The Olive Branch

4.6
699 reviews
£25 and under
Scottish

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Casual
Located on the corner of Broughton Street and Broughton Place, on the edge of the New Town is the Olive Branch. With its large windows and relaxed atmosphere it’s the perfect place to enjoy great food as you watch Edinburgh go by.

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 699 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Rudy
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great as usual!! Despite the draconian sanctions imposed on hospitality industry the guys at OB continue to remain one of the highlights of Broughton St. Thank you for keeping the doors open!!

FH
FergusH
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious eggs benedict on bacon with haggis on a Rosti potato base - outstanding !

NR
NewhavenResident
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Avoid, there are far superior places to dine and enjoy and evening.

MG
MaggieG
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The menu seems to have changed and the lunch menu is totally overpriced.
A wrap served with chips was £14+ and a lot if the lunch plates were £17+.
Have gone to this restaurant for lunch/brunch before so didn't check menu before reserving a table, very disappointed.

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Pinklady57
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing last supper befire the Covid restrictions circuit breaker lockdown. The staff team do everything to keep customers safe. Really feel for the hospitality industry as they have done their very best to keep things going at the Olive Branch . Looking forward to returning .

AC
AbbyC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was perfect. Really enjoyed coming here for a nice dinner.

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Nancy
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute amazing food, service excellent - we had to wait for our table and were given a glass of prosecco to apologise. 100% would come back when I'm next back in Edinburgh.

RB
RobertB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great menu, really struggled to choose something :-)

AA
AshA
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious but the highlight was an excellent vanilla espresso martini!

EC
ElCapitan
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. Waiter forgot to bring one round of drinks requested but otherwise superb.

SH
SebH
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food. Great to be able to see the kitchen staff from our table. Tables well spaced apart. Quite cold as door was being kept open presumably to keep aerated due to COVID. Recommend.

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ieb15
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner and great service! All well distanced and cleaned in these strange times.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food and service

MA
MARCUS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Staff helpful throughout. Would definitely recommend

NC
NicolaC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a really good restaurant and if I lived locally it would be one of my two or three go to places.

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Jenny
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Small bistro with friendly staff.
Food good and service.
Quieter than usual and lacked the same ambience as on previous visits, some music playing might help.

JL
JohnL
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Lovely wee restaurant.

Food was excellent, couldn't fault any of the 3 courses.

Will definitely come again

EW
EricW
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would go back for dinner it was excellent all round.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always marvellous!

JB
JackB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent range of delicately prepared food , with subtle taste and flavour . A quiet ambience where you can hear yourself and your friends speak .

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shaneo
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always An Edinburgh institution of culinary delight!

JP
JPhilips
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really nice food and restaurant. However we were kept waiting for 45 minutes for our table and the although the staff were nice we were not even given complimentary coffees or drinks. This also resulted in us being the last table in the restaurant and we felt like we had to leave before we were ready to.

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IonaM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Olive branch is one of my favourite resturants in Edinburgh im never disappointed. They made sure that everthing was clean and safe due to covid and were understanding about my friends and I's excitement regarding being in a resturant again!!

Food was great and fresh, wine was delicious. Ambience and staff was lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic . Only 2 days after reopening The Olive Branch provided us with a wonderful lunch

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Becky
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service. Best cheesecake ever, will defo return.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely relaxed lunch at The Olive Branch. Staff are so great and always happy to help. Never feel rushed and food is always really good. (Nice choices for vegetarians too). We’ll be back.

DM
DavidM
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food, great service and a lovely ambience for a quiet meal for my partner's birthday. Lovely!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit and, once again, the food was excellent. We will definitely return.

GW
GeorgeW
Italy
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’m a regular at the Olive Branch. The food is not fancy but is very good. Best burgers in town I’d say too. They have always had good staff and great service.

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IainM
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice, casual restaurant. Ideal for a Pre-theatre meal for the Playhouse Edinburgh.

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diningdiva
London
14 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I needed somewhere to meet my sister after she finished playing an afternoon concert in the Usher Hall. So it was an awkward time and, being 2 January, many restaurants were still closed. The Olive Branch came up trumps - we arrived just before 5pm and had a very good early supper. Food was excellent, wine choices also good and in a variety of measures. Staff friendly and obliging - we were not rushed but neither did we have to wait too long for our courses to arrive. I couldn’t fault it.

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vipchungclan
Cincinnati
102 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly local place with delicious creative menu. Salad with haloumi and pomegranate was fantastic. Many dishes available as either small or large plates encourages sampling and sharing.

One major detractor was the coffee station directly behind my husband's head. The terrific noise from the coffee grinder caused him some distress and a lasting headache unfortunately.

Otherwise, lovely neighborhood spot we will definitely return to (but will request a seat farther from the coffee!)

GS
GwynethS
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and friendly service

HW
HelenW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal. It was delicious and the service was very friendly and professional. I can’t think of anything to improve on!
Thanks for a great evening.

DR
DavidR
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We stated in advance that one member of the party had an onion intolerance but there was a very poor response and no innovation in support of this diner. In addition there was a reaction to onion present in the supposedly onion free food so we would not return to this venue. The standard of the food was acceptable overall and service friendly and prompt but the bistro was cold and we sat with coats on in the seats by the window.

SB
vipSBatClerkenwell
London
9 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very cosy atmosphere on a cold evening. Attentive but unobtrusive staff serving a good range of hearty food. Loved the scallops and black pudding! Nice and buzzy but not too noisy. Well recommended.

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vipLesley
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really lovely place to spend an evening with friends, good food, good wine and good company

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Ginny
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere. Very pleasant and efficient staff.

CB
ChrisB
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Olive Branch Bistro was an amazing experience and unbeliveably good food. 11/10

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Great evening.

FAQs

The Olive Branch does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

The Olive Branch is rated 4.6 stars by 699 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.