.]
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri noon–6.30pm; Sun all day.
- Average price £14 (lunch); £15 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £15.95 (for three tapas plus dessert)
- Website www.cafeandaluz.com/restaurants/…
Two packed floors of crowd-pleasing and enjoyable Spanish-style food to satisfy British expectations and tastes.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
A popular George Street haunt, Café Andaluz is part of a chain of Spanish eateries with branches across Scotland. Their Edinburgh city centre base, with opulent Moorish-style décor of dark woods, mosaic tiles, large vases and even a statue of a bull about to charge, aims to transport you to a tapas bar in Southern Spain. The menu is often revised but popular dishes such as tortilla española, honey and mustard chicken, or their meat, fish, shellfish or seafood paellas (for two) remain. Unsurprisingly, there’s a mixture of tapas staples – calamares are good with a twist of chorizo mayonnaise, pimientos de padron (small green peppers with sea salt) are moreish and tasty, and their churros (hot doughnut sticks with a hot chocolate dip) are a delight. Other dishes don’t quite hit the mark, but with its range of dining deals, Café Andaluz still seems to be a popular destination. There are moments of authenticity here but also telling indications that you’re in a chain restaurant.
- High point: Great churros
- Low point: Large groups can dominate the space
- Notable dish: Churros
- Private dining: Up to 80 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Spanish-style pop
- Capacity: 200
- Largest group: 80
- Open since: 2008
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- House wine: £18.95 per bottle