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 midnight, bar until 1am
- Bar open Mon–Sun until midnight.
- Food served Mon–Fri 8am–10pm; Sat 10am–10.30pm; Sun 11am–8pm.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri 5–7pm
- Pre-theatre price £16
- Website www.contini.com/contini-george-street
Modern Italian cuisine in grand, elegant surroundings fit for Georgian Edinburgh.
If King George IV – whose statue stands just along the street – were to visit 21st-century Edinburgh, he’d likely enjoy a visit to Contini. The restaurant's Italian renaissance-style feature wall, blue corinithian columns and bright velour soft furnishings would surely appeal to a monarch famous for his flamboyance and love of spectactle. The modern menu at Contini however is characterised by the simple cooking of fresh organic ingredients creating strong flavours – pizza and stodgy pasta dishes are banished here. Start with a selection of primi to share such as fritti (beautifully fresh squid and vegetables rolled in flour and fried in butter), or small pasta dishes like veal tortellini or the ever-popular contadino (fresh orecchiette with piccante sausage). The light, soft pasta is made in-house with local free-range eggs and flour imported from Italy. Locally sourced organic meat features strongly among the secondi, including fennel-based spicy sausage with slow-cooked fagioli, or beautifully pink Borders lamb. Contini is open all day and offers one of Edinburgh’s finest breakfasts, where enormous bacon-stuffed focaccia rolls are a firm favourite.
- 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
- Music on stereo: Classic jazz, easy listening
- 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
Some of Scotland’s top musicians In the Contini Live Lounge we will be featuring an eclectic mix of genres from some of Scotland's top musicians. Whether it be the chilled sounds of singer/songwriter Kirsten Adamson, the laid back acoustic grooves of George Murray, the authentic guid folk of The Cognac Twins or the…
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