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The Spice Pavilion

4.6
4.6
158 Reviews
£25 and under
Indian
This new Indian restaurant in the centre of Edinburgh’s New Town has carved out a little niche for itself amongst the art galleries and antique shops along Dundas Street. Open for lunch and dinner, The Spice Pavilion attracts a well-heeled crowd of art lovers, and the interior – a modern space inspired by the rich colours of colonial India – is a stylish choice for both leisurely or business lunches and a romantic spot for evening meals. The kitchen’s philosophy is to take away the focus from heat and shift it to herbs and spices, giving the curries at The Spice Pavilion lovely fresh flavours which are complimented by an impressive range of wines from Australia and Italy.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Indian
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Daily 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    0131 467 5506
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress

What 158 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

158 Reviews
  1. 1995

    Liverpool

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It wasn't the best Indian I've been to. Staff were lovely but the food was below expected. It was nice but I much prefer other Indian's to go to.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Not romantic, very basic. But food and service top notch.

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  3. TanyaK

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a dinner reservation on the 31st of December. The Spice Pavilion is a lovely little restaurant and the food was amazing. We were offered the poppadums to start and that was really nice with the Chutneys. The curries and Naan Breads were also amazing.

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  4. FraserW

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Indian restaurant. I ordered one their specials a Bhona with peppercorns and garlic naan. Very tasty, spicy and just the right level of heat. Naan was delicious and clearly baked just minutes before. Girlfriend had a pistachio based curry and that was very good and not too hot for her. The staff were all very attentive and friendly. Can't ask for more for a Saturday night curry in town.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I have visited the restaurant maybe 2/3 times per year and the food never disappoints. There is a very good selection of vegetarian starters and main dishes. I can always guarantee I will have an enjoyable meal at the Spice Pavilion.

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  6. Robbo

    Edinburgh

    28 reviews

    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The consistent high standards of food were maintained but, on this occasion, spoiled by a very noisy group table of 20 and the fact that the restaurant was cold. Two cubes of ice popped in my wife's white wine sort of summed the evening up. Hopefully a one off experience .

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  7. docandy

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a very good Indian meal here, booking at short notice. It's down some steps, so not sure about disabled access. I've marked down the service as we had a young lad, obviously new to the job, who struggled a bit to cope, but the other staff looked very on the ball, so I'm sure once he finds his feet he'll be fine! All in all, though, I'd recommend this place highly and we'll be back.

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  8. NPD1

    Edinburgh

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Reasonably priced and good quality. Wide ranging menu with some more traditional dishes mixed with the usual favourites.

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  9. NPD1

    Edinburgh

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good range of food from a wide menu. Quality veggie dishes and friendly service.

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  10. Cjh1981

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went here for an evening meal and food was good. Service was better. Starters were nice and everyone enjoyed them. Mains were good but accompaniments were hard and tough- not fluffy they were meant to be. They also came out wrong to start with but were quickly rectified. I'm not sure if it is worth the price we paid but we were looked after.

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  11. Bunty

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I went for dinner to celebrate my wife birthday. We checked online the menu and it looks good to us as lot of veg dishes options are available but in reality when we checked out in restaurant only one or two options were available there. So we ordered veg platter, panner tikka. Veg platter is fine but not worthy if we compare with dish cost and panner tikka is sweet. So i can only say for veggies not so options are available may be good for others. Please do not select on the basis of above stuff, this is just my opinion.

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  12. ntg61

    Aberdeen

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food and great service gave us an enjoyable evening at Spice Pavillion. Definitely on my recommended list for Edinburgh.

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  13. RIchard

    London

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2014

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    We were a table of eight, everyone ordered their usual favorite indian dishes, and we didn't have one good dish between us. Extremely disappointing especially considering the fabulous waiters and the best service in edinburgh

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  14. Carole

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Well worth a visit! Top quality Indian food with top quality Italian hospitality. Excellent food - fresh and tasty with careful blending of flavours and spices. Eaten here on a number of occasions and never been disappointed. Always receive a warm welcome from Christina and her staff who are attentive and polite.

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  15. NPD1

    Edinburgh

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    An enjoyable menu with some less usual dishes. Reasonable prices and friendly service.

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  16. NPD1

    Edinburgh

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2013

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is one of the better Indian restuarants in Edinburgh. Quality incredients and interesting dishes are presented nicely in smart surroundings. A short hop from the city centres makes this a convenient place to eat if you happen to be out in town.

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  17. NPD1

    Edinburgh

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2013

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good quality and well priced for the New Town area, will definitely go again to enjoy some tasty Indian dishes.

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  18. ChicoryCoffee

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2013

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We love curry and found the Spice Pavillion lived up to its praises. The service is exceptionally friendly, the food is great and we tried a recommendation of the staff. It was a new dish to us that we hadn't seen before and it was exceptionally good. Would be my local if I lived in Edinburgh !

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  19. Ricardo

    London

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2013

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Above average Indian cookery, but poor decor and lacking in atmosphere and service made me feel uncomfortable. Good for a quick meal but not a place for a romantic evening.

