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Zest

#435 of 1,950 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
New Town
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15 North St. Andrew Street, Edinburgh EH2 1HJ, Scotland
+44 (0)131 556 5028
Today
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Not your usual Indian restaurant, Zest is smart and modern with a terrific...
Not your usual Indian restaurant, Zest is smart and modern with a terrific menu combining classic and inventive dishes. The decor in this bright, airy, centre-of-town shopfront is clean and open, with white walls, blond chairs, contemporary styling. The menu includes dishes like starter of Zest's own tandoori trout, main course of medium-spicy Jaipuri chicken with fried mushrooms, onions and capsicums with Punjabi masala in thick sauce. Peshwari naan and bhajis are excellent. The service is hip and friendly and the wine list well matched to the flavours. And yes, there is chicken tikka masala, if you must, but this is a great place for exploring new flavours.
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Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Doing business
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 85
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
excellent food, great service

We had a gorgeous meal here recently. It was very busy but they fit us in even though we didn't have a reservation, probably advisable to book a table. The food was gorgeous and the atmosphere was good, the staff were all very friendly. Totally excellent

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
tanjirsubhan
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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167 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We had a gorgeous meal here recently. It was very busy but they fit us in even though we didn't have a reservation, probably advisable to book a table. The food was gorgeous and the atmosphere was good, the staff were all very friendly. Totally excellent

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Zest is an excellent place to eat This is in Edinburgh's new town and it's location is excellent for sightseers and shoppers alike. The lunchtime menu is varied and is excellent value. The service is friendly and very attentive. I have to make one point I respect the min price as they have limited seating and zest gets very busy... More 

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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Eaten here twice recently and the foods varied terrible and quiet good. There's a good choice but it's slightly over priced considering the quality. Gives the impression of all being reheated/frozen/premade/bought in and only assembled on site. The staff try very hard, not always getting it right but trying. Would go back for a basic lunch sandwich etc but not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This restaurant was recommended to us by an Indian friend of ours, and we were not disappointed in any shape or form. From the moment we walked through the door, the service was exemplary. We weren't planning to stay too long, we were eating prior to a performance at the Edinburgh Playhouse. The meal itself was one of the finest... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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19 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

we made the fatal mistake of going to the first restaurant near our hotel, the service was that bad it , funny, it was like being at Faulty Towers, ,nice people but ,oh dear. the food was only average, at best, shame

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Just visited this Indian and iv got to say this is the worst Curry iv ever had in my entire life, me and my partner have spent the weekend here for his birthday and thought we'd have an Indian after reading all the positive feed back for zest we thought we'd go there, the starter wasn't even cooked so the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Myself and a friend were looking for a place for dinner on a monday night. We found Zest and whilst the layout of the restaurant may not be the most fancy place you can dine in, the food quality and service was top class. Would definitely recommend the specials. Price paid was in line with expectations for an Indian restaurant,... More 

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Darwen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Had main course only.....staying at tge Ibis near the Scott Memorial so felt we had to have the lamb dish! Hubby had manflu so waiter recommended 297 chicken dish which would cure him!! Possibly the best two Indian dishes we have ever had. Compliments to the chef and thank you for a lovely hour out......and hopefully the subtle spices will... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 via mobile

I make a point of eating here every month with colleagues whilst visiting Edinburgh on business - the food is always excellent - I can't go long without a fix of their green herb vegetables in particular! The service is always fantastic and the staff are amongst the most friendly I've met. I've never been to Broughty Ferry, but check... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Staff were extremely friendly and the food was simply fabulous. Succulent tender lamb, the salmon was great and the nan perfect. Highly recommend it.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 15 North St. Andrew Street, Edinburgh EH2 1HJ, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighborhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)131 556 5028

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 22 - 37
  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Entertaining clients

Description

Not your usual Indian restaurant, Zest is smart and modern with a terrific menu combining classic and inventive dishes. The decor in this bright, airy, centre-of-town shopfront is clean and open, with white walls, blond chairs, contemporary styling. The menu includes dishes like starter of Zest's own tandoori trout, main course of medium-spicy Jaipuri chicken with fried mushrooms, onions and capsicums with Punjabi masala in thick sauce. Peshwari naan and bhajis are excellent. The service is hip and friendly and the wine list well matched to the flavours. And yes, there is chicken tikka masala, if you must, but this is a great place for exploring new flavours.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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