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5.1 /6 Excellent 141 Reviews


New Town Indian £££ +100
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About Shezan

Edinburgh has no shortage of curry houses, but Shezan has established itself as one of the city’s best, even winning first place in the esteemed Scottish Curry Awards in 2014. Flying the flag for traditional Indian cuisine in Edinburgh, this stylish restaurant on Union Place in the New Town pulls in curry lovers from all over the city with their offerings – book a table at Shezan and find out why for yourself!

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 23:00
Shezan, 24-25 Union Place, EH1 3NQ Edinburgh

Further Information

Located only a stone's throw away from Edinburgh Playhouse in the New Town, Shezan is the perfect place to stop in for a pre-theatre meal, or to refuel after a day spent hitting up the shops on the nearby Princes Street. With over 30 years of experience dishing up Indian and Punjabi delights to the people of Edinburgh, Shezan’s team are old pros, and the delicious cuisine on the menu is a testament to this. Old meets new over at this sleek restaurant, with traditional Indian dishes served up in the stylishly decorated, modern dining area.

Begin your meal with some garlic or spiced mushrooms, poori (an Indian pancake smothered in a tangy sauce and filled with your choice of prawn, chana, mushroom or chicken) or a classic like samosas and pakora. All of the time-honoured favourites feature on the main course menu, from the fiery vindaloo and jalfrezi to a range of creamy kormas. We recommend the North Indian chilli garlic chicken, barbecued fillets of chicken breast with fresh green chilli and garlic cooked in a special medium-spiced sauce. One of the hottest Indian restaurants in the city, Edinburgh’s spice-loving crowd flock to Shezan. Make a reservation at this popular New Town restaurant on Union Place in advance to avoid disappointment!


141 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 141 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: short
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
17.07.2017 09:03

Fantastic food, atmosphere and service. Arguably the tastiest curry I've ever had. Highly recommended. The North Indian Chilli was incredible, and make sure you get a Naan to share, they're enormous!

1 review so far 6
14.05.2017 08:38

Fabulous night. Lovely staff, extremely attentive and friendly. Special shout out to Raz who looked after us. Bright airy restaurant across the road from the playhouse which was great. The food was excellent. Great choice catering for all tastes. Highly recommended 5☆

3 reviews so far 6
21.04.2017 07:17

Welcomed with a smile and friendly staff, never missed a beat with service. Food was just incredible and we didn't have to wait long at all for any of our courses. Fantastic value for money and in an ideal spot of the city centre

3 reviews so far 6
23.03.2017 20:30

Great food and friendly service. Chicken Tikka was beautiful. We've been going to the Shezan for quite a few years now and we've never had a bad meal

2 reviews so far 5
11.08.2016 07:50

Food beautiful,fresh and tasty as ever at the Shezan, each diner had something different and everyone was really complimentary of the taste, presentation and variety. I had chicken dansak, beautifully marinated chunks of chicken coloured through with the marinate and flavour, tarka dal was great and sag paneer was tasty but the spinach could have had more body to it, it was a bot gloopy, nan was a little dry and crispy but ok but all the flavours together are wonderful. The one thing that let the experience down was the service, it was a little chaotic and slow, even although when we arrived there was only one more table of diners in. Service to table was quick, a nice brightly light table by the window, however for 5 adult diners the table was small and we had to do a lot of adjusting of cutlery etc to all get a placing right. 3 of us were sitting at the booth/couch side and the end closest to the window is either broken or about to break, every time the diner at the end moved the whole booth dipped and caved, please get that mended as it will only be a matter of time before it does break and a diner is injured or lands on the floor. 3 attempts to ask for a jug of Edinburgh's finest tap water and glasses before they arrived towards the end of the meal and after our paid for drinks were drank, we got the impression they wanted rid of us soon after we had eaten as the table was cleared really quickly, we weren't offered coffee or desert but then spent the best part of 10 minutes trying to get the attention of the waiter to pay the bill. However very reasonable cost at about £18 per diner including drinks, main, 2 rice, 2 sides and 2 nan. We understand it's the middle of the festival and there was a show on at the Playhouse opposite that we were going to but these wee niggles in a restaurant that consistently turns out truly excellent, tasty affordable food drops point at review time. Would definitely recommend for the amazing food, staff are pleasant but just not firing on all cylinders yesterday.

