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Tapa

Spanish and Tapas Restaurant and Bar/Pub

4.4 out of 5 4.4/5 from 12 reviews (add your opinion)

19 Shore Place
Leith
Edinburgh
EH6 6SW

Phone: 0131 476 6776

Tapa

Price: £££
Licensed: Yes
BYOB: No
Pre-Theatre: No

Takeaway: No

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 1100-0100
Sun: 1200-2230

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4.5 from hungryman (48%) on October 14th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Tapa, 19 Shore Place, EH6 6SW, Edinburgh

Sunday was an unusually beautiful day and with that my wife and I decided to walk along the water of Leith from Murrayfield down to the 'Shore' in Leith. To get to our final destination we had to first dodge the numerous cylists and joggers who were also out to enjoy the day - rightfully so - live and let live say I.

Before setting out I had done a wee bit of research and I had decided we would either eat at Tapa and try out their £10 shareplate for two or eat at Alfies Bistro - depending on the menu/cost. After almost two hours of walking and dodging we arrived at the Shore fairly famished. Alfies was closed so that left Tapa.

At Tapa we were instantly greeted by a young lady with a shiny smile and offered the choice of two tables in what was a 1/3 full restaurant. I always think offering up an option where to sit is nice when possible. Mind you this does introduce the possibility of a difference in opinion between my wife and I !

After 10 minutes of having a 'conversation' of where we would should sit, we sat at her choice of table and reviewed the menu and during that time water and bread with olive oil was brought to the table. We asked about the shareplate expecting it to comprise two or three dishes and we happily surprised that it numbered more than this and indeed it contained some tapas that we would have picked regardless. It comprised :-

- Spanish meatballs in a tomato sauce

- Fried Aubergine with a honey dressing

- Fresh Cod in batter with mayo

- Potatoes with spicy sauce

- Potatoes and Onion Omelette

- Chickpea, Chorizo and black pudding stew

- Mixed Leaf Salad

The portions, as expected, are small. However each item was tasty and combined with the accompanying bread, for a lunch it satisfied our appetites. Along with the food, we ordered a ‘bottle of the monthÂ’ priced at £12.50 that was a pleasant and fruity Rio Tinto.

So for £22.50 + Tip we had a very enjoyable lunch at Tapa. During our time there more people had arrived and the place had become full. The favourite amongst the diners was, without surprise, the shareplate for two. For a casual cheap lunch eat in Edinburgh I cannot find fault with Tapa whilst their pricing for the shareplate is so ridiculously low and the food tasty.

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2 from ciamara (42%) on February 28th, 2016 (1 year ago)

Tapa, 19 Shore Place, EH6 6SW, Edinburgh

We bought a voucher to get £25 worth of food from Tapa and booked for 3 o’clock on a Tuesday afternoon. It was only after we arrived that we became aware of their offer of (we think) any six tapas, bread and nibbles for £15 between 1 and 5 o’clock. If we had known we would have tried this restaurant long before now. Although it was our choice to eat at 3 o’clock, it was a little galling to realise that the lunchtime offer is better value than the voucher!!

Inside, this converted warehouse is nicely laid out, with nice floor, walls etc., although it could be a little darker to make more of the candles and give it a bit more atmosphere. The toilets were clean and tidy,

We chose the Delicias de Ternera, which is Braised Shin of Beef Croquettes, with two sauces, Moko Picon and Mojo Verde at £5.95; Pinchos de Pollo grilled skewers of chicken breast, at £7.95; Patatas Alioli with homemade garlic salsa, at £3.50 and Patatas a lo Pobre, which are thinly sliced potatoes, fried with onion, garlic & peppers at £3.95. We also chose the special of fried Spanish green chilis at £5.95.

Four dishes were served together with the chicken skewers coming a wee bit later. Our plates were already on the table, and were cold, and all the food came on cold plates. Needless to say it went cold very quickly. Not ideal.

The chilis were very ordinary and slightly sour. A pile of salt brought out a wee bit flavour from them. The chicken was pretty bland, and dry. The potatas alioli and a lo Pobre were both tasty. However there was just too much olive oil on all these dishes for our taste. Didn’t seem to add anything to the flavour. However, the beef croquettes were really tasty. Moist, with lots of flavour, and both the sauces were really tasty.

