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Le Bistrot, Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Le Bistrot

4.4
4.4
944 Reviews
£25 and under
French
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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2 people

19:00


Booked 28 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, European

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 10:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    0131 225 4021

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    From informal to more formal events, Le Bistrot is able to cater to any type of request with the sweet touch of a French Patisserie!

  • Private party facilities

    Welcome to “Le Bistrot” an enchanting Bistro part of wonderful listed building located in the Old Town of Edinburgh City Centre. We take pride in every event we hold and are delighted to have been awarded fantastic comments from guests on every occasion. We have a range of function hire options from a small private dinner to a canapés and drinks reception for larger parties. Get in touch to enquire about any meetings or events you're looking to arrange.

  • Area

    Edinburgh

  • Cross Street

    59-63 George IV Bridge EH1 1RF

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 944 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Afternoon Coffee

  • Edinburgh

    Afternoon Coffee

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  1. PA

    PatriciaA

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, food, service and ambiance excellent, such a wonderful experience
  2. PP

    PaulP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second visit in a week during the Festival Fringe. Delightful place with lovely lunch menu, perfect service, great ambience, and offering great value. Wine list is excellent - the Picpoul very pleasant. And the cakes...
  3. AM

    AlisonM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a fantastic lunch here with some friends. Food and atmosphere were both excellent. Definitely recommend.
  4. SM

    StuartM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived at 4pm and were looking for the lunch menu which has just finished however the maitre de allowed us to have the lunch menu which was fabulous
  5. MW

    MarkW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and lovely food, the staff greeted us and made us feel like we visited every day! Fantastic location, food and service!
  6. LK

    LiamK

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    This is the second time I have eaten here and as before the service and the food were excellent
  7. IW

    IanW

    Glasgow

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food, well priced, great location for Tattoo and Festival.
  8. C

    Carolyn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic tasty French food. Great service and good value.
  9. WS

    WendyS

    Edinburgh

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely staff. We both had moules frites - yummy! Quiet pre-fringe early supper. Would recommend this hidden gem.
  10. KG

    KGS59

    Angus

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Classic food in a classic setting. Relaxed atmosphere even as the streets outside teemed with Fringe frolics.
  11. MB

    MoiraB

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely restaurant nice decor. Great location too. Lunch menu very reasonable price. We enjoyed the experience. Just a little disappointed there were no desserts left at this late afternoon 4ish. Chose cakes instead. Not even ice cream on offer. Mostly good was delicious. Though mussels were actually very cool when delivered to table. Not something I’ve ever had but was reluctant to ask reheat All in all we enjoyed it and would certainly return
  12. FG

    FestivalGoer

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food4service4ambience4
    The set lunch menu is normally excellent value for money but prices have been put up because it's tourist season and portion sizes cut down. When you know what it's like normally it's disappointing to see the ripping off at festival time
  13. MM

    MichelleM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Unusually poor experience. We were a party of 3. Service was pleasant enough. No fish delivery on the day so no fish available which was ok as there was plenty of other choices. Starters ok, main course a real disappointment. Coq au vin in a French restaurant should have been good but unfortunately it was awful. The chicken was very tough and barely cooked had been cooked separately from the sauce. The mash totally “disintegrated “ we actually wondered if it was smash reconstructed dry potatoes??? Ordered cheese to finish for 2 of us the restaurant had run out of crackers, offered bread which was fine. Found 3 crackers between 2 one of which was halved or broken, no grapes, chutney . Not the good experience we expected and have enjoyed on other visits. Will not return sadly.
  14. AB

    AlisonB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lovely place for a celebration meal. Delicious food. Excellent service, pleasant and kind staff. The chef accommodated my daughter's simple taste and produced a suitable dish for her.
  15. MR

    MarianeR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always ! Pleasant, helpful and attentive staff
  16. LC

    LeonardoC

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good appetizers, good size portions, well prepared. Overall is a recomendation for a good value dinner.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Scot. Islands

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful place and great staff! Food was ok!
  18. W

    Whit

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Very nice, casual bistro with excellent food
  19. JM

    JayMR

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was excellent, & very good value. The environment was noisy making conversation difficult at times. But overall we enjoyed our visit.
  20. PT

