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La Lanterna

83 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EE , Scotland (Cowgate)
+44 131 226 3090
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Ranked #254 of 1,859 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun 12:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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English first
Durham, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Booked a table in advance for a trip to Edinburgh after searching for a good value Italian restaurant on Trip Advisor and was very impressed. Extremely welcoming with excellent service throughout the night. The food was great with a good choice on the menu and specials board and is such good value for money. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant... More

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Buxton
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The same, welcoming little restaurant we visited some time ago, and just as hard to get a table at. That said, it's worth the effort. Great food, great service, intimate atmosphere and staff that will engage you as a regular whether you are or not. Fresh, simple flavours in abundance with a straight forward but nicely varied wine-list. Loved it... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Where else can you get three courses for lunch for £4.95 with great service and good food. Minestrone soup fresh hot and wonderful, choise of pastas or pizzas, 5 of each to choose. Pizza toom big for me pasta perfect. Fresh bread of different types also with meal, Skipped desert and has perfect fresh coffee. Used to have carafes of... More

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St Helens, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I always look forward to getting back to Edinburgh and visit La Lanterna and have done so for nearly 30 years because of the friendly family atmosphere and great food consistently on offer. It's first on the list for September when we're up to visit family.

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Welwyn Garden City, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

While travelling to Edinburgh on business our group used a free evening to enjoy the city and came across this small Italian. The service was excellent and all of our dishes were perfect. The pizza and pasta was perfect, and our colleagues fish in the white wine reduction smelt and tasted brilliant. As was the Gavi (dry italian white), great... More

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

La Laterna is a simple, lovely Italian restaurant. Waiters are helpful and will try to accomodate you if you do not have a reservation. The food is very good, simple but high quality. The after dinner epresso though, is not up to standard for an Italian.

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Nashville
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31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

After 3 nights of great food in Edinburgh my Italian wife wanted Italian food. So we ended up here. Had a reservation, should do, but if not they do all they can to seat you.i ordered from the evening specials, miss Italy got beef Stroganoff! Somewhere during the me she took my Veal! I am now her hero! Loves me... More

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scotland
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63 reviews 63 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We have dined in this restaurant several times (see previous reviews) in the evenings and always have enjoyed our experience. However, this time we decided to go for lunch on a Friday, We were told there were no special lunch menus and were quite happy to pay full price as per evening as we had always had lovely food and... More

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fife scotland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

You immediately feel the typical Italian hustle and bustle of this warm and friendly place. Service was efficient, Waiters were pleasant and welcoming. Food was lovely, nothing to complain about at all. All the food is freshly prepared including had cut chips!!!,. We normally eat at another established Italian restaurant in the city, but this wee gem will definitely have... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Came here during the fringe festival to be met by a friendly and welcoming reception by the host or manager. Staff where attentive and the food was great. Tried the lobster ravioli the waiter recommended and it was superb. My husband had the risotto and scampi (agli possibly!) and really enjoyed it too The home made cheese cake was equally... More

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