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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Birra Moretti

Family-run Greek taverna serving traditional mezze to loyal locals.

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A new spitaki or 'little house' popped up last year in what used to be the old Elbow bar, and word of mouth has been driving a well-deserved drove of diners to its front door since. Run by Christos Babalis and David Hastings, the Greek taverna keeps things simple; the split-level interior is done out in shades of holiday-memory blue and green, with whitewashed walls, but it’s the delicious mezze dishes that really bring on the Santorini and Kos flashbacks. Salty cheese saganaki (fried kefalotyri cheese in breadcrumbs) is intensely moreish; standout grilled octopus with ladoxydo dressing (anchovy and shallot vinaigrette) is beautifully fresh; the gigantes (butter beans in tomato sauce) are rich and herby, and sausage-shaped keftedes (minced pork and beef kebabs) go particularly well with a dollop of creamy tzatziki. It’s food designed to be shared informally (bad news if you wanted to hog that baklava plate), so invite friends, or better yet, book out the entire upstairs mezzanine for a sprawling Mediterranean get-together.

  • High point: Holiday vibes and delicious, simple Greek cooking
  • Low point: The day they took the sardines off the menu
  • Notable dish: Grilled octopus with ladoxydo dressing (anchovy and shallot vinaigrette) and fresh parsley
  • 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