Hotel du Vin & Bistro - Edinburgh

4.1
336 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
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Nestled deep in Edinburgh’s Old Town, a short walk from the historic Royal Mile, is Hotel du Vin and Bistro. Renowned for its class and style, Hotel du Vin’s makeover of this former asylum could be considered the jewel in the company’s already glittering crown. A boutique hotel of the highest standard, Hotel du Vin boasts a decadent bar with eclectic wine list and a unique bistro restaurant. With original oak floors and luxuriant furnishings, the bistro is full of character and charm, a lavish choice for choosy diners. The menu features classic European dishes, we love the; Isle of Mull soufflé, the beef and snail pie and think you would have to be mad to miss the profiteroles.
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Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Modern European
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Hours of Operation
Mon - Thurs: 12:00pm - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 10:00pm Fri - Sa : 12:00pm - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 10.30pm Sun: 12:30pm - 4:00pm, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
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0131 247 4900
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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, Outdoor dining , Wheelchair Access, Wine
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AT
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Sunday lunch dining, great venue and service. Highly recommend the food too and lovely surrounding. Thank you

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LC
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were staying in Edinburgh as it was my husband’s 50th birthday and booked the table online after reading reviews. We had a lovely, relaxed evening. Staff were attentive and pleasant throughout. Would definitely go again.

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RB
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. We were given the chef's table which was such a cool experience. Sunday Lunch is great value for money and a very high standard of food. Staff were friendly and very helpful. Will definitely come back!

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S
London
52 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have eaten at branches of Hotel du Vin in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Cambridge and have found the brand unfailingly reliable. I had a lovely meal with an old friend and was delighted with my evening.

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D
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Brilliant staff, wonderful Sunday lunch menu. Kids were treated like kings. Loved it!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2017
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Not as good as previous experiences with this chain. Staff just not on the ball and roast potatoes burned. Air of couldn't care less, sadly as this chain usually pride themselves on customer service.

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m
Edinburgh
9 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Lunch time with business colleague but service was painfully slow and unresponsive

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K
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Very nice dining room and a pleasant ambience. However two of the items on the already quite restricted set menu were not available. The serving staff were very pleasant, but service was very slow. There was a gap of 45 minutes between finishing our main courses and being served our desserts. That was a bit annoying!

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RG
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had both afternoon tea and dinner here within a week. Both were excellent value, but dinner in particular was a revelation - an innovative and interesting matching of ingredients, and a take on some classic dishes that proved to be as delicious as they promised... My navarin of mutton was both traditional and delicious. The service was provided by an excellent young and very helpful and knowledgeable team. They offered a warm welcome too. And the wine list... Extensive, thoughtful and with a good range of wines by the glass. Our Chateau Musar 1999 was presented in superb condition, and was good value at £70... Well, it was a celebration dinner, so why not. They have excellent wines for far less too. We loved the room, the food, the whole experience. A really good find in a City with many great restaurants. Looking forward to my next visit.

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely setting, food and service good. Arrival of two large parties in the main restaurant made it a bit noisy for a while.

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

We booked a table for Mothers Day in the main restaurant ( 2 adults & 3 children) but when we arrived we were shunted into a conference room with one round table far from the restaurant. If this had been mentioned at the time of booking we would most certainly have cancelled. There was a four course lunch starting with a thin tomato soup, a buffet starter table with a very limited selection of choices and the main course which was traditional Sunday Roast with some very undercooked and very scraggy beef. Unfortunately we ended up paying £170 for an extremely average lunch, without any atmosphere. I think that the establishment should have a little more integrity and if the restaurant is full, not continue booking unsuspecting guests into conference rooms. Having previously visited the restaurant for a couple of corporate events I must stay I went way very disappointed with the experience, although my wife put on a brave face , it wasn't much of a restaurant/dining experience for anybody.

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were at the restaurant during the Edinburgh Festival so it was exceptionally busy. The staff worked very well under pressure.

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A
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked this restaurant through 5pm deal it was excellent value and the staff could not have been more attentive

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L
Manchester
68 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2015
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We commented as we were waiting for our food that there seemed to be a few 'offers' on as the deal we were booked for seemed to cause some confusion when we arrived.
This was confirmed to us when we were served up what appeared to be a 'salad' that had been thrown together using any /all ingredients the chef had in the kitchen!
We were meant to have roast Normandie Chicken with fries but I have no idea what we were actually given!
This was very disappointing on a few levels as we were very hungry and a salad was not going to hit the spot even with a side of fries thrown in.
It's a shame as the service we had couldn't be faulted but we won't be returning.

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AB
Edinburgh
39 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I went for a meal Saturday night 30/05/15 with my daughter for her birthday. The staff were friendly and helpful, the ambience is modern and the building has an interesting history. The menu was varied with some fish which we ordered The onion soup for a starter for me had too much onion in it and very little liquid. I felt the prices were a bit high, especially the wine. I have been before a few years ago and enjoyed it more previously.

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OT
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2015
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was disappointing this time. Steaks were unbelievably tough which was a pity because the atmosphere is great. -65

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We arrived a bit early and they went to check but it was clear they had no record of our booking.

When we got taken through, I asked if they got my request of no butter and the waitress said she would need to check as she hadn't seen the booking.

Whe the food did arrived, the sandwiches were hard. The waitress was lovely and got new ones straight away but it certainly put a dampener on the visit.

The tea and cakes were delicious so that was the saving grace.

Won't be in a hurry to return.

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CA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I eat out a lot and generally have fillet steak cooked medium rare.All of you out there will know the problems faced in getting a steak cooked as you have requested and being disappointed with the trimmings,well not in the Café Du Vin.
The steak was melt in the mouth to die forpaid a bit extra for the trimmings but there was enough for 2.
Although very busy on a Saturday night waiters still managed to pour our wine for us and were extremely attentive.
Meal was pricey but in my opinion well worth it.

