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5.4 /6 Excellent 81 Reviews

El Quijote

Tollcross Spanish, Tapas £££ +100
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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.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 17:30 - 22:00
  • Thursday 17:30 - 22:00
  • Friday 17:30 - 22:00
  • Saturday 17:30 - 22:00
  • Sunday 17:30 - 22:00
El Quijote, 13 Brougham Street, EH4 9JS Edinburgh


81 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 81 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: excellent
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1 review so far 6
29.05.2017 07:40

Hands down my favourite restaurant in Edinburgh. The food is always amazing, the owner is lovely and the atmosphere is brilliant. I can't recommend enough.

1 review so far 6
27.05.2017 09:04

Really easy and quick response.the website works well. When I called the restaurant direct there was no answer so using quandoo made our night out a success!

2 reviews so far 6
21.05.2017 21:32

Love this place. The menu is a good length, but perhaps somewhat undersells itself. We shared 6 small dishes between 2 of us, each was really lovely. Great bottle of wine to share as well. The service was swift but not rushed, great atmosphere for chatting, good for cosy dates or small groups of friends. We will go back again.

1 review so far 6
20.05.2017 18:00

The food was delicious. It was well spaced out - not all the dishes arrived at once which is what we wanted. The wine was very good value and the service was great. We will be back.

2 reviews so far 5
29.08.2016 07:55

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.

1 review so far 6
27.10.2016 07:26

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

2 reviews so far 6
13.08.2016 13:36

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.

2 reviews so far 4
03.01.2017 13:42

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.

1 review so far 6
25.02.2017 10:04

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.

1 review so far 6
19.05.2017 11:27

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.

1 review so far 6
12.10.2016 20:49

One of the best dining experiences I have ever had. The food was beautiful and served so promptly but you could taste just how fresh it was, the waiter was the nicest guy and recommended a wine from his home town which was a lovely personal touch. After our starters and mains we were full but couldn't resist the delicious desserts and we were so glad we did. Thank you for a fabulous evening. We will be back!

1 review so far 5
13.10.2016 17:42

The restaurant was very busy on our visit and our table wasn't ready when we arrived. Not a problem though, we went to the pub across the street for 20 minutes and then came back to a very attentive host. We were given advice on how many Tapa to select for our group and the helpful staff answered any questions we had about the food. We even managed to practice a bit of Spanish with the staff. The food was very good and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. We will return.

1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 08:04

The food at El Quijote is absolutely delicious, the staff is very kind, and the atmosphere is great. The dishes are great for sharing and having a food allergy was no problem. Definitely worth a try!

1 review so far 6
26.01.2017 08:19

A gem of a restaurant. Beautiful food, lovely unrushed atmosphere (we were short on time but didn't feel we were having to storm through our tapas which was brought in stages) and super friendly knowledgeable staff. They even offered to make bravas even tho not on menu because my friend had asked if on menu before checking. Top evening....shall be back tine and again.

1 review so far 5
09.10.2016 10:26

Good food, great service. Excellent experience all round. Always have a good night when we go to El Quijote. Good choice of wine and sherry, and reasonably priced. Looking forward to next time

1 review so far 6
31.03.2017 09:34

A tapas meal before the theatre was made memorable by the friendly and helpful staff, prompt service and imaginative "specials". An excellent bottle of wine, inexpensive and with a very useful "tour" around the wine list with our knowledgeable waiter. Would certainly return.

1 review so far 6
30.08.2016 08:57

We had a wonderful meal last night at Quijote. The service was friendly and super helpful when choosing what to have. I especially loved the aubergine wrapped prawns and the patatas bravas. Will definitely come back here when I'm next in Edinburgh.

1 review so far 5
09.05.2016 09:42

Really enjoyable evening at El Quijote. The food was delicious and the staff were very friendly. Lovely atmosphere, and I will definitely be going back!

1 review so far 4
13.02.2017 14:22

This was our third visit and we've always enjoyed the food and the service. However, as our visits have all been fairly recent - Dec-Feb - each time we've found the restaurant to be very cold, especially if you're seated close to the door, which isn't difficult as the dining area is very small. But, we'll certainly return when the weather improves.

1 review so far 6
26.09.2016 08:06

Brilliant ! ... the Spanish Tapas we had was excellent, plenty of variety and there's a good choice of Wine too. There was five in our party, and the service was impeccable and very warm and welcoming. We shall return !

1 review so far 4
25.07.2016 10:50

The place was nice & very intimate (being able to seat 20 max) & proprietor/main server very friendly & helpful. However there were some hits & misses in the food. The patatas bravas totally unlike those in Spain & we didn't like them. The venison stew was totally tasteless. The other 2 dishes we had were good though.

1 review so far 6
10.08.2016 08:44

Lovely intimate setting, beautiful authentic food with a relaxed atmosphere but attentive staff. Would recommend as the best tapas in Edinburgh and will definitely be back! Super convenient for anyone going to fringe shows at George square too!

2 reviews so far 6
02.04.2017 08:09

Excellent Spanish food in intimate surroundings. We had tapas and it was all good - raciones looked excellent as well. Some of the dishes only come as raciones. The wine list is not huge but is exceptional value.

1 review so far 6
03.09.2016 07:03

Lovely atmosphere, you can linger over your food and all authentic cheeses and meats, cooked in traditional style. The pigs cheeks were delicious. We ordered from the tapas menu but I don't think you could order anything bad!

