This restaurant has ceased trading.

30-32 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LJ
  • Telephone 0131 229 8988
  • Food served Mon/Tue/Thu noon–2.30pm; 5–11pm; Fri/Sat noon–11pm; Sun 1–11pm. Closed Wed.
  • Pre-theatre times 5–7pm daily
  • Average price £8.95 (set lunch); £20 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £12.95
  • Website www.levensrestaurant.net
Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the 2014 edition.

Since opening in 2008, Leven’s has been known for two things: its suave contemporary interior and its quirky, sometimes strange, fusion cuisine. The décor remains impeccable, but Leven’s seem to have abandoned their fusion ambitions. So, say goodbye to chicken curry lasagne and hello to an almost entirely Thai selection of soups, salads, stir fries and curries. A couple of dishes pay lip service to the chef’s previous cross-border experimentation. The prawn and vegetable tempura makes a pleasingly light starter, whereas the dairy-free coconut panacotta is a more confusing prospect. This beautifully presented dessert features golden toasted sesame and fresh mango but the main attraction possesses a strange lumpy texture. An excellent salmon green curry demonstrates the skill of the kitchen – juicy grilled salmon fillet has glistening crisp skin, sauce is intense yet creamy and vegetables are cooked to perfection. In addition to an extensive a la carte evening menu, Leven’s is a good choice for pre-theatre dining due to its efficient service and proximity to the King's Theatre.

  • High point: Delicately spiced, succulent scallops …
  • Low point: … overshadowed by a mouth-numbingly hot salad
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu
  • Music on stereo: Chill out / Thai folk
  • Capacity: 49
  • Largest group: 65
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
  • House wine: £14.95 per bottle
  • BYOB: £6 corkage

Comments & ratings

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11. Jon/San17 Jun 2013, 7:06pm5 stars Leven's Report

The decor is very good. The meal is artistically presented by attentive waiters.
The tastes are amazing up till now this is the best value for money. The toilets are amazing. Very relaxing time spent. Can,t wait to return.

10. Margaret Anne25 Oct 2012, 10:15am5 stars Leven's Report

Have eaten here with friends pre- theatre twice in the past month. Each time the food has been beautifully presented and so tasty. Service is swift and attentive. The facilities are first class too!!

9. H H13 Aug 2012, 12:37am5 stars Leven's Report

visited on Sat fantastic surrounds,service and meal was something else Mmmmm... with 2 bottles of house rose wine (between 3) and it didn't break the bank . The Leven is a must try, finished off the night with a visit to the Lady Boys at the Meadows what more could you ask for good food followed by a good show

8. Nicci7 Jul 2012, 10:17pm5 stars Leven's Report

This restaurant is amazing - the service is top (very friendly, topped up our water, quick but not invasive), the food delicious and beautifully served.
The portions are filling but I could have eaten the double just to keep the tastes in my mouth!
Go and try it, you won´t regret it.

7. LesH19 Feb 2012, 7:58pm5 stars Leven's Report

Just had an amazing birthday lunch - everything was perfect, the food, the service and the ambience. This is a great place for an extra special treat as well as just popping in to see what's new on the menu.

6. Hunter2 Jan 2012, 4:07pm5 stars Leven's Report

Good prices. Great food. Excellent service. Highly recommendable.

5. Leslie28 Mar 2011, 1:16pm5 stars Leven's Report

Just wonderful. The food is totally amazing and flavourful. Good size portions and presentation and service is top-notched. Best food I've eaten in EDI since I moved here last summer. The atmosphere was a bit quiet and the music was a bit to contemporary for my liking but if you are going for a nice, quiet meal focused on great food, I totally recommend this place. My husband and I went on a Friday night around 8pm and it was not very busy at all. Too bad because it deserves to be jammed packed. Fabulous service too!

4. David Herrera2 Jun 2010, 10:44am Report

This restaurant has it all, great food - the taste and presentation are excellent, the service is the best, i remember having our bottle of water topped up 3 times (my wife is pregnant), the menu choice is different which i love, the place itself is very modern and fresh looking, we visit at least once a week, i recommend lunch or pre theatre as it is cheaper and the quality or portion size does not suffer.

3. JiveWeasel23 Jan 2010, 12:00am5 stars Leven's Report

There are certain areas of the world where Fusion dining is de rigeuer. Head to the more urban areas of Noo Zulund and you will see what I mean. However, apart from Peter Gordon's zany suggestions on "Food Poker", this type of cuisine is sadly lacking in our neck of the woods. Levens offers a fine take on Thai Fusion food. In addition to inventive and well presented cuisine, the fashionably decorated restaurant and first class service complete the package. If you are after a good quality Pad Thai, there are plenty of other venues in Edinburgh. If you are after an interesting taste sensation in a more upmarket venue that will not stress the wallet too much then give this place a try.

2. Scotia17411 Jan 2010, 5:13pm Report

I love Thai food and over the years I've been to virtually every Thai restaurant in Edinburgh. I think that the official List review of Leven's has got it totally wrong. I have taken so many friends here over the last year and they have been so impressed. The food quality, presentation and taste are all outstanding. Fusion food can work well as long as it is well executed and at Leven's it is.
Finally, the staff will go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your experience and return. If you are still not convinced go and try their lunch menu (the salmon green curry is a treat) which is a real bargain.

1. bandl4 Aug 2009, 7:59pm5 stars Leven's Report

Exquisite presentation and fantastic tasting food - not your usual run of the mill Thai eatery.
Portions surprisingly filling.
Two course lunch great value. Plenty free top-ups of iced water if you're not doing alcohol.
Try the pandan ice cream for something different!

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