BABA - Edinburgh

4.6
373 reviews
£25 and under
Lebanese
Welcome to BABA - Edinburgh.
Mezze, charcoal grill and cocktail bar inspired by the flavours of the Levant.
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What 373 People Are Saying
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Jambo
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Disappointed with Baba last night. Beer I ordered not available, monkfish I ordered not available. Chose cod and asked if it came with potatoes. It was I was told but it didn’t! Service not particularly attentive or friendly but staff might have been stretched. Inconspicuous and easy to miss in the bill was a 10% Service Charge; sort of OK but in larger lettering was a Gratuity Option!

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CambriaA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and lovely atmosphere - one of the best meals I've ever had. A must go in Edinburgh!

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melissak
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Server got our order wrong after we repeated it to her 2x.
Drinks were strained and not on rocks as requested.
Good tasty however.

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KatieB
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Very poor service- asked to clear our plates when we were still clearly eating. Warm white wine when told the waitress she gave us ice!
Mackerel so salty it was inedible.
In fir 45 mins and a very poor experience

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PaulH
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere. delicious food, very good wine. very good service.

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Jodi
Glasgow
5 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious at Babas, great choices and flavours

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Catching up with friends following a hiatus of 2 years thanks to the pandemic. We are all different ages, so finding somewhere that has the right atmosphere and offers food choices for everyone is not always easy. However Baba more than enough fulfils all that. Great choices on the menu, wonderful venue and a lovely bar so we could carry on catching up after our meal. Staff were helpful and attentive.
It made for a wonderful evening. We all said we would be booking for our next catch up, which will hopefully not be 2 yrs later!

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IwonaK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place was very nice, food was tasty and staff was very friendly

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juliem
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good food. The lamb was delicious as was the pea houmous. Probably my favourites of the many dishes we tried. Great place for vegetarians. Lots of delicious vegetables options

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Rozzer
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service and interesting food although i dont like the inclusion of a 10% service charge. It should be my choice to leave a tip based on my experience of the service not the restaurant making the decision for me.

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JudithW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Asked to be seated in a specific room when I booked 4 weeks ago, but request wasn’t honoured and we were seated at probably the worst table next to kitchen, reception and entrance. I asked about and changing and it was an improvement but not the original request.

Training required for staff both on mask wearing and carrying and serving drinks.

This is my second visit where drinks either completely dropped or half thrown at me.
Use of masks by staff was ad hoc and in some cases just laughable as chin nets.
Really don’t fancy going back, despite the tasty food.

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LauraW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food. The flavours are amazing!

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VyvB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely tasty food, good service. loved the cauliflower fritters!

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Hastings
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible, excellent value and absolutely delicious. The cauliflower fritters and Babaghanoush were a particular highlight!

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Dancoop
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic food with one problem.
My Wife ordered the pork and asked if the sauce was spicy, she was told that it wasn’t.
The sauce was in fact very spicy, not a problem for me but it ruined the whole dish for her.
It’s a shame as it spoiled the whole meal for her as she also found the sauce on the sweet potatoes a bit too spicy for her.

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NikkiH
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating at Baba and it was fantastic, food delicious with lots of interesting dishes. We are planning our return already.

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172021
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was fantastic. There was a dog with diners which was surprising but it also barked a lot which did not make for a pleasant dining experience as it should have been.

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Overdweller
Lincolnshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of four, dining at BABA for the first time, and were really impressed. All the food was delicious: fresh, full of flavour, evocative of the Lebanese tradition. The service was fabulous, too, efficient and friendly. The music was a tad loud for us but after the isolation of lockdown we all enjoyed the lively ambience. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal and the staff were great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect, healthy, flavorful, inspired…flawless…

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Beez10331
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice food. Small plates but filling. Stylish decor.

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GretaSB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed an excellent Dinner! The Food and Drinks were very good! Highly recommended!

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CaroleM
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fantastic. Service was excellent. We had lovely bottle of Rose wine. I cannot wait to go back

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vipCarolineS
Newcastle
13 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow what a fab eve for husbands birthday. Food superb. Service excellent. Ask to go in turquoise dining room - simply stunning

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Karen
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Highly recommend, food was amazing. Atmosphere and design of the restaurant was lovely. Good choice of wine & their own personal swing on cocktails, but able to make most of what you ask. Lovely separate bar area if you are not interest in eating.
Very reasonable for the quality of food.

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CherylM
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a wonderful meal, everything was absolutely terrific. From the cocktails to the beautiful venue we loved every part of our visit and have booked in for our annual Edinburgh Christmas shopping trip.

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BenP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Have the haggis merguez yum

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ClaireJ
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, been here a few times now and never disappointed. Friendly staff.

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NicolaC
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a cosy but vibrant setting. The service is fantastic, the staff are really helpful - especially when it's hard to choose between all the amazing dishes! Would absolutely recommend to anyone visiting.

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NathanM
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food. We will be back!

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HazelA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our meal (a late lunch) a particular highlight was the labneh and the whole sea bass. I would say that it can get quite expensive once you add delicious sides and mezze but the quality of the food is excellent so we felt it was worth the cost.

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KirstenG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection, lovely small fish style eating and all dishes we got were delicious!

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BarryR
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall2food5service4ambience1

First off the food is amazing. No issues there, menu well explained by staff and came in good time.
However this restaurant lets itself down badly with seating. I booked online and asked for the best available table, when we got there we were sat in a thoroughfare room off the main restaurant. The seats were soft so it was like I was sitting on the floor and we were up against a solid wall to my immediate right which turned out to be the kitchen.
With spaces throughout we identified another table and asked to sit there. This had to be checked. Then is was deemed permissible!
We were still however in an area where the hotel guest came and went as this restaurant is within a hotel complex. We saw guests in robes walking by from the spa, a group of golfers with clubs walked past our table to return to their room and various other comings and goings. When they have a specific restaurant with empty tables this was all unnecessary and a bit weird!
We didnt get their best available table and my advice when booking here is to specify you want to eat in the restaurant, not the foyer area. The food was exceptional though but the wine extremely pricey even for faux Edinburgh prices (£9.10) for a small Malborough SB for example is extortionate.
We would eat there again but only if i was certain we would be in the main restaurant area.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fantastic - great host and waitress from Australia

Will be back

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LeeT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, each dish was fantastic. A real explosion of flavours.

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FionaS
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly staff, good service and very reasonably priced.

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Francesca
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit, will definitely be back.
The food was amazing!

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jacquelineD
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place to eat. Love the decor and library and being dog friendly was a huge bonus. Food was out of this world. Will be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Delicious food. Service staff not particularly engaged.

RD
RachelD
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food, 36 £ pp including tip for three dishes each shared between five plus a bottle of wine and multiple beers

FAQs

BABA - Edinburgh is rated 4.6 stars by 373 OpenTable diners.

BABA - Edinburgh does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://baba.skchase.com/vouchers.

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.