Contini George Street
- Telephone 0131 225 1550
- Opening times Mon–Thu 8am–11pm; Fri & Sat 10am–midnight; Sun 11am–9pm.
- Seasonal times Festival: kitchen open until 11pm, bar until midnight.
- Bar open Mon–Sun until midnight.
- Food served Mon–Fri 8am–3pm, 5–10pm; Sat 10am–10.30pm; Sun 11am–8pm.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri 5–6.30pm
- Pre-theatre price £15
- Website www.contini.com/contini-george-street
Modern Italian cuisine in grand, elegant surroundings at the heart of Georgian Edinburgh.
While George Street is not exactly shy of impressively designed restaurant spaces, the interior of Contini is still quite a sight to behold. Following a friendly welcome, the first thing that grabs you in this converted banking hall is the extraordinary Italian renaissance-style wall display, Corinthian columns and stuccoed ceiling. This opulence might well prompt a double-take of the menu for the prices really don't match the surroundings – this is exceptional-value quality dining. Perhaps kick things off with an aperitivo from the exhaustive drinks menu, featuring plenty of non-alcoholic options. Starters include a wonderfully light carpaccio served with porcini cream and caper crust or, for something a little more substantial, fresh Scottish baby squid, deep fried with vegetables and seaweed and served with homemade mayonnaise. Main courses include plenty of pasta options, as well as meat and fish dishes like spiced pork and sultana meatballs with nduja oil or baked lemon sole fillet, cooked beautifully, with wilted spinach and samphire. Service from start to finish is magical, with knowledgable staff eager to suggest various dishes and matching drinks. Finally, don’t think you have to restrict your visits to lunch and dinner. Get things off on the right foot with their breakfast, which features the likes of eggs on sourdough, a full Scottish, or delicious focaccia with a variety of fillings – it’s a lovely calm way to start a day.
- Private dining: Up to 18 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 120 (30 outdoors)
- Largest group: 120
- Open since: 2004
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 54
- House wine: £21 per bottle
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Contini Live Lounge
Featuring an eclectic mix of genres from some of the country’s top musicians, our Live Lounge is back again! Join us every Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the Fringe between 3-6pm. Whether it's the chilled sounds of singer/songwriter Kirsten Adamson or popular covers of Mixtape, with many other artists to be…
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