Choosing a Greek restaurant in Edinburgh

DATE: 13 Sep 2017 | BY
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Finding a Greek restaurant in Edinburgh is easy...but which one should you choose? Here are our top authentic picks.

A Greek restaurant in Edinburgh is the perfect place for a meal to suit all tastes: from tender grilled souvlaki kebabs to creamy moussaka, from silky smooth hummus to syrup-drenched baklava, Greece is a country with diverse tastes. Known for its liberal use of local olive oil, it’s a country that embraces meat, fish and vegetarian dishes alike, some truly spectacular desserts, and beautiful meze dishes that are perfect for sharing. Whether you’re brand new to Greek cuisine or want to enjoy some of the dishes you’ve sampled on your travels, you’ll be spoilt for choice in the city. Make choosing a Greek restaurant in Edinburgh easy with our guide below...which one is your favourite?

Spitaki Greek Taverna

The blue and white of Spitaki’s exterior marks it out instantly as a Greek restaurant, and the same traditional colour scheme, along with exposed brickwork and the obligatory vine leaves, runs through to the inside too. It’s a family-run restaurant where the focus is very much on the meze, although there are a few larger dishes to choose from if you don’t fancy sharing. It’s not just family-run, but family-friendly too, and we love how attentive the staff are. We recommend getting into the meze spirit and sharing a variety of dishes: the fresh and fiery flavours of the spicy baked feta are one of our highlights, along with the grilled octopus. Don’t forget to check out the specials board - we’ve found some truly fantastic dishes on there in the past.

Spitaki Greek Taverna, 133-135 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh, EH7 4JA

My Big Fat Greek Kitchen

Another Greek restaurant that embraces the blue and white theme, My Big Fat Greek Kitchen is a place where you can dine surrounded by photos of beautiful Greek landscapes...and has a terrace where you can soak up the sun in the summer months and imagine you’re on holiday. It’s not a large restaurant and can get busy - especially during pre-theatre serving times, when they have a special set menu on offer. Go down the meze route, or choose starters and mains: we love the beautifully cooked sea bass fillets, and the simple yet oh-so-tasty moussaka. It’s a restaurant where you feel like you’re dining in someone’s home: rustic cooking, a friendly atmosphere and a great experience.

My Big Fat Greek Kitchen, 6 Brougham Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9JH

Ola Kala Gyro wraps at Ola Kala

Ola Kala

This self-styled “Greek grill & deli” gives a real feel of being in Greece: it’s a simple café atmosphere with a partially open kitchen and a vertical spit that takes the centre stage. “Ola Kala” means “all’s well” - and all’s definitely well here...when many of the customers are Greek, you know you’ve hit authenticity gold. Try their spit-cooked pork gyro: the shaved pork kebab has the perfect combination of crispy and tender meat, stuffed into a pitta with creamy tzatziki, tomato and onion, and served with beautifully crispy chips. With Greek beers and wines to accompany your meal, it’s a homely, relaxed place that’s all about great food.

Ola Kala, 202 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EA

Mr Nick’s Greek Kitchen

Head to the first floor of Leith’s Ocean Terminal shopping centre to enjoy a casual meal at Mr Nick’s Greek Kitchen, open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. There are meze dishes, appetisers and salads on offer, as well as a few traditional mains like moussaka and the rich stifado stew...but the real focus is on their gyros and grilled meats. Try their tender lamb chops (with a choice of roast potatoes or chips), or opt for pork or chicken gyros, carved from the spit in front of you and stuffed into a pitta with tomatoes, onions and tzatziki - they’re just as authentic as any you’ll get in Greece. And for a real holiday feel, you can even eat outside with views of the ocean...what’s not to love?

Mr Nick’s Greek Kitchen, 1A Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre, 98 Ocean Drive, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ

Qupi Cafe Bistro

From the outside, you wouldn’t necessarily know that Qupi serves some of Edinburgh’s best Greek dishes. But step inside and you’ll see their deli counter heaving with both local and Greek ingredients...and walk through even further and you’ll find a charming hidden gem of a dining room, the ceiling festooned with all sorts of hats. It’s certainly a quirky place! Here, you’ll find baguettes with Greek-inspired fillings such as hummus, rocket & olives...while you’ll also find traditional favourites such as moussaka and souvlaki. We love their meze menu too: their spanakopita is one of the best spinach pies we’ve tasted outside of Greece, and their baklava is out of this world...

Qupi Cafe Bistro, 171 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 8NR

Richmond Cafe Bistro

“Greek simplicity” is what the Richmond Cafe Bistro in the Old Town promises...and it’s done in style. It’s got a cosy cafe feel with exposed brickwork plus an outdoor terrace for warmer weather, and the menu ranges from starters and sandwiches to Greek breakfasts, heartier dishes and desserts. Here you’ll find staff that are truly passionate about the food they serve, and who are great at recommending different dishes for different tastes. Our top pick? The tender meatballs served on pitta bread with a lovely fresh tomato sauce and yoghurt - and the baklava, which is clearly freshly made. There’s a great selection of Greek alcoholic drinks on offer to wash down your meal too.

Richmond Cafe Bistro, 52 West Richmond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DZ

Tags: Edinburgh, Families With Children, Good For Groups, Date Night, Casual Dining, Live Music, £ - £20-£30, ££ - £30-£40, Greek, Greek

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