Bisque Brasserie

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Scottish
Bisque is a local neighbourhood restaurant serving casual gourmet food. It's located in the Bruntsfield area overlooking Bruntsfield Links park, just a few minutes walk from the Kings Theatre. We're open for lunch and dinner every day with varied menus from fixed price to light dishes & snacks to a full menu. Menus are seasonal and feature locally sourced produce. We also have a great value kids menu. Dine in a booth in the bar, in the restaurant area or on the garden terrace.
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GI
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food and service was excellent but there was no atmosphere as it was, once again, very quiet. It wasn’t very warm, which didn’t help, and when quiet like that, a little background music wouldn’t go amiss. Bar prices a little pricey and again, like restaurant, lacked atmosphere and heating

m
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Food poor . I asked if anchovies could be added to ceased salad apparently only available with chicken . Response could not do . Poor response could not be bothered

M
Angus
7 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The restaurant was not very busy but had a wonderful waitress who was great. The food was good and like the gin menu. Atmosphere could have been a bit more jolly (less choir music more modern) Overall a good restaurant.

HL
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Faultless. Amazing food; literally the most incredible steak pie I have ever had, the gravy was so rich I would happily drink it as a beverage, and the meat was so tender that I could cut it with a spoon. Accompanied by mash that was fluffy, pillowy and rich with butter, and roasted root vegetables that were salty and crunchy on the outside and perfectly soft on the inside.

After a long day of travel, this was absolute heaven. Plus a blood orange gin and tonic to die for.

The staff are all genuinely lovely human beings, and deserve nothing but the highest praise.

Next time I'm in Edinburgh, I'll definitely be back!

S
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We virtually have the place to ourselves at 5 pm. Very relaxed with friendly staff and good food.

FM
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for the Thursday night steak and glass of wine offer.
The restaurant was warm, relaxed and quiet.
There was a beer alternative or soft drink option too. The steak was tasty and cooked as ordered. It came with chips, and 3 cooked tomatoes although not our choice.
We then had puddings which were very good (sticky toffee pudding with icecream and raspberry pannacotta).
Good value and good food.
Will recommend to others.

MH
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Myself and friends really enjoyed our meal. we had the steak dinner with wine which was great value.
The staff we very polite and friendly.
Hope to come back at some point.

G
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Ordered tomato soup as that is what I was told was the soup of the day but received pea soup, the waiter did apologise but should have asked me before he brought it. Cheese board was awful. Very overpriced for what we recieved and then to top it all they put a gratuity payment on the bill as standard without being asked

A
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Service was very slow on the evening we visited. We waited about half an hour for the Sunday roast to arrive. The couple next to us were in before us, but noone had taken their order before our's. They ordered starters but were still waiting when our food arrived. They asked staff twice to chase up their food. After 45 minutes waiting, they left the restaurant. A couple behind us complained their bittle of fizz wasn't cold. Shame because the food was excellent.

SJ
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Party of 7 all really enjoyed the food. Very good traditional type food served with good humour. Great to have crispy batter on the fish ! No complaints at all! We will be back!

m
Edinburgh
8 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely 'steak night' meal with 3 friends. Food and wine were great and the service too! Can't fault it.

JH
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

The food was not up to standard. The haggis bonbons were burst and dried, crusty haggis coated the bottom of the dish. Very unappetising and very very dry.

The macaroni cheese was bland with only a hint of cheese. It was served in a white soup bowl with no garnish or greenery to make it more appealing and it tasted as it looked. Truly uninspiring.

For these dishes which are produced by many eateries, the price was extortionate. This was not good value.

We would have complained at the time but were short on time.

KS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Bisque did not have our booking despite using Open Table and so although we were asked if it was a special occasion when booking, it was my Aunt and Uncle's golden wedding, this was not actually acknowledged at all. Fortunately restaurant was quiet as we did not (apparently) have a booking despite my confirmation emails. In fact there was only us and one other table so somewhat lacking in ambience, food was average but service good.

GI
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Lovely place with good choice of nice food. The only downside is there is no atmosphere whatsoever.

a
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

an altogether pleasant experience with much improved food quality and very good attentive staff

HT
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff were warm, helpful and a pleasure to be around. Enjoyed the food, which was great for Sunday lunch and made even better by being super family friendly.

JB
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had great night, on my anniversary

V
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I really liked the food here - the restaurant itself lacked atmosphere and felt like a hotel restaurant. The area close to the outdoor area was closed off so maybe it would have been better when this is open.

DM
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious flat iron steak with mushrooms, tomato and chips along with a glass of wine on a Thursday night special offer. We were heading to the Kings theatre and this is the perfect place to dine beforehand if you book a table for 5.30pm then there is no rush.

