Le Bistrot

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£25 and under
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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 107 People Are Saying
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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
8 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
1 review
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.

NM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

s
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carefully prepared delicious food. Real French bistrot ambience.

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent
Address is not West Parliament Square!
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PL
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PF
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

SK
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and a great venue - highly recommend!

ET
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

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
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.