1 review so far 3
08.03.2016 15:23

Normally the food here is excellent but on this visit to Shezan the food was not up to their usual standard. I found the pakora rather undercooked in the centre and not as crispy as it should be. It was also served with only a minty-flavoured yoghurt, whereas I prefer a choice of this and a chilli-based sauce as accompaniments. My chicken dhansak was very good but my partner found his Ceylonese chicken was far too sweet - the sauce contained grapes - so it was not at all spicy. The plain nan was also not up to their usual standard. While the service in Shezan is always good and prompt they do need to do something drastic about the ladies toilets! It's impossible to lock the door on the farthest away toilet cubicle as the lock slider does not engage the door - it has been like this since at least last summer, so it's extremely disappointing this hasn't yet been fixed. These toilets generally need some attention and upgrading - this alone surprises me that they do so well in the Curry Awards.

1 review so far 6
20.04.2016 07:21

The restaurant is fantastic and great overall layout . We like to always have a good laugh when we are out and the waitress loved our joking banter which made our evening thanks Sara for putting up with us ... You were awesome efficient , and reliable at all times not to mention one of the most beautiful natural women I have seen in my life ..:) The other Waiters we are all top and the food was at the highest standard . Great taste and correct amount of spices eaten as one of my friends love his food always hot and they accommodated this. My other friend who is Indian loved the food also which is always a great sign . She reinforced the fact that the food is more authentic than any restaurant she has ever been . Overall worthy of a 5 star rating in all accounts ... But think the overall fantastic gorgeous smile of Sara reinforced this . We will be back in near future . Best regards to all restaurant staff . Incredible sublime standards :) *****

1 review so far 6
04.01.2016 11:52

Shezan provided us with the best service and the most amazing food! Since we entered the restaurant till the time we left, the food was exquisite and the team there were attentive and helpful! They even bought out a cake for mine and my husbands anniversary which was delicious. The personal touches on the cake dishes and the personal touches in the host's service made the whole experience a pleasure! A must go!!

2 reviews so far 5
04.01.2016 07:42

We visited Shezan on a cold and windy night, the welcome was warm and the restaurant was cozy, in spite of the huge glass windows. We had the assorted pakora and the chicken 'twa for a starter, I liked the fact that they didn't try to force the popadom on us. We followed with the chicken dansak and the prawn balti gosht, both were delicious. As a change we had a tandoori parathion which we loved. All in all a lovely meal. We will return

2 reviews so far 4
19.03.2017 20:16

We had a pleasant evening at Shezan, we booked before going to see a show at the Playhouse. The food itself was amazing and excellent value for money. However it was extremely busy (given the fact a show was on). The door was open for large periods of time while people queued and this made the restaurant very cold. It was also extremely noisy. We don't mind waiting to get our food as we know it's being cooked! However the table next to us waiting an extremely long time.

1 review so far 6
21.08.2016 12:15

Booking was quick and simple and the table was ready for us at the restuarant . The Shezan is fantastic and the food great . I will use quandoo and the Shezan again

1 review so far 6
03.01.2017 09:03

Great food great service as usual recommended !, have been here several times and always get the high level of service and great food - not surprised at the awards won by Shezan - we always vote for them as best in Edinburgh !

1 review so far 5
19.06.2016 20:32

We were told to try out at least one Indian restaurant while in Edinburgh, and Shezan filled the need. We loved the spicy naan (hard to find that in the Baltimore area), and the spices on the main courses were truly medium. We'll recommend to anyone looking for Indian dining in Edinburgh.

1 review so far 4
21.09.2016 08:06

Very nice food, manager is very pro active, only issues we had are small, none of our glasses matched, our drinks order was not correct but acted on quickly, our wine served in a ice bucket which had ice at the bottom but the bottle sticks out the top (add water and ice so the bottle settles in the Base of the ice bucket) no offer to taste wine either and no hot towel to finish the meal? All the staff are pleasant but this is a very popular place and good food at reasonable prices, just needs a bit of style

1 review so far 3
16.04.2017 11:08

Our experience was chaotic. I had called to change the reservation time by 30 minutes. Although I got confirmation by phone, when we arrived they had no clue. We had to wait for a table. Multiple servers were responsible for us, causing confusion. None were particularly friendly. We waited 45 minutes between our appetizer and main course. We requested drink refills three times before a server finally arrived with incorrect drinks. He seemed annoyed with us. At this point we just wanted to pay and leave, as our experience was sub-par and the music inhibited any possible conversation. No dessert for us - no thank you! Please just release us from this torture. The food was average.

