Le Bistrot

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£25 and under
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French

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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!

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30% off food

...from the a la carte menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 2 January 2020

Ends: 31 March 2020

Availability: Daily 17:00-19:00

What 127 People Are Saying
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KH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, excellent service and delicious food. Highly recommend

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of 8, out for a family dinner. The menu is a nice mix of meat, seafood and veggie dishes which catered well for us. The starters and mains were generous and delicious topped off with great service. I'd definitely recommend.

L
London
9 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous NYE meal with family. Great choice, huge portions and lovely food. Service was excellent too. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Xmas special lunch menu option and it was excellent.

Upon looking at the regular lunch menu we thought it slightly lacking, so might hesitate if we were to book again for lunch, as the choice available was not as exciting.

I would always prefer to have a couple of options available from the a-la-carte evening menu at lunchtime.

P
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I did not know about this place until a few weeks ago when I had dinner there with a group who had been before.
When we came to Edinburgh for our annual visit to the Christmas Market I suggested lunch there. Great food, great service and an overall very pleasant dining experience.
We will all be back!

c
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Pleasant surroundings, attentive staff, restrained menu, delicious food.

BM
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service was terrible. We had to physically collar a waiter to remind her that we had ordered two main courses after we had had a long wait after my French onion soup ( which was also served after a long wait).

SB
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This place is like a little slice of France right in the centre of Edinburgh.

The feel is of a small french cafe / restaurant where the food is delicious with generous servings.

We were not rushed in or out and the waiters were attentive and helpful without intruding on our meal. Great value too - we ate from the festive menu which still gave plenty of choice but great value.

Highly recommended.

GG
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food well prepared and the staff were wonderful. The desserts are a must.

IL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Staff very helpful and friendly. Those having mussels appreciated the wet wipe and soup spoon provided (often have to ask for these in restaurants) and very tasty. The only criticism was the risotto, apparently it was tasteless, but the sea bass was delicious. A nice lunch.

SB
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We have visited here on several occasions but this experience was very poor. The food was of poor quality, the service not attentive despite there never being more than 3 tables occupied and no atmosphere (which was one of the reasons we have repeatedly returned). What has changed to make such a big difference? We won’t be returning.

CC
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was my 2nd time and there will be a 3rd ,food,service and value for money all great.

v
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding service, courteous staff. And in Edinburgh that says a lot. Great cooking with excellent ingredients. Strongly recommend it. Only issue I have they could crack the heat up a bit more.

CM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic location, wonderful French style cooking and a lovely atmosphere

S
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and relaxing atmosphere. Friendly staff.

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Good food, but draughty on a cold evening, and noisy.

A
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with friends. Nice menu, great food and very good service. Thank you!

HW
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Busy venue on a Friday lunchtime, good atmosphere but not too loud. The service was excellent despite a full house. The food was good with a decent choice and exceptional value (2 courses for £12.95).

J
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food, charming staff, exceptional value.

LM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food . A great price for the set lunch but would like to see the choice changed more often. They do have daily specials though. The service is attentive. Can be busy at lunch time and the noise level rises.

DS
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A lively atmosphere with friendly staff and nice food.
Perfect for a relaxing evening with friends

G
Edinburgh
36 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My third visit here. Always buzzing. Food splendid, representing excellent lunchtime value. Will definitely return.

S
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We arrived at 1pm and my main course had not been served by 1.50pm. I decided to forgo it and was offered a free coffee in compensation

C
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food good but haggis in filo needed sauce on side to keep pastry crisp. Tables quite crowded, and noise level daunting. Good service and value.

VL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We came early but still got a table. Everything was excellent except the noise- difficult to make oneself heard but that meant everyone was enjoying themselves!

F
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Bright venue. Reasonably comfortable. Menu is limited. Service was fine and the waiter was engaging but I thought the food I had was boring and bland.

MF
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must be the best value in town. Delicious food - large portions, too. Place was crowded on Thursday lunchtime with non booked people having to be turned away. Only downside is the side room with larger tables is echoey when full of diners and it's hard to be heard.

KR
Edinburgh
9 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely restaurant. This is the 2nd time I've been - both were excellent. The food was great and the service briiliant. Lovely building too.

j
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food and wine. Venue is nice and very central. Only thing which affected us was a very loud, crying child which is not the restaurant's fault!

KS
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love visiting Le Bistrot for the food and the atmosphere. Highly recommend booking a table though as it is often busy

IL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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
Overall4food4service2ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CC
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

CM
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.