Contini George Street

Contini George Street
103 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3ES
  • 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
  • Email
  • Website www.contini.com/contini-george-street
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Contini George Street

Modern Italian cuisine in grand, elegant surroundings fit for Georgian Edinburgh.

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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.

The List's rating
8.2

Menu

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Susan Smith visited Contini George Street
  • High point: A cornucopia of traditional dishes to savour
  • Low point: Some individual flavours are a little over-powering
  • Notable dish: Contadino – fresh orecchiette with Italian piccante sausage, dried porcini mushrooms, rocket, fresh cream and parmigiano reggiano
  • Average price: £16 (set lunch); £30 (dinner)
  • 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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