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  20. HJ123

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2013

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate here for my birthday meal and we weren't disappointed. The service was fantastic - the staff couldn't do enough to help you. We like spicy food and the hot curries didn't disappoint. The starters (lamb chops and onion bhaji) were great - very tasty! We have already recommended the restaurant to friends and family and will definitely be returning on our next visit to Edinburgh!

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  21. SpiceMan

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2013

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Got to the location and felt very welcome. Both the full and lunch menu had a lot of options. We went with the lunch menu and all got a curry to go with our spice pallet :-) Very fast and nice service and had a good time for low cost.

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  22. Chester

    Cheshire

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2013

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely meal & fantastic service. We'll be back next time we're in Edinburgh

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  23. Shel

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2013

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this restaurant. Honest and authentic Indian food cooked with fresh ingredients. Great surroundings, wonderful staff. Have already booked my next visit! I went for the Chicken Bhuna and my partner the Lamb passanda with peshwari naan - both were delicious and just what was needed on a cold snowy evening. We have tried other Indian restaurants in Edinburgh but this is definitely our favourite.

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  24. dac757

    London

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2013

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We ate a bit earlier than usual (6-30 booking) which may account for the lack of atmosphere. Food was very tasty and reasonably priced, and the staff very attentive. No complaints.

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  25. Eman

    New York City

    228 reviews

    3.0

    228 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2013

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    A Good but not great experience....Even Steven with regard to service and food, but nothing noteworthy and probably would try elsewhere next time...

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  26. Faefife

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had booked to eat post cinema. The film was much longer than expected but, despite being late, our table had been kept for us and we were greeted warmly. The restaurant was full - both couples and groups - and there was a lively atmosphere. Service was prompt and efficient. Great range of dishes for non - meat eaters and the food was delicious. Would not have known about this restaurant had it not been in Top Table but will definitely return.

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  27. Rebecca

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2012

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always the food was amazing, the service was perfect and we will definately be back!

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  28. Pepsienya4

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2012

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First visit here and will certainly return. Amazing Food and Amazing Service

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  29. RWRW

    London

    37 reviews

    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    As I say in the title, the food is good, but the garlic quotient is extremely high. They make their own kulfi, which is always a plus.

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  30. Foodfreak

    Edinburgh

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Small little gem right in the middle of the city. Haven't had a good curry for a long while. Service is upper friendly and top notched. Lunch menu is good price. Highly recommend going there for lunch.

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  31. phwgeneva

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2012

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, wonderful flavors and spices. Every dish we ordered was brilliant. Very good value for money, too.

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  32. JandalJ

    Edinburgh

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We took friends from overseas here, as we knew they were partial to Indian cuisine. Having been here before we knew that the food was very good. It didn't disappoint. The chicken pathia and chicken dhansak were lovely and spicy with a lovely tang, and our friends enjoyed the milder chicken korma and murgh makhni. I wasn't wowed by my starter, a salmon dish with chickpeas, but overall the food was very good. The service was slightly intrusive - often more than one waiter would ask for drink orders or dessert after another had already been, and multiple waiters asked how our food was throughout the evening - nice to be attentive, but this was a little over the top.

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  33. max21

    N. Ireland

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2012

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply the best Indian restaurant in Edinburgh. Staff are friendly and attentive, and the food is unbeatable.

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  34. wills

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2012

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    excellent value,service,and ambience.. I would definetly recommend it...

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  35. mawi

    Edinburgh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2012

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Spice Pavillion, Edinburgh Firstly, this restaurant offers among the best Indian food in Edinburgh (We've eaten in just about all of the Edinburgh Indian's so in a good position to judge!). I had the Salmon Tikka which was impressive; my partner had Lamb saag, not on the menu but the restaurant were happy to accommodate. We were sat next to a stag party, which had a bearing on the ambience, but then they paid for half our bill which restored it! We will definitely be back. Recommended.

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  36. Spence

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2012

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and excellent service! I cannot recommend the Spice Pavilion enough. The food was superb! This is a must for any serious curry connoisseur.

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  37. gondolin

    Edinburgh

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2012

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Spice Pavillion, Edinburgh, I take a group of 20+ there twice a year after a conference and as always both the food and the service were terriffic. I would highly recommend the Pavillion to anyone who like indian food especially seafood. We will be returning as usual in six months.

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  38. Shel

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Having visited quite a range of indian restaurants in our time and we can definitely say that this is one of the better ones. Really tasty dishes using fresh ingredients. A lovely dining space which was pleasantly bustling (hate eating in an empty/silent room). Staff were attentive without being over-bearing and all in all it's good value for money. Will definitely return again.

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  39. CurryLover

    Edinburgh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Ate last night at The Spice Pavilion, Edinburgh. Impressed by the attentive staff and overall cleanliness of the restaurant. The food was excellent with each dish ordered spiced accordingly. One member of our party requested extra chillies and was delighted. Lemon rice with mustard seeds is definitely recommended and portions, although not as large as some Indian restaurants were certainly adequate.

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  40. Midge

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Had some great food at this restaurant on our trip to Edinburgh. Fully recommend the lamb chops!

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3A1 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6QG

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Edinburgh
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Daily 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Indian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Full Bar, Wine
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