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El Quijote

Tollcross · Spanish, Tapas · ££££
109 Reviews

About El Quijote

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.

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El Quijote
13 Brougham Street, Tollcross
Edinburgh EH4 9JS

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 5:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Permanently closed
Permanently closed
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Chef's Choice




Olives selection (Gordal, Manzanilla and Black olives)

Queso Zamorano

Queso Zamorano in Olive Oil (Sheep cheese from Zamora marinated in olive oil)

Queso Los Balanchares

special goat cheese from Cordoba au gratin with tomato confit


Quijote salad

mix leaves, tomato, heart of artichokes, asparagus, sliced tomato and olives

Dulcinea Salad

rocket and lamb's lettuce mix salad with king prawn saute on our extra virgin olive oil and crunchy serrano ham. Dressed with extra virgin olive oil and Sherry's vinegar

Lamb's lettuce salad

lamb's lettuce and rocket mix salad with goat cheese, walnut, almonds and tomato. Dressed with extra virgin olive oil and vinegar's syrup



cold thick cream of tomato, topped with ham and hard boiled egg - Andalusian Style


king prawn rolled with bacon and cheese, breaded and fried. served with salad

Calamares a la Romana

deep fried squid rings, served with salad and a slice of lemon

109 El Quijote Reviews

Steven D.12 days ago · 1 review

It’s a cozy restaurant, with kind service. Best Spanish food in Edinburgh. The secreto iberico is amazing. Wine list very Good. Will definitely go back.

Noelia T.15 days ago · 1 review

I'm Spanish and the food was amazing. Everything was served quickly. All the typical dishes were perfectly cook. I'm looking forward to come back again!

Rona M.17 days ago · 1 review

Fantastic service, tasty food, friendly atmosphere, convenient location. The menu is very authentic and flexible as most dishes come in various portion sizes. I will definitely be back.

Alexis L.25 days ago · 1 review

Very much enjoyed El Quixote!!Lovely food and great wine. Love the excellent specials! Friendly staff and good service. Looking forward to going back sometime soon.

imgJohn N.a year ago · 2 reviews

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.

Dave V.a year ago · 1 review

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

Peter D.a year ago · 2 reviews

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.

Ryan L.10 months ago · 2 reviews

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.

Dai L.8 months ago · 2 reviews

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.

Robert K.5 months ago · 1 review

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.

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