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Beautiful, vibrant buzzy Italian restaurant situated in one of Edinburgh’s most beautiful rooms. This former banking hall is modelled on a Florentine Palazzo and delivers everything you want from a fabulous, authentic contemporary Italian restaurant.  We source our produce direct from the markets in Italy and change our menus every month with the seasons. Our homemade pasta and delicious Puglian focaccia is made fresh every morning. Our food is perfect for sharing. A fun, informal and very special family restaurant.

10/10 Joanna Blythman in the Sunday Herald 2017

Hitlisted in The List Eating & Drinking Guide for Best Italian for the last 8 years

Tiplisted for best place to enjoy breakfast and brunch


Tapas / Dim Sum

Main Pudding
£41.00 £4.00
Wine per bottle £22.00
Filter Coffee £2.50
Bread £2.00
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

Highchair, Menu

The chef

Carina Contini is one of the leading figures in Scottish food.

Her family came here from Italy and settled in East Lothian where they ran fish and chip shops and cafes and introduced the locals to their first taste of Italian food.


Carina was the first female chef to be appointed to the Slow Food Alliance and this year she was named a Scotland 2014 Food and Drink Ambassador.


Carina's Scottish Kitchen Garden Cookbook was published 2014 and received fantastic reviews by critics and readers alike.
'Victor and Carina Contini are outstanding restaurateurs who are passionate about food and knowledgeable about the â ‘buzz’ and atmosphere that a really good restaurant should have. They marry Italian elegance with Scottish savvy to create spectacular fresh dishes.'



Private dining


We are delighted to introduce our beautiful private dining room 
at Contini George Street in conjunction with Bellavista - Italy’s answer to Champagne.

Located on the lower floor, inside the former banking vault, our newly refurbished private dining room offers a luxurious, light and airy setting. Our walls are lined with fantastic wines, floor to ceiling mirrors, striking view on to our mini garden wall and Bellavista butterflies. 

Guests are able to enjoy a truly unique setting with personalised menus, private waiter and our impressive purpose built dining room table seating up to 18 guests.

The perfect setting for corporate dinners, family gatherings, intimate weddings, tutored wine tastings or breakfast meetings. 

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103 George Street, New Town, EH2 3ES
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Opening hours
Monday12 pm-3 pm, 5 pm-10 pm
Tuesday12 pm-3 pm, 5 pm-10 pm
Wednesday12 pm-3 pm, 5 pm-10 pm
Thursday12 pm-3 pm, 5 pm-10 pm
Friday12 pm-3 pm, 5 pm-10 pm
Saturday12 pm-10:30 pm
Sunday12 pm-10 pm

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2020 Hardens London Restaurant Guide

"User friendly in price, size and outlook"

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