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93 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9AW
  • Telephone 0131 228 6863
  • Bar open Mon/Tue & Sun noon–11pm; Wed–Sat noon–midnight.
  • Food served Mon–Thu & Sun noon–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–10.30pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri noon–4pm; Sat/Sun noon–5pm
  • Pre-theatre price £9.95
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Mini Scottish chain serving an interesting mix of Mexican-style street food and drinks in a vibrant, colourful environment.

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Spectrums of hanging lights, dangles of bright red chilli, gilt mirrors framed with Frida Khalo, Dali-esque geckos above the bar: Topolabamba brings a happy tapas of Pacific coast primary colour to Lothian Road. The three-strong Scottish chain goes all in on the fun-time sunshine vibes, its fiesta of knick-knackery, graffiti walls and gleeful Day of the Dead wallpaper (even in the loos) is a fitting setting for sharing a sprawling selection of street food-y dishes with friends over a few Friday night frozen Margaritas. Inspired by their own travels, the owners have spiced up the standard Mexican selection with a mix n Mex of tapas dishes, like crab ceviche, queso fundido, big Californian Gulf Coast prawns, chipotle bbq pulled beef burger on a torta roll (go on, slap on some chipotle sauce!) and chorizo taquitos. Then take the heat off with churros or a tequila toffee pineapple dessert. While not every dish sings, Topolabamba offers a no-fuss, fun stop on a night out. Don’t forget to ask for a sombrero.

The List's rating






James Teideman visited Topolabamba on 30 January 2019
  • High point: Fun vibes
  • Low point: Smaller tables a squeeze for sharing several dishes
  • Notable dish: Chorizo taquitos
  • Average price: £9.95 (set lunch); £16 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Hispanic beats
  • Capacity: 116
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2016
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £16.45 per bottle