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Gordon's Trattoria

4.5
4.5
154 Reviews
£25 and under
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.

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2 people

19:00


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday-Sunday: 12:00-22:00

  • Phone number

    0131 225 7992

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Area

    The Royal Mile

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    All major bus routes via The Royal Mile. 7 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station.

  • Additional

    Beer, Gluten-free Options, Takeaway

What 154 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. NN

    NNNX

    Perthshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Food was ok, tables very close together which made private conversation difficult. We we served quickly for our main course but then no one came to take a dessert order or ask if we wanted more drinks. Wine was expensive.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My daughter and her family and I were spending a few days exploring Edinburgh. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal T Gordon’s Trattoria.
  3. SB

    StefanoB

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and good and friendly service. A highlight of our Edinburgh experience.
  4. A

    Argyledoc

    Devon

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had a lovely family meal. The front of house staff were fantastic and made the children feel very welcome. Highly recommended as a family-friendly, independent restaurant with excellent Italian food.
  5. E

    Englishfamily

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Everything was perfect the meal , the service , the atmosphere . Deserts were expensive but that's a luxury anyway. The reason we gave it 1 star for value was a 10%service charge was added on to the bill without knowledge and permission, which left us in a tricky situation whether to ask for it to be taken off , we didn't and paid the bill. That was the only issue which was a shame , we were nice and relaxed in a lovely atmosphere which isn't easy in scotland with a 13 and 17 Yr old as most scottish pubs and restaurants seem to hate children ,you always feel on edge at night time. Going back to this restaurant I just felt they should have asked regarding service charge first
  6. MM

    MollyM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Visited with my boyfriend for a valentines meal. Initially greeted with a cold “you booked?” Unfortunately for us yeah we had. We were squeezed into the back practically sitting on other couples laps, unable to hear each other over the sound of other conversations. Service was inattentive and quick with a “get in and get out” attitude. The starter we shared was nice however my main, pasta was overrated for pushing £15. I understand ‘al dente’ but my meal tasted like it was cooked by a chef under strict instruction to get the food out to people quickly. Not to mention the horror of paying £5 for a small CAN of cider. Not one person came to the table to ask about the food, until we finished eating, by which point we decided on no dessert, or tip and to just pay the bill and leave. But no, they whacked on a service charge for their troubles on a somewhat quiet valentines night. Thanks for the free Prosecco, much appreciated but will no be returning, would not recommend. Awful.
  7. PM

    PeterM

    Yorkshire

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very good family friendly Italian restaurant. Good quality reasonably priced food with decent sized portions. We would come back again. Highly recommended.
  8. S

    Sarah

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and lovely friendly service as always. Love Gordon’s Trattoria.
  9. NC

    NatalieC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great wee find, right in the middle of the Royal Mile. Great food; attention to detail; good service. Would highly recommend!
  10. NB

    NathanielB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was lovely, I had Lasagna & my partner had spaghetti, it was quick service and at an affordable price.
  11. d

    dani

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely food, the atmosphere was great, staff so attentive! Would 100% visit again
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Brilliant from start to finish , tremendous food , reasonably priced for where it is situated , would highly recommend
  13. MR

    MoiraR

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were so pleased to find this lovely wee place right on the Royal Mile. I had done a Google search because the place we had planned to go to was fully booked and we were delighted with everything about Gordon’s Trattoria. The food was delicious and the waiter was cheery and chatty with good banter. We will definitely go back the next time we’re in Edinburgh for lunch.
  14. SO

    SusanO

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place so pleased we paid it a visit. Food delicious, staff friendly too.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was exceptional in every way. Super friendly easy going staff. The food ordered was possibly the most flavoursome ever had in an Italian restaurant. Wonderful friendly atmosphere all around
  16. W

    Wendy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good variety menu , good service staff friendly and polite . We all enjoyed our food only thing but of a tight squeeze at the table for 5
  17. CA

    CAROL

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and amazing food …. Would definitely go again!
  18. PJ

    PaulaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic place to eat. Staff very friendly. Good menu choice. Can recommend calamari, brushetta and the homemade pizza. All food freshly made and piping hot. We treated ourselves to the homemade cheesecake- divine. Will definitely eat here again.
  19. FM

    FredM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Welcoming, clean, comfortable, staff friendly and attentive. Food delicious, well cooked and attractive without being at all pretentious. Proper sized pizzas and pasta dishes. We would highly recommend Gordon's and when we are in Edinburgh in the future we will be back for more.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    If you are not fussy about mediocre Italian cuisine then I suppose this is a good place to dine. The drink menu had a nice selection and the waitstaff were attentive but no intrusive. A bit crowded for Covid standards.
  21. CC

    CelenaCR

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 27 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! We would recommend it and enjoyed our meals!
  22. ST

    STUARTS

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service in a really good atmosphere. Will definitely return on our next stay in Edinburgh.
  23. LM

    LorraineM

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service would highly recommend
  24. j

    juliae

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant and food good service staff very friendly and attentive would highly recommend and will return next time we are in Edinburgh b
  25. TB

    TonyB

    Bristol

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and the evening was made by our waiter Willy who was a fantastic laugh!!
  26. G

    George

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our 1st time dining in Gordon’s Trattoria, as we were on holiday in Edinburgh. We had a wonderful evening, the food was amazing & great value for money!! The staff were very attentive & friendly..We would highly recommend this fabulous restaurant!!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visit, the staff were really friendly made us feel very welcome and the food is excellent. Will definitely be back 10/10
  28. s

    sighrina

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very delicious food. Friendly and accommodating staff. Worth it.
  29. CS

    ClareS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food in a traditional environment. Good value for money. Would definitely return.
  30. LO

    LisaO

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  31. AR

    AnnaR

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    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 :)
  32. L

    Lizzie

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  33. A

    Annoy

    1 review

    2.0

    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 .
  34. AI

    AbbieI

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    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!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    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!
  36. IW

    IanW

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  37. JB

    JodieB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    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
  38. GE

    GordonE

    West Lothian

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  39. MF

    MicheleF

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Most amazing meal. Friendly service. Great location.
  40. JS

    JosephS

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

FAQs

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

Gordon's Trattoria is rated 4.5 stars by 154 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Google Map for Gordon's Trattoria

231 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PE

Additional information

  • Area

    The Royal Mile

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday-Sunday: 12:00-22:00

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    All major bus routes via The Royal Mile. 7 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Gluten-free Options, Takeaway

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