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Le Bistrot

4.3
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168 reviews
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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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 168 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TomD
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent well presented and plentiful. Ambiance was perfect with soft lighting and lovely relaxing music. Service was top class and provided by two friendly male waiters. We will definitely be back.

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Jane
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was presented well and beautifully cooked. Very tasty

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DianaV
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This has always been a special place to eat and still is. The mussels are delicious and servings are generous. Go regardless - you’ll not be disappointed - it’s on the Royal Mile after all . They have gone to great lengths to signpost one way systems and the tables are well spaced and everything is clean. The staff deserve our support. They work hard, are attentive and polite and should be supported and looked after in these unprecedented times.

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AndrewM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time in this french restaurant and it will definitely wont be our last the food was delicious and plentiful the service was first class cannot wait to revisit the next time we are In Edinburgh

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SuzanneG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food and very traditional feeling! Service was excellent too.

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TomM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff and excellent food. We'll be back.

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TammyK
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The restaurant was very accommodating for gluten free dairy free. Lovely food. We will come back.

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AlanS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Handy location, good service, only downsides were excessive portion size for our needs
(a problem with most restaurants), fillet steak cooked medium rare than medium.
So about a third of our mains were left, which dilutes the value.
The option of smaller portions at lower prices is something every restaurant should consider introducing.
'One size fits all' portion policy should be outlawed. Our society's obesity problem has causes, and restaurants need to 'step up to the plate'! And adapt.....

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ElaineA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service . Always made to feel special . Fantastic atmosphere and the food is so beautifully presented with generous portions and so tasty. My friends who hadn’t been before were so impressed .

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AndyM
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time we had been to this restaurant. Food and service was excellent. Will definitely come back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A warm welcome, lovely atmosphere and delicious food.

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LynziL
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful food and wine! In fact, we were selecting what to try the next time we book a table as there were so many great dishes to choose from. Our service was a little slow, with other tables being served before us, however, this could be because we were chatting and not paying attention. We had an event to attend afterwards and as our main course didn't arrive until 20 mins before we were due to leave, it left us a bit rushed in the end. I would not fault the staff on this, as they were all very nice and we should have brought it to their attention. We will certainly be eating here again!

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MikeH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Group of 7 and all of us want to return. Great food, atmosphere and staff.

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HungryHugh
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food excellent wine a perfect lunch

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KarenA
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five of us went for my Aunts birthday from start to finish everything was superb. First of all the staff were first class which is a rarity these days , then what can i say about the food the quality and varied menu is second to none, if we stayed in Edinburgh we certainly would be there on a regular basis. We would recommend 100% .

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MartinR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have now been here twice, each time it gets better.
The latter being the seafood night and jazz (In the background so very pleasant and not overpowering the conversation which makes a change).
You can not fail to enjoy both the food and the service by everyone.
I have already recommended this place to several friends.
First Class

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Ash12
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

A good relaxed atmosphere and excellent food. The service was a bit lacking though - we weren't offered a drink when we arrived, and had to go to the bar to ask. After the main course had been cleared, we weren't offered the dessert menu or whether we wanted coffee.

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JoanC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
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.

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Mags
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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EllaR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
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!!

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ElizabethB
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service

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Antonette
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.

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ElizabethS
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.

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BP74
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

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

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ChristieM
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.

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NickG
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!!

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RubyT
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!

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Littlenose
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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AnnetteW
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 .

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AndyC
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.

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NicoR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

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MoragG
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

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HilaryW
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.

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DawnA
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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Janet
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!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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Sillysal60
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.

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neilr
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.

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JohnH
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.

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Le Bistrot is rated 4.3 stars by 168 OpenTable diners.

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