13 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2AF
  • Telephone 0131 523 1171
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 10am–midnight.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 8am–10pm; Sat/Sun 10am–10pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Fri noon–6.30pm; Sat noon–3pm.
  • Average price £15.95 (set lunch); £20 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £15.95 (£18.95 three courses)
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Photo of Amarone
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Birra Moretti

Large, crowd-pleasing restaurant and eat-in bar with good pizza and pasta options and a hint of George Street glitz.

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2016/17 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

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

If you like a large serving of glitz with your pizza then Amarone is your place. This vast zhooshed-up former bank building is all marble, mirrors and leather, making a restaurant that feels spacious, elegant and comfortable. The cooking lives up to the ambience: well-presented, confident cuisine that tastes as good as it looks. The starter of carpaccio and rocket is a pretty plateful of translucent pink beef, tangy leaves and carpenter’s curls of delicious parmesan. Scallops wrapped in pancetta are paired with a sun-dried tomato and chilli sauce that pings with heat and sweetness. Vegetarians may feel a little unloved by the relative lack of choice but tortelloni with wild mushrooms and ricotta is lifted into a superior league with a lip-smacking white wine and truffle reduction. Puddings are not the high point here, but there’s affogato with a choice of liqueurs and respectable Italian standards such as tiramisu and panacotta.

  • High point: Sense of style and great food
  • Low point: Can get busy and noisy at weekends
  • Notable dish: Tortelloni funghi e ricotta
  • Private dining: Up to 28 covers
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Mixed bag with a leaning to Italian tunes
  • Capacity: 215
  • Largest group: 200
  • Open since: 2011
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £18.95 per bottle