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Zucca Restaurant & Cafe

15-17 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AX, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
+44 131 221 9323
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Ranked #836 of 1,900 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Price range: $23 - $39
Cuisines: Italian
Neighborhood: Castle / Royal Mile / High St
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Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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  • English first
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English first
Morelia, Mexico
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2010

My wife and I ate at Zucca yesterday. We booked at noon for a 2:00 matinee. The service was friendly and attentive, the food quite nice, the atmosphere very pleasant, and the location for our play at the Royal Lyceum (with which Zucca shares the building) could not be beat. I noticed that many people were arriving for pre-theater as... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2010

I eat at Zucca about once every couple of months, mainly due to it's location next to the Lyceum, as I'm a member. I'm posting this as I think it has had a bit of a bad press on here. Zucca has a great pre theatre menu, which is surprisngly good value for the quality of food on offer. There... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2010 via mobile

A great Italian, modern, stylish without being fussy. Very good value for money, especially the lunch menue

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2010

i went to Zucca last week with my girlfriend, and i found the overall experience below my expectations. The menu is varied and does cater for a wide range of tastes. The service we recieved was a little bit short of what was expected as the waiter when pouring my girlfriends glass of lemonade spilt some of it. the atmosphere... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2010

We were advice by our concierge to visit this restaurant and it was the highlight of our week end. Good honest food, very good service and fantasic value (£45 for two 2 courses and a bottle of wine). Definetely one of the top finds in Edinburgh for us.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2010

Visted this restaurant for a pre theatre supper before an Usher performance. Friendly staff with very good value menu at £14.95 2 courses. Had the pigs head terrine to start and my wife had the king prawns, both very tasty. Both had the the duck Gnocchi with pistachio which again very tasty. Very busy night with the staffing a little... More 

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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2010

We stopped here for a quick lunch today before the matinee at the Theatre next door. We both tried the Tiramisu and we both, after one spoonful, decided it was the worst thing we had ever tasted. We are hoping we dont come down with food poisoning. I cant even tell you what it tasted like as you wouldnt publish... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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212 reviews 212 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2009

Very friendly and attentive staff, and a lovely atmosphere. The pre-theatre menu is good value (£13.95 for 2 courses) and there is a wider selection than on many pre-theatre menus I have seen (7 choices for starter and main). The wine list is reasonably priced. Unfortunately the portions were quite small, and the main meals didn't come with ANY vegetables... More 

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57 reviews 57 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2009

Although bit lacking in atmosphere on a wet Wednesday evening, 3 of us had a good meal and were impressed by the friendly waiting staff who made us very welcome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2009

Whether with friends or clients Zucca has produced best food combined with the best service on the city The owners both cook and manage the restaurant personally which is clearly demonstrated in the result. I be back time and again Peter

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Address: 15-17 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AX, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 221 9323
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Castle / Royal Mile / High St
Average Prices: USD 23 - 39
Cuisine: Italian

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