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The Blackbird, Edinburgh,

The Blackbird

4.5
4.5
298 Reviews
£25 and under
Contemporary British
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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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–00:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–01:00
  • Phone number
    0131 228 2280
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Simon Upcraft
  • Area
    Tollcross/Fountain Bridge
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    10 second walk from closest bus stop on Leven Street. Bus number: 11, 15, 16, 23, 36, 45, 101, 102, N11, N16.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • A Table for drinks

    Multiple dates available
    A Table for drinks only
  • A Table for Food

    Multiple dates available
    A Table for food

What 298 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
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Best Ambience

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Best Value

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Edinburgh

    Best Ambience

  • Edinburgh

    Best Value

  • Edinburgh

    Neighbourhood gem

298 Reviews
  1. Junie

    Edinburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great, friendly staff on a busy rugby day. Tasty menu with good gluten free options. Couple more outdoor heaters and it would be perfect!

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  2. KatherineE

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous service and amazing cocktails. Great atmosphere.

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  3. LH12

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The area we were seated was too cramped. I had to squash myself in to let an elderly lady move her chair out from her table. The area we were sat was too loud for dinner. We asked for the bill twice before being given it and then I was accidentally charged more than required.

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  4. LindaF

    Edinburgh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice cosy dining area. Lovely staff and great burgers!

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  5. MelP

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely loved our trip to the blackbird. I had the chicken burger and my husband the gluten free Philly steak burger. Absolutely delicious. Especially the gluten free burger. We went with an itison voucher so the value was incredible although even without the voucher it was well priced. The girl who served us was lovely and food was served in perfect time. Delighted and will definitely be back.

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  6. Caz9

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous burgers , we all had different ones and we all loved them ! Service was excellent and when we asked if the music could be turned down a little it was done immediately . I’ll definitely be back :)

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  7. FionaH

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Compact menu, service efficient, cosy and busy fir mid week.

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  8. MssD

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was below par. Having tried in the summer the food was amazing. Crispy fish goujons with pineapple relish. This visit in Feb the fish seemed like it had been frozen, batter was soggy and lumpy. No relish. Very disappointing. Smothered in mayo and siracha. Chips were laden in salt. Poor. Wouldn't recommend this visit

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  9. GordonW

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time in this bar. Great atmosphere. Good selection of drinks and food. Will definitely be back.

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  10. Soames

    Edinburgh

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Cosy little pub. Burgers are very good. Can be a bit noisy

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  11. MICHELLEM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food, great location & super staff, would defo recommend.

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  12. Ashley

    Denver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this space and had amazingly kind and attentive staff. Enjoyed getting to visit, however the drink prices are a bit high for a neighborhood spot. Was hoping to make it more of a weekly regular spot, but with the drink prices, will have to save for more special occasions.

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  13. CharlieY

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Only disappointment was no desserts or coffee available to allow us to continue to enjoy our experience

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  14. Uberpiglette

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a pleasant lunch here: plenty of healthy options for vegetarians and carnivores alike.

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  15. SandraC

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very friendly staff. Cosy environment. Great food and good value

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  16. CatherineO

    West Lothian

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food. Huge portions. Great venue for money. Friendly helpful staff. Good location

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  17. TomS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were great. Music was good but a tiny bit loud for me.

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  18. CherylM

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere to catch up with friends. Staff went out of their way to meet table request.

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  19. Sally

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff, great atmosphere! We were a large group, they made a big effort to get us seated and always had our drinks topped up!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great neighbourhood bar, friendly service, good drinks and food at sensible prices!

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  21. AlisonY

    Perthshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly, attentive staff with a relaxed demeanour.

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  22. MartinC

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 23 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went on. Thursday lunchtime on an Itison voucher. Food was excellent and service perfect, just a pity it was so quiet. Would definitely go again

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  23. JudeM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the ambience with good food and drink to match!

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  24. kateD

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had delicious burgers with cheese and bacon in a tasty rolls. The decor was attractive an a bit quirky. Good selection of alchol free drinks - (it was lunchtime!) The blackbird was welcoming to our dogs too. We will be back 0 would huighly recommend.

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  25. LJPalmer

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice bar, fantastic service. Great selection of Beers, Ales, Whisky, and Cocktails. Good value as well.

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  26. JCH1970

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 8 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Good atmosphere as always but service (food and drinks at our table) was very slow, we had to get up and go to the bar to get additional drinks.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely staff and a great meal. Cocktails look amazing!

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  28. 8thtriumph

    Perthshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 31 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had 2 great burgers , beef and chicken both tasted excellent

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  29. IreneG

    Glasgow

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very delightful experience, great food, service and atmosphere. Staff very helpful on phone plus at Blackbird itself.

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  30. LinseyB

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Burger was huge, maybe a little too big as was so difficult to eat, was tasty non the less. Great service

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  31. CatherineO

    West Lothian

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious burgers with side of fries. Good location with easy access to public transport.

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  32. CeeCee

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I ordered the JA salad - bland and watery. Also had the chipotle fries - no different to ordinary fries apart from the price. Padron peppers were nice. Hummus with Mexican fruit? It was melon and it didn’t work in our opinion - each to their own though.

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  33. Tonra

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Huge gf burger, lovely slaw, big portions but fries not gf as cooked in cross contaminated oil 😔 and more importantly no desserts 😫 not even ICE CREAM 🍨 Did have a lovely coffee and the staff were the friendliest so will be returning.

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  34. AidanM

    Newcastle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent attentive service, sadly let down by the quality of the food.

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  35. PeterW

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The burgers in the Blackbird must be the biggest and tastiest in Edinburgh - an absolute sensation! Combined with excellent service this is definitely a place to return to .

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  36. StewartM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely quirky bar/bistro. Really interesting menu and super food. The Crispy Fish was different and delicious! Can also recommend the cocktail selection 😊 will definitely be back!

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  37. MichaelS

    Qatar

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s been a while since we’ve sat outside and we really liked the ambience!

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  38. AnnetteK

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Burgers were excellent. We had two different ones and loved the taste and texture of both. No sides come with the burgers so was glad we ordered extra fries-this would have made the meal expensive so was glad we had purchased vouchers to use. Would definitely go again with the vouchers.

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  39. StevenH

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place although unlucky enough to be seated outside beside a table of heavy smokers / vapers and legal or not, the space is a bit to enclosed for that to be pleasant. Still, they moved and it was a very nice evening. Staff were pleasant and attentive, offering quick service. Would happily go back and recommend, especially if the weather allows sitting outside.

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  40. RosieB

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food and reasonably priced, nice outside area as well

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

The Blackbird is rated 4.5 stars by 298 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 4 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Blackbird

37-39 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LH

Additional information

  • Area
    Tollcross/Fountain Bridge
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–00:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–01:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    10 second walk from closest bus stop on Leven Street. Bus number: 11, 15, 16, 23, 36, 45, 101, 102, N11, N16.
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Simon Upcraft
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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