Sambuca is not the classiest of drinks, to say the least, more associated with a night on the tartan tiles than an elegant Edinburgh eatery, but at Sambuca Restaurant in Newington, they manage to strike a balance between the two. They offer superb Italian cuisine served up in a boisterous, family-run environment down on Causewayside, and when you head on over, you’re guaranteed a friendly welcome. Start with their antipasti – fresh mussels, proscuitto and melon or some cold-cured meats – and then move onto a main. There are plenty of pastas and pizzas, of course, but we’d go straight for their house specials menu which here at Sambuca means seafood: trout with lemon, sole in butter, prawns in tamarind and more. Take a trip to Causewayside in Edinburgh’s Newington for a great Italian meal: just remember to book your table ahead of time.
The Scots-Italian culinary tradition is a long and storied one, and the number of Italian restaurants in huge. One of the best exponents of the genre in Edinburgh can be found on Causewayside in Newington in the form of Sambuca Restaurant, where they have been building a reputation for themselves over the fifteen and a bit years that they have been in business. Their loyal cadre of customers come back time and again to enjoy what Sambuca have to offer, particularly in the range of seafood dishes.
Seafood is a house speciality at Sambuca, and their signature dishes include plenty of it. They apply their eponymous spirit to fresh crayfish as a starter, crayfish alla fiamma, as well as king prawns in a tamarind sauce with rice and cacciucco alla Carmine, a stew with various different types of seafood and cooked with garlic, a Napolitana sauce and saffron. There are countless other Italian favourites too: spaghetti with meatballs, risotto and pasta, as well as veal escalopes, scampi and a myriad of pizzas with all the trimmings. Book a table at Sambuca and make the journey over to Causewayside in Newington for a full on Italian feast in Edinburgh.
Excellent Italian cooking in a friendly family run restaurant close to the centre of Edinburgh. We very much enjoyed the food and the staff could not have been more helpful.
Very good food and good quick service from very welcoming staff. Reasonably priced and varied menu. Helpful as well, sorted us a taxi back to B and B.
It's so easy to review this restaurant as it is constantly superb. The staff are friendly and welcoming, the service is superb and the food id simply wonderful - what's not to like? It's by far and away our favourite Italian restaurant.
This was a great find - the food was delicious and freshly cooked. The staff were attentive and gave helpful suggestions. There is a varied menu to suit all tastes. I would definitely go here again.
The table was ready for us at the time we booked and the service and food were both very good. The feeling of the majority of the party was that the wine was a little over priced. However, overall we had a very pleasant evening.
1st class meal with family and friends. Great service from Italian manager and his team and nothing was too much trouble. Free biscotti biscuits and liquor at end of meal was nice touch. Would go back.
Very welcoming and attentive staff. We went early evening as we were going to a concert at the Queens Hall at 7:30pm and the food was served promptly and was delicious. Restaurant is small and cosy and was nicely decorated for Christmas.
Good atmosphere. Excellent food. Excellent service. A wide range of dishes on the menu. Priced just right for an excellent restaurant in Edinburgh. No one going there will be disappointed.
Very good food with friendly and attentive staff in a very relaxed atmosphere. Excellent value for money with food freshly prepared. Our first visit and we will be back.
I am a regular here. As usual we had a lovely meal with exemplary service. The desserts are especially good - I always have the affogato di amaretto.