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La Lanterna

#323 of 1,952 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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Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 388
    Excellent
  • 151
    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 25
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Tasty steak and lovely atmosphere

Mmmmm I have to say I've just read the recent reviews and I have to say this restaurant is a lovely restaurant, staff were friendly and very accommodating. Calamari, prawn cocktail and the steaks were fab, proper hand cooked chips and big portions. I was stuffed after two courses so cannot comment... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
Sarah M
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Mmmmm I have to say I've just read the recent reviews and I have to say this restaurant is a lovely restaurant, staff were friendly and very accommodating. Calamari, prawn cocktail and the steaks were fab, proper hand cooked chips and big portions. I was stuffed after two courses so cannot comment on the desserts. They did look nice though.... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

La Laterna used to be one of our regular lunch-stops over the years. We returned last week after a period of absence only to discover that Toni has moved on and that the restaurant is under new management. And it shows. Dirty, untidy toilets (with no hot water too boot), poor food, indifferent staff. This restaurant used to be heaving... More 

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Scotland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

Mid- week and "quiet" but noisy intrusive music and food more "Italian homely" than bistro. Overpriced but friendly.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

From the looks of the place and the menue I had high hopes. Went in and although not being busy, had to wait until I was welcomed and directed to a table. The wine list is very good but unfortunatly hardly any open wines, which would be good for singles or small groups with less wine drinkers. Antipasti was fresh,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

Group of 8 girls who had never visited Edinburgh before took a punt and chose la lanterns for a late lunch/early dinner and had a wonderful time! From the moment we walked in the staff were attentive & making sure we were all happy very good service not made to feel rushed as we spent a couple of hours enjoying... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Myself and five friends visited this place on Friday evening. We were on a weekend away and used TA for advice. Disappointingly this restaurant badly needed a make over. Despite the restaurant not being busy when we arrived the service was appalling. No organisation. One waiter and two inexperienced girls who slammed the drinks onto tables. The starters were passable.... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

myself , son and daughter were drawn down to this place by the special lunch offer. seemed too good to be true but the pizza was fantastic and would have still given it full marks at the regular price. puddings were particulary good value - only three on offer but that was what what we were going to have anyway... More 

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newcastle
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72 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Visited this Italian restaurant lunch time went for 3 coarse £5.95 Luke warm soup then calzone pizza which was average , nothing special

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

We googled Italian restaurants in Google and this was at the top of the list with the best reviews. It's a lovely family run restaurant just of George Street so very easy to get to. They were busy when we arrived so took a little while to be served but our interactions with the staff were very friendly and welcoming.... More 

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Lancashire
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35 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

booked for a meal for six people, the food was ok but the wine was quite expensive and the service was quite slow

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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