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The Blackbird

4.5
4.5
77 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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Booked 15 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British

  • Hours of Operation

    Sat, Sun 12:00–22:00
    Sat, Sun 10:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    0131 228 2280

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Simon Upcraft

  • Area

    Tollcross/Fountain Bridge

  • Public Transit

    10 second walk from closest bus stop on Leven Street. Bus number: 11, 15, 16, 23, 36, 45, 101, 102, N11, N16.

  • Entertainment

    null

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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
    • Contact tracing information collected

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What 77 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Best Ambience

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Brunch

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Healthy

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Lunch

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Outdoor Eating

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Good Vegetarian Options

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Edinburgh

    Best Ambience

  • Edinburgh

    Brunch

  • Edinburgh

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Edinburgh

    Healthy

  • Edinburgh

    Lunch

  • Edinburgh

    Outdoor Eating

  • Edinburgh

    Good Vegetarian Options

  • Edinburgh

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. TM

    TarkaM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    We had a nice breakfast here. The food was tasty but the Eggs Benedict could have benefitted from a small garnish to add colour. The server was pleasant but service was very slow. I waited 15 minutes for a simple coffee.

  2. PT

    PeterT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Very nice restaurant and good place to bring dogs!

  3. SR

    SammyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brilliant food , lovely atmosphere , friendly staff, quick service. Would highly recommend

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 September 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Lovely outdoor space. Most of the dishes met expectations but one burger was really dry.

  5. RA

    RAB5

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    The burgers looked good but the halloumi and tomato salad was basically just a bowl of tomatoes and a bit of halloumi. Had to add salt and pepper to give it much taste. Disappointing and expensive for what it was.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 September 2021

    overall2food1service1ambience1

    Nice venue spoilt by terrible service

  7. RM

    RussM15

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 September 2021

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    Bar food at best!! Not a quality restaurant but reasonably priced.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 September 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    The menu didn’t match what was provided on OpenTable so it was a bit of a let down.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was outstanding. The girls were so lovely and we had such a good laugh with them

  10. AH

    AmandaH

    Edinburgh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 15 August 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    This was our first visit to The Blackbird after reading great reviews. We weren't disappointed. The service was really friendly and welcoming. We ate from the brunch menu. The food arrived quickly and was tasty. The cocktail menu looked very tempting. We'll be back!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really enjoyed the food and setting at the Blackbird. Such a nice outdoor space to catch up with friends after so long. Lovely food & great service.

  12. EC

    EmmaC

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Friendly and helpful staff with fresh and delicious well priced food.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and cocktails

  14. MB

    MikeB

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A good experience. Shown to our table quickly. Efficient service. A clean and safe environment with a good ambience. Quite pricey though but will go back

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fun! Would come again

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the watermelon cocktail. This most stunning vibes x

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the blackbird. Friendly staff. AMAZING PINA COLADAS IN VASES

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Prompt friendly service, great drinks options, nice inside and out. One of my all time favourite Edinburgh bars.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Afternoon out with friends. We had an excellent time and nothing was too much trouble for the team at Blackbird

  20. AC

    AlikiC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    1.0

    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.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    1.0

    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...

  22. K

    Keith

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    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.

  23. CK

    ChristopherK

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

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

  24. KC

    KevinC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 October 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5

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

  25. ST

    SheilaT

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    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.

  26. N

    Nicolaaa

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    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!

  27. s

    sally

    Phoenix

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    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.

  28. H

    Holly

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    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!

  29. S

    Sharon

    Edinburgh

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 31 August 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience4

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

  30. EC

    ElaineC

    Aberdeen

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 August 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Lovely afternoon. Yummy food x

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience4

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

  32. JR

    JojoR

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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

  33. RL

    RachelL

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    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!

  34. GH

    GordonH

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very helpful great service even while obeying social distancing measurws

  35. RM

    RachaelM

    1 review

    4.0

    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.

  36. S

    Steels

    Edinburgh

    11 reviews

    3.0

    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

  37. t

    thornbird

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3

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

  38. KM

    KirstyM

    1 review

    4.0

    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+.

  39. MI

    MarionI

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 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!

  40. VS

    VickiS

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    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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The Blackbird is rated 4.5 stars by 77 OpenTable diners

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Booked 15 times today
Google Map for The Blackbird

37-39 Leven Street Edinburgh, EH3 9LH

  • Area

    Tollcross/Fountain Bridge

  • Hours of Operation

    Sat, Sun 12:00–22:00
    Sat, Sun 10:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • 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

  • Entertainment

    null

  • 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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