The Blackbird

4.4
58 reviews
£25 and under
Contemporary British

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The Blackbird Bar and Restaurant, at 37-39 Leven Street in the Bruntsfield area of south-west Edinburgh, serves modern Scottish cuisine. It is located close to The Meadows public park, less than 10 minutes by car or taxi from Waverley and Haymarket Railway Stations; Edinburgh Castle and the city centre are around 20 minutes' walk away. The exposed stone walls of its traditional, tavern-like interior give it an authentically Scottish atmosphere and it also has a beer garden in which to enjoy an al fresco drink or bite to eat in the warmer summer months. The Blackbird’s menu is composed of gourmet burgers, fresh fish of the day, hearty soups and sumptuous salads, to be accompanied by something from the drinks menu – a glass of craft beer, premium ale or fine wine, perhaps – organic teas and coffees are also available.
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AlikiC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Blackbird was closed although we got a confirmation email that our table was reserved and waiting for us. You would not have it on the booking system while it's closed.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We booked a family lunch on 23rd December - confirmation emails received - turned up and doors locked! Hugely disappointing and no apology received...

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Keith
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Reading the menu, I was looking forward to the food, but the execution was awful. The chicken wings had hardly any meat and were burnt to the point they were chewy. There was hardly any sauce. The fries were the cheap type which are basically just hollow with not much potato. The burgers were ok, but the Buffalo burger never had all the ingredients on it. So many better places doing similar food, so unlikely to recommend.

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ChristopherK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have been here a number of times for lunch. Really good all round

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KevinC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, great value, will be recommending to mates for sure

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SheilaT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Fascinating place.Outside &inside attractive decor.Delightful staff.
Can't recall the music.Very handy for buses cinema,theatre,charity shops.Toilets worth a visit.Would try again but not a burger.Like that it's dog friendly.

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Nicolaaa
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love the Blackbird. The staff are the loveliest and give you just the right amount of attention. The garden is beautiful. Food great, beer great. Everything you want, really!

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vipsally
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

On a previous visit had good food, this time it was pretty awful and wouldn't go back again. Very limited menu - all very much unhealthy fried food. I had a chicken caesar salad and the chicken was tough, fried and inedible.

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Holly
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I cane in for drinks only on a Saturday afternoon. The welcome was lovely and warm and the staff were great throughout! :) Really lovely, high quality cocktails and beers on offer and we were served very quickly. The inside of the bar is gorgeous and had a relaxed atmosphere. We were sad we didn’t have more time there but will definitely be back soon!

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Sharon
Edinburgh
8 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food, service a little slow but would def go again

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ElaineC
Aberdeen
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely afternoon. Yummy food x

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Friendly service.
Chicken burger and chips were only luke warm which was disappointing.

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JojoR
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food & service provided by friendly staff following the guidelines by wearing masks etc. Ended up in their beer garden as it was such a beautiful day. Would definitely visit again next time visiting our daughter in Edinburgh

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RachelL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

The bar was OK, brought down by the service - guy behind the bar was just weirdly rude!

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GordonH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful great service even while obeying social distancing measurws

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RachaelM
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall we had a lovely evening but I was s bit disappointed that we were being asked to vacate our table after an hour and a half. As it was we were leaving to see a show but had we wanted a second course we wouldn't have had time. There was no offer of the menu back for dessert and it had not been mentioned at time of booking or as we sat we would only have it for that time.I would expect to have a table for a minimum of two hours.

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Steels
Edinburgh
11 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice place friendly staff. Food was not great and dining area quite noisy. As a pre theatre eatery it was ok. Would go back for drink as it has atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our table was in a very dark alcove. Chicken was very dry.

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KirstyM
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

This was a lovely setting and close to the King's Theatre, which was perfect for our needs the day we went. The service was outstanding - really customer focussed and considerate. The food was good, though we felt that some of the dishes lacked a little flavour or the right balance of flavour for us. For example the chicken and potato dish - the potatoes were very tasty, but the chicken itself was a little bland. I would go back for the location, service and ambiance. And if the balance of flavour in the dishes was looked at, then I would be scoring it 5+.

