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La Lanterna

#386 of 1,824 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
New Town
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83 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EE, Scotland
+44 131 226 3090
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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Workington, UK
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Arranged a birthday meal for my husband's 60th birthday. 12 family and friends travelled from Cumbria , Hamilton and Paisley only to find the restaurant closed!! By pure good luck we were able to eat at the Bar Napoli next door the staff in there were fantastic and food was great. Worst of all I haf paid £60 deposit!!

1 Thank Susan M
Newburgh, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Booked at least a month in advance. They were meant to call me back 2 weeks before meal to finalise numbers and take deposit. No return call despite many calls to them and messages left so went to visit 2 days before planned event to find place locked up during declared working hours and had to make last minute alternative... More 

1 Thank Craig M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Food very good, service a little slow at first but not too bad. Prices reasonable. Decent atmosphere. Toilets could be better. Would recommend and defenately return again

Thank Mikey B
Livingston, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

I went here with my sister before going to a show at the playhouse. First time I have been here but was not disappointed. The atmosphere was great nice music staff very friendly and polite. We had the homemade pate to start which was lovely and served with tasty salad and bread lightly toasted. My sister had a pasta dish... More 

Thank Veronica N
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Pre booked based on ratings on trip advisor and we were not let down. Really good food. Very attentive really could not ask for more. We will definitely be back when we return to this city.

1 Thank Michelle W
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

We were walk ins. Next door at Bar Napoli was bouncing and there were only about 12 people in here. So, no problem getting a table. Then, we waited and waited. There was one waiter and a chef and that was it. After 10 minutes without a hello, a menu or a drink, we left and went next door to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

We were lucky to get a table on Saturday night but managed to squeeze in. It was a crazily busy night (the weekend before Christmas) and everyone was obviously run ragged, but our food came quickly and it was the tastiest Italian food I've had outside of Rome itself. Would definitely go back, though maybe on a midweek visit when... More 

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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Booked for my wife and i for 9pm on a Saturday night (only time possible). When we arrived they seemed surprised. Very busy, very rushed, had the worst bruschetta ever (doughy pieces of baguette with some chopped tomato and a squirt of garlic butter). Asked for a little chili with my amatriciana pasta, and basically seemed to have had chili... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Whilst visiting Edinburgh we popped in for our Evening meal on the spur of the moment. The staff were very accommodating from the moment we stepped through the front door. The place reminded us of similar establishments when visiting Italy and the food served up matched the ambience. I opted for the Christmas Menu; the Christmas Broth (minestrone soup with... More 

Thank David O
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Came upon this restaurant by accident & glad we did. Food was lovely. Staff were nice & friendly but a little harrassed due to the kitchen being short handed. Food was still out in good time though. Will definitely be back on our next visit to Edinburgh 😊

Thank karenap773

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 83 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighbourhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 226 3090

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

Staying in New Town

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New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighbourhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.
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