OT
West Lothian
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time I've eaten here and it certainly won't be the last. I had the flat iron steak with peppercorn sauce and it was to die for. I have my steak medium rare and it was cooked to perfection. The service was good, very friendly staff and a lovely atmosphere all round. I would definitely recommend. A massive 5 stars.

AM
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice and handy for the King's Theatre, just a short walk down the hill. We got a very cheerful and friendly welcome and when they knew we were going to the theatre, they timed everything perfectly. There's a very reasonable pre-theatre menu and a not too pricey wine list. Overall, a good dining experience. Recommended.

DM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Food was good, service was very poor, over an hour and a half for just starter and main course. Waited 15 mins to receive a desert menu.

DL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Although the food was good, came here hoping to enjoy the pre theatre menu which appeared to be unavailable and the service was very slow.

SR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience2

This place used to be good, but not anymore. We were a table of 8, seated towards the back of the restaurant all alone. The two waiters were young and clearly not trained in how to serve, a management issue more than their issue. Service was slow and lunches came at different times for each of the 8 people. When clearing the starter and main courses, the waitress was able to only carry two plates at a time, once in each hand, not trained at all in how to carry plates. With the distance back and forward to the kitchen, it was taking ages to clear the table. Not once were we asked if "everything was OK with food or whatever"
We asked for the bill and left before coffee and desserts. Service charge was already included as a table of 8 I guess, but when paying we were presented with "do you want to add a tip?" … maybe automatic, but was too much.
There was no point complaining to the staff serving as they were too inexperienced to deal with it. And we did not see one manager, as we were at the back of the restaurant and presumably they were at the front and were unaware of the how the service was towards the back.

AL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good Place for families but not only.
Regular food cooked very well.

O
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Very disappointing. Ordered afternoon tea for 4 people, were told we couldn't have it all at the same time. Had to wait ages for the other half of our food. Clotted cream arrived with a thumb print in it and covered in jam. Sandwiches stale and tasteless. Cakes were bland. Pretty sure it was still defrosting.... Food nothing special. Terrible table service - I think we knew more about the menu than they did??? Would never go back. They took one afternoon tea off the bill, and gave some dreadful excuses but honestly I think they were embarrassed themselves.

OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

2nd time eating here food good - service as before was very very slow we advised staff we had tickets for a show at 7 pm so arrived at 5.10 pm we were offered our sweet at 6.20 pm which was quite a while this has put us off returning

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed our meal . Early dinner as we were going to the theatre. Could of done with a bit more bread with the pate left eating pate in its own .........

k
Edinburgh
13 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We've been coming here quite a few times recently, and always been pleased with the food and service.

OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience2

A bit disappointed on this visit felt there was not a great choice on the menu and table service was very slow

BM
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent food, very affordable pricing , polite service. Soups were excellent and so were the Rib Eye and Lamb Shank.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to this restaurant, as it was near the theatre 🎭. The decor and lighting tastefully done. Good food selection and very delicious,good choice of wines and service was good not too in your face! Would definitely go back .

S
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were staying at the hotel next door and had breakfast and dinner here each night. It is an excellent restaurant, friendly service and delicious food. Cannot highly recommend this place enough.

m
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food and great service - we had a lovely family meal here!

UG
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First visit and would return as lovely food and great value for money. A nice relaxing atmosphere and friendly staff.

c
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We go every year before the Panto and all was fine as usual!

SN
Glasgow
45 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2016
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Poor venue with little ambience. Food unexciting and pork escalope was most unappetizing looking.
Halfway through mains, we were asked if we would be wanting desserts as the kitchen closes at 9pm but he would ask chef to stay on if desserts were required. No pressure, then.😕

PL
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great Sunday Lunch - very good roast beef, although the veg were a little undercooked for some members of the party.

r
Edinburgh
18 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The atmosphere was very good and the service was friendly but not efficient. We were shown to our seats which was nice and our coats were taken for us. The waitress came for the wine order before we had chosen our food and stood till we decided.

My venison casserole tasted very good and was nicely presented, however it had two qualities of meat. Some pieces were tender and just fell apart, other pieces were sinuy and tough and I could not even cut the pieces. Half was like this. I could have imagined that the dish had been topped up with new meat cooked at a different time.
The risotto was very good indeed. The vanilla ice cream had not the least hint of vanilla in the flavour.

The lamb shank was tender and full of flavour, but the vegetables were wel overcooked.

The Manager removed the cost of the venison from our bill and apologised.

c
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience2

We dine here before the panto every year. Nice to be able to book an early meal so that we don't have to rush. Food good with gluten free options and good children's menu.C