Turkish Mezes

About us

Tucked away in a corner of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town, just minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Royal Mile, our family run restaurant is open every day, from 5pm to 11pm serving delicious, traditional, home cooked Turkish food and drinks.

Empires philosophy is to provide you with a relaxed and memorable dining experience that’s based on fresh, home cooked food and informal, high quality customer service. Our menu is inspired by the Turkish tradition of meze; a selection of small dishes similar to Spanish tapas and we serve a large selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes as well as meat and seafood. At Empires we don’t serve alcohol but you’re welcome to bring your own wine or beer for which we charge a small corkage fee.
Our authentic, bohemian atmosphere is unique in Edinburgh and at weekends we host intimate live performances from some very talented and progressive local musicians. The music on offer ranges from traditional Greek, Turkish and Flamenco to more experimental Folk and acoustic.
Booking a table in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment. The mezzanine floor makes a great party venue and you can hire the space for private gatherings of up to 16 people. Give us a call, pop in for a coffee or email us to make a reservation. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Mezze Selections

We have variety of mezzes to choose from and many of them are vegetarian and vegan

Vegan options are Humus, Tarator, Acili, Zeytin, Ezme, Enginar, Fasulye, Dolma, Falafel and Patlican

Vegetarian options are Cacik, Haydari, Feta Peppers, Muska Borek, Grilled Hellim and Musakka

And our meaty options are Sucuk, Chicken Chop Shish, Kiremit Kofta and Lamb Musakka

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