The Blackbird

4.0
31 reviews
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£25 and under
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Contemporary British
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fun
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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DJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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.

l
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

G
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

J
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

PA
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

MT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JO
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

EO
Edinburgh
33 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

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.

HD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

SF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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!

EG
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for breakfast here and the food was great. The actual place itself is a lovely atmosphere and the staff are super friendly. Will definitely be coming back!

E
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Took an hour for the food to be served and the only excuse was that there was a party of 6 that had come in prior to us. Sorry but if you can’t handle that then don’t have food on your menus. Food was good but were then rushed to eat it as we had a show to go and see. Oh and it was freezing cold.

KR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Wedged into a window seat metal stool at a high table with a bunch of lads drinking behind us. My face was practically in my food asxthe stool was too low and couldn’t hear my partner for the noise.
We waited almost an hour for our food which was nice when it came. Waitress was lovely but we had to ask for drinks and then chase the bill to catch our show.

AM
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We arrived a bit earlier than booked. Table was ready and seated immediately. Wait staff extremely friendly, nothing too much bother. Would return if in the area for theatre etc.

MR
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My daughter had the beef rib, croquette and polenta mash and said it was absolutely delicious. I had sea bass which had been cooked just to my liking and the linguine was extremely tasty. However, since the fish should have been the main item on the plate, I felt that one small fillet of fish, cut in two, was a bit stingy. This made my dish pasta with fish instead of the other way round.

SA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Limited vegan options and some plates really basic/small. But fun and friendly atmosphere.

RA
Glasgow
8 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just perfect - great service, & served quickly. Glad I booked it as it was busy. So flexible when we realised we’d be 15mins later than expected. Highly recommend.

AB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Too noisy, very average food with little apparent effort in the preparation.

MO
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and fabulous cocktails. Perfect for a Saturday night. Staff were lovely also

j
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service very slow, drinks took a while to arrive, food didn't arrive together so one person ahd to wait for theirs. Not very impressed tbh

F
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was average but seating uncomfortable tables too high for the stools and people just drinking allowed to sit at proper tables whilst those eating had to squeeze on to tiny high up tables.

TM
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and drink was very good, service quick until it got really busy and it slowed up a bit. Its a little cramped, tables very close together

H
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Friendly service but a long wait for food (45mins for savoury waffles!). It was festival time so they were busy, but for pre-theatre food (our table was 630) it’s the service should be faster. Waffles were ok but overcooked. Tips go to the staff.

E
London
175 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food fine but nothing special. Friendly waitresses, but unfortunately very slow, which is frustrating when you've got something else to go to afterwards. Handy for the Kings Theatre.

SL
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, friendly service, lively atmosphere. Highly recommended.

MS
Scot. Islands
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would definitely return here for brunch. Very enjoyable and well cooked. A delight. It was quiet early on a Sunday morning so perfect

SF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited before going to the kings theatre and had an early dinner. The place has a good atmosphere. There is plenty choice on the menu and it’s all reasonably priced. Staff friendly and attentive

D
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Plain awe full service. We made a reservation through open table and stood at the door for 10 minutes with no one noticing us. Finally we sat down but saw no servers. I went to the busy bar where one bartender was mixing up 12 ingredients cocktails one by one. Finally we got the managers attention and he personally served us. The food was actually pretty good but until they work out the wait staff I would avoid it.