The Blackbird

4.5
77 reviews
£25 and under
Contemporary British

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Casual
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
What 77 People Are Saying
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TarkaM
1 review
Dined 7 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.

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PeterT
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant and good place to bring dogs!

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SammyR
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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RAB5
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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Nice venue spoilt by terrible service

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RussM15
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

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

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
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

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AmandaH
Edinburgh
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
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.

EC
EmmaC
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails

MB
MikeB
Edinburgh
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

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun! Would come again

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the watermelon cocktail. This most stunning vibes x

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
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

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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
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.

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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

KC
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

EC
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.

JR
JojoR
Glasgow
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

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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

RM
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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thornbird
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

KM
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
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!

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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.

FAQs

The Blackbird is rated 4.5 stars by 77 OpenTable diners.

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