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La Lanterna

83 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EE , Scotland (Cowgate)
+44 131 226 3090
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Ranked #247 of 1,836 restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Cowgate
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Kaneoke
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The food was good. The waiter was attentive. The manager was funny as he tried to convince people to try out the restaurant. I would go again

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Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I booked a meal here on vacation based on reviews, but was roundly disappointed. On a positive note, we did not get sick. I had the Chicken Cacciatore, which was a nondescript chicken filet in a Tesco-generic marinara sauce, loaded with cheap olives. There were two slices of green onion and one of onion for character. The salad was much... More

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Fife, Scotland
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Popped into here on thruway home from work but didn't realise if has been taken over. The food was terrible with no taste and the garlic bread, even though it was light the garlic was raw giving it a highly pungent flavour. The waiter kept insisting we order a large cone instead of a normal size and wasn't too happy... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Stopped off here for lunch and we were not disappointed. We were served complimentary homemade focaccia bread on arrival, which was delicious. We had a baby in tow and the waiters were only too happy to help carry the pram down the stairs to the restaurant. The menu offers a good choice of classic Italian dishes. The starter of garlic... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Previously visited this restaurant several times for lunch and was always pleased with the value and quality from the set lunch menu. On this basis I booked lunch for myself and six of my friends only to find that the set menu was not available and only the a l'carte to choose from. We therefore only had one course which... More

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

A nice meal with freindly service. The point I am taking off is for the food was a tad slow in coming to our table.

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

shopping in town,Noticed the lunch board on the street,very cosy little restaurant.Staff attentive food was freshly made.Service very good not a long wait for food.Wine lovely very reasonable prices,would pop back in here for lunch or dinner loved it.

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Penicuik
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Party of 8 visited this restaurant. Service was poor. Food either cold, burnt or not cooked. 7 mains served then a wait of 15 minutes for the 8th to be served. Was only charged for 6 of the main courses but it should have been no charge for at least 6 of the main courses. Please give this place a... More

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Kirklevington, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We were a party of 8 who had dinner there. We all had different dishes,we all agreed that it was a perfect meal. Starters, coffees and 3 bottles of excellent house white and the cost was still under £25 a head. Inside, the decor may be not very modern, but everything was spotlessly clean and the service was friendly and... More

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Stopped here yesterday for lunch while on a shopping trip in the city. From the moment we opened the door everything was perfect. Staff attentive but not over the top. Food was lovely and I am sure was all freshly made. Pasta and Lasagne dishes were superb. Prices very reasonable, extremely good value. As the restaurant is very small I'm... More

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