Zara's Mediterranean Bistro

Zara's Mediterranean Bistro
176/1 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BA
  • Telephone 0131 225 2333
  • Opening times Mon–Thu 11am–2.30pm, 5–11pm; Fri/Sat 11am–3am. Closed Sun.
  • Seasonal times Closed Sunday in Jan and Feb; later opening in August
  • Food served Sun–Thu noon–11pm; Fri/Sat noon–midnight.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri 4.30–6.30pm
  • Pre-theatre price as above for lunch
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Zara's Mediterranean Bistro

Small, tastefully decorated bistro with extensive menu of good quality pan-Mediterranean mezze and grilled meat and seafood dishes.

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Located in the upper reaches of the tourist drag that is Rose St, entering Zara’s feels a bit like finding an oasis in the desert. Inside it's relaxed and tasteful, with exposed ceiling beams, textured wall tiles and muted tartan seating. Zara’s clearly has an ambition to be more than just cheap and cheerful and it succeeds. The menu just about manages to straddle Mediterranean mezze dining and Scottish bistro styles. There are a bunch of small plates that can work as either starters or mezze, including dips, bruschetta, filo parcels and some very tasty lamb meatballs. For those after the bistro experience, head for the steak and burgers, salmon and a handful of pasta and vegetarian dishes. While the menu may not stray too far from the tried and tested, Zara’s certainly delivers tasty, satisfying food in a pleasant, central location. Well-priced early dining and lunch options, along with outdoor seating, mean that Zara’s should appeal to late-night and weekend shoppers as well as just the tourist market.

The List's rating






Tracey Reilly visited Zara's Mediterranean Bistro on 8 February 2018
  • High point: Quality food and cheerful service
  • Low point: Wine list feels a wee bit uninspired
  • Notable dish: Mixed grill and mezze
  • Average price: £10 (set lunch); £18 (dinner)
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Classic pop and cover versions
  • Capacity: 34 (25 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 34
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
  • House wine: £16 per bottle