Zucca Edinburgh

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Zucca, an “artisan” 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.
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JB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. Staff very knowledgeable and friendly

T
London
25 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had the Express Lunch as a pre-theatre meal on Saturday. One course and a soft drink for £9.95 is excellent value. Seated downstairs which is okay but prefer upstairs.

d
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

No complaints: food, service & ambience good. I would reccomend restaurant to friends and family.

RB
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at Zucca and we were very impressed with the service and the food. It got very busy but we still didn't have long to wait for our food. If you like dark chocolate, the chocolate and orange bombe is to be highly recommended. We will certainly be back.

AF
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Was not busy at 8pm on a Saturday evening, but the menu was nice, if a little pricey. Moretti lager on draft, and good service. Exactly what we wanted after visiting the cinema.

LC
London
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service, will definitely be back. Really handy for the Lyceum and Usher Hall.

CH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Generally a reliable place to eat. Great service. Very handy before visting theater next door

j
London
28 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and friendly service.

DM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre Tattoo meal

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AM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regular diners at Zucca. The staff there are so professional, so pleasant. Looking forward to our next visit!

F
London
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good for pretheatre in that part of Edinburgh

SD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zucca, in one word AMAZING. The quality of food, menu variety and friendliness of staff is excellent. A very busy concert internal on Sunday and yet everyone was serve promptly. Love going there.

RV
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am glad to have discovered Zucca in the last couple of years. It is an excellent restaurant. There are not too many things on the menu. I particularly like the Venetian sole+spinach dish. I have had it several times; the fish is always beautifully fresh and the flavours are exquisite. The staff know their customers and there is always a sense of personal welcome. The ambience is quiet and there is always the right balance of warmth and reserve. The interior design is good, across two levels. Importantly, there is no background music. (Or, at least, it is so very low that I don't recall it, and it is something that I would notice as it often spoils a restaurant for me.) That's another indicator that it is a rather fine restaurant. I normally live at the other end of the country, but Zucca is now always on my list when I visit Edinburgh. Well done!

p
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dependable as usual. Perfect for pre-concert & pre-theatre on either side!

GC
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a very pleasant dining experience with excellent food wine and service not to mention great value for money

CB
London
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous staff that are most accommodating even at their busiest times. Service, food and ambiance perfect - we and friends enjoyed our meal and wished we did to have to rush away., Thank you to all that supported us

OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time at Zucca and we'll definitely be going back. The staff are brilliant, as is the food. Thanks so much for looking after us😁

RH
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service given the pressures of a full house for a pre concert meal.
Great food and wine.

Perfect!

KC
Essex
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food fantastic, great ambience. The lamb stew was wonderful and fresh veg great. Very disapointed with my starter! I chose the pear and blue cheese salad. To say the cheese was sparse would be an understatement. You had to search for the pear which was concealed under a bed of rocket salad, three pieces of cheese smaller then a small sugar cube were hidden within.In my opinion a total waste of money. My wife's starter, the salmon, wonderful and lots of it.

NM
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal, quickly served. The antipasti was generous for two people and the pappardelle bolognese was delicious. The chocolate and orange bombe was amazing! Service so personal and prompt. Great value, so handy for the surrounding theatres. Will definitely return!

LY
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaraunt, excellent service and great food. Adapted food to specific requirements of one of our party and wheelchair user able to access easily. Very happy with our visit. Here for the fringe and no doubt we will be back next year

JA
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had booked an early table to eat before the Tattoo; the service was good and very friendly. The food was delicious. They knew we had to have an early meal, the service was good but not too rushed.

AC
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and friendly service - great value and perfectly efficient for a pre-theatre meal. Restaurant was busy but our meals arrived promptly and were delicious.

p
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reliable as usual. Perfectly grilled scallops. Excellent Sardinian fish stew.
Surprising to be so quiet during Festival time.

HO
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Really nice meal and the staff were very accommodating to us, especially given it was just us. My son wasn’t too keen on the gnocchi he ordered but everything else was lovely. We’ll definitely return.

RH
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wine and service. Well set up for pre theatre meals. Sensible prices on desserts and cheese
Well recomended

JO
London
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fine food with fine service but the wine list is a bit sparse.

SB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very well organised and slick service. Ideal for a pre-theatre meal.
Good food.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a short turn around given theatre and they were super speedy and great food!

PR
London
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very convenient location for the event we were attending at the Usher Hall. The staff were excellent and the food was good. However, the 'dishes' for serving food were not so good. The bread and the starters were served on what appeared to be flat slate plates that were too big for the table. We even had the staff apologising for them as they tried to fit them on the table. And my main course was served as a bowl each containing the stew of the day, potatoes and broccoli. I would have liked them all on one plate.

GC
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and wine with excellent service and location.
What is not to like?!

A
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's the perfect place for pre-theatre being so handy for the Lyceum, Usher Hall & Traverse.

A
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It can be a bit noisy probably due to the layout of the restaurant but we still like the ambience.

J
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and good service. Would go again.

JL
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service, good food. One of our best meals while in Edinburgh.

AK
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff friendly and attentive. Mushroom risotto best I have tasted in ages.

SS
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice relaxed and airy place for a pre-theatre dinner. Staff were friendly and helpful. A very pleasant experience and I would come again

L
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were lovely and very helpful. Food was lovely and very fresh. Would definitely go back. Have started to spread the word already.

MH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Advised restaurant it was a Birthday celebration and they presented dessert on a slate emblazoned with Happy Birthday- nice touch and well appreciated- bonus to an excellent meal - thank you

RD
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a welcome return, after an extended hiatus, to an old and favourite haunt, happily nothing had changed, well you can't improve on perfection, the sole fillets with a side of garlic bread, sublime, and the chocolate orange bombe, a nice light dessert to finish.

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