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The Jolly Restaurant

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9 Elm Row, Edinburgh EH7 4AA, Scotland
+44 131 5562833
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4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars

had alovely time at THE JOLLY RESTAURANT, would definitly return, staff is very friendly and helpful. thank You

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 10, 2015
ellie g
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Aberfeldy, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I last went to this place when I was a student in Edinburgh sometime in the early 90s so it was great to go back there. And the decor hasn't changed: still has old black and white pictures on the walls, large dining room, fake wood panelling, and various memorabilia from some part of Italy. If you are expecting luxury,... More 

Thank shadbury_bonwell
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had meal here on Wednesday night and I have had worse Italian's but can't remember when, The Pizza had very low grade ingredients and the spaghetti carbonara was clarity, The house wine? well wish we hadn't bothered. O and the music was very intrusive.

Thank oraloon
Level Contributor
14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

I have lost count of how many times I have visited over the last 20 or more years. This really is an authentic family run Italian which can not be beaten! Food is fantastic, tasty, huge portions, amazing value for money. My family and I go for lunch/dinner and host larger family occasions there and we have never been disappointed.... More 

Thank EdinburghLab
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

We are returning customers to this charming and authentic Italian restaurant, food was excellent and Vito was most accommodating and efficient, however there was a young waitress who seemed to be new to the job and shied away from taking orders or assisting the customers with additional requests, maybe down to inexperience, however this did not spoil the occasion in... More 

Thank upintheairEdinburgh
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

had alovely time at THE JOLLY RESTAURANT, would definitly return, staff is very friendly and helpful. thank You

Thank ellie g
Eyemouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

The place was alright itself,BUT was very hot,the prices in menus were not listed.i ordered beed lasagna and when i got it i fould 3 tiny balls of meat in it the rest was just cheese and tomatoe sauce and no meat at all!!! My mum ordered a steak with chips.1)can't chew it 2) burned 3)felt like it was microwaved... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We were staying at the Crowne Plaza (Royal Terrace) just around the corner and happened to be looking for somewhere to eat one evening. This Italian restaurant looked ok from the outside, but we were amazed by the service and the huge portions of food. The decor made us feel like we were in Italy. The restaurant got busier as... More 

Thank shazza4024
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This restaurant is hidden gem. The pizzas are all wood fired. Lunch here is a steal.- 3 courses for £6.20 for 3 purses . Decor dated but we go there for the food! !!

Thank Shonaw35
Motherwell, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Cannot comment on the evening service which seems to be the brunt of the people who have issues reviews but I found this place when staying in Leith last year, loved it so much went back next day and just as good quality, then 2 months later 3 days in a row and the owner still recognised me. I don't... More 

Thank Deka82
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

We stopped here tonight on our last night in Edinburgh for a quick late snack. We shared a lovely pizza and had wine and coffee. Very efficient and friendly service and good food,and a good atmosphere, I wish we had visited the restaurant earlier in our holiday and will definitely do so next time we are here.

Thank jo553

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9 Elm Row, Edinburgh EH7 4AA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Leith
  • Neighborhood: Leith
  • Phone Number: +44 131 5562833

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?