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Le Bistrot, Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Le Bistrot

4.5
4.5
1642 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 13 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 - 29 Jun 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 - 29 Jun 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 1,642 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

NoiseModerate

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

1,642 Reviews
  1. Teresaruth

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely ambience and attentive service, very enjoyable

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  2. GerryG

    Edinburgh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have visited Le Bistrot a few times and will go again. The food is excellent, the atmosphere is great and the staff are wonderful. Good portions with a reasonable menu. The ragout was super.

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  3. Neci

    Jacksonville

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our second time here and it didn’t disappoint. The service was very good and excellent food.

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  4. DouglasR

    Edinburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My first time visiting this unique restaurant. I was following a recommendation for lunch and was not disappointed. An imposing building on the corner of High Street and George 4th bridge houses an elegant restaurant with a distinct French atmosphere and menu choices. Great value and perfectly cooked food served by professional and friendly staff. Well worth seeking out.

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  5. AnneG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic lunch, great service, beautiful restaurant. Will be back soon!

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  6. Neci

    Jacksonville

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The duck was excellent along with the stew. We are going back a second time!!

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  7. Verna

    Perthshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food, drink, service and ambience. Will definitely return

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  8. MaryF

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely pre-theatre dinner for 4. Great service accompanied by outstanding food in a lovely setting. The location is ideal if in the Royal Mile area.

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  9. MikeP

    Argyll

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As expected and as I recall a typically French restaurant

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  10. Brian

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food. Lovely atmosphere. Not rushed.

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  11. JohnS

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was superb and very French. The staff were both friendly and efficient. We couldn’t have asked for better.

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  12. ClareL

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly and professional service and delicious food.

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  13. JaneR

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super lunch . Cream of onion soup was very tasty and there was plenty of it . Moules were plump and juicy cooked in a gorgeous wine sauce . Very reasonable at £19.95 . Service was unobtrusive and friendly . Restaurant was busy but not noisy and tables were placed well enough to give some privacy . Highly recommend .

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  14. RussellB

    Edinburgh

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always lovely here. The food was perfect and the service amazing. Also the atmosphere is welcoming and comfortable

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  15. AndrewH

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pleasant bistro. Unpretentious. Handy central location.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice ambience. The food was good as well, and the service was excellent.

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  17. AvrilF

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good authentic French cooking in very nice atmosphere.

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  18. Stan

    Demoland (UK)

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Must have walked past this place 100 times and didn't realise it had a restaurant. Lovely food and great value.

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  19. Melrosian

    Edinburgh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 14 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent hummus starter, vegetarian risotto was very good (not too much), lamb shank confit was very good (big portion). Bottle of house red very acceptable.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Aberdeen

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were friendly and the atmosphere was nice, as was the decor. The food was really nice. Especially the 600g T-bone Steak. The desserts are nice, but on the small size. The only criticism I would give is that while the staff are great, they leave you alone too much. We had to eventually ask for the Sweet menu's and another drink, which unfortunately meant we missed our train. To be honest, it was worth missing the train for. We are looking forward to our next visit of many to come.

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  21. Shepe34

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 6 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely relaxing lunch. The food was very good and the staff were very friendly and helpful.

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  22. JoanM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great eating experience at Le Bistrot. Also we could hear each other speak. A great bonus. Very efficient waiting staff and the meal was very good.

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  23. RichardC

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 February 2024

    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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  24. ChristinaB

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    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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  25. RodB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    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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  26. CalamStandes

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    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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  27. MacG

    Perthshire

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    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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  28. 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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  29. AudioVisual

    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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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FAQs

Le Bistrot is rated 4.5 stars by 1642 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

19:00


Booked 13 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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