1 review so far 5
20.03.2016 16:45

Fantastic freshly cooked Indian authentic food, however the customer service needs a good bit of improving so make it a truly excellent experience. Never asked once whether we were enjoying the meal or any interaction at all with the serving staff. It costs nothing to be pleasant and really a good restaurant should have good staff who can provide a good customer experience - some training in communication skills required.

1 review so far 6
02.07.2016 11:56

We love eating at Shezan, the food is amazing and the staff are so friendly and helpful I would defiantly recommend visiting if you are Edinburgh or the lothians..

1 review so far 6
05.01.2016 09:06

Excellent food and service with friendly, helpful staff. The younger generation, who took on the running of Shezan a couple of years ago have certainly made a big difference.

2 reviews so far 6
03.12.2015 17:12

First time at Shezan and really enjoyed it. Ideal location for shops and theatre. All food freshly prepared and very good. Staff friendly and knowledgable about different dishes.

1 review so far 5
30.12.2015 09:23

We had a lovely meal here, the service was a bit slow at some points and we waited quite a while for our main courses but they were quite busy and the music randomly got very loud at some points. But all in all a lovely meal and would recommend to others. Great pre theatre menu as well with a good price to match.

1 review so far 5
12.01.2016 11:27

We went in on the very busy night (Saturday pre-theatre) by mistake but nonetheless we got seated very quickly. However due to its busy hour we were told the grill menu was closed and a waitress forgot our papadum and naan, but the Royal Biryani and the staff's (Ali) efficiency made up for it. Perfect for group bookings or casual dinner after work.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 17:55

Excellent meal, good service & reasonably priced. Nice, clean decor & furnishings. We would highly recommend & will definitely be coming back again. Thanks Shezans

1 review so far 6
09.02.2016 12:14

We were the first customers when this restaurant opened. We explained to the waitress, who called the manager Shahid. He explained that it was 30 years ago and, unbelievably, was still in the same family. Great food, excellent service in a well decorated and pleasant atmosphere. A fine dining experience.

1 review so far 6
04.09.2016 20:08

Amazing food! Packed with so much flavour, felt like I was in India! Good friendly service, very efficient and quick to take orders. Did not need to wait long periods of time between courses. The only negative would be that there was only ice cream for dessert. Top notch!

1 review so far 6
26.02.2017 17:55

We had a great night unfortunately we were late for our booking but the staff couldn't be more helpful and we didn't have to wait long for a table even though the restaurant was full. The food was delicious and the staff and service excellent.

1 review so far 5
10.12.2016 08:36

Food was absolutely beautiful, staff a little over keen to take order, had 5 different waiting staff in the space of around 5 mins as they didn't seem to have a system in place but this certainly wouldn't stop me going back as they were all very friendly and polite. Would definitely return

1 review so far 5
09.03.2016 07:13

We went on a Saturday evening and it was full of people having a pre-theatre meal. This meant the service was a little slow and we didn't actually get offered a dessert. The food was fantastic though and the waiter was very helpful in checking dishes for nuts as I have an allergy.

2 reviews so far 5
19.04.2017 10:46

well situated for pre theatre meal if going to the Playhouse although we had to ask for the pre theatre menu as it wasn't automatically given to us on arrival. Good value menu - beware of HUGE naan breads. Can't fault the meal or the quick service. Every member of staff was excellent.

1 review so far 6
05.03.2017 19:49

Loved it. Superb food, starter, main and pudding. The service was great, staff very very attentive, but we didnt feel rushed. They were also very friendly which made a loveky atmosphere. Best indian ive tasted in a long time. Will defo be back x

2 reviews so far 6
15.03.2017 07:41

We enjoyed our meal a great welcome good selection on their menu.Also prices very good also the wine list had a good selection.Glad we booked as people were been told they wood have to wait up to an hour wood go back.

1 review so far 6
01.10.2016 08:47

Excellent food and range of dishes. We couldn't help trying everyone's at the table! Staff also friendly and attentive. A fantastic pre show treat. Also, given we had starters, mains and drinks the bill was a pleasant surprise! Would certainly go again.

