Contini Ristorante

Contini Ristorante
103 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3ES
  • Telephone 0131 225 1550
  • Opening times Mon–Thu 8am–11pm; Fri & Sat 8am–midnight; Sun 11am–6pm.
  • Seasonal times During the festival, kitchen open till midnight, bar till 1am
  • Bar open Mon–Sun until midnight.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 7.30am–10pm; Sat 9am–11pm; Sun 9am–10pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Thurs
  • Average price £12.50; rapido lunch £10 – pasta dish and glass of wine (set lunch); £19 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £12.50
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Celebrating the Italian-Scottish tradition of great food and warm hospitality, Contini’s big, classy setting is matched by a big heart.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

If it’s something of a challenge to reproduce the welcome of a local trattoria in a cavernous former banking hall, Victor and Carina Contini are the people to make it work. Tables are neatly filed among the vast corinthian columns and, while there’s not a lot of elbow room, the atmosphere is so relaxing, the staff so positive, the food so promptly and perfectly presented, that no-one worries. The menu changes monthly to reflect ingredients sourced from artisan producers in Scotland and Italy. Burrata – an ultra-creamy mozzarella – is ambrosial, served with salty speck; fresh ravioli hold their spinach-and-ricotta filling perfectly in a luscious pool of butter, sage and caramelised almonds. Tagliata di manzo is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach – steak sliced into revealing pink louvres under a lacy throw of rocket and parmesan – while grigliata di mare is a generous, high-quality plateful of fish and shellfish enlivened with chilli, garlic and lemon butter. Contini is also big at breakfast time, offering everything from traditional full Scottish to cutting-edge organic porridge with spinach and hazelnuts, not to mention killer scrambled eggs and faultless coffee.

  • High point: Unique combination of style and warmth
  • Low point: More space between tables would be nice – get a booth!
  • Notable dish: Tagliata di manzo; breakfast scrambled eggs
  • Private dining: Up to 28 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: Relaxing jazz and pop
  • Live entertainment: Jazz and 'secret opera' during the Festival
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 120
  • Open since: 2004
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 21
  • House wine: £19.50 per bottle