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5 Best Greek Restaurants In Edinburgh

5 Best Greek Restaurants in Edinburgh

How We Picked

Menu

A Greek restaurant should have amazingly fresh, herby, and zesty dishes, so we gauged the quality and selection of the dishes in each spot.

Restaurant Staff

How a staff provides service plays an important role in providing a top-notch dining experience. Thus, we also checked out the responsiveness and demeanour of the restaurant staff.

Prices

We compared the prices in each Greek restaurant to let you know which ones can provide the best value for your money.

Ambiance

We also examined the aesthetic and vibe of each Greek restaurant to let customers choose which backdrop they’d like to dine in.

1. Spitaki Greek Taverna

Spitaki Greek Taverna's Homepage

Main Dishes: Tzatziki, Houmous, Kalamari, Octopus, Patates, Taramosalata, Bougiourti, Lamb Chops, Aubergine, Chicken Souvlaki, Politiki Salad, Greek Salad

Website: https://www.spitaki.co.uk/

Address: 133, 135 E Claremont St, Edinburgh EH7 4JA, United Kingdom

Contact Details:  +44 131 556 9423

Operating Hours:

  • Wed-Thurs: 5–10 PM
  • Fri-Sun: 12–10 PM
Google reviews score4.7/5
Tripadvisor reviews score4.5/5
Score consistency5/5
Total Reviews4.73/5
Menu4/5
→Quality3/5
→Selection5/5
Restaurant Staff4.5/5
→Responsiveness4/5
→Demeanour5/5
Prices(A higher score means better value)5/5
Ambiance5/5

Pros

  • Laid-back bar and homey dining room serving Greek dishes and small plates
  • Famous for their Meze plates
  • Also serves delicious Prawn Saganaki and Pita Bread 
  • Has gluten-free and vegan options
  • Also offers customisable eGift Cards

Cons

  • Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
  • Some food issues

We think Spitaki Greek Taverna is one of the top go-to Greek restaurants in Edinburgh. This laid-back bar and homey dining room serves authentic Greek dishes and small plates or meze.

We instantly liked their kitschy and adorable taverna, with its charming, mismatched furniture, brick walls, and wooden flooring.

Since they are famous for their meze selection, we ordered a couple: Bougiourti and Kalamari. We also had Prawn Saganaki, Pork Souvlaki, and Pita Bread.

Their Bougiourti – spicy baked feta with fresh tomato, onion, and herbs was to die for. Also, their Prawn Saganaki was very tasty, and they probably served the best and freshest pita bread we’ve ever tasted. 

Sadly, their Kalamari was a bit soggy and tasted bland as well. Their Pork Souvlaki was also a bit dry – we had a bit of trouble cutting into it.

As a whole, for their prices and portions, we think they offer great value. We do recommend that you stick to their specialities.

Additionally, they offer gluten-free and vegan options, which not all Greek restaurants do. According to some of their vegan customers, you should try their Gigantes, Chicken Souvlaki, and Politiki Salad.

They also offer customisable eGift Cards – perfect gifts for family or friends. If you are passionate about Greek cuisine, this is your chance to share it with others.

Sadly, unlike other restaurants that are open all week, they are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so plan your visit accordingly.

2. Fava Restaurant 

Fava Restaurant's Homepage

Main Dishes: Kleftiko, Fava Mixed Grill, Gyros Wraps, Pikilia, Sokolatopita, Saganaki, Soutzoukakia, Baked Feta, Halloumi Fries, Veggie Moussaka, Pagoto

Website: https://favarestaurant.co.uk/

Address: 248 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8DT, United Kingdom

Contact Details:  +44 131 228 8300

Operating Hours:

  • Mon-Sat: 12–9:30 PM
  • Sunday: 12–9 PM
Google reviews score4.7/5
Tripadvisor  reviews score4.5/5
Score consistency5/5
Total Reviews4.73/5
Menu5/5
→Quality5/5
→Selection5/5
Restaurant Staff5/5
→Responsiveness5/5
→Demeanour5/5
Prices(A higher score means better value)4.5/5
Ambiance4/5

Pros

  • Aims to bring authentic Greek flavours to the streets of Edinburgh
  • Imports most of their ingredients from Greece and buys fresh produce locally
  • Greek ambiance with a Boho-chic vibe
  • Great Soutzoukakia, Saganaki, and Kleftiko dishes
  • Offers vouchers with no expiry
  • Has vegetarian and vegan options

Cons

  • Relatively new and untried establishment
  • Not wheelchair accessible

Fava Restaurant is an up-and-coming local Greek hotspot with rave reviews, so we just had to give them a try!

