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BABA - Edinburgh, Edinburgh,

BABA - Edinburgh

4.6
4.6
1689 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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2 people

19:00


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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Lebanese, Cocktail Bar, Grill
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–00:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–01:00
  • Phone number
    0131 240 5500
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    Fancy a different kind of dining experience?
  • Private party contact
    BABA: 0131 240 5500
  • Area
    Edinburgh
  • Cross Street
    George Street
  • Parking Details
    Limited parking on George Street.NCP parking located at Castle Terrace, 12 minute walk from BABA
  • Public Transit
    16 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley. 18 minute walk from Haymarket Station.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 1,689 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Innovative

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Healthy

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Edinburgh

    Innovative

  • Edinburgh

    Healthy

  • Edinburgh

    Vegetarian-friendly

1,689 Reviews
  1. DavidS

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here, will definitely be back. Lovely food.

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  2. Silvergolf0

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was of good quality but there was little quantity of the seafood skewer as it was literally one and the lamb was cremated which completely ruined the taste. We could not fault the venue or service provided but more fish and less cremation please.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and fantastic value! We will be back!

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  4. KellyA

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Favorite restaurant in Endiburgh. Highly recommend

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  5. KatyY

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food for sharing with friends and family alike

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  6. GeorgieM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and excellent service. Really highly recommend!

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  7. DeborahM

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Impeccable service from knowledgeable and friendly staff. Delicious foo, we tried a broad selection from the menu and nothing disappointed, it was all incredible.

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  8. PaddyG

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent Saturday lunch had at Baba. The food was outstanding. The place was quite busy but there was space & you didn’t feel like you were next to people. Very pleasant service, all very quick & attentive. Highly recommended.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice food- shame about the wobbly table. Plus sitting location wasn’t the best

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  10. LeahS

    Alabama

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food with a unique menu. The best hummus I have ever had is from this restaurant. It’s tapa style which is always fun

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  11. Svenv

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was SO GOOD. Nice portions bursting with flavor.

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  12. BenjaminB

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food, great service and a lovely building. Not too expensive considering the quality and portions were a good size.

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  13. ShonaM

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place for lunch. Good choice on menu and friendly helpful staff.

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  14. RhiannonC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Waiter had lots of recommendations which were all great.

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  15. SarahJ

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Much of the food was delicious! However… We were encouraged to have 2 or 3 dishes each but it was way too much (we don’t have huge appetites but it felt like a waste). It was a part of the spa day but the allowance offered nowhere near covered the lunch (despite no dessert or alcohol) . The waitress disappeared (20 mins) at the start when we wanted to order. The music was not relaxing. The burnt lemon aubergine was overwhelmingly sour and I couldn’t eat it. The non- alcoholic juice was tiny ( 2/3 of a Prosecco glass) for £7. A very mixed review. In the main we really enjoyed it tbh but these few irritations could have been avoided.

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  16. NicolaM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Not to our liking - hotel stay was amazing but dinner in this restaurant was a disappointment.

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  17. SarahS

    Bath

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We took a while to choose a restaurant for a special occasion, during our weekend away. We arrived at Baba and it was buzzing and busy. The ambiance and restaurant was a lovely atmosphere, although a little loud. Great service and efficient, however we were unfortunately disappointed with our meal choices. Very bland and underwhelming and sadly my husband spent all night in the bathroom. We had high hopes but sadly we wouldn't visit again or recommend 😔 However, the staff were very attentive and friendly.

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  18. ClareK

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Lovely evening , food was great . Waitress was very attentive and friendly .

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  19. JulieE

    Argyll

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very welcoming, warm, friendly atmosphere and food was amazing!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Our food was not good. No one in our party liked their food. The service was also terrible. I was so disappointed as I had cancelled a Michelin recommended restaurant to go to Baba tonight for the last meal of a two week vacation. So disappointing.

