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#313 of 1,806 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Stockbridge & Dean Village
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2 Deanhaugh Street, Edinburgh EH4 1LY, Scotland
+44 131 332 1469
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110 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had dinner at Rafaels with my partner on a busy Friday night. This basement restaurant was full. Staff were lovely, chatty but professional. Food was ok,wine was fine, nothing special, would I return, no, been there, tried it, won't be back, perfectly fine, but there are so many good restaurants to try in Edinburgh.

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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

From the moment we walked into this small cosy restaurant we were made to feel at home. The wait staff were friendly and helpful explaining the menu. The food was very well presented and delicious, both starters and mains. I would highly recommend Rafael's restaurant, we had a great evening and we plan to return.

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Wallasey, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Visited sat 26th Nov for a surprise birthday treat. From the moment we walked in nothing was too much trouble. The staff were very helpful explaining the menu item by item. All meals, including starters, were spot on. Beautifully prepared & presented. Their booking system meant that the restaurant only filled up slowly allowing them to spend time with each... More 

Thank Les W
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

This is a cosy, stylish restaurant with fabulous food, prepared with passion and beautifully presented. Wide choice on the menu, excellent food, attentive service, and extremely good value. Décor provides a lovely ambience. You will never be hurried as owner serves dinner from 6pm and once you have booked your table, it is yours until closing if you wish. Fabulous... More 

1 Thank princessnoggins
Montpellier, France
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

The food was amazing - and the atmosphere was nice. It is best to book ahead. We were lucky - the last couple to be seated without a reservation.

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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Our shuttle driver recommended Rafael's on our way to our hotel. What a great little place to eat. I was there in May and the fireplace was up and running, which added to the atmosphere. The desserts are to die for. Staff was very, very friendly and provided some additional places for us to explore.

Thank Photogal07
Linlithgow, Scotland
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140 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Lovely cosy, small restaurant offering good quality Spanish influenced cooking at a decent price. What's not to like?! Seafood starter was superb and my colleagues all voted the chorizo and bean stew as excellent. Chicken, steak and sea bass mains all got rave reviews. Was probably less impressed by the tarte tatin which could have benefitted from being warm and... More 

1 Thank John2France
Portland, Oregon
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

We stumbled upon Rafael's restaurant and ended up enjoying a truly fantastic dining experience. It's a cozy, romantic and warm spot with wonderful personal touches (I've never had an entire menu read to me and presented at the table on a sign). The food was just wonderful - top quality. Every single thing we had was fantastic. And Rafael came... More 

Thank JDal
Livingston, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Fantastic food, great atmosphere and lovely service which during the festival is very hard to find. At Rafael's good friendly service was in abundance which made for a lovely evening

Thank irene w
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Our Edinburgh friends have known Rafael for about 30 years. He is the chef/ owner of this little gem in the very up market suburb of Stockbridge in Edinburgh. It's located in a charming basement. Probably no more than 30 covers. What makes this such a lovely experience? Well the food obviously. And Rafael himself who is always so much... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$32 - US$40
European, Spanish
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Deanhaugh Street, Edinburgh EH4 1LY, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Stockbridge & Dean Village
  • Neighbourhood: Stockbridge & Dean Village
  • Phone Number: +44 131 332 1469

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighbourhood Profile
Stockbridge & Dean Village
Just downhill of New Town and attractively straddling a river near the elegant Royal Botanic Garden, it’s small wonder that Stockbridge became one of the city’s first hip neighbourhoods. It’s now one of Edinburgh’s most desirable, though many bohemian touches have fallen away as its residents have matured and the area has gentrified. Some second-hand shops cling on, but mostly residents display refined tastes in basement bistros, gastropubs, coffee and antique shops, boutiques and delis and at the Sunday farmers' market. A pleasant ten-minute walk away, along a leafy riverside path beside the gurgling Water of Leith, lies Dean Village. This sleepy neighborhood of medieval half-timbered houses still retains much of the village feel it had when watermills plied their trade here. Beyond, the wooded riverside path feels even more remote as it climbs to the sculpture gardens of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
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