Zucca Edinburgh
Zucca Edinburgh

Zucca Edinburgh

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://zuccarestaurant.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01312219323
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 12pm-2:30pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5pm-9pm and Friday - Saturday: 5pm-10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Richard Glennie
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Zucca can cater for all your outside (or in-house depending on the size of your party) catering needs, from small platters of hot and cold food to private dinner parties, corporate entertainment and larger events such as weddings and birthday celebrations. The food can be tailored to your specific needs and personal taste. Service can be provided from highly trained and professional service staff.
  • Private Party Facilities: Zucca, being part of the Lyceum theatre building, provides private dining facilities in the Henry Irving and Ellen Terry Rooms (Please note: a fee of £150 applies)
  • Private Party Contact: Giacomo 01312219323
  • Entertainment: COCKTAIL MASTER CLASSES
    Experience making your own cocktails or stand back and watch the experts show you how it"s done. Ideal if you are planning a special evening with friends, or work colleagues.Price £ 40.00 pp
    WINE SAMPLING
    Enjoy five premiere Italian wines with friends; learn about the heritage of each estate, the character of the grape and the correct tasting technique.
    2 Options:
    1)Tapas and Tasting; five premiere Italian wines with a selection of Italian tapas £30pp
    2)Fine Wine Dinner; five premiere Italian wines plus 3 course meal from our Theatre Menu £45pp

Getting there

  • Public Transit: There is a Bus stop and a Taxi rank 20 metres away from the restaurant, located on Lothian road.
    Haymarket & Waverly stations 15,20 mins walk/8,10 mins cab ride.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is street parking and a NCP car park located on Castle Terrace just at the back of the restaurant.
A word from Zucca Edinburgh
"Our goal is to serve the freshest and finest Italian food, and good quality wines, at a reasonable price, with the highest degree of service with real passion'
The restaurant, with its theatrical theme, serves fine Italian dishes whilst retaining its freshness and simplicity.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerPre/post Theatre
Zucca Edinburgh reviews from OpenTable diners
174 reviews since 1 November 2013
Average Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambience3.8
    Value4
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
pre/post theatre (143)outstanding value (47)special occasions (30)good vegetarian options (29)business meals (24)group bookings (23)fit for foodies (20)romance (18)sunday lunch (15)brunch (9)afternoon tea (7)child friendly (4)disabled access (2)outdoor eating (2)Show More
  • Pre-Filmhouse Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 14/10/2014
    Very enjoyable meal but extras quickly increase meal cost to quite a high figure above headline price.
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  • Big let down
    Enjoyagoodmeal
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Fettuccini was in fact tagliatelle and bland, the risotto was tasteless and the rice was not made with a risotto rice. The ribeye steak was ok but presented without any imagination. The oil/balsamic mix ran out very quickly with the salt close on its heels and not to be replenished at any time. They knew we were celebrating my friend's birthday but nothing at all was done to make the occasion feel special. We did not order a sweet or coffee and left feeling that La Zucca was very much style over substance and not good example of Italian cuisine. Being next to the theatre they will get business, but I doubt repeat business. Won't be back and would definitely NOT recommend to anyone.
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  • 3LadiesWalking
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Booked a table for a post-theatre supper at 5.45. We turned up half an hour early but they happily accommodated us and served us swiftly with friendly courteous and efficient service. The menu had plenty of choice and was well-priced. In particular the Seafood Pasta was excellent! It's ideally placed for the Usher Hall, theatres and other city centre venues. The restaurant was busy but the staff were attentive so there was a great atmosphere. Would definitely return!
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Psychatlarge
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Coming in from the wilds of the Border we needed somewhere to eat before enjoying a musical feast. Zucca is well place and clearly has lots of repeat custom but it should not rest on its laurels and assume that people will always come back no matter what the quality. In general though it can be relied upon.
