About Cafe Domenico

A little piece of Rome or Florence tucked away over in Leith, Cafe Domenico serves up authentic cuisine, just how it is done back in Italy. With traditional red and white table cloths and rustic wooden decor, this quaint cafe and restaurant is full of charm, winning over the hearts of Edinburgh’s aficionados of Italian cuisine since it was established in 1988. Tuck into a classic pasta dish like the spaghetti with mussels, squid, chili and olive oil or some meat or seafood dish like the chicken breast stuffed with butternut squash and goats’ cheese, wrapped in cured ham and served with potatoes and wilted spinach. You’ll find Cafe Domenico located on Sandport Street – book a table and head on over!

Opening Times

Closed now
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:30 pm


Cafe Domenico
30 Sandport Street, Leith
Edinburgh EH6 6EP

Menu Highlights



Truffle Pesto, Mushrooms & Parmesan Bruschetta


Mussels Marinara


Antipasto Domenico



Pea Puree, Black Pudding & King Scallops Crostini

Served with salad

Chorizo & King Prawns Risotto


Chicken Breast

Stuffed with butternut squash & goats cheese, wrapped in cured ham & served with potatoes & wilted spinach

79 Cafe Domenico Reviews

79 Reviews
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
Noise levels:Very pleasant
Value for money:Great value
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James D.7 days ago · 1 review

Best little Italian restaurant in Edinburgh. Fantastic service and absolutely delicious food. This place is worthy of the name ‘a hidden gem’. Go hungry- the portions are Italian size too. We look forward to going back soon. We would give it eleven out of ten if that were possible.

Alan B.18 days ago · 3 reviews

Great Italian restaurant on the Shore. The house red is very reasonably priced and the food menu can be tweaked to your specific requirements. The fish stew is definitely worth a try! Friendliest waiter in the UK also work's here, so worth a visit for that alone!

Diane D.23 days ago · 1 review

Our first visit here and it certainly won't be our last! A delightful, traditional Italian restaurant with a cosy ambience. Delicious food, perfectly cooked and full of flavour.The smoked haddock fishcake with tarragon mayo was a joy to the taste buds! Welcoming and attentive staff.

Linda D.a month ago · 1 review

This is a small Italian restaurant near the cottage we were renting in Leith during our visit to Edinburgh. The food was excellent, the waiter helpful and entertaining and the overall ambiance was fun and relaxing. My sister and I both had one of the evening specials, tagliatelle with prawns and mushrooms and my husband had seafood pasta. I really liked being able to order a smaller sized serving of most dishes. I wish more restaurants had that option. The restaurant was a bit noisy, given it’s compact size, but that was the only drawback. I would definitely return.

Rachel M.a year ago · 4 reviews

We had a wonderful meal at this little hidden gem, a small but very authentic Italian restaurant tucked away in Leith. The host Mark and all of the staff were really attentive and could not do enough for us. We had a 3 course meal which was beautiful and be warned plentiful. They serve a wonderful pre-dinner drink prossecco mixed with lemon cello. We had a bottle of the house red which was lovely. The only criticism we had was that it was very warm in the restaurant however Mark assured us that he and his partner had only just took over it was on his 'Jobs to do list'. We did have a shock when we received the bill as it came to £50 which we thought was outstanding value for money! If you are in Leith we would definitely recommend the Cafe Domenico for a meal but our tip would be make sure you're hungry :-)

Mary T.2 years ago · 1 review

Delmonico's is, in my opinion, a better than average Italian resturant. I had told my niece that their risotto was very good I was a bit disappointed that it was not on the lunch menu. However, the waiter checked with the Chef and he was prepared to make us a risotto which was delicious. My husband had a haggis pasta? which he said was delicious and my nephew had pork Milanais whe was also well received. What with delicious starters and the final coffee our lunch was excellent.

Mark B.8 months ago · 1 review

OUTSTANDING! Family meal for four early on a Saturday evening. Restaurant is modest in size with a traditional feel and was busy. The menu was not large but is varied (with great specials) and they were happy to adjust a couple of things for our kids. Everything we had was really high quality and cooked to perfection. Service was super friendly and efficient and the price was very reasonable. We went on a recommendation and will definitely be back.

David B.3 months ago · 1 review

Excellent small family run café/restaurant serving authentic Italian food. Staff could not be more helpful. Front counter does roaring take-away lunchtime trade that bears witness to the place’s popularity - there is plenty of competition in this part of Leith. We were still able to enjoy a quiet business lunch in the cosy restaurant and received really good and friendly service at comparatively modest prices. House wine was also a pleasure.

Chris F.10 months ago · 1 review

Lovely wee place, only one waiter (being as the place is so small) who was as attentive as possible as it was quite busy. Fairly limited menu but what we ordered was very nice indeed. Not sure it was all worth the £80 paid (two starters, two mains, bottle of wine and coffees)...the main issue that put a bit of a dampener on the evening was a loud(ish) group of 8 who'd had a few already and spoiled the ambience of the place. Would go back but probably for lunch or an earlier dinner.

John C.2 years ago · 1 review

We love Cafe Domenico. It is an authentic Italian restaurant with a great atmosphere, friendly staff, an interesting menu and great food at very reasonable prices. What more can I say?