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MarionI
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The service here is good- however the food isnt! Rather pricey for what you get and not that tasty!

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VickiS
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails excellent - went down very easily. Range of food very good - something for everyone, in my opinion. Not too quiet, but not too noisy. Grown up - no kids. Very enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Not particularly child friendly. A bit dark. On the occasion we were there they were very short staffed and service was very slow.

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LyndaW
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I would recommend to book and if like myself it was for a meal before a show at Kings Theatre, give yourself plenty of time to get foor and eat it as from ordering food to receiving it was about 45 minutes. They weren’t overly busy and only opened at time of our booking. We weren’t too bothered as had given ourselves 2 hours for a leisurely lunch but others coming in after us were getting concerned.
I would also note that not the best for young children as there’s not much choice for food for them unless they are adventurous eaters!
Lovely atmosphere and food though!

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Tonra
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit. A lot busier as prepantomime, so all tables booked up. Thoroughly enjoyed the GlutenFree choices. Ginger beer chicken was delicious followed by orange cheese cake mousse. Friendly and welcoming staff. Will definitely be back guys. Thank you.

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DuncanG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Although the food was ok, the service was good and friendly but the background music and general acoustics prevented relaxed conversations in my opinion.

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Dorothy
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent, was very noisy but I guess thats the time of year. It was not very warm in the restaurant.

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KathyW
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had an enjoyable pre-theatre dinner here. Service was excellent and food was hot.

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DorothyJ
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Would recommend because usually lovely. However, our visit on Saturday was disappointing. I had the duck. Nothing on menu clearly indicated it was a sort of broth. My friend had the ginger beer chicken advertised on menu as served with spiced potatoes. Was served on a bed of chips! Apparently they had run out of spiced potatoes. Waitress told us that this should have been pointed out when we ordered. Service was very slow - we waited 45 minutes for order to arrive - and we would have complained when served but we were running out of time because we had a show to go to so no time to delay further. Disappointing experience.

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linday
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Would have been perfect if we hadn't had to wait just a bit too long for our food to come.. but will definitely be back.. great wee place and food was lovely.

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Gemma
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Breakfast was reasonable value with espresso coffee included in the £11 charge. I would have liked a better quality sausage and nicer bread to match the other ingredients but the rest was good.

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Jools
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a seat near the back door which was a bit cool due to the weather that day. Also the plant behind our table was a nuisance as it hung directly into the seating area.

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PaulineA
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely staff, lovely food. was very loud but that was because the rugby was on but the staff gave us a table away at the back so we weren't disturbed too much.

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MissT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice pub! Great atmosphere, tasty food and amazing service. Highly recommended!

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vipCiaraH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and lovely friendly staff. Would highly recommend and will defo be back next time we’re in Edinburgh.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely evening - casual but very tasty food - attentive staff and relaxed atmosphere - perfect as the snow fell outside!

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JackieO
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Hi great place for a drink and catch up with friends. The food was just average and a wee bit on the expensive side for what you got. Def go back for drinks but not to eat. Bar staff were very friendly and happy.

JM
JennyM
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, good food, relaxed atmosphere. Great bar for all ages.

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EatingOutFan
Edinburgh
35 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Disappointing experience overall on Hogmanay afternoon. Prebooked table but still took more than 1 hour 30 minutes for one course to be served, and not advised until this point that table would need to be vacated for restaurant to be set up for Hogmanay guests. Very little service throughout. Won’t be returning.

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HappyDiner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely fresh tasting food which was nicely presented and good flavour combos

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SusanF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We visit before attending shows at the playhouse and always receive outstanding service. The staff are friendly and there’s a lovely relaxed atmosphere. I recently took my mum who is 88 before attending the pantomime and we loved it. The food is great but please bring back the crab cakes on the menu!

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The Blackbird is rated 4.4 stars by 58 OpenTable diners.

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