Gordon's Trattoria

4.6
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127 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
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.
What 127 People Are Saying
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sighrina
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious food. Friendly and accommodating staff. Worth it.

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ClareS
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food in a traditional environment. Good value for money. Would definitely return.

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LisaO
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic service. Best food we have ever tasted. We are making a point now of travelling through from the west coast every month. Thank you for making the birthday special.

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AnnaR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal here on Saturday lunchtime, the staff were so welcoming and friendly, great music..classics, food was delicious and fresh and the cocktails tasted amazing! We will definitely recommend and hope to return on our next trip to Edinburgh :)

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Lizzie
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is an unassuming looking little restaurant but a gem. The staff are so friendly and the food is delicious. We were both blown away by the tastiest meals we'd had in a while.

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Annoy
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

We were in restaurant a total of 1hour 10 mins and we’re asked if we wanted a drink once . We had to pay our bill on the way out . No staff asked if our meal was ok or if we wanted any more drinks . So tired of waiting we left .

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AbbieI
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wouldn’t usually visit the same place twice when on a weekend city break but Gordon’s was THAT good! Nothing was too much trouble, made us feel really welcome, BRILLIANT with kids & the food was delicious! Would highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a last minute call diner. Greeted by the owner of this restaurant. 30 px can seat there. The atmosphere is fantastic. We had lasagna and they were very tasty. Perfect for a lovely evening. I’d definitely recommend it!

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IanW
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit Gordon's every time we go to Edinburgh. We have never been disappointed. Food is always great and the service equally good.

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JodieB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Friendly staff and quick service (it was lunch so not many people in) the food was also very nice.
It was quite cold despite being sat further back in the restaurant. They were playing music too loudly and I felt it was slightly overpriced compared to other restaurants we visited on our trip

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GordonE
West Lothian
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to this restaurant a number of times over the past fifteen years and never been disappointed. Great atmosphere and top food and service.

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MicheleF
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Most amazing meal. Friendly service. Great location.

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JosephS
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy, comfortable with quality food and service! Everyone at our table enjoyed their dish and eagerly attempted to sample what others had ordered! We enjoyed so much that we returned the following day for lunch. This we be our “go to” restaurant for future visits to Old Town Edinburgh.

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Alswimming
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and the banoffee pie was awesome.

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ACL82
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tasty food, generous portions and efficient service. Waiter was very friendly, but arguably a little informal/over-familiar. The place could benefit from a bit of a spruce, it did feel a bit dated and rough around the edges, but everything was perfectly clean, so this didn't detract from our experience. We all thoroughly enjoyed the meal and experience and would gladly recommend and return.

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CraigS
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been here twice now.
1.. was with rugby lads night out. No1 could finish there calzone it was amazing and filled to the top.
2...with the family, again food and staff were amazing.
This will be my go2 place from now on.

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DonnaR
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was soooo tasty my prawn pasta was worth the journey, will be back soon!

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NickyP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good Italian meal Prefer somewhere like this compared to a chain (which are a lot busier)

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is a wee gem! It is in need of updating decor wise, it looks a bit tired and on first impressions I was a bit wary but the staff and food are excellent. The food is a wee bit pricey but it's on the royal mile in Edinburgh so when you factor that in along with the fact the food is delicious, it's worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing both myself and my mum went for the spaghetti carbonara which just melted in our mouths the staff were very friendly the service was very fast and the restaurant was very quiet

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vipTaraC
Seattle
41 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We needed a “wee little break” from traditional Scottish food and found Gordon’s Trattoria on OpenTable with high ratings. We had Gordon’s brother as our server, who kept us laughing the whole meal. I ordered the pizza with spicy sausage and rocket (pepperoni and arugula) and it was piping hot and delicious! Highly recommended for a casual dinner for weary travelers!

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vipKenn
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived the evening was excellent. The manager was warm and friendly and made wonderful suggestions for our dinner. From the local beer to the pizza and pasta specials, the food came out hot and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Italian cuisine. Definitely will try again next time we are in Edinburgh.

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Igtgna
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience2

They charge you 10% service by default. Thought is was optional :-(
Expensive place then, food was very good but in some appetizers too cold.

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AndrewM
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed even though they took the booking and website stated they were open

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JanetW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and Gary was a charming host! Front room was busy and probably somewhat loud but we were there on a Monday night and sat in the back room with no other customers most of the time so it was much quieter. After nearly two weeks of great Scottish seafood and game, I really needed my Italian "fix" and Gordon's filled the bill perfectly! Spaghetti Amatriciana was wonderful with huge amounts of pancetta!

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vipElmer
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Kind of a bizarre mix of an incredible Italian trattoria and an old-style diner, with smallish booths and a view into the "kitchen", which was little more than a flat top, a pizza oven and a fryer. The staff was engaged in a running bit of very loud banter, which - once you realized it for what it was - was consistent with the rest of the place, which was quite unpretentious. When the food arrived, however, all concerns went away. Beautifully presented, flawlessly prepared, and incredibly affordable pastas, breads and sauces. What a gem of a place for a relaxed but incredible meal. Would highly recommend for a relaxed evening with great food.

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VittoriaB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food and service. They even made me a custom pizza just because I wanted one! Awesome!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just dropped my daughter off in Edinburg and she wanted one last night of Italian before I left. The reviews of Gordon’s on Yelp and Open Table we’re solid so we decided to give it a try. The service was fantastic. The food was excellent. Moreover it was a great value.

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JodyP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Thanks for accommodating our larger group then what I had reserved for. The staff were very friendly and the food enjoyed by all 7 of us.

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vipKiwiJim
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Boisterous restaurant with abundant food and cheerful welcoming service

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MichaelV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service! The staff was attentive but not intrusive. We found the music was slightly incongruous. Rock and roll with an Italian vibe was an interesting combination, but once the food came you forgot it was there. We liked it enough to come back the next night for a pizza! Highly recommended!

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MaryPotter
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipDrKoob
Seattle
227 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was exquisite and hospitality was great

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DavidB
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, good food and lovely place.

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ElaineC
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

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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EleanorL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience1

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.

FAQs

Gordon's Trattoria offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0131 225 7992.

Gordon's Trattoria is rated 4.6 stars by 127 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.