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5.0 /6 Excellent 161 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!


161 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 161 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: short
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
18.09.2017 11:47

This was our first visit to this restaurant, and it certainly won't be our last, fantastic chicken pakora starter followed by lovely lamb curry, with great service

1 review so far 6
13.09.2017 10:12

The food was superb the staff 10 out of 10 great location for the theatre no 1 Indian in Edinburgh. Best pakora ever had same par as Kerala. ♥️♥️♥️👍👍👍👍👍👍

1 review so far 6
12.09.2017 09:40

Food was excellent and service was quick. Everyone was very attentive and made sure we had everything we needed. The only thing i would say is that they were maybe a bit over attentive? As we were asked if we had everything we needed by three different servers in the span of 5 minutes. Not really a negative in the end though. Would definitely recommend. :)

1 review so far 6
27.08.2017 08:22

Amazing restaurant! The best Indian food in town, service was excellent and the food was exceptional. I highly recommend it for a great meal when in Edinburgh.

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 5
17.09.2017 20:30

Go here instead of Kushi's! Had a superb meal here last night with my girlfriend and our parents. The food was excellent, the staff were helpful and attentive (but not intrusive) and the overall service was very good, especially considering it was a Saturday night. And pretty reasonably priced at £167 for 6 of us including popadom, starters, mains, breads, beers and wine. The only reason I haven't given a full 6/6 was that our waiter kept "encouraging" us to order more of everything than we needed and asked me about 5 times to post a review on Trip Advisor mentioning him by name. Think they must get a bonus for each customer that does so! But I'll definitely be going back.

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.

2 reviews so far 6
20.08.2017 09:41

Shezan is one of the best Indian restaurants in Edinburgh.Always busy,always welcoming. We tend to favour Shezan because it consistently serves delicious food at reasonable prices.

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.