Gordon's Trattoria

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95 Reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
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  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
Opened in 1982, Gordon’s Trattoria can be found at 231 High Street overlooking The Royal Mile. Set in Old Town near Edinburgh Castle and St. Giles’ Cathedral, this restaurant prides itself in offering delicious homemade Italian cuisine. A few local Scottish favourites like spicy haggis also find their ways into the menu. The menu showcases an admirable balance between vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. The ambience is cheerful which aptly complements the food quality. Soft music playing in the background further enhances the charm of dining in Gordon’s Trattoria. Along with a variety of pastas and pizzas, the restaurant offers a good selection of bruschetta and focaccia bread. Separate children’s portions are available at a reduced rate. Unpretentious yet lovingly cooked dishes successfully transmit the flavours of Italy to the heart of Edinburgh.
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Denver
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Huge portions: we split an excellent pasta dish in order to have room for banoffe pie. Servers were The Best! Friendly, like family. Cozy atmosphere.

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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. Really recommend the Penne Special, so good! Large portions.

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Gary as our server. The staff was welcoming, kind, and we had a great time. The food and wine choices were excellent. Our server did everything to make his tables feel well attended. Outstanding experience and reasonably priced. Gary is great!

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DK
Seattle
215 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't let the name fool you. This is a true Italian place even if it is named Gordon's. Walk in and you can imagine Sinatra and the gang eating at a back table. If you like mussels, try the seafood risotto. Loved every bite and every minute of being there.

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was exquisite and hospitality was great

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DB
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, good food and lovely place.

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EC
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

So disappointed!! We had 3 different pasta dishes all very bland and stodgy! When we told waiter he was very rude. Won’t be back

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EL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Way to expensive for a small plate of ravioli which was average to poor. I have had tinned ravioli with sauce just as good. Place inside needs revamped. Not comfortable to be in or look at. Need to spend some money on the place. Wouldn't go back.

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NP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

lovely lunch while waiting for airport transfer - thanks

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M
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Small friendly and well priced restaurant on Royal mile .worth a visit for a quick pizza or pasta and food goodand large variety

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TT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

The restaurant was very brightly lit. We shared a bruschetta for starters which was fine. We both then had a pasta dish which was very disappointing. They were both supposed to contain Italian sausage but mine was laden in what appeared to be packet pepperami which had been cooked and was very dry and firm. My partner's dish did contain some sausage but also a lot of dried out pepperami. The sauce was non-descript. Woul not go again if in Edinburgh.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I was disappointed with our visit to Gordon's Trattoria. The Trip Advisor reviews were all so good, that is why we booked. The inside was more like an american ice cream parlour than a traditional Italian Trattoria. The food was at best ok but presentation was not good. I had squid to start which was good. My husband had pate and said that was good too. The mains were what let it down for both of us. Portion size was enormous and was just heaped onto the plate. I had chicken milanese which was very dry and I left most of it. My husband had the prawns which he said were good and the sauce they were in was lovely. It was served with the biggest portion of rice which completely overshadowed the main star of the show (the prawns) and most of that got left too. Two starters, two mains and two glasses of wine each and the bill came to £112! The following evening we went to Bella Italia, had very similar food which was far better presented with a much livelier atmosphere and the bill came to £59.95 which included a bottle of wine. You pays your money and you takes your choice!

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EL
New England
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an absolute blast here! Just one man working the whole floor, including the front, but he was just fantastic. Had my boyfriend and I in stitches the whole night! Plus the food was incredible-we each had seafood dishes and agreed the prawns were the biggest we’d ever seen. A litre of the house red was the perfect compliment to the meal. They even humored our order of garlic bread as a dessert (which was a great idea-the bread was light and just the right amount of buttery). All in all, highly recommend this spot for a fun and delicious meal

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JT
Wales
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, been twice this week while up in Edinburgh,. Food is excellent, staff friendly and helpful.

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LM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere was great for kids and the service was good (if a little over-powering). The food however was not good at all. Cooked ok, looked ok but tasted of next to nothing. The garlic bread didn't taste at all of garlic, the pasta was bland, as was the pizza. We will happily pay £200 for a good meal but pay £120 for extremely bland food we do not or will not again i'm afraid.