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  • Birthday dinner
    luvItalian
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We were 4 at table; the food was excellent and we had a hard time selecting from the nicley balanced menu. My daughter's birthday was recognised, at my request, with a candle on her dessert and we all sang 'Happy Birthday', joined by the other diners. Her face was a picture as she made her wish and blew out the candle! The waitress was busy but answered all our requests, and dealt gracefully with accidents such as a dropped fork and an upset dish of parmeggiano. The food itself was so delicious and beautifully cooked that we want to return and try other things on the menu! We will be back - and that's a promise!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jarvis
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    The dining experience is always reliably good at Zucca.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre theatre good value
    swan
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Once again Zucca provided good speedy service for pre theatre dinner. Good value and a great choice.
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  • Barbar
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    Attached to theatre and can be busy or quiet when no events on in area. Good quality Italian food with excellent service.
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  • Ideal pre-theatre
    direwolfVIP
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    Zucca is always reliable: good, fresh food, excellent friendly service, and great value. Given its location it is the best local pre-theatre venue.
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  • Good Food Bill given a tad to Early
    Carlos
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Really good food, great fun waitress service and presentation as fantastic. When we booked no mention was made of time limit so it was a surprise when the bill was handed to us before we asked for it and with no option of coffee. Given we'd only been there an hour and half of an evening booking this was a little off-putting. I'd still go back but next time I'd ask for a coffee if it happened again
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    brunch, fit for foodies, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Professional service
    helenlydon
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Waiters/Waitresses were so professional one was hardly aware they were there. Food good, atmosphere good & excellent value.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, pre/post theatre, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • Ideal pre theatre or concert
    jothestrelover
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    Worked well for us pre concert at the usher hall, tasty and great service
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zucca for Festival succour
    Festivalfoodie
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    Nice location (next to Royal Lyceum Theatre). Small restaurant on two levels, friendly atmosphere and helpful, attentive staff. Menu includes local produce. My hake - first in years - was well cooked and tasty. My friend's chocolate torte looked delicious. The wine - mostly Merlot - was excellent, so we had two bottles! Definitely an oasis of calm and good taste in the tumultuous crowds of the Festival!
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  • GOOD MEAL BUT..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    we enjoyed a good two courses choice from pre-theatre menu @£14.95and a bottle wine @ £18. Table service was slick but bill payingcheck out was very slow so we had to rush to the concert!.
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    pre/post theatre, romance, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jacaranda
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    We always enjoy Zucca for pre-theatre dinners. The service is fast and very friendly and the food is pretty good for the price.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect pre-theatre
    direwolfVIP
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    Zucca is excellently placed for both the Lyceum and the Usher Hall. They know that you need to get there in time for the show, and service is extremely efficient. Food this time was not quite as outstanding as on previous occasions, but perfectly good, and very reasonably priced. Highly recommended.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Good italian fayre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Highly suited to pre- or post-theatre or concert occasions; good but fairly unremarkable italian cuisine. Rather deficient in fish and vegetarian choices.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience.
    docpaul
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Superb pre-theatre meal with real Italian food and good wine. Efficient unobtrusive service which made me feel very welcome. I am returning without hesitation.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Problem!
    duncan
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    One of us was extremely ill immediately after this meal, although we enjoyed it at the time. His main course was lasagne, I had something elseduncan. I also felt a bit uncomfortable after; we both had olives.
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  • Excellent as always
    tomnev
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The warm welcome and highly efficient service mean you can eat the very good food in a very relaxed manner, certain that you will get to the theatre on time. This is rapidly becoming one of our favourite restaurants in Edinburgh
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-theatre meal
    festivalattender
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Excellent prelude to Festival Opening Concert at Usher Hall.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    Our 51 year physio reunion dinner was excellent . The food was perfect , the staff attentive, and we felt very welcome.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor value - no atmosphere!
    alan
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    We had a voucher for a two course meal. Just as well as the food was barely worth the discounted price. No atmosphere. Would not consider returning!