    PeterT

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Lovely convenient venue, nice French ambience. Service polite and attentive. I had moules marinere; the mussels were good, but the frites weren't crisp and may have been cooked from frozen so not even up to McDonald's standards, never mind continental. My partner's chicken with mashed potato was more successful. The salmon that I saw on another diner's plate looked quite charred and dry. So overall it wasn't quite up to expectation, unfortunately.
  21. d

    daisy

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    All wait staff charming and moved me to a cooler location right away when I asked if there was any fans etc. Food took quite a while to arrive, and the signposting to the loos is not great, meaning the grumpy guy on reception is always having to point the way! More gluten free desserts (any in fact) would be nice. But a lovely location / intriguing building and nice staff.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful menu with good variety of mains. One of the best chicken dishes I’ve ever eaten! Lamb shank is large and tender. Lovely evening!
  23. GB

    GrahamB

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Le Bistro and it won’t be our last. The food was delicious, with an excellent menu. The service was very efficient and friendly and we were made to feel very welcome. Prices were very reasonable for such good food. We look forward to our next visit.
  24. JG

    JudithG

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a very pleasant way to enjoy wiling away Sunday lunch with friends tasting lovely food and drink
  25. M

    Mary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our server, good food, enjoyable experience.
  26. CB

    CarolB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful venue with friendly staff and excellent food
  27. B

    Babs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic welcome, excellent food and wine and really friendly efficient service. It was our first visit but it certainly not be our last. The menu was varied and interesting and the wine list was very good.
  28. WB

    WillemvandenBerg

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Hopefully the chef had a day off on July 20 2022, dishes were loveless. ‘Poulet aux Morilles’ is a misleading name for what was on my plate, after a while I discovered a fraction of a morille in the sauce.
  29. CM

    ChristineM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good service and food and a light and cheerful room but very hot and noisy.
  30. S

    Sungirl

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    I had the sun in my face for the whole of my dinner. This meant that I could hardly see my food. I wore sunglasses and sat to one side, to no avail. I started moving to sit on the other side of the table but stopped when I realised there was no room. I told the waitress I was uncomfortable with the sun but she made no attempt to do anything about it. When we left, I emphasised that it had been an unpleasant meal because of the sun blinding me, and that was why we couldn't stay for dessert, and she said I should have moved. Realising she'd been off-hand, she slipped us a couple of petit pans au chocolat with our receipt.
  31. MB

    MeganB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience4
    Nice vibe and great food, with authentic Frenchspirit
  32. B

    Bigfreeze

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Suggest only one piece of bread with croques. One of us had a quiche and crust was too hard. Staff very nice and accompanying salads good.
  33. NM

    NormaM

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Lovely authentic restaurant with great menu and very professional staff
  34. FG

    FrankG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Good food, reasonably priced in a central location. I always go back!
  35. JH

    JanetH

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and excellent food. I had the vegetarian haggis in filo pastry.
  36. TW

    TaraW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent fresh dishes, a true treat and exceptionally good value.
  37. JT

    JimT

    Cumbria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely venue. Staff engaging and courteous. Steaks were delicious. Food delivered to nearby tables looked equally good. Best Espresso Martini ever. Again, other cocktails nearby looked the business!
  38. IS

    IainS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent food in a lovely setting with friendly service - would definitely eat here again!
  39. PS

    PhilS

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very personal welcome back and superb service. Food is great and overall very good value. We just love it at Le Bistrot.
  40. J

    Jimh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant atmosphere - excellent choice on the lunch menu and wine was reasonably priced. The personnel were very professional and attentive. Will definitely be back. Jim and Alex (good friends)

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

Le Bistrot is rated 4.4 stars by 944 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 28 times today
Google Map for Le Bistrot

West Parliament Square, Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH1 1RF

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    59-63 George IV Bridge EH1 1RF

  • Area

    Edinburgh

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 10:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    French, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    0131 225 4021

  • Catering

    From informal to more formal events, Le Bistrot is able to cater to any type of request with the sweet touch of a French Patisserie!

  • Private party facilities

    Welcome to “Le Bistrot” an enchanting Bistro part of wonderful listed building located in the Old Town of Edinburgh City Centre. We take pride in every event we hold and are delighted to have been awarded fantastic comments from guests on every occasion. We have a range of function hire options from a small private dinner to a canapés and drinks reception for larger parties. Get in touch to enquire about any meetings or events you're looking to arrange.

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