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AW
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Very helpful waiter.
Food arrived promptly.
Calizone pizza - far too much, very chewy, cheese. Unpalatable. Lots of waste.

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GH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great night, booked this on chance for a group of colleagues, but will definately be back. Great food. Great service.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service from Gary. Nothing was to much trouble. The food was outstanding. Would definitely recommend. Thank you for making such an effort.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Owner was very friendly and made our dinner great!

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SW
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Restaurant is tired. Our table was next to a cold draft. The food was just fine, but very expensive. We later found we could have had the set lunch at The Witchery for less per head than our two shared starters, pizza and soft drink each. For the price they need to have a good look at their offering and take more care particularly over cooking and presentation. The place needs a redecorate and much more ambience. Not at all Italian. None of the staff were, though they were friendly and attentive.

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RB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional and the service was top notch

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EB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff really friendly and attentive; good for kids; scrummy food - think I ordered too much!

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MS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautifully cooked authentic Italian food served by friendly, efficient and caring staff. Bread and pizza dough is stunning, Lasagne is best ever.

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AM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recently visited with my husband and our friends. The service was so personable. The waiter offered alternatives and recommendations to ensure we had the best experience possible. The food was incredible and all the staff were very friendly.

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PS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This would be one of Edinburgh's Hidden Gems except that it is hidden in plain sight on the Royal Mile!
Definitely worth a visit.

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CP
Gloucestershire
5 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was very good but very expensive and there was no ambiance, know better Italians in Edinburgh.

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RM
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We probably had our best meal of our stay in Edinburgh at this restaurant. It has an unassuming front, tucked away on the Royal Mile. The restaurant is owned by Italians, and the food is very authentic. The lasagna, homemade, was probably the best we can remember eating anywhere. The hostess was quite pleasant and made us feel comfortable. We would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Edinburgh.

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EG
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Great service. Great food. People around us were very complimentary about their meals to the hostess as well.

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DA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family's favourite Italian restaurant in Edinburgh

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LH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third visit over the last three years. We were in Edinburgh to visit the university my daughter is thinking of applying too. Staff incredibly friendly and helpful. The food was delicious. Highly recommend.

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The gnocchi and zuppa di pesce were amazing. The staff were both warm and welcoming with a great sense of pride for their food. They made my wife's 40th birthday special. Thank you Gordon's.

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F
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

A long rather dreary room with an atmosphere of stale air. We would not have stayed if we hadn't booked. Having said that, the meals arrived promptly and my wife and daughter enjoyed their ravioli. I found the penne pollo pasta very bitter. Expensive for what we had, but perhaps that's because it is on the Royal Mile?

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D
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at Gordans Trattoria many times over the last twenty plus years and have always found the food and friendliness to be of the highest order.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous staff and excellent food with a superb location. Would highly recommend.

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AS
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Meat in the pasta had terrible taste. Moreover, I had to ask to warm up my lasagna cause it was clear they just put it in the microwave and the button was cold. When it came back it was again cold after the first bite.
Nevertheless I have to say the manager was super nice.

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R
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Canadian family was over for a visit and we had a great time. Friendly staff and lovely food.

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AY
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The moment we walk in the staff were very pleasant and helpful food was excellent and wine was devine didn't get rushed overall very pleasant and would recommend this lovely little places.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Hi
We have dinned on a few occasions in the pass but noticed a deterioration in menu choice.
Also decor is needing revamp including outside Toilets were in need of cleaning. The food was good but way overpriced. As we sat out for desert we noticed a lot of people at the outside menu. The comments were on pricing and we noticed a lot of people not coming in due to this fact. I do understand the location is prime but towards the center of the city the food is superior and less pricey and also still staying within the Tourist area.

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LO
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food, friendly service and accommodated me at short notice.

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O
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very much enjoyed our dinner at the trattoria.
Our only complaint was that it was a little noisy, with instructions to staff being shouted across the room!
The food was delicious and the staff waiting on us were calm and professional. Likewise the chefs, who we could see working so hard.

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