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Al Dente

Leith · Italian
67 Reviews

About Al Dente

To experience a true taste of Italian cuisine in Edinburgh, take a trip down Easter Road where you’ll find Al Dente, a traditional trattoria serving up rustic Italian dishes. Tucked away over in Leith, this popular restaurant is well worth the trip, attracting diners from all over the city and maintaining its status as a favourite among local aficionados of Italian cuisine. In order to guarantee a table at Al Dente, booking ahead is advised.

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Al Dente
139 Easter Road, Leith
Edinburgh EH7 5QA

Opening Times

Closed today
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Chef's Choice



Fagottino di ricotta e asparagi

Filo pastry parcel stuffed with ricotta cheese and asparagus served on a bed of rocket and a sprinkle of lemon juice

Sautee di pesce

Scottish mussels, clams calamari and king prawns sautéed with garlic and white wine served with a slide of toasted garlic bread

Affettati misti

Selection of Italian cured meats and Apulian olives


Gnocchi alla sorrentina

Potatoes gnocchi cooked in a tomatoes and basil sauce and a touch of mozzarella cheese and parmesan

Linguine al pesto genovese

Fresh eggs linguine pasta with original genovese pesto (basil pestle, parmesan, pine nuts, potatoes, green beans and garlic)

Spaghetti ai frutti di mare

Spaghetti with clams, mussels, king prawns, squid, chopped tomatoes and white wine. Simply delicious….


Crema bruciata alla vaniglia

Italian style Vanilla creme’ brullee’

Torta di ricotta e nutella

Home made ricotta and nutella Italian sponge cake topped with granulated pistachio served with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream

Selezione di formaggi

Mixed selection of Italian cheeses serverd with biscuits

Further Information

Decorated in a simple, traditional style, Al Dente’s no-frills approach to things really lets the food speak for itself. Hailing from Lake Garda, Al Dente’s chef has a passion for bringing regional specialities from his homeland to the people of Edinburgh, serving up authentic, home-style cuisine – you won’t find any pre-cooked pasta on the menu at this Leith restaurant. Begin with some seafood like the fresh Scottish mussels seasoned with pepper or chilli or the deep-fried calamari on a bed of rocket with lemon and tartar sauce before moving on to a traditional Italian main.

You’ll find dishes like pollo ripieno prosciutto e asparagi (chicken breast stuffed with mozzarella, parma ham and asparagus served with roasted potatoes and vegetables) as well as Al Dente’s infamous pastas on the restaurant’s lengthy menu. Try one of the chef’s specialities like the paccheri al branzino (fresh pasta tube filled with a sea bass puree served with mussels and king prawns in a light seafood sauce) or keep it classic with the spaghetti alla carbonara. For a genuine Italian experience in Edinburgh, book a table at Al Dente over on Leith’s Easter Road.

67 Al Dente Reviews

Clare M.12 days ago · 1 review

Another lovely meal in Al Dente. Food fresh and delicious. Lovely wine, all very reasonably priced. As always, warmly welcomed too. You couldn’t ask for more!

Chloe B.20 days ago · 1 review

Very good food, and pleasant staff. We could hear speaking Italian in the kitchen, which made us feel like we were in Italy, it was lovely. Chef came to ask us if our food was okay as well! Will defo go back :)

Niall E.a month ago · 1 review

Great food, excellent service. Very accommodating host and helpful staff, wil be back on a regular basis. Terrific choice for before the Hibs matches especially!

Nicholas L.a month ago · 1 review

Food was excellent and a friendly welcoming staff who went out of their way to make our evening special. Would definitely visit again and recommend to anyone interested.

Davide M.a year ago · 1 review

What a discovery!!! This little gem is situated on Easter Road, not exactly in the centre, but it is well worth the travel. They offer authentic Italian dishes (mostly starters and pastas) made with passion and love. The quality is extremely high and every dish tasted wonderful. I am Italian and I have tried several Italian restaurants in town, and in my opinion, Al Dente offers the best pastas in Edinburgh. The service is also very good. The owner is the host of the restaurant and he clearly cares about it, as he goes around tables talking to customers and asking their opinions on the dishes. I highly recommend this place. Will go back for sure.

Pamela H.a year ago · 1 review

Fantastic way to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The food was excellent. Even though we had 3 courses, we left with smiles on our faces, feeling pleasantly full, but not overfull. We were made to feel special. Just the right time left between courses. We had an expensive bottle of wine, but it was well worth it. Al Dente is a little gem in Easter Road, and far exceeded our expectations. Although we were only visiting Edinburgh, we would love to return next year when we're in Edinburgh again.

Audrey L.a year ago · 1 review

We had a wonderful meal at Al Dente last night. Excellent attention to detail and catered for my gluten intolerant guest by offering a personalised range of choices. Very attentive service and welcoming atmosphere made for a very enjoyable dining experience. Will definitely return soon and recommend to everyone.

Alison P.2 years ago · 1 review

We were given a warm welcome to this cosy little restaurant. The specials were all explained and some fresh fish dishes added also. The menu was so tempting with a good variety . Nothing was a trouble, a real desire to give you a great meal. We were given a little plate of amaretto biscuits with our coffe and also a chilled limoncello . No rushing. Most attentive and friendly. A family business which is well worth a visit. I am sure we will return.

Peter W.2 years ago · 2 reviews

Al Dente was recommended to us by an Italian friend, so our hopes were high. It didn't disappoint. It's a small, homely environment with good friendlly service. Great (and reasonably priced) wine. Generous portions and fresh great-tasting food. Will definitely visit again.

Austin V.5 months ago · 1 review

We were a little hesitant because it does not look like much on the outside, but the food is absolutely delicious. We ordered the veal ravioli (special at the time), ricotta and spinach cannelloni, and gnocchi in a pesto sauce (originally a tomato/mozzarella, but they accommodated my request for pesto instead). All were amazing and came out hot! The staff were also very friendly and did not rush us. Best Italian food we had in Scotland. Great eats for a reasonably priced menu!!

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