Le Bistrot

4.5
535 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!

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 535 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
ambience
4.5
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Noise · Moderate
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ianh
London
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food very good as was service, excellent value for money.

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MichaelW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service as always. Amazing value hidden gem in the centre of the old town.

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clarem
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent choice of starters and main courses .
The seafood and lamb dishes selected by myself and my companions were delicious and beautifully cooked and presented .
I’ll certainly return soon

LC
LindaC
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Lunch was a bit stodgy and heavy, service slow at times

DL
DavidL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit following two nights before when we reserved during our first meal. As before everything was excellent. Could not be more pleased with both food and service.

MO
MarthaO
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff and food was lovely! We had an amazing evening

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A really nice meal and experience. Service was fabulous and they made my wife’s birthday very special. Highly recommended, thanks.

DL
DavidL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed so much that halfway through dinner we booked for dinner again two nights out.

RS
vipRobertS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent French menu, including small but exceptional wine list - all at great value. Exceeded expectations!

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Kate
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely throughout, fantastic food wine and service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was great but service was inattentive. Macaroons were great 👍

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, great friendly service. We’ll definitely return.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice spot good traditional French food

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Pranzo
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Incredibly poor service and mediocre food. Waiter forgot to bring the bottle of wine we ordered, entrees arrived and we had to actually get up from our table after waiting some time and track them down, at which point they had to come back and ask if we’d ordered wine and which bottle. At the end of the night had to do the same thing to get the check. Not recommended.

EL
ErinL
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and the waiting staff were very attentive. Excellent place!

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ians
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good food and service. A very convenient location in Edinburgh City centre. Good value for such fine French food

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LindaF
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, nice atmosphere, friendly staff. Always an enjoyable experience

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A super find. An enjoyable lunch.

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GeoffH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, excellent and welcoming service, perfect ambiance. Will certainly return. Highly recommended.

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Danalda
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a delicious meal, the mussels were especially fantastic.

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janeM
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An overall excellent meal and service. Top of my list of restaurants in Edinburgh

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Scotjocks
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice food, and excellent service. Background music a bit loud for me, but that's a grumpy old man talking!

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anaraouf
London
29 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Not authentic French cuisine. Café Rouge standard at best. OK if you don't have an alternative.

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LizC
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've previously had lunch here which was great so easy to decide to come for dinner. Again food was excellent with some great choices and the service was second to none. We will definitely return and let friends and family know what a lovely place this is. Thank you for a fabulous evening.

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ShirleyS
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Felt rushed, just begun our starters when the waiter brought the mains,
table was tiny.

MP
MarieP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely restaurant, full of character and atmosphere and located right in the heart of Edinburgh. Delicious food, friendly staff and authentic French menus. Highly recommended!

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SharonH
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Quite disappointed with the the experience
Food was quickly brought to table but yet unable to order extra drinks or desert staff busy maintaining other busy tables
Very crammed and noise

DM
DavidM
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The only thing missing in this excellent bistro was the aroma of Gauloise!

KK
KennethK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great ambience and staff are quietly professional and friendly. A great place to meet friends and enjoy a non-hurried lunch with well-prepared food bistro style. Every time I've gone to Le Bistrot it has never disappointed so well done, a pleasure to recommend here.

JH
JessieH
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Food was of average quality. Menu not overly French. Desserts were not homemade and rather cloying.

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DCFoodLoverCapitolHill
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just delicious food, from the olive tapenade to the scallops, caprese salad, to our mains of baked salmon and giant prawns over linguine, everything was perfect! We drank the beautiful house white wine and finished with a gorgeous, decadent chocolate dessert—perfect. The wait staff could not have been nicer or more charming!

JL
JonathanL
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, great service and the food was very good.

KB
KateB
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, fine building, friendly service, reasonable value for central Edinburgh.

DA
DavidA
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We certainly plan to go again. All 4 of us had two courses which were very enjoyable and the coffee was good.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall the experience was good apart from Open table missing leading direction for more than 30mins time wasted.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic hidden gem…best French food I’ve had in the city! The wine and cocktails were equally superb and staff was friendly and very helpful!

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AndyV
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was excellent, atmosphere was good, serving staff were attentive but not in our faces.

The booking was made more challenging because Google said they were closed. We showed this to the waiters for them to rectify.

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Jude
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good fresh food, great staff, good atmosphere. Always reliable

CL
ChLP
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food great.
Service great
Prices good value for money.
Staff excellent.
3 people at 2 round tables a tiny bit awkward but understandable.
Acoustics of place make for quite an echo and noise. Conversation quite difficult. Background music fine and of a suitable volume but just get a longer playlist.

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IanF
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service was first class and just a great place top eat

FAQs

Le Bistrot is rated 4.5 stars by 535 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.