We love that they import most of their ingredients from Greece, lending to their food’s authenticity. Plus, they also support the local community by buying fresh produce locally.

Upon entering, we immediately loved their wood on wood aesthetic – furniture, wood flooring –  and their hanging lamps are made with natural fibres providing a Boho-chic vibe. They even have wooden serving platters on their walls, which is quite cool.

We ordered their Soutzoukakia, Saganaki, and Kleftiko dishes. Their comfort food, Soutzoukakia, was so tasty and hearty that it became our instant favourite.

The Saganaki was also a pleasant surprise. This fried feta dish was very indulgent – fresh, silky, and slightly nutty. 

The Kleftiko was also memorable – the meat was so tender and juicy that it was literally falling off the bones.

Like other restaurants, they also offer vouchers. However, what sets theirs apart is that they have no expiry, and are refundable within two weeks of purchase.

They also have delicious vegetarian and vegan options, which is great for the health conscious.

One drawback is that they only opened in 2022. As a newly-opened restaurant, they might not have worked out all the kinks yet in terms of their service.

Also, the entrance is up a couple of steps, so we cannot describe it as wheelchair-accessible.

3.  Taxidi Greek Bistro

Taxidi Greek Bistro's Homepage

Main Dishes: Greek Salad, Tylihto Sandwich, Saganai Ladotiri, Vouno, Calamari, Pita Pita, Moussaka, Kokkinisto, Baklava, Baked Halva, Loukoumades

Website: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063726543520

Address: 6 Brougham St, Edinburgh EH3 9JH, United Kingdom

Contact Details:  +44 131 228 1030

Operating Hours:

  • Wed-Thurs: 3–11 PM
  • Fri-Sat: 12–11 PM
  • Sunday: 12–10 PM
Google reviews score4.7/5
Tripadvisor reviews score5/5
Score consistency4.9/5
Total Reviews4.86/5
Menu4.5/5
→Quality4/5
→Selection5/5
Restaurant Staff4/5
→Responsiveness3.5/5
→Demeanour4.5/5
Prices(A higher score means better value)4/5
Ambiance3.5/5

Pros

  • Charming, laidback bistro with indoor and outdoor seating
  • Delicious Pita Pita dish
  • Generous serving of Vuono 
  • Also known for their feta cheese recipes

Cons

  • A bit cramped inside
  • Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
  • At times, no working credit card machine

Taxidi Greek Bistro is another great option if you are craving Greek food. This Edinburgh-based Greek bistro serves traditional Greek fare with wine.

We thought the bistro was charming, with its stark blue facade and white double doors. It also has indoor and outdoor seating, so customers can choose which setting they prefer.

We had some of their specialties: Bougiourdi, Melitzana, Vouno, and Pita Pita. Their Bougiourdi – baked feta cheese with chilli flakes – was simply heavenly.

Their Vouno dish was a mountain of food which included Souvlaki, pork belly, sausages, chicken thighs, chicken fillets, some pita bread, and chips with Politiki salad. Sadly, we found some of the meat in the dish to be a tad overseasoned. 

However, their Melitzana – grilled aubergine with feta – was divine. Their Pita Pita was also amazing – you can taste the light char of the chicken breast on the outside, but it was still very juicy and tender on the inside.

One downside to this lovely bistro is that it was a bit cramped indoors. Someone with a wheelchair might need to settle for outdoor seating.

It is also closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Those craving Greek food on these days would need to go to another place.

After a little digging, we found out that the credit card machine doesn’t always work, so they’d ask for customers to pay in cash. Several customers understandably found this to be annoying and inconvenient.

4. Kafeneion to Steki

Kafeneion to Steki's Homepage

Main Dishes: Manitaria, Melitzanosalata, Feta Me Sousami Kai Meli, Htapodi, Sikoti Savore, Horiatiki, Omeletta, Strapatsada “Kafeneion,” Tirosalata

Website: https://www.kafeneiontosteki.com/

Address: 52 Coburg St, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6HJ, United Kingdom

Contact Details:  +44 7931 975051

Operating Hours:

  • Tue-Wed: 5–10 PM
  • Thursday: 12–10 PM
  • Fri-Sat: 12–11 PM
  • Sunday: 9 AM–5 PM
Google reviews score4.9/5
Tripadvisor reviews score5/5
Score consistency5/5
Total Reviews4.96/5
Menu5/5
→Quality5/5
→Selection5/5
Restaurant Staff4.5/5
→Responsiveness4/5
→Demeanour5/5
Prices(A higher score means better value)5/5
Ambiance4/5

