Café St Honoré

4.5
753 reviews
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Bringing 1940s Paris to modern-day Edinburgh, Café St Honoré restaurant is a charming bistro serving up traditional French cuisine (with a few Scottish favourites thrown in) to a loyal clientele. Tucked away on a picturesque cobbled lane in the New Town, the cosy dining room at Café St Honore, with mirrored walls and black-and-white tiled floors, provides an atmospheric retreat. The team here are passionate about local, organic produce, so the menu changes daily. There are prix fixe menus on offer at lunch and dinner if you’re after a bargain, or just need an excuse to indulge in dessert. In the evening, a seasonal menu du jour is available alongside the full a la carte, which features dishes like roast pheasant with red cabbage and pancetta; Shetland salmon with leek and herb risotto; and vanilla crème brûlée. The wine list features some excellent French wines – a real treat for novices and connoisseurs alike.

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The location itself immediately feels like you've found a hidden treasure tucked away from the busier streets. The atmosphere is inviting and the staff are friendly without being overwhelmingly so.

We aren't big drinkers but there are multiple drinks options with a varied price list and the staff were happy to recommend a wine to my taste and didn't force the more expensive options.

The food, amongst everything else, has ensured we'll return again to try something else on the menu. We had three courses each, all of which were outstanding and served in a timely manner, allowing you to enjoy each course without being rushed. We also stayed for a little while after we had finished our meals which isn't something we often do but the whole experience was so pleasant that we didn't feel the urge to rush off.

This was our first time visiting Edinburgh and our date here was part of an overall perfect weekend that I'm happy to repeat.

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LM
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Really pleased to have found this delight of a bistro. Excellent cooking, imaginative use of local produce, great ambience.

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Cafe St Honore is an Edinburgh institution - but it’s one institution I’d happily live in. Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus had his retirement dinner here; I’ve seen the late, great Iain Banks at a neighbouring table. It’s a bit like slipping out of the New Town, into St Germain, Paris. Dark wood, flattering mirrors, candlelight. Marvellous bread. And my Cullen skink was creamy, smoky, sophisticated: very French and very Scottish. Venison with red cabbage and mixed roots also a fine thing. Most food here is organic. Wine list reliable. Waiters will let you linger late while they clean up. Charming.

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Had the Pigeon tartar, it was one of the nicest things i've eaten. The staff were more than helpful and very pleasant.

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AF
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit in quite a few years and well worth it!

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DK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good cafe with amazing France cusine. Something "new" in Edinburgh. Thanks to all personal for great lunch. Best wishes.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Cozy, intimate, informal dining in a quiet spot ideal for dates.

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RM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with my niece and her husband....their first visit and they were very impressed by the quality of the food and the pleasant , relaxed atmosphere.
I have been a number of times and the food is always of a very high standard.
Service is very good too and friendly in a natural way.
An all round gem of a restaurant.

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HM
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Special, authentic French restaurant. A cut above most. Highly recommended.

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MR
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance. Ideal for a special occasion - or not as the case may be!

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A nice, intimate setting with attentive staff. Excellent menu with not too many choices which made selection straightforward. Portions were generous (we had no room for dessert after our starters and mains!). Fish was excellent and steak was perfect. Good wine menu. All-in-all a nice evening out in a relaxed atmosphere with excellent food and wine. This was our first visit and we’ll definitely be back.

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EM
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely fantastic. This is now one of the top restaurants in Edinburgh. We surely will be back here again for a special occasion meal. A great kudos to the chefs!

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P
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I have been here before for a romantic meal with my husband which was wonderful. It was a different experience with a friend but the food and service was still really good. It was pleasantly not loud on the last Friday before Xmas.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all round, particularly good service - the extra mile! Thank you.

Surprisingly good value, great wine list.

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SM
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Decorated nicely for Christmas, staff very friendly and attentive. Food very nicely presented. Portion sizes just right Definitely visit again when back in Edinburgh

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j
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent value set menu, especially when coupled with the Sunday BYO wine arrangement.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing home cooked hearty food! Great staff and lovely place for our family get together.

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n
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would highly recommend. Had a great meal with wine on a bitterly cold December Saturday night.

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s
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lovely out of the way and yet very close to city centre, 5 min walk, could almost be in Paris, very good classic french food.

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KL
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Still the jewel in the crown of all the French restaurants in Edinburgh. The food is always prepared and served to a high standard. Staff are welcoming and helpful.

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TS
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

This is one of my favourite restaurants, really, it is but I was very disappointed with this visit. The service was lackluster, friendly but really laid-back, didn't feel special or particularly welcome.

