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Zucca Restaurant & Cafe

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15-17 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AX, Scotland
+44 131 221 9323
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Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Zucca is an Italian restaurant, located in the west end of Edinburgh's...
Zucca is an Italian restaurant, located in the west end of Edinburgh's theatre district, is a firm favourite with the pre-theatre crowds, tourists and locals alike, looking for great food without too much fuss and formality. Ideally situated in between the Royal Lyceum, the Usher hall and the Travers theatre, it aims to offer elegant but simple food, using fine Italian and Scottish produce, reflecting both seasonality and the chefs' creativity, maintaining a Mediterranean theme throughout. The food is complimented by an unpretentious selection of good wines, moderately priced; highlighting the best style each Italian region has to offer. The restaurant operates Tuesday-Saturday (bookings strongly advised for theatre times) and is open for Usherhall Sunday and Monday performances. Telephone for details
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    Very good
  • 24
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  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Well worth a visit

This place does what it does really well. The only thing that used to let it down were the desserts, but I must say, wow, what an improvement!! I visited last weekend with my husband and we decided to have three courses from the evening set menu. At £18.95, it is great deal. We had the home... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
UKtraveller15
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East Lothian, United Kingdom
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  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
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163 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
East Lothian, United Kingdom
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

This place does what it does really well. The only thing that used to let it down were the desserts, but I must say, wow, what an improvement!! I visited last weekend with my husband and we decided to have three courses from the evening set menu. At £18.95, it is great deal. We had the home smoked salmon, which... More 

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Edinburgh, UK
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
603 helpful votes 603 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

We had visited this restaurant several times in the past mainly because it is conveniently situated for the entertainment district of Edinburgh - next to the concert hall, the theatres and the art cinema. The price of the pre theatre menu is also very good. Lately however the restaurant has gone severely downhill. during our last visit the food was... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Actually a superb dinner, pre-theatre or otherwise, and with or without special offers such as Groupon. The plates are beautifully and properly balanced, cooked and presented, and the portions are generous. Only 2 of us had starters - bruschetta and the pea and ham soup, both excellent. We got boring with the mains: having tried the wild mushroom risotto before,... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I booked a table here after searching for places to eat near the Usher Hall. I was going to a concert with 2 friends and we wanted to be close by as we didn't have much time. I had never even heard of the place but was surprised at how nice the décor and food was as the website would... More 

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Grangemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Beene here a few times the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. I am gluten free and find going out a daunting experience due to contamination the staff are very knowledgable in allergies and have sperate areas for cooking. Very good prices highly recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Excellent. Great food and service. Staff were friendly. Service was quite quick considering for a weekend. Highly recommended.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

we were a party of 15 , everyone enjoyed the food, the menu offers choices to suit most people and it is very reasonably priced, the wine was also very good.The restaurant was quiet when we were there but I was impressed at how well spaced the tables are, even when it is full, no-one would feel squashed in and... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This is one of my favourite places to eat in Edinburgh. I have been for dinner and lunch on a number of occasions and have never been disappointed. Food, service and wines have always added to a great experience.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Six of us booked for New Year's Eve and had a very enjoyable meal. The prices were reasonable, with a good set menu and enough choice to please all. From soup or pate to chicken, beef or vegetables, everyone was delighted with their choices. The staff were friendly and served us quickly. The prosecco was tasty and the wine choices... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Visited this restaurant before a concert at the Usher Hall. We were downstairs and think it might be a bit better upstairs - bit of a draught when the door opened. We all enjoyed the food which was of a consistently high standard. The service was excellent and good humoured. My only small gripe was that my delicious beef main... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 15-17 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AX, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > West End
  • Neighborhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +44 131 221 9323

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 23 - 38
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Large groups, Doing business

Description

Zucca is an Italian restaurant, located in the west end of Edinburgh's theatre district, is a firm favourite with the pre-theatre crowds, tourists and locals alike, looking for great food without too much fuss and formality. Ideally situated in between the Royal Lyceum, the Usher hall and the Travers theatre, it aims to offer elegant but simple food, using fine Italian and Scottish produce, reflecting both seasonality and the chefs' creativity, maintaining a Mediterranean theme throughout. The food is complimented by an unpretentious selection of good wines, moderately priced; highlighting the best style each Italian region has to offer. The restaurant operates Tuesday-Saturday (bookings strongly advised for theatre times) and is open for Usherhall Sunday and Monday performances. Telephone for details

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Staying in West End

Neighborhood Profile
West End
Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in industrial Britain had their most desirable neighborhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes. Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along the district’s busy main roads. Lothian Road connects to southern Edinburgh and harbors a vague entertainment district: three theaters and the city’s main indie cinema. All attract a select crowd, the sort who appreciate the Saturday Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market around the corner. The West End’s other great thoroughfare, Shandwick Place, is dominated by trams trundling out to the suburbs and airport, and shoppers picking up last-minute items before hopping aboard.