Pros

  • Traditionally-cooked Greek food with a focus on Cretan cuisine
  • Wide selection of wines
  • Known for their Strapatsada “Kafeneion”
  • Also famous for their Feta Me Sousami Kai Meli
  • Offers gift cards and special promos online

Cons

  • Gift cards not customisable online
  • Closed on Mondays
  • Large groups cannot be booked online

If you are a fan of traditionally-cooked Greek food with a focus on Cretan cuisine, then Kafeneion to Steki might be worth a go.

Aside from Cretan cuisine, they also offer a wide variety of wines. Wine aficionados might want to try some of their imported wines such as Orivatis, Ovilos, or Voltes.

From the menu, we chose to get their Strapatsada “Kafeneion,” Feta Me Sousami Kai Meli, and Calamari. We are happy to report that all three did not disappoint our taste buds.

Their Strapatsada “Kafeneion” – beaten eggs with fresh grated tomatoes, Greek cured meat, mizithra cheese – was a winner. We think egg lovers would appreciate its light yet robust flavour.

Their Feta Me Sousami Kai Meli – deep fried feta cheese wrapped in phyllo pastry – was also quite addictive that we had to order another round for the table.

Their Calamari was perfectly seasoned and provided a perfect balance to the richness of the feta cheese dish. We think those who love seafood would enjoy this dish.

Near the end of our meal, the waitress kindly reminded us that they have gift cards online if we want to treat our loved ones. They also have special promos online, which would be great for takeaways.

Unfortunately their online gift cards had set amounts. If you would like a customised amount, you’d need to drop in their restaurant to have one made.

Also, you cannot enjoy their food on Mondays since they are closed.

Lastly, we learned that they cannot accommodate very large bookings online. If you are hosting a dinner party of 12 or more, you would need to call them up to make arrangements.

5. Simply Greek

Simply Greek's Homepage

Main Dishes: Grilled Halloumi, Saganaki Cheese, Chicken Gyros Portion, Chicken Skewer Portion, Lamb Chops, Small Mix Grill, Chicken Skewer Wrap, Halloumi Wrap

Website: https://simplygreekedinburgh.co.uk/

Address: 12 Crighton Pl, Edinburgh EH7 4NY, United Kingdom

Contact Details:  +44 131 553 2308

Operating Hours: Tue-Sun: 2:30–9:45 PM

Google reviews score4.9/5
Tripadvisor reviews score5/5
Score consistency5/5
Total Reviews4.96/5
Menu3.75
→Quality4.5/5
→Selection3/5
Restaurant Staff5/5
→Responsiveness5/5
→Demeanour5/5
Prices(A higher score means better value)4.5/5
Ambiance3.5/5

Pros

  • Serves traditional Greek skewers, wraps, and desserts
  • Particularly known for their delicious wraps
  • Generous servings
  • Has vegetarian options
  • Top-notch customer service

Cons

  • Not wheelchair-friendly
  • Closed on Mondays
  • Comparatively limited menu

Simply Greek is another good option for those who love Greek food, particularly gyros. This Greek restaurant serves traditional Greek skewers, wraps, and desserts.

Since they are known for their delicious wraps, we ordered their Chicken Skewer Wrap and Pork Gyros Wrap. We also had Chicken Skewers, Lamb Chops, and Baklava.

Their wraps are on point in terms of flavour – a perfect balance of veggies, herbs, and meat. We found their portions to be quite generous as well, so we think their wraps provided great value for our quid.

Unfortunately, their Chicken Skewers were a bit dry for our liking, but their Lamb Chops were very juicy and tasty. They were probably the best lamb chops we’ve ever had, actually!

Their Baklava was also good, but it didn’t really blow us away. We felt like we had better Baklava elsewhere at a lower price point.

For vegetarians, you’d be happy to know that they have several vegetarian options. For instance, you could try their Halloumi Wrap, Saganaki Cheese, or Aubergine Salad.

What also made our visit memorable was the very friendly and accommodating staff. They were genuinely nice, and we felt really taken care of.

Unfortunately, the restaurant is not wheel-chair friendly. Also, they are closed on Mondays.

Compared to other Greek restaurants, they also have a comparatively limited menu as well. Those craving for Keftedes or Moussaka would need to go elsewhere.

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