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7 South St David Street

+44(0)131 285 6123

Overall score: ★★★★☆

St Andrew Square is a really exciting place to be at the moment. Lots of restaurants that have established great reputations elsewhere, such as Dishoom, Wagamama and Wahaca, have set up shop in the area, attracting lots of locals to come along and try something new. The latest addition to this great wee corner is the first Scottish branch of Vapiano.

Vapiano is an Italian restaurant with a relaxed approach to dining. You order your meal at the chef stations in the middle of the restaurant and watch as the chef makes your meal right in front of you, making it really easy to tweak and change your dish as you would like – ideal for those with dietary requirements.

Vegan food at Vapiano

The good news is that, with a little tweaking, there are quite a few vegan options at Vapiano. At the time of writing, here’s what you have to play with:


  • Bruschetta


  • Mista Piccola
  • Mista della Casa (without cheese)
  • Strawberry Spinach Salad (without goat’s cheese)


  • Arrabbiata
  • Pomodoro
  • Aglio e Olio
  • Funghi Bolognese
  • Kids Pomodoro

(all without cheese on top)


  • Margherita (no cheese)
  • Vendure (no cheese)
  • Funghi (no cheese)
  • Capricciosa (with no ham or cheese)


  • Tomato Soup (without cheese and croutons)

Ice cream

  • Lemon Sorbet
  • Raspberry Sorbet
Vegan bruschetta at Vapiano Edinburgh


Vegan strawberry spinach salad at Vapiano Edinburgh
Strawberry spinach salad (without the strawberries)


Inside Vapiano Edinburgh


Cooking at Vapiano Edinburgh
Your pasta is cooked fresh in front of you


Vegan arrabbiata at Vapiano Edinburgh


Vapiano Edinburgh table
There’s also fresh herbs on the tables


Vegan funghi bolognese at Vapiano Edinburgh
Funghi bolognese

I popped along recently with Lucie from Call Me Dumpling to try it out. Everything in Vapiano is made to order, so you can tell the chef to add or hold ingredients as you please, making it very easy to veganise dishes. All the staff are also really knowledgeable about what is suitable for vegans and what is not, so don’t be afraid to ask for tweaks here and there.

To start I had the bruschetta, which is always a surefire winner. My dining companion had the strawberry spinach salad, but they had run out of strawberries so had to mix things up with raspberries instead. It was still really good and goes to show that you can be imaginative with the menu.

We both opted to follow up with pasta, which we watched as our chef cooked. I asked for extra chilli (because heat is life) and Lucie mixed things up with her pasta. Both dishes were really tasty and well priced.

With Vapiano fast becoming a popular choice for omnis in Edinburgh, its good to know that there is plenty for vegans to feast on as well. A good restaurant with a solid reputation that is well deserved. Give it a try!

Choice: ★★★☆☆
Menu info: ★★★★★
Deliciousness: ★★★★☆
Value for money: ★★★★☆









3 replies on “Vapiano”

I’ve had a very different experience having eaten there twice. The first time I was there I wanted a smaller portion (as I am small) and they said they would do me half a packet of pasta (as it’s all pre-measured) but they still charged me the same amount. On that occasion I also asked them to do an ingredient swap of something (I forget what) for pine nuts, but they forgot the pine nuts.
The second time I tried to get them to tweak one of their other dishes but both chefs at the pasta counter were clueless. I tried to point out that the dishes they have marked on the menu as veggie which contain parmesan, pesto (which contains parmesan), Grana Padano, ricotta (and possibly the mozzarella too if they’ve sourced it from Italy) will not be veggie because unless they are specifically marked vegetarian alternatives, parmesan, GP and ricotta have animal rennet and are NOT vegetarian. I have posted feedback on their FB page to this effect and had no response.
I asked for the pesto basillico without the pesto, therefore (as they finally confirmed they know the pesto is not vegetarian despite the dish being marked on the menu as veggie), and they seemingly went onto auto-pilot and the dish got delivered with pesto all over it. I had to get them to make another one. Add to this that the dish you order comes with nothing else, not even a salad garnish for some extra veg points, and felt like a fairly mean portion that left me hungry, and absolutely nothing else on the side to supplement it unless ordered additionally. Not impressed, and won’t be going back again.

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