Contini George Street

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SquareMeal Review of Contini George Street

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Considering how much of a foodie-haven Edinburgh has become in recent years, when it comes to upmarket Italian food, there aren’t as many options around as you might expect. Contini, however, is one of the few. Set up in 2004 by Italian couple Victor and Carina Contini, it serves a menu of hard-not-to-like classics in the grand setting of a former banking hall on George Street. And it’s the combination of the crowd-pleasing Italian food on offer and the hugely impressive interiors that make Contini what it is.

An impressively pillared portico immediately instils a sense of occasion upon entry – the ‘Contini’ sign hanging above is the only real clue that it is a restaurant at all. The theme of grandeur continues inside with a chandelier hanging from the centre of the ornate ceiling way above. The bar acts as an island in the middle of the room, with tables all the way around it. We found it hard not to be constantly gazing around at the impressive spectacle of it all. 

The food offering isn’t as wow as the setting but that would be a tough job; what it is though is incredibly hearty. The portions are all very generous, everything is packed full of flavour, and there’s the offer of a large nest of parmesan on top of most dishes if you so wish.

Sweet Italian peppers were a fun addition to a huge burrata, with the crumb underneath adding a sprinkling of crunch. The gnocchi cacio e pepe were beautifully made but covered in a slightly too heavy cheese sauce, and a pile of mixed seafood included mussels, perfectly cooked scallop and a large piece of squid. We enjoyed it all greatly but just felt that as a whole it was all slightly too rich.

All washed down with a glass or two of particularly good Prosecco and perhaps a limoncello to finish, and there’s not much to complain about. You just might find you don’t need to eat much else on the day you visit.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Fun, Glamorous, Lively
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates
Food Hygiene Rating


103 George Street, City Centre, Edinburgh, EH2 3ES

0131 225 1550 0131 225 1550


Opening Times

All day
Mon 08:00-22:00
Tue 08:00-22:00
Wed 08:00-22:00
Thu 08:00-22:00
Fri 08:00-22:30
Sat 08:00-22:30
Sun 10:00-22:00


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1 Review 

Patrick K

20 March 2012  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Centotre is visually stunning and the atmosphere luxurious. Service is impeccable. A wonderful meal with fresh, well prepared ingredients. Beautifully presented and good sized portions. We had the special offer menu and the food was of high standard. I have learnt that Centotre imports the finest of ingredients from the top range supplier in Italy So thank you and your remarkable team for making it such a special evening and I look forward to eating at your wonderful restaurant again soon.
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