96 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2AX
  • Telephone 0131 629 1750
  • Opening times Daily: 10am–midnight.
  • Seasonal times Open slightly later in summer and Edinburgh Festival season
  • Food served Sun–Thu noon–9.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–10.30pm.
  • Average price £8.95 (Mon–Sat); £24 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website mia-restaurant.co.uk

Relaxed Italian restaurant with a quirky vibe, good for families and groups looking for a fun meal.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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

Airy and quietly stylish, Mia accommodates a lot of people in a large space divided by its central bar and kitchen. On the tables, antique shop side plates are prettily mismatched and the menu comes inside an original vintage album cover – think country-and-western compilations to Elton John classics. As menus go, it’s a long-player – all the usual Italian staples are there alongside some more imaginative combinations. Scallops with creamy white cannellini beans is a winner and the melanzane alla parmigiana is text-book unctuous. The specials board is brief and some of the main courses might hint at a lack of passion in the kitchen but a ravishing crème brûlée ticks all the flavour and texture boxes and service is genuinely conscientious.

  • High point: Warm, relaxed atmosphere
  • Low point: Feeling that the kitchen might run on auto-pilot
  • Notable dish: Melanzane alla parmigiana
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Italian, jazz, an eclectic mix
  • Live entertainment: Occasional live music, predominantly guitar
  • Capacity: 90
  • Largest group: 90
  • Open since: 2013
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £15.95 per bottle