Le Bistrot

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The famous Le Bistrot is ready to welcome you!

Located at the new House of France on the Royal Mile (former Lothian Chambers), we aim to provide you with a friendly and authentic French experience, filled with passion and love in what we are doing.

Open every day from breakfast to dinner, we are there for everyone to feel like in France, in fantastic surroundings!
What 97 People Are Saying
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IL
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The starters were very nice, as were the mains, several really enjoyed the veggie haggis, but what let the meal down for some, were the puddings. The cheesecake had hard pastry base and the apricot tart was tasty but again the base was hard and too thick, which was a shame as everything else had been enjoyed.

A
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Good lunch menu. Food well cooked and presented but my main spoiled by being served on a cold plate so was quickly luke warm and then cold. Service was poor overall: slow and we weren't asked if we wanted dessert or coffee. It seemed to take ages to catch the eye of staff to ask for coffee and then the response was did we want more coffee! Despite these criticisms would try again.

JD
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely relaxing brunch with excellent food and friendly service. An oasis of calm in a busy Edinburgh setting with an authentic French feel.

NT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and great service! We had a wonderful time and would recommend.

CC
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This is a reasonably priced, reasonably well done, and very well located bistro in the centre of Edinburgh. As one might hope, there are some very decent French wines for the money, and the deserts all looked very enticing indeed.

TD
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Food was tasty. Staff very attentive and friendly and polite. Only thing was that disturb our atmosphere was the feeling outside just next to our table but that couldn't be helped and was a temporary inconvenience. I'm sure this is not a regular thing, the French consulate must have been undergoing some refurbishment work. Overall, pleasant experience however not sure if we are going to be back.

KM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Have been several times and staff always friendly, food and ambience very good

CM
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great meal! Good food, great atmosphere. Felt like I was in a restaurant in France! I've already recommended it to several friends

EM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service and the food was excellent - it was our second visit and we thoroughly enjoyed both visits the food is consistently of the highest standard and great value

JH
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is the third time we have been to Le Bistrot and it was another very good experience. The food is very good and is reasonably priced which makes the whole experience very good value for money. The service was on the whole good. The reason that that is not very good as that it can be a little slow. We did wait quite a while for our coffees. I would have no qualms about recommending this place.

NM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

A pointless review in this case as it was closed and the booking system was clearly not aware they it would be closed because of the Fast and Furious filming outside the building.

D
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Have been to your restaurant many times so know how good the experience can be. Came with friends on Friday evening. The food was great as usual, but the service left me a bit disappointed. Staff were busy standing chatting to each other instead of being more attentive. I will still be back because your food is very good.

JM
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly staff and tasty food. the mussels with chips were delicious. Would come again

s
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carefully prepared delicious food. Real French bistrot ambience.

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place. The food and service were wonderful and that was at the height of the Edinburgh Festival smack right in the middle of town, which was heaving. So all credit to waiters under those conditions. Under normal conditions, the noise level is much lower. Only complain is that the size of my piece of taste was rather meagre...but I put that down to nervousness given the busiest weekend of the Festival.

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

An oasis of calm in the midst of festival frenzy.
Service was very good and the ambience was lovely.

Our meals were good but the Prawn linguine was slightly over cooked as though it had been around for a while.
Roasted cod was beautifully cooked.
The restaurant is a great find and I visited twice. I felt my lunch meal was much better than dinner.

AD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Le Bistrot is a fantastic restaurant. I rarely order meat dishes when I dine out in case it's tough but the beef casserole at Le Bistrot was succulent, delicious and beautifully tender. My husband was bowled over by the cod with chorizo and pak-choy. Both dishes were super and we will definitely be going back soon.

DB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent
Address is not West Parliament Square!
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PL
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was excellent. Service poor. Waiter was unable to give information about the food, and did not go and find out! Wine not served well, slow to get attention of waiting staff to pay bill. More staff training needed.

j
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food at very reasonable prices. Friendly staff. Recommend the Daube and Moules.

