Divino Enoteca

Divino Enoteca
5 Merchant Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2QD
  • Telephone 0131 225 1770
  • Seasonal times Festival: extended hours (more lunches tbc) and Sunday opening
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 3pm–midnight; Fri 3pm–1am; Sat noon–1am. Closed Sun.
  • Food served Mon–Thu 5–10pm; Fri 5–11pm; Sat noon–11pm. Closed Sun.
  • Email
  • Website www.divinoedinburgh.com
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Stylish interior of stripped-back, wine-cellar chic, with a fabulous wine choice across both bar and elegant dining room.

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Divino Enoteca is a luxurious Italian restaurant and bar discreetly tucked away beneath the arches of George IV Bridge. Down in the basement of a towering tenement, you descend a flight of stairs to reach the awaiting maître’d (there’s a lift for wheelchair users). But once you're in the door, it feels like an escape to much further afield. Softly lit and elegantly designed, it could be a luxury après-ski resort in the Italian Alps. The bar area is relaxed, with cosy leather banquettes and walls stacked with wine. More than just an eye-catching design feature, the wine list here is magnificent, with 32 served by the glass alone. In comparison, the main dining space is more formal and serves dishes exclusively from the à la carte menu. ‘Fine wine deserves fine dining’ is the restaurant’s mantra and with perfectly cooked prime cuts of meat and freshly caught fish presented in dainty, delicious portions, the menu is more than a match.

The List's rating
8

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Rachael Cloughton visited Divino Enoteca on 11 March 2019
  • High point: One of the city's best and most comprehensive wine lists
  • Low point: The main dining area can feel a little formal compared to the relaxed bar
  • Notable dish: Pan-fried Scottish venison loin, served with roasted pumpkin puree, sautéed mushrooms savoy cabbage, finished with venison jus
  • Average price: £20 (Sat only, 12-4pm); £35 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 16 covers
  • Provides: Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Live jazz on first and third Wednesday of the month
  • Capacity: 50
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 32
  • House wine: £23 per bottle