And the food really wasn't what I've come to expect from Cafe St Honoré - just mediocre. To be absolutely honest I could have been eating at Cafe Rouge. Just not spectacular and that's what I'm used too. Nothing memorable compared to the Summer when I had several dishes, including a spearmint ice-cream that I still can't stop talking about. Please bring that feeling and quality of dishes back?

Thank you.

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

My husband and I went for Sunday lunch and were very disappointed by the quality of the food. We both ordered the turkey dinner and it was edible but didn’t taste memorable at all. The turkey was dry and over cooked and luke warm, the vegetables were again, luke warm and mediocre. Considering the meal cost us just under £80, we left feeling ripped off and will not be returning.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took friends there fir lunch fir first time. We all loved the food & wine.
We’ve been here a number of times & the food & service have always been excellent.

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d
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very limited menu, but this is not necessarily a bad thing, smoked salmon (mild, not heavily oak smoked) starter and Hake main course in particular, outstandingly perfect. Corner table which we were allocated next to entrance porch subject to cold drafts whenever outside door opened. Cake and ice cream dessert a bit mediocre, my wife enjoyed Christmas pudding. The all female serving staff were delightful and competent, service with a smile. Wine list overpriced.

David Hollingdale
3 Southbank
Easter Park Drive
Edinburgh EH4 6SG Tel: 0131 312 6304

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Really like this restaurant however on night we went there was only one other occupied table so pretty atmosphere less I’m
Afraid. Food and staff very nice just lacked ambiance due to lack of other diners.

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One the the tastiest meals I’ve had. An absolute gem & was recommended to us. Perfect on all ways.

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RD
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and good food really enjoyed it he evening there! The Sicillian red was the xcellent and good value! We will be back!

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A
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was delicious and great as usual, except the dessert was nothing special. Seating was horribly cold in the lower part of the restaurant and the toilet was a desaster!

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L
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This was my first visit due to a voucher given by a friend. Food choice for lunch was good and adequate choice for lunch. Portions just right to manage three courses and a glass of wine, followed by coffee. No dinner required after that feast.
Ambience was lovely and staff very attentive. Would happily come back and recommend to friends.
Inge Lennie

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OT
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, good selection of food sand wine...we have a quick lunch on the way to the rugby, we’ll be back for a leisurely dinner not.. good selection of fine wine by the glass too

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JH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lovely intimate birthday meal.
looked after beautifully.

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JR
Inverness
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

GEM. Can’t believe we stumbled on this lovely wee romantic French restaurant. I really felt I was in a Parisian suburb.
Beautiful atmosphere, not overly fussy menu or wine list. Perfectly happy to serve us beer with our meal, & good to see local breweries represented.
We were horrendously late because of traffic but the staff were very accommodating.
Recommended

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M
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Very busy when I arrived on time for our booking and after nearly 10 minutes I had to find a waiter to order a drink (my companions had been served already as I was the last to arrive). We ordered scallops which at £18 for 3 were a bit pricey and unfortunately gritty...we just left the unpalatable bits as the rest of it was very tasty. My companion declared the beef bourgignon to be one of the best she had ever had - high praise indeed to match the cost at £23. I should however have chosen it instead of the semi raw underwhelming beetroot tarte tatin. £10 for a single slice of 1 cheese and some oatcakes and frugal bits (even though it was very nice) is just not value for money. On the whole the food was good but service was slow and it's overpriced.

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RG
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable lunch. Great food. Nice ambience. Good service. Would recommend.

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I had a table booked for our second anniversary. The moment we walked in, it felt like we were in a cosy restaurant in France. The waiting staff were all very nice and helpful, always asking if we needed refills and how our food was. The food was amazing.
We both had the chicken parfait to start which I now prefer over pate. The plate size was perfect and it filled a hole. I got the bed stew for my main while my gf had the steak. We shared of course. Both were delicious. We then both for the chocolate dessert which melted in the mouth.

The atmosphere was great and we were not rushed after we finished our food. We rolled home afterwards and were very happy with our visit :) will definitely be back.

Thanks
Hollie

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and lovely environment!! Loved the starter, desert and lovely wine! Very good value for the price. Would definitely recommend!!

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R
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. My husband chose from the a la carte menu, I chose from the cafe classics (excellent value!). Both our meals were delicious and the service was very good. If ever we return to Edingburgh, we will certainly return to taste more of the locally sourced produce. Perfect.

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j
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience here was fantastic in everyway! The atmosphere was quiet, cozy and authentic of a French bistro. The food was exquisitely prepared and so very delicious! We had smoked salmon, chicken terrine, roast beef, Duck leg confit, pumpkin risotto, , dark chocolate fondant, crème brulee with French wine.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this little hidden gem in Edinburgh. Great food & great ambiance. This will be our no. 1 choice for all future visits to Edinburgh.

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H
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Unfailingly good, very good food/value/attentive staff - good choice for central location or for special occasions

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