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  21. CJay

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chicken wings were very good, haggis balls tasty and pork neck excellent. Disappointingly the cauliflower, baba ghanoush and sweet potato were over charcoaled - far too smoky tasting. Much more so than normal, making them verging on unpleasant to eat. The lamb shoulder was over cooked, dry and inedible, like chewing leather so we didn’t eat most of this dish. Very disappointing as I have eaten here several times in the past and the food was always of excellent quality. Must have been an off night in the kitchen. Ambience, surroundings and service were all excellent.

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  22. RobynL

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I had been meaning to go to Baba for a long time as had heard lots of good things but the range of vegan options were poor and lack of options with protein alternatives.

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  23. CarolineA

    Argyll

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, great service, wonderful atmosphere.

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  24. LinzieR

    Perthshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing. The slow cooked lamb was to die for! Will definitely be back.

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  25. SHOnaD

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Do not accept sitting out of the main restaurant. It is a corridor for hotel guests and next to the cleaning station. Horrible experience.

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  26. EllaS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and overall experience! Will go again.

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  27. MartinaW

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Has to be one of the best meals we have had, so flavoursome , great value for money , we haven't stopped talking about the chicken wings! Definitely worth a visit and we will be back!

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  28. HeatherD

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Helpful staff, lovely environment to dine in and enough food to fill us all up but not over fill. Everything we ate was delicious. Very good with my intolerances. Would highly recommend to anyone going out in Edinburgh

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  29. AndyB

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was generally excellent, but some items were excessively chargrilled.

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  30. JacquiC

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We waited a long time to receive our drinks, had to ask the waitress to remove empty plates after she had squeezed new plates with food on the table. She was about to walk off. Food was OK but not exceptional.

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  31. KarinT

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful, funky decor. Central location. Fantastic service and the food was over the top. Highly recommend if you can get in!

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  32. ClaireT

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food and cocktails. Can’t wait to return

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  33. rileys

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The appetizers were delicious the dips especially! However the chargrilled broccoli main was only three pieces of boiled broccoli not grilled at all which was disappointing and we were told by our server that the peppers that come with the brussel sprouts would make the dish spicy which we were excited about and then the dish came with no peppers and no spice or flavour, when we brought this to our waitresses attention we were told “oh the kitchen must’ve changed the dish tonight without telling anyone” Other than the few mix ups the food was quite good however the service and how they dealt with the mixups would not have me recommending to my friends.

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  34. ErisY

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was fantastic! Everything tasted amazing and there were ingredients and sauces I'd never tried or hear of before, which made jt really special. Great value for the amount of food you get and the attention to flavor texture and presentation.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A friendly table with good dishes to share in an original atmosphere. We love it

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  36. KellyP

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, great vibe, very much a restaurant to visit.

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  37. Zeus

    Seattle

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Exceptional as always. Great balance between mains and starters. Wonderful flavors. Great staff.

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  38. RossM

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent array of flavours and textures in all dishes. There are no unwanted inclusions in the dishes that spoil their flavour or theme. From the hummus to the lamb the menu caters well for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Been numerous times and will always look to return. A firm favourite!

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  39. Toms

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Genuuinely lovely place to eat, meet friends and relax. The service was perfect - friendly, knowledgeable, efficient, timely with plenty of time to eat and talk. The food is top notch and excellent value for money. The staff in the bar at the side are also fab and friendly.

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  40. MaggieM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    too hot! no air conditioning , no fresh air. the food was great.. the staff were excellent. but....roasting and airless

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BABA - Edinburgh is rated 4.6 stars by 1689 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Google Map for BABA - Edinburgh

130 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JZ

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    George Street
  • Area
    Edinburgh
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–00:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–01:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Lebanese, Cocktail Bar, Grill
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Limited parking on George Street.NCP parking located at Castle Terrace, 12 minute walk from BABA
  • Public Transit
    16 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley. 18 minute walk from Haymarket Station.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    0131 240 5500
  • Private party facilities
    Fancy a different kind of dining experience?
  • Private party contact
    BABA: 0131 240 5500
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