1 review so far 6
19.10.2016 16:22

A really very nice tapas place hidden in the Tollcross area. Customer were mostly Spanish natives, which speaks in itself about the quality of the food. Reservations are highly recommended as the place is a bit small.

1 review so far 6
08.05.2016 05:51

Amazing restaurant. Cozy enviroment very well decorated and auntentic spanish food...I am spanish and I felt like at home there. Great food and customer service. I really recomend it. As far the best spanish restaurant in Edinburgh.

1 review so far 6
08.01.2017 12:24

Great restaurant, lovely food, intimate environment. Very popular, book to avoid disappointment. Have been going here for at least five years, it is like popping into Spain and forgetting about Edinburgh for a couple of hours.

1 review so far 5
05.02.2017 21:11

Good atmosphere, good service and friendly staff. Main courses were all excellent. Downside was the starter (we ordered the big plate for 4) which was way too small to justify the price - have the "normal starters". Despite this, we would go again

1 review so far 5
13.05.2016 12:23

The food was great, service fine. It was a fine line between trying to keep the cost of the meal reasonable and making sure we weren't going to leave hungry, but we'll definitely go back (rare - we are highly critical!)

1 review so far 6
21.02.2017 11:25

Food was perfect and authentic , as a vegetarian I had loads of options to choose from , the patatas bravas were so good ! Great service also and a cracking wine list

1 review so far 6
03.12.2016 12:04

I had to cancel my reservation, however they were very understanding about it ...I have eaten here before and highly recommend this restaurant as both the food and service are really very good!

1 review so far 5
23.12.2016 09:27

There are loads of options for tapas and they are all tasty, well cooked and come very quickly. The wine choice is varied (most of the wines I'd never heard of). The staff were flamboyantly Spanish which was fabulous.

1 review so far 6
10.10.2016 08:28

Authentic Spanish tapas restaurant, food was good, service was good, there was a Spanish family eating there so I see that as a good sign. Will visit again and would recommend it

1 review so far 5
18.08.2016 08:21

Nice food and nice surroundings. Attentive service too. Unfortunately we were going to the theatre afterwards so would have been better to have had longer to relax and enjoy ourselves. Would definitely recommend it and will be returning.

1 review so far 6
10.07.2016 20:14

Lovely little restaurant, with great atmosphere, lovely food and great choice of wines. It's very easy to fall in in love with this charming place, as I have after one visit.

1 review so far 6
15.04.2017 08:15

Food and service was superb. If I had to make one negative comment it would be uncomfortable chairs and a little bit cramped inside but worth it for the wonderful flavours.

1 review so far 6
19.10.2016 11:37

This is the BEST tapas restaurant I have been to outside Spain BRILLIANT great food & Service good value for money .Would recommend to anyone who likes tapas its a must

1 review so far 5
14.10.2016 18:54

Nice authentic Spanish food, good customer service and reasonable price. I`ve been there 3 times and I will go back. If you want authentic Spanish food, you should forget about the chain and visit this small restaurant.

1 review so far 6
05.06.2016 07:41

Excellent food and friendly service. A great atmosphere and friendly staff. Good selection of dishes and the Tapas were all delicious . Would recommend it for a fun evening.

1 review so far 6
02.04.2017 09:58

Visited here pre-theatre. Great service and lovely food with some creative specials available. Also, very good wine choice, all available by the glass. Place was completely full by 7pm.

1 review so far 3
14.10.2016 17:47

I found the portions very small for the price we paid. The service was very slow. Admittedly, we were in a bit of a rush, but it took us a very long time to get the attention of our waitress. The quality was fine, but, especially with hams and cheeses, I would have expected bigger portions.

1 review so far 6
11.09.2016 07:32

As always wonderful food and friendly staff. Tried the cod tonight it was amazing. Look forward toy next visit. Hope they have my favourite chocolate liqueur next time.

1 review so far 6
09.05.2016 08:00

Excellent. Good coffee, amazing tapas, wonderful ingredients. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Good atmosphere. And I recommend trying their Tarta de Santiago, which was absolutely delicious.

3 reviews so far 6
25.08.2016 14:32

Excellent food and a very laid back, easy atmosphere. The staff are very helpful and informative about the tapas. Good wine choice to complement the food too.

1 review so far 6
20.08.2016 08:53

Really enjoyed the Tapas a great little find. Great wine too. 😃 Our favourite was the pigs cheeks which were absolutely delicious Service attentive and very friendly

1 review so far 6
09.02.2017 10:47

Excellent! Good quality of food and service. Definitely I will go back! If you are looking a truly Spanish experience this is the place to be.

1 review so far 6
01.12.2016 08:03

The most authentic tapas restaurant we've found in Edinburgh yet! Great selection of dishes and there is always a daily specials board. Well worth a visit.

1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 08:14

Small cosy place excellent food and great service. Can thoroughly recommend! This is tapas at its very best and truly authentic. Will be back very soon!

1 review so far 6
08.05.2016 10:58

Lovely little restaurant staff friendly food was really nice ,looking forward to my next visite to the the restaurant ,it is an authentic Spanish themed restaurant

1 review so far 6
06.04.2016 22:52

the tastiest food I have ate in a long time, helpful staff all set in a very cosy environment, already looking forward to my next visit