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Le Bistrot, Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Le Bistrot

4.5
4.5
1697 Reviews
£25 and under
French
  • Charming
  • Good for special occasions
  • Neighbourhood gem
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 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • 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

What 1,697 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Good for business meals

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Good for business meals

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Great for fine wines

  • Edinburgh

    Good for business meals

  • Edinburgh

    Good for business meals

  • Edinburgh

    Great for fine wines

1,697 Reviews
  1. Conor

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We went for Sunday lunch. The menu contained some French favourites but is relatively limited. I had the Nicoise salad which was 'ok' - had been taken from the fridge rather than freshly prepared. My partner had a terrine which was instead a pate - it was definitely NOT a terrine. For main course, I had coq au vin which was warm (not hot), the chicken was dry, there was minimal accompaniment (a few slides of carrots and muschrooms) and the potato foam was tasteless and left a bad aftertaste of something akin to cornflour. My partner had the Sea bream fillet which was overcooked and dry. Again the accompaniments were overcoooked and lacked flavour. The place was empty, and the manager was sitting at a table in the corner chatting to one of the waitresses for most of the time we were eating. We did say (not asked - we volunteered) that the food was extremely disappointing, and when our waitress was able to divert the manager away from his conversation with the other waitress, he gave us a discount which was welcome. It is a great location but, on a busy Sunday in the capital, was empty - which says a lot. To improve - the food needs to be at french standard and not reheated tasteless and frankly overpriced for what you get.

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    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food (all 3 courses) and attentive, friendly service. Very good value. Definitely recommended.

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  3. IanG

    Edinburgh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All round wonderful evening, great food great service great wine

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Le Bistrot is an outstanding place to have a lunch or dinner. Food is delicious, staff is friendly, welcoming and helpful. I always enjoy when I visit Le Bistrot so I highly recommend it!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, served with an authentic service that is so rarely found in big cities.

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  6. Kazza

    Edinburgh

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    All round lovely experience!! Great food, service & atmosphere - all at a reasonable price. Would highly recommend.

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  7. ChrisChad

    Manchester

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal in a very interesting building with exhibition about France. Great service and food all very French

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food, great service. Will certainly eat there again.

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  9. Joseph

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I am a fan of Le Bistrot as a result of previous visits however on this occasion my enthusiasm was subdued. Although I particularly enjoyed the fresh anchovies, the Niciose Salad dressing let down this compelling mixture of ingredients. The portion size of Sea Bass was modest but in other respects the main course was the best course. The filling of the tart au citron with merangue was more akin to lemon curd than what one would normally expect. A chisel would have been useful to break/eat the pastry base. The service was prompt and attentive but the noise in the restaurant from the simple conservations of other guests was intrusive. Perhaps some measures might be considered to improve the acoustics. I think that the emphasis on quality may have been let slip but with some work and attention quality food at Le Bistrot could be regained.

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  10. RobertH

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Le Bistrot is a wonderful, small bistro on the Royal mile, inside the French Consulate. The food was excellent (not "tourist food"), and the staff was very personable and attentive.

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FAQs

Le Bistrot is rated 4.5 stars by 1697 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 12 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
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • 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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