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La Lanterna

#243 of 1,976 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
New Town
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83 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EE , Scotland
+44 131 226 3090
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer

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  • Food
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice lunch

Arrived on Saturday just after 12pm with no booking, were seated but advised we could only occupy the table for an hour. Served quickly. Three of us had starters, mains and soft drinks. Food nice, everything hot and very fresh. Waiting staff pleasant and very efficient. Only comment would be the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Arrived on Saturday just after 12pm with no booking, were seated but advised we could only occupy the table for an hour. Served quickly. Three of us had starters, mains and soft drinks. Food nice, everything hot and very fresh. Waiting staff pleasant and very efficient. Only comment would be the tables are squashed in and when the table behind... More 

Thank JackieCDundee
Fife. Scotland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very disappointed. Service excellent, WOT food we got very good. BUT half of food we wanted which was on menu UNAVAILABLE, even banana split. No coke or Irn Bru. Only thing in there favour not charged for sweets but only 2 out of party of 6 had 1as what the others asked for they didn't have.

Thank Karen D
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here on a Friday night hoping for some good Italian food. From the outset our experience was poor. We were squeezed onto a table right at the back between the bar and the dessert fridge. We were kindly handed the menu, which looked alright. The drinks menu took another 10 minutes. We ordered calamari to start which was... More 

Thank hungry_hippo21212
Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not a good experience at La Lanterna I'm affraid. Firstly, the restaurant is dirty and the decor is looking tired. The toilets being especially dirty, they appeared not to have been cleaned for some time. I had to send my steak back as it was over cooked. I also had to send back a side order of veg. Even when... More 

Thank DW0875
Edinburgh, Scotland
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked this restaurant for a special meal as we all like Italian food and thought we wouldn't go wrong with this long-standing family owned restaurant. We were last there years ago but nothing has changed, same rather cramped set-up with furniture in need of a make over but with old fashioned charm. The first sign that the evening wasn't... More 

Thank Georgie011
Biggar, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner here last night with friends. It had been a while since my last visit. Absolutely amazing. Food was fresh and perfect. The specials board was excellent. Great service and atmosphere. Highly recommended 🍾

Thank rho66
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very poor Food good service awful they advised the party take in a cake for sharing four requests and 45 minutes after eating cake with candles lit arrived No cutlery plates napkins worst meal out for years would not eat there again no one asked if party wanted drinks after starter or main meal did not offer tip it was... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Decided to visit here based on the reviews! Sadly we were disappointed. The restaurant was very busy,which is a good thing, but very noisy. We were seated and then it must have been 10 minutes before we were given menus and asked if we would like a drink. We finally ordered our meals and a bottle of wine. Our starter... More 

Thank Victoriasandwich
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84 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cosy basement restaurant managed to squeeze us, a party of 12 in easily. Great food, great ambience, great staff. All food hot and tasty, will definitely be back soon! Thanks!

Thank pointsslave
Bangkok, Thailand
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

A hair was found in one of our dishes. The food was below average despite being above averagely priced. We ordered 3 different risotto dishes - the risotto rice was not arborio (as specified on the menu) but long grain white rice. The 3 dishes were also extremely similar despite being different on the menu. For the price paid, this... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 83 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighborhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 226 3090

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in New Town

Neighborhood Profile
New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighborhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.
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