133-135 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh, EH7 4JA
  • Telephone 0131 556 9423
  • Food served Mon–Thu 5–10pm; Fri–Sun noon–10pm.
  • Average price £17 (lunch); £17 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.spitaki.co.uk
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Family-run Greek taverna serving traditional mezze to loyal locals.

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Word of mouth seems to have got out about this little Greek taverna. Now into its second year, it attracts locals and others in the know who lap up very reasonably priced traditional Greek mezze, drink wine from copper lustre carafes or simply prop up the bar. This neighbourhood favourite is a proper family venture with twin sisters managing front-of-house and an uncle and niece team in the kitchen bringing the food they grew up with to a quiet New Town street. Although the menu features many recognisable dishes – tzatziki, dolmades, lamb chops and keftedes – it’s pleasantly surprising in its unadulterated style, more reminiscent of a holiday off the beaten track than a package tour. Celebrating what they feel is special about Greek eating, the food comes as and when it’s ready and is designed for sharing. As you tuck into grilled octopus and prawn saganaki flambéed in ouzo, it’s easy to see why the menu claims it’s normal for diners to order two or three times during a visit.

  • High point: Moreish mezze in lively local
  • Low point: One basket of pita isn't enough
  • Notable dish: Mum's home made bougatsa - creamy custard wrapped in golden crispy filo pastry
  • Private dining: Up to 25 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Contemporary and traditional Greek music
  • Capacity: 60 (12 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 60 (30 at weekends)
  • Open since: May 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £14 per bottle