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Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Old Town
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25-27 | Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BP, Scotland
+44 131 225 2832
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went in on a whim and had relatively modest expectations as it doesn't look like much from the outside - but the food is sensational, a real underestimation. Would definitely recommend and come again. Excellent.

Thank Henry M
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a range of food, from vegan to meaty, and it was all delicious and very flavorful - like the best I've had in India! Good, attentive service too. Highly recommended.

Thank amertner
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We hadn't booked a table but they managed to squeeze us in. Absolutely amazing food. We were both very pleased with our food and would highly recommend here for food.

Thank Heather R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed overnight in Edinburgh and I looked on Internet for Indian places to eat. This restaurant is on Cockburn St, just off the Royal mile. We had to wait but this was no problem we had a pint in a nearby bar. We were eventually allocated a table and we were not disappointed the curries were well flavoured and... More 

Thank bloomingheather
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Another place we found on Tripadvisor and we took advice and booked early. We were here on a 6 nations weekend and it was very very busy. But the staff were excellent and had us seated quickly. Every table was full in the place and as soon as one entered the next filled. One couple arrived without a reservation and... More 

Thank vistamar68
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went for dinner. I had a deliciously spiced lamb starter, a cauliflower and potato main, which was just as good, accompanied by a truly excellent naan. When a restaurant does the little things that we'll, you feel that you are onto a winner. Pleasant staff, and reasonable prices complete a good meal.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were up for a new Indian restaurant and found Gurkha. Solid service and excellent food. Given the crowd in the restaurant it must have a good following. Right mount of spice, lots to pick from and good service. Will definitely head back the next time I am in EDI

Thank FamFunIllinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely curry, fantastic naan bread friendly staff, recommend chicken tikka as a starter and the korma curry was tasty

Thank Janet A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Set right at the bottom of a great walk up through the old section of the city. It's a small restaurant that takes pride in their service.The meals took a long time to reach our tables but when they arrived, they were worth the wait. The dishes that we ordered oozed with flavor and tastes that made it a great... More 

Thank Rick K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pleasant lunch of chicken pakora and mixed appetizer plate. Nice quality with pleasant spice. Found the Everest beer to be a bit watery. Not my favourite beer, but that is a matter of taste. Recommended.

Thank 13travellingmike

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $23
Indian, Asian, Nepali, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25-27 | Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BP, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 2832
Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant is a Authentic Nepalese and Indian restaurant based in the Heart of Edinburgh. This popular restaurant offers a unique journey through the Nepalese cuisine. As well as maintaining the authenticity of the food, Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant strives to elevate the Friendly and relaxed dining experience by following the changing food trends in Nepal. To join us please make a Online Reservation using our Online Booking Form. Gurkha Cafe & Resaurant has an extensive variety of extraordinary Nepalese delicacies as well as Indian all time favorite which are all prepared for a fantastic palate.

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Staying in Old Town

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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