Café St Honoré

4.5
693 reviews
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£26 to £40
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French
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Scottish
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Hours of Operation
Daily 12:00–14:00
Daily 17:30–22:00
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Phone number
0131 226 2211
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Additional
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

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r
Birmingham
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding bistro. Hitting on every cylinder from service to food to ambiance. Highest accolades!

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r
Birmingham
33 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfort food par excellence, French inspired, local Scottish ingredients and dishes in a space that feels like Paris. Wait staff happy and helpful and food superb at prices that seem unusually reasonable. Wine list with good variety of well picked bottles. All in all worth going out of your way to visit Edinburgh, very accessible from anywhere in central city.

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CR
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for dinner at Café St Honore . Everything was very good - the atmosphere , the food and the price . We would certainly recommend Café St Honore for an evening out .

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect evening. Prompt but relaxed service. Lovely food and a cozy atmosphere

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KF
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic little french style restaurant in new town. Great food, great atmosphere, great drinks and great service. We tried many of the other restaurants in the area and this one was by best quality food and flavor profiles. Must go in my opinion, just get reservations!

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MS
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent and imaginative menu, splendidly cooked, charmingly served.

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CH
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have often visit this restaurant on various times whether be it afternoon or evening however this was our first afternoon lunch and the service is impeccable with food choice being excellent and organic. The ambience for afternoon lunch is sheer bliss without being overcrowded as some places are. Service people are good and polite with being attentive at our requirement throughout this I can applaud them for. On overall I certainly will go again for the bliss of a afternoon lunch and also evening meal too. Well done to this restaurant for being in existence for a number of years whilst others go down as this does proves that this restaurant must be doing something right all along ....

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D
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

We arrived 10 minutes before our 7:00pm reservation, sat down at our table and were promptly told we would be required to vacate our table by 9:00pm as the table was reserved by another party. The staff displayed a very poor attitude and left us feeling uncomfortable. Notwithstanding, our meal was excellent, well presented and very enjoyable.

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GM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I live 300 miles from Cafè St Honorè, otherwise I’d visit every week. The food is excellent to taste, with good quality ingredients prepared by an imaginative & skilled chef. The waiting staff are competent, attentive & pleasant.
The whole experience is relaxing & joyfull.

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JF
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten here on a number of occasions over the past two decades and have always enjoyed the experience, as have family & friends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very tasty off a menu with a large variety of choice. Portion size just right for having three courses. Wine by glass and bottle. Service was friendly and professional. Ambience of restaurant good, with a nice buzz and ability to have discrete conversation.

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AM
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Thoroughly enjoyable lunch, although I was a little concerned that lunch menu was so limited.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A stunningly good hidden gem - Edinburgh’s best restaurant

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AB
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An Edinburgh favourite, this is my go-to restaurant when I want to be well looked after and well fed. Perfect.

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GS
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The waitress was vert attentive and the food was delicious. This is the third time I have been at the café and I will return

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L
Edinburgh
17 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have been here a lot over the years and 21 years on from my first visit it is still as good as ever.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, we quite enjoyed our meal at Cafe St. Honore. The appetizers were absolutely delicious spins on classic dishes. They were both light and fresh with diverse flavors and textures. Our entrees were quite palatable, however, lacked some inspiration. Our two vastly different meals (sea hake and lamb) were both placed atop identical potato mashes. These pairings left us feeling satisfied, albeit slightly deflated, as we each hoped for a more diverse culinary experience associated with the hefty price tag.

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M
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nous avons bien mangé, nourriture très bonne, service souriant et agréable. Les entrées végétariennes n'étaient pas très originales portions vraiment petites, cela aurait mérité d’être un peu plus conséquent sur la quantité. Nous étions dans la salle au sous sol, moins sympa que la salle du haut.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe st Honoré was recommended to me and we were not disappointed, fabulous menu, the best tasting food I have ever had, quiet and intimate but friendly atmosphere. Staff were extremely attentive but not overbearing. I would definitely recommend it and book again when back in Edinburgh

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RN
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and really imaginative food - Scotland meets France. Had dinner there to celebrate a significant wedding anniversary. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle, but still a central location. Good choice of wine. A meal to remember.

