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Le Bistrot, Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Le Bistrot

4.5
4.5
1620 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 19 times today
Experiences are available.

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

Experiences

  • Itison lunch offer £30

    3 Jan - 30 Mar 2024
    Available Monday-Saturday 12pm until 3pm from 3rd January until 30th March 2024. Please make sure you bring your voucher with you. This is deal is only available through itison. See website for t's and c's.
  • Itison offer Voucher £50/£75

    3 Jan - 30 Mar 2024
    Available Monday-Thursdays 12-8pm Friday and Saturday 12-2pm from 3rd January until 30th March 2024. Please make sure you bring your voucher with you. This is deal is only available through itison. See website for t's and c's.

What 1,620 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Good for business meals

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Good for business meals

  • Edinburgh

    Good for business meals

  • Edinburgh

    Good for business meals

1,620 Reviews
  1. RichardC

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We have often walked past Le Bistrot and were curious as to how the food would be as it is contained within the French Institute. It didn't disappoint with a typical French lunch menu. The food was good and the portions generous providing excellent value for money. The ambience was typically French and it was pleasantly full with an interesting young/old demographic mix. Looking forward to an excuse to go again.

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  2. ChristinaB

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place . Could do with some more mains choice for veggies

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  3. RodB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience food delicious and service unhurried which was really nice.

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  4. CalamStandes

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excleent and good value. Staff were friendly and attentive.

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  5. MacG

    Perthshire

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed an excellent lunch, food, wine and service were superb. There was a great ambience and very friendly service. Highly recommend

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  6. HectorBC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Classic French cuisine in central location. It was quiet on a Wednesday evening in February and the staff were excellent. A good selection of wines. Delicious prawn and seabass starters, excellent lamb main course but disappointing lemon tart for desert. Would recommend it and will be back.

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  7. AudiVisual

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, authentic French cuisine at an affordable price. The lunch menu is excellent value and the food well cooked and presented.

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  8. JoshI

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic restaurant in the heart of Edinburghs old town. The ambience and decor were great, simply a treat to eat such delicious food surrounded by such a lovely atmosphere. Service was excellent, staff were attentive and clearly enjoying their work. Will be back ASAP. Don’t miss out!

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  9. YvonneK

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food and very good value for money Came for lunch

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  10. BruceL

    Angus

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent position within walking distance of Waverley Station, very good value

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  11. SH59

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious meal and good menu. Helpful pleasant team. Nice relaxed ambience. Short walk from Le Bistrot to the Royal Festival Theatre. Will be back!

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  12. FraserW

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent, very pleased with our visit to this lovely Bistro.

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  13. Babs

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been to this restaurant few times and always enjoyed the atmosphere service and food. Our main course yesterday (beef stew) was a bit disappointing as the meat was a bit dry and the sauce overly sweet. There were only a few carrots and two very small potatoes in with sauce. On the whole we all enjoyed our lunch

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  14. KennyM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good French food in a nice little restaurant located at the French consulate in Edinburgh. Very elegant with nice staff.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    simple, hearty and delicious food .. and superb value for money …

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  16. EileenS

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The lunch menu was great - loved everything we chose. Staff were efficient and friendly. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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  17. Janette

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful French restaurant. Second visit and again did not disappoint! The food is delicious, the service is excellent and the staff are all very friendly! Have recommended to family & friends & will definitely return!

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  18. jennyK

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a late lunch from the set menu, having received a voucher for Christmas. The menu was lovely with lots of choice and really good portions. We struggled to eat 3 courses but managed!

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  19. Hector

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very enjoyable and definitely go again. Excellent freshly cooked meal, beautiful fish.

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  20. AndrewP

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Have been here a few times . V good especially on. Scotland / France Rugby weekend. Great service, not fussy, delicious food - what more do you want ?

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  21. RhodaT

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good choice on menu and excellent value. Enjoyable experience

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  22. CathieW

    Edinburgh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely meal and always enjoy our visits. When we arrived notice advised their card machine was not working. We had to walk down the High Street to North Bridge to get a cash machine. It is opposite traffic lights and hidden a bit by scaffolding. Warning just in case. It was a very cold day. Staff were full of apologies.

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  23. LindaA

    Glasgow

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit here and lovely ambiance combined with great service, tasty menu with lots of gluten free options. Some wines were out of stock but the one we chose was superb. All in all a great place to enjoy a lovely French meal.

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  24. KathJ

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Exceptional food , good service , good value , lovely setting , 9/10

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  25. JaneR

    Edinburgh

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice food and service as always! Always enjoy the charcuterie starter.

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  26. Pauline

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Would recommend, especially after a film upstairs in the French Institute.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The atmosphere was lovely, but the food disappointing. The Salad Niçoise had no tuna, green beans or tomatoes in it. The fish main course was quite tasty, but the vegetables with it were extremely meagre, and the cauliflower purée nonexistent. By contrast, the serving of beef ragout was oversized and came with no vegetables at all. Altogether, the standard fell well below what we had expected of French cuisine. Finally, we had mentioned on the booking form that we were there to celebrate a birthday, but there was no acknowledgment of this.

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  28. PaulineW

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic venue, excellent staff and good food all with a sophisticated French touch

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  29. Hightide10

    Edinburgh

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service - good menu - reasonably priced

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  30. sarahf

    Perthshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant with fantastic food at good prices. Friendly efficient staff. We shall definitely be coming back for more!

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  31. AlanM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals I've had in 10 years of dining out in Edinburgh!

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  32. John

    Edinburgh

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This place used to be great value but the portions now seem poor and the prices high. The wine, especially, is vastly overpriced. Atmosphere is good. All in all I think it will be a while before I return.

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  33. AnneR

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, good sized portions and friendly service. I’ve been many times and will keep going back.

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  34. ChristineT

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful food, amazing staff and lovely atmosphere. We will definitely be back!!

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  35. ConnieCP

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Small interesting delicious but unpretentious menu. Sensible portions. Good wine. Charming ambiance and friendly service.

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  36. SCOTTISHHILLWALKER60

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Not many guests on a wild January Sunday early teatime, so unsurprisingly not much atmosphere. We both chose dishes at the cheaper end of the menu and had a bottle of wine at the lower end of what was available, and the dishes and wine were perfectly acceptable but nothing special for a bill totalling £120. This was for starters and mains, no desserts. Seems quite expensive, or maybe I am out of touch.

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  37. MarianD

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, good value for money. Would have liked more vegetables with main course.

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  38. stewag

    London

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Quiet Wednesday and our booking brought forward as kitchen HADRo close. Food good but no offer of dessert!

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  39. FerranV

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, and better service. To make the experience better we got an extra dessert on the house.

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  40. Ruth

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit here. Would definitely go back. Such good value.

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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 4.5 stars by 1620 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 19 times today
Experiences are available.
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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