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!

Special Offers

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 151 People Are Saying
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JC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very pleasant experience, lovely food. Rather noisy in the back room where we were and cold. Took a long time to bring the bill and then it was erong. But all sorted out quickly.

M
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant place for breakfast, lunch, drinks or dinner. Lunch time was busy so best to book.

ER
Oxford
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a birthday meal here on Saturday 22nd Feb. The food, hospitality, kindness, location and portion sizes were beyond excellent. All staff were so friendly, and we had such a pleasant experience. Would recommend this place to anyone visiting Edinburgh!!

EB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I have eaten at the Bistro several times and really enjoy it but on this occasion the main course was poor. Fish was dry and whole meal appeared to have been kept warm rather than freshly cooked.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service

A
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was very slow and fish overdone and dried out which was a shame as the staff were very pleasant, good ambience and the rest of the food was delicious.

ES
Edinburgh
16 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Group of 6 at 1pm for set price lunch. 3 people had starters all of which were good. 5 of the 6 chose cod for main course. Long delay of around 45 minutes to serve main courses. 5 small plates of sea bass served instead of cod, plates were cold therefore the food was barely luke warm. We had not been asked if we would like sea bass instead of cod. When our displeasure was voiced, the waiter did not apologise, just said that there must have been a communication problem. When 2nd waiter arrived to remove the plates, we raised the subject again, only then was an apology given and an offer to waive the charge for the 4 deserts. The bill arrived, incorrectly overcharging us by around £35!!!! This was rectified by a 3rd waiter. THis is the second occasion within a month that the restaurant have fallen short of acceptable service. I would only return for tea/coffee and cake which I would hope would be without problems.

BP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

One of the main courses was late and we received complimentary desserts.

CM
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service is a bit slow but, if you're not in a hurry, this is an excellent value venue in a great part of town.

NG
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Second time here within a week says it all. Lunch was very good value and the quality of food was excellent Had the entrecôte which was delicious. The Lyonnaise potatoes - wow!!

RT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was totally perfect. The food was incredible and the staff are fantastic and have a lovely chemistry between them which rubs off on the friendly atmosphere. Honestly wish I lived in Edinburgh so I could eat here more. Such a treasure - will be back!

L
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cracking find. Brilliant French food- yummy and not fussy. Great location too.

AW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing sea food & valentines day cocktails
Very busy but managed to negotiate a nice table away from the door .

AC
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Lovely food and lots of gluten free options, all clearly marked out on the menu. Great service, friendly staff and excellent value. Our own little bit of France in Edinburgh.

NR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and large portions, very friendly staff and quiet environment.

MG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

good value, informal French bistro. Food was lovely . set lunch menu very good value and service very quick so good for a lunch hour if your time is limited

HW
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time we had eaten here and we will definitely be back . The food and the service were excellent.

DA
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, excellent food. Particulary like the lunch menu.

J
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We liked the spaciousness and the amount of light around us. There was a comfortable feel to the bistro. The staff were friendly and helpful. We each chose different items which we enjoyed very much. Excellent coffee rounded off our lunch. There will definitely be return visits!

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I booked a table for myself and three friends for lunch. Two of my friends had the two course lunch (Chicken supreme) and dessert, and two had dishes from the Day Menu - one had the soup and I had the seeded smoked salmon bagel with salad.
We all enjoyed our food. I was very impressed with the quantity of salad and smoked salmon - excellent value.
We did have a while to wait for our lunch. When we asked why we were waiting so long we were told that this was due to the chicken being cooked from scratch. Both my friends enjoyed the dish and said it was worth waiting for.
We will certainly be back.

S
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dnot eat meat, so the choice is limited but I had the fish and it was delicious. The veggies with the meal were lovely, but for me, the pudding was the best. Poached pear with ice cream. So unusual and fresh. Loved it. Will be back just for the sweet dishes.

n
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

everyone seemed to enjoy the food and service was very good. Nice "French" atmosphere and room is very attractive and location central. I had chicken which was delicious and followed by very tasty cake all for £11.95.

JH
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food. Simple but excellent taste. Great offer from opentable. Also great for a coffee and cake. Great cake variations.

AD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice meal and attentive staff. I'd booked via OpenTable and there was a 30% discount. My friend paid for the meal but the discount hadn't been applied. The staff immediately noticed the oversight (without us saying a thing) and promptly refund my friend the difference.
One thing I'd like to mention is that the moules frite would be best served with an additional plate or bowl to put the empty shells in.

KH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
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
10 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
4 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.