Authentic Spanish cuisine, tasty tapas, fine wine and a warm rustic atmosphere come together to create El Quijote, one of Edinburgh's most popular dining establishments and a shining star in the city’s foodie scene. The chefs at this local hotspot utilise the very best meats and cheeses sourced directly from Spain, while making use of regional and seasonal produce whenever possible. Owned by a group of Spanish friends, the restaurant aims to recreate the feeling of a Spanish pub and serves dishes that aren’t commonly found in Edinburgh’s Spanish restaurants. Popular mains at this Tollcross restaurant include the caldereta de venado (venison stew), the bartolitos (king prawns rolled with bacon and cheese) and the choco frito (fried cuttlefish served with salad and lemon). Book your table in advance to get the most out of your dining experience at El Quijote on Brougham Street.
Fabulous authentic tapas at a reasonable price. Wine was also good value. The atmosphere was very relaxed and the staff welcoming. Would thoroughly recommend and will definitely be back.
We had to wait for a little while, but the fantastic food and wine were well worth it. This is not a place in the UK. It is a place in Spain!
Great food and atmosphere. Staff very friendly and service excellent. Would definitely go again when we are in Edinburgh. Good location away from main centre.
Really nice Spanish restaurant in Edinburgh. Main dishes and tapas are typical from Spain and the food we tried tasted just the same as in Spain. Bravas' presentation was completely unexpected, but they were really yummy. Specially delicious was the salmorejo. Highly recomended Roberto
After the latest Almodovar at the Cameo we had a couple of hours to kill before the reading at the book festival. I remembered El Quijote from previous visits (2 to 3 yrs ago) and was pleased to find that apart from a change in ownership the restaurant was continuing to serve excellent Spanish fare in welcoming, warm and friendly manner. A tabla de quesos y charcutería, followed by adobo de bacalao then a venison stew accompanied by pimentos de Padrón and rounded off with a home made flan all washed down with a good Rioja courtesy of Luis Cañas made for a great experience and made our night, gracias El Quijote.
We found this little gem more by chance than anything. We were looking to book a table at Café Andalucia but they were full. We fancied tapas and searched for another similar restaurant and we found El Quijote. The food was outstanding and very reasonably priced. Service was excellent and it felt like an authentic Spanish taberna. I would highly recommend this restaurant - we could do with something similar in Liverpool
Read a couple of reviews about this restaurant which didn't rate the food at all, don't take any notice of them. The place is buzzy and cheerful, it's not fine dining it's genuine Spanish food in relaxed surroundings. The guy that served us worked his socks off but was always smiling and helpful throughout our meal. It's easy to tell they take great pride in the dishes they prepare and the ingredients they use. Try the pigs cheeks, Iberian ham, the cod the strips of beef, all excellent. The patatas bravas are the best I've had anywhere, that includes Spain. It's not a massive menu but what's on it is fantastic, just wish there was a restaurant like this where I live, highly recommended.
Its a good restaurant, atmosphere is nice and the staff were very friendly. However, I've been to this restaurant a few times and this time I would say that the quality of the food was not as nice as I remember when I originally went. Many things on the menu were deep fried items, which is fine... but I don't think of Spanish food as predominately deep fried food. Also, the quality of the food itself was OK, but lacked some creativity. A salad of vinegary red bell pepper and asparagus (both likely from a jar) was quite disappointing. The quality of fish seemed good... but again it was battered and deep fried. Perhaps this is down to our choice from the menu... but I didn't realise several of the dishes would contain deep fried items. I would say that I left feeling full and that the price was reasonable. However, I also felt rather disappointed with the creativity of the food and how it didn't live up to reflect real Spanish tapas.
This is real tapas with an Andalucian style, and I know this because I used to live in Cádiz. The incredibly friendly staff are from that part of the world as are the meats from the amazing Iberian pigs. One of my favourite dishes is the slow-cooked pork cheek, but for once we went for the presa, cuts from the shoulder area I believe. Amazing flavour. This followed a selection of tapas from jamon and manchego, via squid to pimentos de padron (small green peppers, every tenth one of which is spicy hot, a kind of Spanish roulette). And of course some patatas bravas (wild potatoes) and plenty of bread. Oh, and wine, naturalmente.
Five of my family went to El Quijote for tapas recently in the early evening. The food, service and ambience were absolutely perfect. We had a wide sample of both tapas and larger plates. Every dish was distinctive, tasty and they arrived at just the right intervals. We all said we will definitely go back again.