Café St Honoré

4.6
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974 reviews
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£26 to £40
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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.

Special Offers

Two courses £21.50, Three Courses £27.50

From the Cafe Classics menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 20 September 2019

Ends: 29 February 2020

Availability: Sun 12:00-14:00 17:30-22:00
Mon-Fri 17:30-22:00
Sat 12:00-14:00 17:30-22:00

Express Lunch 2 courses £16.50

Express lunch: £16.50 Two Courses, £20.50 Three Courses. Not available in December.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 20 September 2019

Ends: 29 February 2020

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-14:00

1,000-Point Tables

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Mon - Thu 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:15PM - 10:00PM

What 974 People Are Saying
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FT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have dined at Cafe' St.Honore' several times before! Always very happy experiences!

SJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was good however the dessert was a disappointment with the topping burnt and tasting as such. As a diary free option it was not interesting or worth the money paid.
The service was okay but the staff weren't particularly warm or engaging.
We'd visited for our anniversary. Would perhaps visit again for a lunch or evening meal deal but not for a special occasion as lacked lustre.

J
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I have not been to this restaurant for 30 years; it was a favourite of mine in the late 1980's.
The service and ambience were excellent.
The food was good, although one of my guests complained theirs was cold.
Nice choice of wines.
Uncomfortable chairs!
Very enjoyable lunch . Could hear what people were saying. Not too noisy.

KR
Edinburgh
9 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great service - not intrusive, but always on hand when needed . Highly recommended.

S
London
9 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service and very genial surroundings. Off the main thoroughfare but worth seeking out. A lovely bistrot experience.

MB
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Very overpriced for what you get. The food is plain, at least it was on the night I was there. I would not go back.

SG
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service - food was first rate , haven’t had better duck confit anywhere , including here in Paris.
The cheese plate is a gold-standard and should be taught in culinary schools as to how to present and plate .
Thank you
Sunil

j
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

An ambiance is achieved by the intimacy of the restaurant with hints towards the French influences, tables are quite close can be drafty near the door seating.
Portions size are French cuisine style, choice is limited but varied. Good wine list. Reasonably priced.
Overall a pleasant experience, well cooked and served.

HC
Bedfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place did not disappoint. I was looking for a romantic venue for an anniversary meal for a husband with a penchant for French cuisine. The dishes were all perfect for him and wide ranging enough to suit all tastes. The atmosphere and decor made the night feel like we were genuinely in France. I’d highly recommend to anyone looking for a similar experience.

EL
Essex
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good restaurant. Staff were very friendly. Food was served quickly. Portion sizes were a little small.

RL
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our third visit and it has always been a pleasure - nice size, no obtrusive music, lovely food, no pressure.

EP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and lovely atmosphere. The service was great

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch experience- attentive staff, amazing wine and food! Highly recommended

PS
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Really disappointed that there was no turkey on the Festive Menu despite booking at table at 12.15pm for lunch on 23rd Dec!

P
Edinburgh
54 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Unfortunately fixed price choices on menu too limited which meant choosing from main menu. However, as always food, great produce, very tasty and well presented. Welcoming service and good wine choice.

GD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Post theatre visit, ate from set menu, borscht and rib sticking pork belly. Very tasty. Fast friendly service, charming old French bistro ambience and music

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Thanks. Goats cheese salad starter and fish of the day, halibut, were great. The Christmas turkey was ok but not that good.

Worst thing was poor service as we where there towards the end of lunch and the servers started setting other tables around us and took a long time to take the additional requests. Eventually they didn’t even processes these and wee had to leave by collecting our own coats and going to the bar to pay. The staff would do well to remember that customers shouldn’t come second even when shifts are changing and tables need relayed.

CS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect for quiet lunch before an afternoon shopping!

AB
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and very attentive service; good atmosphere and quiet.

DK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Used to visit every time we went to Edinburgh.... Extended our restaurant range over the last few years.... decided to try again . Menu a little lacking in choice(Christmas?) although well cooked and very tasty....wine good value.... Staff really attentive making it a really lovely evening

RT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Cute little place tucked away from the crowds! Great for a date night or small family dinner.

P
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Service patchy, at times inattentive inappropriate glassware for aperitif and digestif, food ok but not commensurate with the high prices. High end gastro-pub fare.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s just a lovely place to eat. I had beef featherblade and it was divine.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all round. Definitely recommend.

F
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

2nd visit and will happily return. Only downside was my wife's turkey was overdone. Wine is a bit on the expensive side compared with similar type establishments.

G
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Set on a pretty cobbled street, this is a good looking restaurant that has a nice interior and warm welcome.

Our visit was in festive menu period, but glad to see a set menu offering good value and some good dishes.

Service was polished and professional. Really enjoyed our lunch here and would recommend it

AL
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We visit here every time we come to Edinburgh, never fails to impress.

MS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sublime set lunch and great company in a lovely setting

FM
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall2food5service3ambience1

I was last at Cafe St Honore about 15 years ago and was excited to visit. The food was outstanding, however on the coldest night of the year so far the heating wasn’t working. We were sat beside the window and a freezing radiator. Having worked in Hospitality I know this can happen but it wasn’t handled very well. The 2 tables at the window sat wrapped up and it took me hours to heat up afterwards. Lovely meal but it was ruined by this and how it was handled by staff.

AH
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

We had a lovely lunch - great food & daily menu particularly good value. The only negative was the temperature- it was a cold day & the radiators were not functioning. We did query with staff but there didn't seem to be anything they could do. Hopefully a temporary issue. We would return.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We choose from the set menu which although limited was delicious. We had bread brought the the table and enjoyed our starters and wine. Our main course was delayed although we didn’t notice. When the waiter brought it to the table he apologised and said that we would not be charged for those dishes. I was also able to choose any dessert rather than the set options.
We were delighted by this and despite the wait for the main course had a very enjoyable evening

SM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous lunch with family. Lovely ambience, great service and excellent food. This place has been consistently great over many years. Lovely dining experience for either a casual lunch or a special occasion.

PO
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great tasty and enough to satisfy but not leave you feeling over full.

AI
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going to this place of and on for the past 30 years although it has changed hands it is still my favourite french place in Edinburgh lovely old style French brassiere that has lasted the test of time please don’t go down the modernisation theme it’s just great place and ambience as it is cafe st honere it’s been an Edinburgh institution for years and will be for years to come

OC
Key West
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and amazing service. I loved that they had a separate gluten free menu for me. So nice to see. My only wish was that we weren't seated next to the kitchen and bathroom doors but the restaurant was great!

GO
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely venue tucked out of the way but well worth seeking out. Great food great service

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I would recommend it, but would also suggest requesting a seat upstairs. We were the only table downstairs and it was both quite chilly and a bit quiet - we definitely felt like we were missing out on the warmth and noise upstairs... great food though!

MS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food. Lovely ambience and atmosphere. Staff friendly, good humoured and non-intrusive. A brilliant restaurant which feels secluded and Parisian - yet in the heart of Scotland’s capital. Vive L’alliance.

OC
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always a treat, however it is slightly overpriced and the wine list is expensive.
We opted for the set menu which was very nice but some what limited in choice.

BG
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and atmosphere, reasonably priced. Wait staff are very helpful and attentive