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R
Edinburgh
23 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I had tried, and failed, on numerous previous occasions, to make a booking at the Cafe du Vin so with one of my daughters home from London for the weekend I booked early to avoid disappointment. With very efficient staff operating within a building that oozes character the early sign were very encouraging. On the whole the venue lived up to those expectations with a compact but varied menu from which all of the food ordered was cooked and presented well. My only real issue lies with pricing which I thought to be a little adventurous but that does increasingly appear to be the norm in Edinburgh.

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2014
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my grand-daughter and boy friend for an evening meal which we all enjoyed very much, thank you for your attention etc. and the food was excellent.

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2014
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Festival Menu is not good value and leaves you feeling like management have just looked to rip off the customer through August. Food was OK, but once you know they have raised prices so much, it leaves alot for the chef to do to make you happy. £30 for a steak here is not justifiable. We would not go back, the prices made our guests uncomfortable, something which would not have happened with the normal menu. There was also shenanigans with the wine list, wine on the menu in the bar, not listed in the restaurant, so forced to order a bottle blind, the selection in the restaurant set to make you pay even more. Very disappointing

Very disappointing behaviour from management.

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L
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2014
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Had previously heard good things however festival menu was very uninspiring and plain. Food came quickly but presentation was basic and food tasted bland. Seemed rather expensive for below average food.

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E
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2014
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Steak and burgers were very good and enjoyed by all, prices however are not inexpensive.

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F
Hertfordshire
18 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is nice restaurant. The service was good. We went for Sunday lunch which was good value. The food served at the table was excellent. However the buffet was quantity rather than quality. The smoked salmon was virtually tasteless. I love smoked salmon so this was important to me!

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my birthday meal and the ambience and decor were great. The service we received was of the highest class and the food choice was plentiful and the food itself was superb.

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JB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2014
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

What a complete let down!
Booked this for a Saturday evening meal with my wife. The restaurant called mid-Saturday afternoon to say that they were completely booked for a private function and were cancelling our booking.
No attempt to book us a table at another restaurant. No offer of compensation, Just ''sorry about that''
Places like this don't deserve to succeed. !!

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d
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The place is excellent...well presented, staff excellent, prompt and supportive..you do feel like thay want you to have a good experience...food very nice indeed. Ideal for special occasions but for a family of four was a bit expensive...In defence of the venue, we knew that when we booked...so this place is great for the special moments that do make you feel special...as it is a special venue throughout....but £150 quid for 4 people and one of them is 11 years old...a little more than expected.... Any ways putting the pricing aside...i doubt you could ever have a bad meal here even if you asked for one.!!!!!!

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ZL
London
83 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great Christmas meal here to celebrates a birthday. service was good and great choice of wine.

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G
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2013
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Second time there. Meal and service overall was very good. Just a couple of points, firstly the extra portion of root veg had been roasted just a little too long, and in truth should not have been served up. Secondly the wine is certainly overpriced

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T
London
31 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2013
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Always a good place and great wine

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M
London
9 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2013
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The menu is fantastic and food is amazing - one of the best restaurants in Edinburgh.

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j
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2013
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate a birthday, it was a really good venue with excellent wine, staff and food. Would highly recommend it for all.

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f
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2013
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Although we booked with top table and had a confirmation there was no record of this once we arrived . Luckily they had a spare table . They had run out of 3 of the 6 starters and 2 of the mains . All in all ok but nothing special .

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N
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2013
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My Husband and friends had booked an early table as we were "Doing the Festival" It so happens that I had made a mistake and booked too late as we were due to attend a show.We tried our luck and the staff were so helpful and took us early.The food,service and especially the surroundings were fantastic.I will definitely return.

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RM
Edinburgh
18 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Hotel du Vin was the perfect venue for a romantic Sunday lunch.

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AB
Edinburgh
77 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2013
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food, lots of choice. Busy enough for atmosphere but quiet enough for a good chat over lunch

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j
Edinburgh
14 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2013
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Been twice now; firstly for my birthday; excellent food and service for the 4 of us; the French onion soup is as good as it gets. Secondly, a business lunch and again was not disappointed. Highly recommended. Also, a pre-lunch drink in the upstairs gallery bar is a must.

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2013
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

We went for Saturday lunch. Atmosphere like a student canteen. Staff were pleasant enough but the food was pretty poor - especially considering the price. At half the price it would have still been disappointing but at least we wouldn't have felt we'd been ripped off. We know restaurants in Edinburgh serving similar food, but of a much higher standard in much nicer surroundings, and at roughly half the price. Don't go is our advice.

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CM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2013
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Having visited other restaurants in this group we had high expectation, which were well met. High quality food, with no pretentiousness, in very pleasant dark club like surroundings. Excellent service, very good wine, as would be expected, and a pleasingly economic bill for such a quality experience

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DP
London
54 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2013
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I've never ticked as many "what do you recommend this restaurant for" boxes!
We dined at Hotel du Vin for Mother's Day, with the four-course brunch menu. The menu itself was good. There was an initial soup course (a well-presented, creamy potato & bacon soup) and plenty of choice for mains, including "pie of the day" and "catch of the day" - the latter of which I had, a truly colossal piece of freshly grilled tuna. Plenty choice for dessert too. But the main attraction was the "market table" starter - a buffet piled high with freshly dressed crab, lobster, oysters, charcuterie (including iberian pork on-the-leg), stuffed veg, you name it. Fantastic and great to try such a variety of dishes. Oh and a great wine list!

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