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SG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Odd location but worth it! Delicious, imaginative food! Love the use of local Scottish ingredients with a slight French flair. Good wine list. Would definately return if in Edinburgh! A superb meal!

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HS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Last minute booking. Food good. Service very accommodating and pleasant. Will definitely be back.

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O
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

When we came on Friday night it was not busy and a quiet atmosphere which was nice. We (4 persons) were ready to order from the main menu when the servant offered us a special menu for this evening which we accepted. But we did not realise that this must have been ready made because the food was not at all good and was served in such a hurry. The starter was supposed to be lobster but was mostly a very spicy sausage, the main course was a quail which was not warm and tasted and looked like it was raw. And all of us had the feeling that we must eat in a hurry, so they could shovel us out! The servants were always checking if we had finished. We all had an apéritif which we could not enjoy because the food came in such a hurry and both the white and the red wine together and as we had not had time to finish our drink and so the table was stacked with glasses and bottles. Sorry to say it was not at all a good experience and much below our expectations.

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The meal was great. It was recommended byba friend and did not disappoint.

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H
Edinburgh
8 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Cafe St Honoré has been our go-to place for special occasions for many years. It's like a little piece of Paris in the middle of Edinburgh. Fantastic atmosphere, low-key, professional service, and simple, beautifully cooked dishes, with many ingredients locally sourced. The 'cafe classic' menu option (~£20 for 3 courses) is great value if you are happy with a limited choice of menu. I would absolutely recommend for couples and small parties.

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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were there on vacation from Canada and found this restaurant to have a cozy atmosphere. The meal was superb and was greatly enjoyed by both of us. I would highly recommend it for any occasion. You will not be disappointed.

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BR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent value had classic lunch menu. Good service. Very relaxed.

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k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal in Scotland at the end of a 3 week visit.

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MH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Have been eating here for almost 15 years
Maintains high standard and never disappoints. Have recommended to many friends and colleagues visiting Edinburgh over the years. All now try to impress their friends by stating "Cafe St Honore was their find" !

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IF
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We always try to visit when in Edinburgh as we like the excellent locally (Scottish) sourced food, the appropriate wine list and the general atmosphere. The restaurant is on a split level which is not easy for the staff but they have always been attentive without being intrusive. We will go again!

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OF
London
11 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent atmosphere and food with friendly and efficiant staff.

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M
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This restaurant can be difficult to find if you are not familiar with the area, but it’s worth the effort. The welcome is warm, the service is attentive, and the food is delicious.

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KW
Newcastle
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We dined at The Dome on Friday night and here on the Thursday night, Cafe St Honore was by far the better of the two! The ambiance is great, the service timely and friendly and the food was really really good. Well worth a visit.

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e
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to the fabulous Cafe St Honore numerous times and always leave knowing that we have eaten fantastic organic-locally scoured food, drank delicious wine, had amazing service, whats not to love.

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BD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent friendly service and outstanding local sourced ingredients in a lovely bistro style atmosphere.

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VW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding food. Clearly well thought out with great attention to detail. Excellent wine list and we were looked after impeccably by the staff.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good real French style restaurant tucked into a quiet cul de sac in Edinburgh . The service is very efficient and friendly and well organised . The lunch menu was not extensive ( four or five choices of starter / mains and dessert ) but there was enough choice to satisfy most diners . Each of the dishes were well crafted and cooked perfectly. We enjoyed our lunch in this beautiful restaurant.

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the first time my wife and I dined in this lovely restaurant and won’t be the last. The food was first class and the service very professional and polite.
This is a gem of a restaurant...I wish I had watched Rebus years ago!

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JR
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely afternoon- perfect ambience in middle of festival madness!!

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LJ
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I like the location and vibe of Cafe St. Honore, but honestly I've had better food elsewhere. The food was good, just not up to par to some of the other places I've been in Scotland. I started with a scallop app special. The scallops were cooked perfectly, but were lacking seasoning. My entree of pork belly was falling apart tender, but missing the nice crisp exterior that I love so much.

So again, very good food, just lacking in the finishing touches.

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