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La Lanterna

83 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EE , Scotland (Cowgate)
+44 131 226 3090
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Ranked #174 of 1,791 restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
Description: If your idea of an Italian meal means real Italian home-made dishes, real Italian hospitality, real Italian atmosphere and a homely dining experience like that of a real Italian family, then let Italian mamma Toni really take care of you at her La Lanterna ristorante in Edinburgh’s city centre.
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Having searched for the best part of an hour for a good restaurant to have a birthday dinner, we happened upon La Lanterna. The menu choices and food were good and the service was astounding. Friendly and welcoming, the staff made it a meal to remember. They brought over a Happy Birthday piece of cheesecake for my father-in-law and the... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

The 3 course lunch meal for less than a fiver is what initially got us through the door, the quality is what will make us return. Extremely cheap for what it offers, their authentic pizzas are fantastic, their service is prompt and there's nothing to complain about, really. Little great place.

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Solihull
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68 reviews 68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

On a recent visit to Edinburgh, we wanted to go somewhere good for our final evening out. We had already booked Jamie's Italian, but had a change of heart after reading the reviews, and instead found ourselves at La Lanterna. The place itself is fairly small and is not exactly what you might call "fancy", but what makes it so... More

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Two three course meals, a bottle of wine and a couple of beers all for less than £60.Result! Waiters were very attentive and they were up for a laugh and a joke. Food all well prepared and very tasty. One of the best Tiramisu's I've tasted since I was in Italy. Certainly better than all the overpriced chain restaurants in... More

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Grandville, Michigan
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21 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We had a good selection of food including two different pizza's, a risotto and a pasta dish. each was good to very good. The restaurant is small and the seating is pretty tight. The night we were there the restaurant was a little short-staffed but they were hustling and friendly. The only small down side is that they were pushing... More

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London, United Kingdom
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14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

I had dinner with my family (wife,15 daughter and 11 son) here. We shared all dishes and really enjoyed tasty foods and warm services. Especially, pizza is one of the dest in UK. Highly recommend for family use.

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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33 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I’ve lived in Edinburgh for a wee while now, but never visited this restaurant before, while out with another couple we decided to pop in for an early evening meal. The menu is all the usual suspects, I found the waiters to be a bit pre occupied, getting distracted with who was coming through the door next. The food was... More

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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48 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Enjoyed a evening meal in this busy atmospheric restaurant food and service very good excellent value , would dine here again .

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Surrey
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

Recommended to this restaurant and not disappointed. Good location on centre of town. Warm welcome from friendly staff. Good menu and wine list. Relaxed and friendly service. Great ambience throughout the evening. Would recommend to anyone and will certainly use again.

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