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19 Shore Place, Edinburgh, EH6 6SW
  • Telephone 0131 476 6776
  • Bar open Tue–Thu noon–11pm; Fri/Sat noon–12am. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Food served Tue/Wed noon–8.45pm; Thu noon–9.15pm; Fri/Sat noon–9.45pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Email
  • Website www.tapaedinburgh.co.uk
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Stylish Spanish restaurant in a former warehouse offering flexible menus and adventurous food and drink pairings.

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A fixture on the Leith dining scene since 2009, Tapa offers a nuanced and elegant take on Spanish food based around carefully sourced premium produce. Housed in a converted warehouse with whitewashed walls, the surroundings have a stylish and contemporary feel, brought to life with some quirky touches such as Spanish advertising posters for James Bond films or a cast-iron bull's head adorning a door. Meat from Iberian black pigs is a house speciality and can be ordered as griddled steak, marinated steak strips dressed with polenta, or croquettes with a slick of apple and sherry salsa. Vegetarians aren’t forgotten, with well-presented salads, aubergine crisps and even a caramelised goat's cheese served like a crème brûlée. A range of vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free menus helps broaden the appeal while a strong drinks list completes the lineup, offering plenty of lesser known Spanish wines alongside sherry, gin and beer. With an enthusiastic staff and management team at the helm, Tapa looks well set to sail on into her second decade.

The List's rating






Tracey Reilly visited Tapa on 31 January 2018
  • High point: Imaginative, well-presented food and drink pairings
  • Low point: Beautiful serving dishes don’t hold their heat long enough
  • Notable dish: Griddled presa of Iberian black pig, with peach aioli and candied pine nuts
  • Average price: £15 for two people Tues–Sat noon–5pm. (set lunch); £25 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 50 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Spanish pop
  • Live entertainment: Guitarist at weekends or for functions
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 2009
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £18.95 per bottle

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