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  • God menu but cooking not up to it
    Sand
    Dined on 27/6/2014
    Had 3 courses for six. Menu wording made us expect good quality food & cooking. This was not the case. The scalops were very good and hake was well cooked, but everything else was no more than OK. Chicken was not good, sweet potatoes missing, bread was chewly and elastic (too long in microwave ?) do you even call this bread? No salt on table. Lasagna OK, deserts tiramitsu OK , chocolate torte with coulis & rasberries - not great quality chocolate, dot of coulis, no rabs! White choc creme brule, OK no more. Bill ended up being much more than expected, a lot of + in menu : over 30 per pers, no winw. All together, Either pay a bit more for choice & quality, or choose a restaurent with simpler menu but that delivers the quality
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  • lunch
    patricia
    Dined on 26/6/2014
    our visit to the restaurant was overall very good including the service and ambiance as good and the food was excellant. The only disappointant was because it was quiet the waitres was too eager by coming to our take orders before we were ready, and also as a result of it being quiet the ambience was not as good as usual.
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    business meals, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Kazza67
    Dined on 21/6/2014
    Went to zucca after my graduation . There were 5 of us including a 10 year old child. Everyone's meal was lovely .we didn't have one complaint and at 17.95 for 3 courses it was great value for money for a city restaurant
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  • lunch
    patricia
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    my friend enjoyed the ambiance , food and service which were excellant andwold recommend to prospective diners.
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    brunch, business meals, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Lunch for 5 in Zucca.
    ww4lunch
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Had lunch with a group of friends. Very friendly welcome into the restaurant followed by excellent service throughout our visit. Food was very well presented, very tasty and much appreciated by the group. We enjoyed the ambience of the restaurant and felt relaxed and comfortable during our stay. We will certainly concider returning to ZUCCA and will certainly recommend it to friends.
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  • Well-placed, swift and courteous
    v61jy
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Very swift and courteous service and very good food, with imaginative vegetarian options. Ambience relaxing-low/no background music so conversation possible. Well situated for Usher Hall, Lyceum and other venues close by.
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    good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre -concert dinner at Zucca
    enjoyfood
    Dined on 30/5/2014
    Excellent meal at Zuccas. Fixed menu is very good value and served by friendly and efficient staff.
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  • First time.....
    Kayjay
    Dined on 27/5/2014
    Had pre concert dinner before going to the Usher Hall for the Paulo Nutini gig. Food was good value for money. Surprised that they had run out of Pinot Grigio but had a nice Gavi di Gavi instead. Warm welcome and good service. Will be back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tomnev
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    very good food, and excellent service totally geared to ensuring we were served quickly pre theatre. The door straight through from the restaurant to
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  • very helpful waitresses/waiters
    Kitty
    Dined on 17/5/2014
    The staff and food of this Italian were very good, dinner for two. The food was served really hot which we like, the red wine at room temperature and the staff were really nice without being intrusive. relaxed atmosphere.
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  • disappointed
    macsandy
    Dined on 17/5/2014
    We had dinner from the pre theater menu. The starters were good, but the mains were not great. When we ordered desserts, we were told there was no more creme brulee, but as we were leaving, we heard someone order the creme brulee and saw some in the pastry case. My impression is that an excellent "food stylist" created a menu that was prepared by a second rate kitchen.
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  • Excellent pre-theatre
    Gail
    Dined on 17/5/2014
    Convenient for the theatre and a really nice meal too.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grizzlepuss
    Dined on 16/5/2014
    Always an imaginative and changing menu on each visit. Well presented and a wonderful adventure to the taste buds. The fish dishes are recommended for either starter and/or main dish. To complete, an excellent choice of deserts. Great value for money from a very friendly team.
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  • Tasty lunch
    weezie
    Dined on 15/5/2014
    Three of us had a very nice lunch. One of us is a vegetarian and her choices were excellent. We were the only table after some others left, but we gathered that they catered for a lot of people attending the theatre that this restaurant is connected to.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food & Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 14/5/2014
    Average food and Service. Main waiter was quite rude.
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  • direwolfVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Zucca is reliably good, with fresh meat and seafood well cooked and presented. Friendly service and a comfortable ambience.
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  • kitchenmaid
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    1st class meal. Consistently good meals and attentive staff
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