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“Tapa - not a good choice for a romantic meal” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tapa

Tapa
Ranked #54 of 2,437 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $50
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: No matter where you are in Spain, a moments walk from the main tourist traps will almost always immerse you in the hustle and bustle of real Spanish life- busy bars and restaurants full of animated discussions conducted over fresh, homemade food. With this in mind, we selected our home of 19 Shore Place as the perfect venue to recreate this wonderful ambiance in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Tapa - not a good choice for a romantic meal”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

Ate dinner here last night with my partner, mixed feelings about the experience. Food portions were generous (for savoury dishes) but we had to ask twice for my partner's drink, which didn't arrive until we had almost finished our mains. The shared dessert of churros (Spanish-style doughnuts) and chocolate - which we were very much looking forward to - was absolutely terrible! The churros were severely undercooked and the chocolate sauce was watery and runny - inedible! We were seated very close to other table and it was practically impossible to have a intimate conversation. Service was breezy but average, although there was certainly plenty of waiting staff. May go back for a casual lunch, not sure.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Minnie_S_12
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Tapa the Walk”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

My title's wee reference to the fact that the restaurant is that far away from Leith Walk the famous main street through Leith which leads from Princes Street to Leith Docks and the Shore area where there's lots of pubs and restaurants to choose from. Perhaps you'll choose Tapa for some Spanish food - excellent value, excellent food, smashing understated decor but with just enough Spanishness to not be trying too hard. Service was excellent from the welcome to the waiting staff, and overall they got it just right.
A word on the food - In my opinion, Spanish food is generally wholesome home cooking food, it's not meant to be particularly "fine" or delicate, but is tasty and filling and is very subtle because it's not overloaded with spices or "shouty" flavourings but has a "quiet" taste letting you taste the main ingredient.
Perhaps it's an acquired taste, but in my experience, very tasty just as in this restaurant experience. Plenty to choose from, and all seemed as good as the next one.
Just try it for yourself and make up your own mind.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jimbsa
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Leith
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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“Leith tapas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

Fantastic local restaurant situated in beautiful Leith. Warm friendly service, great food and amazing offers. Highly recommended. Ann

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Ann M
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“very enjoyable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Had lunch on Sunday 3 November with a Groupon voucher. The staff were professional. The style of the restaurant is plain but that is to its advantage. I don't want spanish kitch - after all its not Spain. The service was good and the restaurant is spotlessly clean. There is a great choice of dishes for all.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank annmac_10
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“Treat!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

Me and my wife had an amazing dinner here. After getting a voucher from the Internet to try some tapas we ended up ordering more as every plate was better than the last . Would recommend this restaurant to everyone that loves Spanish food !

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1 Thank Davehodgson101
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