Le Bistrot

4.5
254 reviews
£25 and under
French

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Casual
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!

Support Le Bistrot during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 254 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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AliH
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I love this place for lunch. Proper French food and cakes to die for.

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Liketolunch
Edinburgh
23 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience - lovely French atmosphere, friendly staff. Such good value that I wondered if the bistrot could be subsidised by the French government. Only thing missing was a glass of wine due to the restrictions.

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Massimo
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the best places to eat in Edinburgh. Great location and menu!

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Gander
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good French cuisine in pleasant surroundings; the apricot tart being of particular note.

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TomB
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a relaxed and enjoyable lunch. We were able to take our time, service was not intrusive but friendly. The food was imaginative and well prepared. We will certainly be back.

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IzzuddinN
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Really pleased with the service although took time for it to be ready

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Alest
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place for a lunch in town. Food is great, nice ambiance and stuff does everything possible to accommodate. Our absolute favourite spot.

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AlisonM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My three course lunch included a delicious salad with mozzarella as starter, seabass with tasty Gruyere mashed potato and a variety of vegetables as main and yummy mille feuilles as desert. Very reasonably priced for such good food which was tastefully served. Staff were very pleasant. Good covid precautions.

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CarolynM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was shut. Love the place but would have appreciated being informed that it was closed.
Are you aware of that?

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LisaB
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I absolutely love this restaurant. Ambience is great, food lovely and staff friendly. We have been twice using vouchers but we will definitely be back. I look forward to trying the lunch menu which looks great value.

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Jiefu
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

I particularly liked the online booking and interaction. Then the atmosphere was conducive etc.

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Lucy
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my best friend went here for a little slice of Paris and we were not disappointed! Lovely food served piping hot and the staff were really friendly. 10/10!

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MarionM
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had a wonderful lunch at Le Bistrot. Although we could not be served alcohol, the food was outstanding and the staff were exceptionally polite and helpful. I would certainly recommend this restaurant.

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Michael
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

The food was good, service efficient/friendly and the free bakery treats to take home for breakfast a lovely touch. However, I found the way they had cramped the tables into one room a little odd as it appeared there was a second room full of empty tables. Perhaps I’m mistaken but if this is their only dining room i feel they need to adjust the seating layout or accept less customers in light of COVID etc. I could see a few other people clearly uncomfortable with how tight it was too as they kept looking around when somebody coughed or similar. I know it’s perhaps irrational but these strange times require strange measures to make everybody feel comfortable and in my experience Le Bistrot didn’t feel relaxing as a result, at least on this night.

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Scoop
Edinburgh
17 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic value. Brilliant service. Never lets us down. Salmon starter, charcuterie, salads, bread all faultless. Cote du Rhone very smooth. 5*

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KennethK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Friendly and courteous staff, good ambience, sensible and unobtrusive for Covid rules.
Definitely go back, the food was very good and presented with a quiet professionalism.

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TraceyM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was very pleasant and relaxing. The soup was good and the main meal, chicken supreme was excellent. We were given a slice of apple pie and Cheesecake with cream, which the waiter said was on the house. When he brought the bill he also brought us two large scones and said we could have them for breakfast which was a lovely treat.

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MrsP
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our meal, waiters were so nice even though we were late to arrive and also a mix up with our order (my fault), nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommend this beautiful little bistro, best meal we had in a long time. Very reasonably priced food and drinks, just loved it! Staff really were exceptional.

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AlanS
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Lunch here, food was amazing, service top class
We will be back soon!

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AlBal
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed a delicious lunch in elegant surroundings. The service was friendly and professional. Highly recommended.

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lesleymac
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would it be a cliche to say this is a little bit of France in the centre of Edinburgh? OK, it would be too obvious. But it is, and provides lovely food and friendly service. And French classes and films and much more in the rest of this very grand building

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SharronW
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a gem hidden in the middle of the city ❤️. Special

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antoni
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

exc ellent for a quick snack or a long lunch or just a coffee or a glass of wine.

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CarolynF
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food once again and very cheerful and helpful staff. A superb experience.

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LynF
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Will definitely be back.

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Rusalina
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Le Bistrot for lunch on a Saturday and tried the lunch deal they have from the A La Carte menu. Food was absolutely delicious and great value for money. Service was outstanding and staff very friendly. Highly recommended! Will definitely go there again next time we are in Edinburgh.

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Gm53s
Dusseldorf Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food ,restaurant, staff were amazing.
Thus restaurant is always great.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find in Edinburgh. Amazing food and service. Loved it. Will be back.

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SarahS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Was fantastic. Great food and great service! Thanks again

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PennyG
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was delicious and service was good for first half, but I gave up waiting after 1 hour (I had time to waste and was curious), after someone (non server) had removed my mains plate, to have someone take my coffee and dessert order. Despite looking at the servers and them seeing me looking, nothing; so if you are after a mains meal its great just don't go in looking to expect a lovely French dessert after.

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NatalieW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really nice meal, was a bit of delay due to staffing issues in the kitchen but we were given complimentary drinks and snacks whilst we waited, would definitely return in the future.

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Doddpathhead
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic lunch in the middle of Edinburgh. Superb food and service in a nice atmosphere. Can’t recommend highly enough.

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AliK
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!
Made to feel very welcome.

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Jonathan
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t fault any area. Food portions were really good and a really good size. Lovely staff and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Generous portions and very tasty! I reserved last minute and was pleased with my dinner.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little place on the Royal Mile. The salmon was fantastic and the chocolate "heaven" cake was all that and more! I'll be back.

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MikeM
London
16 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Although we had difficulty finding it Le Bistrot was an excellent find. For some reason Google Maps shows the restaurant some 200 metres further up the Royal Mile and down a small side alley? Luckily we recalled passing the French consulate earlier in the day and Le Bistrot ending up being part of the same building.

This French heritage augered well for a delightful evening. The food was very well prepared and presented and the service very friendly and personable.

If you want an authentic meal in charming surroundings Bon Appetit!!

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AS18
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect place for relaxed lunch

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely food and very attentive staff

TK
TimK
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, would recommend, very helpful Staff.

FAQs

Le Bistrot is rated 4.5 stars by 254 OpenTable diners.

Le Bistrot does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://lebistrot.giftpro.co.uk/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.