El Quijote

El Quijote
13a Brougham Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9JS
  • Telephone 0131 478 2856
  • Seasonal times Licensed until 1am in August. Likely to be open seven days for the Festival/Fringe.
  • Food served Wed–Sun 5.30–10pm. Closed Mon/Tue.
  • Average price £15 (lunch); £15 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.quijotetapas.co.uk
Photo of El Quijote
in association with
Birra Moretti

Home-style cooking in a small rustic room with the aim of offering a ‘real’ taste of Spain.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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In 2010, a group of friends from Seville with experience in the catering industries in Spain and Scotland, decided to set up their own place in a bustling Tollcross street full of restaurants. The result is El Quijote, offering authentic tapas from southern Spain. The space is cosy, the welcome warm and the service very laid-back (sometimes in the extreme), with a menu offering dishes in tapas or main meal sizes. The dishes are all impressive, such as wild mushroom croquettes served with a three-cheese sauce or melt-in-the- mouth Iberian pork cheeks in a vegetable stew. End with tarta de Santiago, a traditional almond cake from Galicia made with a recipe dating back to the Middle Ages, or a flan dessert with caramel custard. Mixed platters of cheeses and meats, using imported specialities from Spain alongside local Scottish produce, are worth checking out, paired with a little something from the carefully selected wine list.

  • High point: Authentic dishes from Southern Spain
  • Low point: Not the place if you're in a hurry
  • Notable dish: Pork cheeks
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Nothing
  • Live entertainment: Occasional live guitarist
  • Capacity: 24
  • Largest group: 24
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
  • House wine: £17 per bottle