PF
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Once we had worked out with the waitress who greeted us what a reservation was, service and food were both excellent. The main Bistrot dining room was very noisy when busy. Is there a quieter inner dining area where we might have a table next time? There will be a next time, for sure.

PE
London
9 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We. Poked for 0900, which is the opening time and we arrived promptly. There were no other customers at that time and we have our order.

The scrambled eggs appeared not to have been freshly cooked and were maybe from the day before, which was unexpected.

Other items were not at all hot.

The best item was the full breakfast.

We only went here for breakfast as it was convenient for another event

Overall disappointing. Would not recommend

L
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We have had a very good lunch and dinner at Le Bistrot but this time was disappointing. Our waiter was surly and uncommunicative. 2 portions of the Daube were unremarkable and 1 portion of the hachis dry and tasteless. Obviously leftovers from the lunch menu. 1 portion of chicken was very nice . The girl who served our coffees was charming but we felt that since the restaurant was almost empty the staff just wanted us out so they could close up.

SA
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Superb Moules Mariniere and fresh fish.Ate lunch prior the " Right in the Eye", Fringe event.
Both were SUPERB.

SK
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, amazing service. We got lost finding the place, were late for our reservation and they will treated us with 5-Stars in every way!

SW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Trying to find somewhere to eat on the royal mile during the festival is pretty impossible. I was therefore happy to see you could book a table here. I was also surprised to see that the venue was quieter than usual - ie outwith festival time. I was a little disappointed then that my order was not taken correctly - the waiter could have read back our order to clarify what we wanted. As a result I was glad that I double checked with a different member of staff what food was on order to find that half of our order had not been heard properly. When the full food order was received it was the usual high standard and very enjoyable. I do like this place a lot. Its a little bit of luxury in for lunch. Certainly would recommend it to friends. Its one of very few independents in the area and well worth a visit.

CM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and a great venue - highly recommend!

ET
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Probably better as a lunch venue but a bit lacking atmosphere for the evening. Food was proper French cooking home/ bistro style rather than fine cuisine. The Beef en daube especially genuine and lovely fresh veg. Charcuterie platter easily serves 2 as a starter. Good location, perfectly adequate but just a bit lacking zing given how much competition there is nearby.

JH
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I booked a table for 01-Aug-2019. This was a meal to which we were going before our first ever trip to the Tattoo. Unfortunately nobody had thought to update the relevant web-sites to inform me that the night was a special sea-food night and that this sea-food platter was all that was available. My wife and I glibly turned up to expect the menu that was advertised. If I had eaten the shell fish on that platter I would have been horizontal for a week. We therefore had to leave. So in future you will need to update both the Le Bistrot and the separate booking web-sites to make it abundantly clear of any deviations from the norm. We had been to Le bistro earlier in the year. I wrote a glowing report. The next time we go I'm going to book with trepidation.

DG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A very nice meal in a pleasant decor. Set lunch excellent value for money. I did however find the restaurant extremely noisy with tables very close together.

HB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great value for money with good French bistro-style food (loved the 'hachis parmentier'), friendly and effective service and not too noisy (in spite of an event next door to our table). The pear tart for dessert let the rest of the food down though: tasteless and not a nice texture. Shame or I would have put five stars for the food. Not the quality that you would expect from a French patisserie linked to the French institute: really needs to improve their desserts.

w
Edinburgh
45 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to meet for business or leisure. I have now been a few times for brunch, lunch and dinner and haven't been disappointed yet. Excellent value for money and great ambience.

C
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Shell on prawns served in a heavy cream sauce not very practical - couldn't see the prawn to shell them. Good quality steak but not cooked as ordered.

f
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, great service, well worth a visit. I will be back.

G
Edinburgh
35 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit and happy to report the same excellent standard for all three guests for set lunch representing superb value and quality.

D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Lunch. Good food poor service

K
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just what you want from a French bistro; full of flavour , French atmosphere and portions a sensible size.

JC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent value for money. Delicious lunch, a bit noisy but would definitely return.

JM
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Disappointed that the menu had changed since my last visit

MS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place. Great food. V nice wine.
Overall very nice experience.

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