Divino Enoteca

Divino Enoteca
5 Merchant Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2QD
  • Telephone 0131 225 1770
  • Seasonal times Festival: extended hours and Sunday opening
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 4pm–midnight; Fri 4pm–1am; Sat noon–1am; Sun closed.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 4pm–11pm; Sat noon–11pm; Sun closed.
  • Average price £20 (set lunch); £23 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.divinoedinburgh.com
in association with
Birra Moretti

Italian restaurant and wine bar in the heart of the Old Town, fittingly decorated like a wine cellar.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Just in case your Italian isn't up to snuff, 'Divino Enoteca' translates as 'divine wineshop', which is fitting as this restaurant boasts an impressive wine list. But don't bother asking for a bottle of house – it doesn't exist. The staff – well-trained and it shows – will happily suggest a bottle to suit your taste (and budget, if you’re using ‘house’ as code for ‘cheap but nice'). Fittingly, the restaurant looks like an archetypal wine cellar: all oak floors and stone walls, with lovely leather chairs and well-placed candles making things feel homely. The menu offers a fairly standard selection of antipasti (the beef carpaccio with rocket, parmesan and truffle oil is a highlight), and diners can enjoy smaller-sized pasta to start. There isn't a huge choice of pasta for mains section, but Divino does a good job with meat and fish: balsamic-glazed lamb rump and pan-fried pollock on braised fennel and brushed tomato are two highlights. The portions are filling and the food well-executed, but it can be pricey: don't put your wine goggles on before you get your money's worth.

  • High point: Expansive wine list
  • Low point: Not much selection on the food menu
  • Notable dish: Beef carpaccio
  • Private dining: Up to 14 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Jazz on Wednesday nights
  • Capacity: 70
  • Largest group: 45
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 36
  • House wine: £19 per bottle