About Contini Ristorante
Excellent value and service
We had a wonderful evening at this restaurant celebrating a friends birthday. Requested a nice table (which we got) waiters were very attentive and the food was fantastic. We chose the pre-theatre menu. There wasn't a lot of choice but what we chose was just perfect.
Contini George Street
Fabulous food and surroundings. We were there for a very good value lunch but will be going back for dinner soon. Recommended.
Family-run, city centre Italian
Opened in 2004 as the first of Victor and Carina Contini’s group of three Edinburgh restaurants, Contini George Street blends contemporary Italian cooking with well sourced local ingredients and imported Italian specialities. Set in an imposing converted banking hall on George Street, Contini George Street is loftily grand yet also very welcoming. The soft, grey leather banquette seating encourages lingering over a Negroni while the open bar area competes for attention with the feature walls hung with Baroque Italian scenes.
Produce-led Italian cooking to share
Whether a dish uses imported Italian specialities, local artisan products or even vegetables from the Continis’ kitchen garden, it is all about the ingredients at Contini George Street. The menus change with the seasons but the emphasis is always on a light, modern style of cooking and dishes which are designed to be shared.
Popular choices include the salami Calabrese with roasted aubergine, mint, crème fraiche and pistachio crumb; cod poached in cold pressed olive oil with fennel, samphire and chilli; and a raw cauliflower, porcini and lemon oil salad with breadcrumbs and Venetian spiced walnuts. Old favourites such as the contadino – piccante Italian sausage pasta – remain on the menu but as lighter primi courses rather than belt-straining secondi. Breakfasts, morning coffees and after work aperitivos are also popular at Contini George Street.
Edinburgh city centre transport links and attractions
Contini George Street in Edinburgh city centre. The trams and major bus routes of Princes Street are a three minute walk. Waverley station is a ten minute stroll. City centre shopping, Princes Street Gardens and two of the capital’s national galleries are a five minute walk.