Café St Honoré

4.8
1136 reviews
£26 to £40
French
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1136 People Are Saying
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TomB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good to be back after so many months of lockdowns etc (although we frequently used the "At home" service and so weren't completely without). The menu selection was not as varied as in the past but what there was enabled us to eat well : the vegetarian dish was one of my wife's favourites and she pronounced it as good as ever; my smoked trout and hake dishes were excellent. We had a very good time.

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RoseL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I dined alone and was seated in a quiet area over looking the street - this was perfect for me. The food came at a speedy pace and the pickled betroot was divine. My steak was cooked to perfection and the waiting staff were really kind. There was quiet music playing which suited the vibe in the dining room. Thanks for a lovely meal!

RF
RaymondF
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

good quality produced cooked to a high standard, happy to recommend to potential diners.

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Jam2day
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & ambience, but disappointing wine (admittedly the cheapest)

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AaronB
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Genuinely fantastic. Everything about cafe at honore was perfect

DA
DavidA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect day topped of with a great meal ,great food in a great setting ,very attentive staff

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MargaretW
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely French restaurant- lively but not noisy. Good food & excellent service, highly recommended .

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and friendly efficient service, and very congenial and peaceful atmosphere

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Stuarty
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was really nice, accompanied with good service and staff.

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KarenA
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, well served in a buzzy restaurant

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KenS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favourite restaurant. Fantastic food and relaxing atmosphere.

Great for those special romantic meals together.

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AlastairT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food; excellent service; a great place for lunch with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went for my graduation celebration. They provided a wonderful vegan menu for me, which was delicious! Incredible, locally sourced food and an amazing setting!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, excellent and friendly service, lovely ambience.

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Robnsus
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe St Honore never fails to deliver. On a miserable grey Edinburgh afternoon you are whisked away to somewhere welcoming and warm in France. It is an experience and not just a meal

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always lovey.

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Calmac
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a fabulous dining experience with attentive, polite and professional service.

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vipDavidK
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been visiting Cafe St Honore for many years and since Neil Forbes and his team took over, also many years ago, the food has been simply wonderful.
When we return to Scotland every summer from the USA the first place we head for is Cafe St Honore and yesterday’s lunch was fantastic.
The beets starter was delicious and the lamb was pull apart tender and so tasty.
So glad the restaurant survived through the restrictions of the pandemic.
Thank you to Neil and the team.

David & Ann Keith

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with a very French ambience! Thank you for a wonderful meal & brilliant service.

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diningoutlovers
Edinburgh
49 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit was to celebrate our wedding anniversary and it was an excellent venue for it. We both had the Hake dish which was beautiful. Fish melted in your mouth. We had a bottle of the house wine which was also very enjoyable at an excellent price.

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lonltd
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was hoping to have the beef shin pie but it must have been on last weeks menu, but the pork cheeks were meltingly delicious and the chantey carrots sublime.
The treacle tart could have been a trifle larger but it was more caramel than syrup based to my mind but delightful all the same,
The no alcohol rule is a bore a nice Beaujolais would have made this an an even more pleasant experience.

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timbo59
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great restaurant, we were well looked after in a safe environment.

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Sarah
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A trip to Cafe St Honore is always a treat- if feels like a true escape as if one is actually in Paris. The food is always wonderful, without exception. Diners have the choice of a more expensive a la carte, or a very agreeable ‘Cafe Classics’ menu. Ingredients are seasonal, high quality and locally sourced.

Given the current restrictions on hospitality we missed the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine and the atmosphere was slightly muted- not the restaurants fault however and we will certainly look forward to returning in future.

SM
SteveM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here twice — once for dinner and once for lunch. Thoroughly enjoyed both experiences. it’s a great restaurant with a relaxed, informal feel.

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BronwenM
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my meal at Café St Honoré even without alcohol. I had a delicious smoked trout pâté followed by a fennel Tarte tatin which was really delicious.

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georgew
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic french cooking - ambience like a left bank bistro - cheerful knowledgeable service - first class

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ScottD
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great restaurant, still a lovely lunch even in mid lockdown.

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RichardM
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

An excellent meal - as ever. We chose the Café Classics and enjoyed all three courses. Good value. Only thing missing was a glass or two of wine!
Looking forward to our next visit.

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Lutra
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even when you can only look at the wine - since alcoholic drinks are off the menu at present - Cafe St Honore gives you the pleasing sense of stepping out of the modern world and into a more glamorous era: Paris of the 1920s, perhaps. Beetroot salad with crowdie, apple, radish and candied walnuts is a joy. Hake was done to perfection, arriving in a pool of finely cut leek, potato, bacon & broth. Lunching alone as a birthday treat has never felt more soothing. Can I go back tomorrow please?

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GeoffreyA
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Unique French atmosphere and appropriate menu in these difficult times

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch for my friend’s birthday. The food was amazing, service was brilliant and the waitresses were lovely.
Would visit again!

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AS18
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to have Saturday lunch on a grey November day. Food was delicious.

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CesarA
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

You have a lovely place and the food was excellent, however your staff who worked on Friday 13, November 2020 were not. I enjoy eating in top quality restaurants and I never mind spending extra money. However sadly your staff were a complete let down. I took my family for a birthday celebration and it was a joy killer. I totally understand that it's a weird time with masks and distancing and it's really horrible and exhausting for staff having to wear a mask all day. However with this in mind the staff were so abrupt, lacked basic manners and could not wait for us to leave and we felt most unwelcomed. I can assure you we are not rude or demanding clients, as we have all worked in the restaurant industry.
This is coming from a fellow business owner whose businesses completly depends on customer service. I would want client's to tell me and not simply not say and never come back.
Really wish you well through the current crisis we are all facing in business.

RD
RhonaD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent 3 course lunch, brilliant confit suck, red cabbage and the best apple creme brûlée - didn’t miss not having wine

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SandyS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Café St Honoré has been one of my favourite restaurants for many years.
Not only is the food exquisite, the care and attention to provenance, the commitment to sustainability make the Café much more than just a good place to eat.
The staff are great, too, you can sense they buy in to the vision and values of the place.

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ImogenF
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The menu options were more restricted than I believe they were the previous time I looked, but our overall experience was good. We were pleased to find that one of us had a gluten-free menu from which to choose.
The restaurant was pleasantly quiet, and felt safe. Full-length plastic screens were unobtrusive, and made for relaxed conversation.

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NancyS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely little place and gorgeous food. Me and my partner are vegetarians and do worry that our dishes won’t live up to the meat dishes in terms of creativity and quality, but this Cafe’s veggie dishes were amazing.

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Dawn
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for my birthday, been before but only for lunch. Had an absolutely amazing meal, had a ribeye steak which was fantastic, nice atmosphere too. Cant wait to visit again.

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emmal
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent
Really lovely evening, all felt very safe and delicious food

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Lunch
London
19 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

An Edinburgh institution that's provided consistently good food through the years. Food & Drink were excellent for this family lunch.

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Café St Honoré is rated 4.8 stars by 1136 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.