2 reviews so far 6
04.01.2017 12:36

We were there early on Hogmanay and it was very good - the curries were delicious and the staff were very helpful. This is one of the best places in Edinburgh for a curry at any time.

1 review so far 5
02.10.2016 08:11

Ein ziemlich lautes Lokal. Auf den ersten Gang mussten wir leider vierzig Minuten warten. Der Service war sehr freundlich. Wegen der Wartezeit wurde, ohne dass wir uns beschwert haben, eine Reduktion bei der Rechnung gemacht. Das Essen war wirklich ausgezeichnet. Deshalb eine 5.

3 reviews so far 6
11.06.2016 16:59

Was truly the best korma I have ever had! Pakora was lovely too,everything tasted very fresh.staff were excellent and there wasn't a wait for the food even though the restaurant was packed!.will definitely be back

1 review so far 5
18.05.2017 09:56

Food was great. Waiters very attentive. Venue pleasing. The only 'negative' is that we found it a bit stressful to have so many waiters keeping an eye on our every move. I think we had 5 different waiters from beginning to end.

1 review so far 5
14.10.2016 23:40

Staff helpful and attentive. Food good and acceptable quantity. Peshwari Naan bread was on large side and a bit sweet . No hot plates provided so food had to be eaten quicker than liked to avoid going cold. Overall a good choice.

1 review so far 6
11.02.2017 08:55

What is there to complain about? Lovely food, attentive and friendly staff in pleasant surroundings. If you require parking that may prove an issue later in the evening but well worth a visit

1 review so far 6
20.07.2016 09:26

Fab place to visit right across the road from the theatre...very accommodating staff and absolutely delicious food...you can't go wrong visiting this restaurant. Good value for money good ambiance overall a lovely experience.

1 review so far 6
28.02.2016 08:05

Great food , pleasant staff , nice decor 2 nd visit and I will be back again . Great quick service if you are going to a show in the Theatre opposite .

1 review so far 6
13.01.2016 08:03

An absolute brilliant atmosphere and the staff were very friendly. The food was out of this world and cook at it's finest. My partner and I left with full stomachs and big smiles

1 review so far 5
18.05.2017 07:34

Pleasant clean and spacious environment. Waiters were attentive and made a curry to suit the taste of one of the diners. Food was really tasty and fulfilling. This is the third time I've eaten here and never been disappointed.

1 review so far 5
25.06.2016 11:12

Went with my 2 sons and had a great meal, quality and quantity of food was very good. Service was very friendly and food and drink was reasonably priced. Third time I've been there and will continue to visit.

1 review so far 6
10.02.2017 09:05

Friendly staff. Beautiful food. Straight across road from Edinburgh Playhouse. Very reasonable prices. Go every time we go to Edinburgh. Little bit chilly if you go early but that's the only downfall.

1 review so far 6
04.12.2016 10:45

We had 2 in the party with allergy's.one of them being onions .contacted Tony and nothing was to much trouble.great service great food would highly recommend.thanks to Tony and his team 😊

1 review so far 6
13.02.2016 22:30

Lovely food and great service. Would go back. The only downside was that we got our starter meal before we got our first drink. But the meal itself made up for it.

1 review so far 5
31.12.2016 10:34

Meal was excellent staff perhaps need a little bit more training 4 times we where asked if wanted a drink had already given order in and table wasnt ready at 5.30 but apart from that overall very good

1 review so far 5
21.01.2017 11:11

I have not been to this restaurant for a few years so too see it looking all modernized was a surprise, plenty staff all smiling good food and busy which is always a good sign enjoyed my night

1 review so far 5
18.12.2016 17:11

Chose from the pre- theatre menu and the food was excellent. Staff were attentive and courteous. Food was not rushed but served at a good pace. £45 for 2 course meal for 2 with side dishes. Would return

1 review so far 5
07.03.2017 15:50

The restaurant was very friendly and the waitress was very helpful. The meal we had was excellent and were never rushed. Prices were comparable with other restaurants in the area. Would definitely recommend this to our friends.

1 review so far 5
11.12.2016 10:47

The Popadoms were exceptional-best we have ever tasted. Food excellent although there was a mix up with our biryani order but was quickly rectified. Saturday is very busy so next time we will choose a quieter day.