As it was the middle of the day we settled for water. It cost us almost another £3 on top of the cost of our voucher. As I said, the offer seemed to be far better value. You live and learn.

Overall, we found the food to be very ordinary. A disappointing experience. Two stars. One for the interior and one for the beef croquettes.

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4 from k1w1b1rd (27%) on April 20th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Tapa, 19 Shore Place, EH6 6SW, Edinburgh

Went mid week and the restaurant was pretty empty when we arrived at 7.30pm but then full within the hour. The food here is served in good sized portions, bigger than I can remember being served in the chain tapa places in Edinburgh. Taste is great, although a couple of the dishes were served warm rather than hot, but maybe that's how they're meant to come. I highly recommend the Fabada (to share) and the fish stew, which was mostly mussels. Am planning to go back again soon.

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5 from oki (12%) on September 19th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Tapa, 19 Shore Place, EH6 6SW, Edinburgh

Amazing value at lunch with a chef's platter for 2 at £10.00, a must try!

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4.5 from Owen (12%) on November 19th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Tapa, 19 Shore Place, EH6 6SW, Edinburgh

We went to Tapa on a Thursday night. It had a good degree of busyness and the atmosphere was great.

The service was attentive, the food arrived reasonably quickly, the wine was excellent and the portions were massive. We were recommended 5 dishes between 2 but we decided that 4 would be plenty. In fact, 3 would have done! I always thought tapas were meant to be small but each of the plates was almost a main course in itself. They were all extremely good.

The Bill came to £35 for two people (we didn't need a dessert because we were stuffed). I suspect if it was on George Street it would be twice the price. It really feels like a hidden gem since it's tucked away up a side street that looks like it has nothing on it. Overall the dining experience was first class.

I am still unsure about whether I committed a huge faux pas by asking for some balsamic vinegar for the bread? Is that purely Italian? Hmm...

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3.5 from weemunchkin (8%) on April 27th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Tapa, 19 Shore Place, EH6 6SW, Edinburgh

Booked for a Saturday night after hearing mixed reviews. Was very busy and, after waiting a bit to have our order taken, the food came quickly. The courgettes were lovely (can't remember the proper name!), as were the ham and cheese croquettes. Meatballs weren't as good as I'd heard but everyone is different. Patatas bravas tasty. Toilets were spotless, atmosphere was fab. Service friendly. What we had was very reasonable - 5 dishes between 2 of us (including bread) and 2 drinks each was less than £35. Would definitely go back but not for a while and would recommend but keep an open mind...

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4.5 from HarmonicaKitKat (8%) on September 29th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Tapa, 19 Shore Place, EH6 6SW, Edinburgh

Came midweek after reading a review on this site and found the place to be busy despite the weather. The food we received was excellent and the portions were much bigger than we expected, we actually over ordered! Staff very efficient and overall excellent value for money. It is a little tricky to find though, but once the word gets out I'm sure this will be one of the top restaurants in Edinburgh.

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5 from blackwatch (7%) on July 9th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Tapa, 19 Shore Place, EH6 6SW, Edinburgh

Really good value tapas and great staff. Would be perfect for groups.

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5 from okimarley (7%) on October 20th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Tapa, 19 Shore Place, EH6 6SW, Edinburgh

I have been quite a few times and had the luch platter for £10.00 for 2 of us. Such great value, still don't know why it's not packed out every day. I should not complain as I get a table every time I go. Good work Tapa.

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5 from andrewc (7%) on December 9th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Tapa, 19 Shore Place, EH6 6SW, Edinburgh

While on holiday up in Edinburgh we went there for a weekday lunch. Saw the reviews on this website and went for the £10 share plate. The food was excellent and gave us a choice of 6 different meals. The Spanish lager was very good, as was the service will definitely go back and would highly recommend.

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4.5 from Sophie (7%) on December 19th, 2011 (5 years ago)

Tapa, 19 Shore Place, EH6 6SW, Edinburgh

I've been to both the original Leith branch and the one on Hanover Street a few times now. Food is consistently excellent and the service charming and unobtrusive. £10 for 2 tapas lunch is hard to beat.

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5 from Alana (6%) on October 17th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Tapa, 19 Shore Place, EH6 6SW, Edinburgh

We have been here several times now both at lunch time for the 2 for £10 and in the evening and we have never been disappointed. You will always find the staff happy and willing to make your visit a pleasant experience.

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