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The Spice Pavilion

#377 of 1,821 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
New Town
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3A1 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6QG, Scotland
+44 131 467 5506
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:00
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Mon 12:00 - 14:00
Wed - Mon 17:00 - 23:00
Wed - Sat 12:00 - 14:00
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Bordeaux, France
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80 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This resturant is well worth a visit. Tremendous selections of Indian food. Friendly and attentive service. Cold Cobra beer. Plenty of Nan and rice to choose from which adds to the curry of your choice. We would recommend.

Thank Ian G
Coimbatore, India
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80 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a week being kept away from Indian food, The Spice Pavilion provided a nice opportunity for a breaking that and really cherished food and service was good.

Thank Siga2308
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went in and it was empty, thought oh No. But when we got the food,it was excellent. Totaly recomend it

Thank f49h
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best curry I've had in Edinburgh and portion sizes are perfect. Plenty to choose from. Sides were also spot on, great light popadoms and soft fresh nan breads. Good wine selection and Cobra beer on tap. Negatives: As it's set down stairs off the main road, it feels a little dingy inside. The entrance looks terrible. Decor not great and... More 

Thank Urabanrodeo147
Atlantic City, New Jersey
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261 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

The concierge recommended Spice Pavilion when he found out we didn't have a reservation for dinner prior to the Street Party. We were very happy with our dinner. They also had a very nice wine selection, and a huge menu. We ordered several main dishes, (no starters) and we enjoyed everything very much. I would definitely go back.

Thank droppinout
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

First time at this Indian restaurant. Service was attentive. Starters of chicken and King prawn pakora were not that great. Bit bland. Saved by the accompanying sauces. Main courses were very tasty. Would go back but give starters a miss.

Thank Maybin56
Penarth, Wales, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Really enjoyed the takeaway we had from here on a Saturday night, I tend to find that the food is better if you fine a restaurant that does takeaways too. Very helpful waiter when we rang and the food was delivered exactly at the time we asked for. We had Rogan Josh, MIxed meat Biryani and pilau rice, it was... More 

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Brackley, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

When we visited here, we were the first customers to arrive! If you didn't know if was there, you might miss it - it's set down off the pavement. Although the decor isn't amazing, the food was tasty and the portion sizes were perfect. Overall, a great curry - would visit again.

Thank Laura J
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Finding a quiet and affordable place for dinner not too far from the tourist center of Edinburgh can be a challenge. Spice Pavillion is located in an unassuming basement only 10 min by foot (or take the bus) from Edinburg Castle and a great spot to start the evening, with many bars in the area to continue the night. The... More 

Thank Florian B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

The restaurant is in a basement, so the ceiling is low and it's small and intimate. Perfect for some dinner after watching some Fringe comedy. The food was tasty and reasonably priced, we'll definitely be going again. Also recommenced booking before arriving on the weekend as it does get busy of an evening.

Thank Joe D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 9 - USD 37
Indian, Asian, Balti, Eastern European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3A1 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6QG, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighbourhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 467 5506
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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New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighbourhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.
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