Al Fresco

Al Fresco
22 Union Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3NQ
  • Telephone 0131 556 7771
  • Food served Mon–Sat 5–10.30pm. Closed Sun.
  • Pre-theatre times 5–7pm, any night the Playhouse is operating
  • Average price £18 (lunch); £18 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £14.50
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Eating & Drinking Guide

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There’s something of a Giuliano’s theme to this stretch of Union Place, with the original restaurant, the takeaway next door and this incarnation just a few doors down. Don't be too alarmed by the name: Edinburgh's brisk easterly wind is kept at bay by full-length windows and there's always plenty of warmth from up-beat staff. Regarded as the 'rustic' version of the original Giuliano's, Al Fresco is also the venue more frequently utilised for group bookings. A good value pre-theatre menu plays to the Playhouse crowd, although this can mean that it gets a bit quiet when the doors open over the road. The menu tends towards comfort rather than adventure, with cold and warm antipasti, a dozen pasta options, generous mains of steak, veal, stuffed chicken breast and lamb, plus a line-up of crowd pleasing desserts from gelato to hot chocolate fudge cake. [See also entry for Giuliano's below.]

  • Average price: £18 (lunch); £18 (dinner)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu
  • Music on stereo: Italian pop ballads
  • Capacity: 65
  • Largest group: 65
  • Open since: 1994
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £13.80 per bottle
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