La Sal

LaSal Restaurant
La Sal
6–8 Howden Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9HL
  • Telephone 0131 667 3600
  • Food served Mon–Sat 11am–11pm. Closed Sun.
  • Average price £14.50 (lunch); £14.50 (evening meal)
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Behind an unassuming frontage on a quiet Newington street, you’ll find La Sal and Alba Flamenca, the flamenco dance school with which it shares premises. The restaurant comes first, tucking in some small tables at the windows before you come to the main room at the back, ideal for larger parties. In between is the dance studio, where performances are held on the popular ‘tablao flamenco’ dinner and dance nights. Whether or not you’re lucky enough to have a flamenco soundtrack to your meal, there’s a lot to like about this cosy Spanish restaurant with its laidback vibe and hospitable feel. The food delivers Spanish flavour in an array of traditional, home-style dishes. A steaming saffron-yellow paella is made to order and served with a flourish in a cast-iron pan. It's a good example of the reliable menu from this colourful and welcoming neighbourhood restaurant. [Not recently visited.]

  • Average price: £14.50 (lunch); £14.50 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 18 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Spanish guitar
  • Live entertainment: Dance performances at Alba Flamenca next door.
  • Capacity: 30
  • Largest group: 18
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £12.50 per bottle

Comments & ratings

6. JamesEH319 May 2013, 12:00pm1 star La Sal Report

This place is over-rated and I would like to share my experience of last night.
I booked a table for 9.00PM and when we arrived to the restaurant, the table was not ready and we had to wait a couple of minutes. We sat in the backroom wihch was 1/3 full but very noisy as a spanish group of girl was having some drinks.
The food took around 1hour to arrive and the kitchen porter brought 2 out of 5 tapas wrong. He did say sorry and brought 30min later the tapas we ordered.
The food was OK but I have to say that my spanish flatmate (which is not a cook in any ways) makes better crocetta and tortilla.
I will not be back again and not recommend.

5. CathyM16 Jun 2012, 11:43pm5 stars La Sal Report

I kept passing El Bar on my trip from Tesco to my flat and thinking how quiet and unassuming it looked but decided that I would pop in and book a table. It turned out that El Bar was an absolutely fantastic, hidden away restaurant and the best tapas I've had outside of Andalucia - along with a very reasonably priced selection of Rioja tinto which slipped down all too easily. There are also catered flamenco nights which look great - well worth booking into. The staff are also really very friendly and helpful.

4. Rollo22 Feb 2012, 5:18pm5 stars La Sal Report

The food's delicious and cheap. Best Spanish restaurant in Edinburgh!

3. Richard H9 Feb 2012, 4:04pm5 stars La Sal Report

It's quite unusual for me to give five stars in a review, but four stars wouldn't do this place justice. The two chefs that run the place have a clear vision of the kind of restaurant they want to create. The tapas are authentic, delicious and underpriced. I would recommend this place to anyone.

2. casahildy5 Feb 2011, 6:43pm5 stars La Sal Report

After searching for a tapas bar in Edinburgh, we were drawn to this place after only reading the one positive review and my husband and I were not disappointed, its a hidden treasure in a busy capital city. From the moment we arrived the service was first class, the staff were helpful and friendly, the pinchos were a great idea whilst deciding which of the many tapas dishes to have - the dishes were tasty, plentiful and excellent value for money in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, very reasonably priced food and drink and a place we will definately visit again and recommend to friends, we can't rate this tapas bar highly enough.

1. Kelly24 Feb 2010, 12:46pm5 stars La Sal Report

I think this is a little gem of a place. Introduced by word of mouth from locals and what a treat. I had to have two helpings of the patatas bravas and calamari - not because they were small portions, but because they were so yummy. And I love the feeling as if you're stepping into a little piece of Spain when you enter El-Bar. Highly recommend, and highly recommend booking!

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Average rating 4.5/5 from 6 reviews of La Sal.

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