This restaurant has ceased trading.

62 Elm Row, Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH7 4AQ
  • Telephone 0131 556 7930
  • Opening times Mon–Fri 5:30–10pm; Sat & Sun noon–10pm.
  • Seasonal times Open later in festival depending on demand
  • Food served Mon–Sun 5.30–10pm.
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Intimate Leith neighbourhood taqueria offering fresh and fiery soft tacos inspired by international flavours.

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Dining at Bodega’s original Leith Walk taqueria is an intimate affair in every way. The personal touch begins with a sincere welcome from passionate foodie and host John Howard. Décor-wise images of Mexican wrestlers adorn the walls and Mexican-inspired fusions adorn the menu. Corn tortillas are hand-prepared in-house and provide the perfect accompaniment to the rich flavours they enfold. Two sets of two tacos are recommended for two diners – bypass the specials at your own risk: smoky chorizo combined with pan-fried squid, and tandoori chicken with garam masala aioli make unexpected but inspired fillings. Avocado three ways sounds like a challenge but with fresh guacamole to start, avocado tempura tacos to follow and refreshing avocado key lime pie to finish, there’s no weak link – just added vitamins with every course. Wash it all down with a jarrito or BYOB for a night out that won’t cost the price of a trans-Atlantic flight. Or, if you’re looking for the same ethos and great flavours in a bigger licensed premises, check out newly opened sister venue Bodega TollX.

The List's rating






Gill Thomson visited Bodega on 1 February 2018
  • High point: Locally sourced food, lovingly showcased
  • Low point: Popular spot so can get busy
  • Notable dish: Chorizo and squid tacos
  • Average price: £16 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Eclectic selection of staff's own playlists
  • Capacity: 22
  • Largest group: 22
  • Open since: 2013
  • BYOB: £5 per head corkage (Unlicensed at the moment)

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