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The Olive Branch

4.6
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687 reviews
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£25 and under
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Scottish

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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 687 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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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MARCUS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Staff helpful throughout. Would definitely recommend

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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.

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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

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EricW
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would go back for dinner it was excellent all round.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always marvellous!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!)

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GwynethS
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and friendly service

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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.

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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.

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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.

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Great evening.

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LukeS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Nothing special. Fine for a quick bite near the centre.

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ColinW
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Definitely recommended. Will go back again soon

Great food and great service

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KristineS
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to Trip Advisor, this was a neighborhood gem well worth finding. But if you’re not staying in the neighborhood, do take a cab to find it. We both had the salmon which was beautifully cooked and presented. Service was great and they had a nice wine selection.

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vipphilh
London
15 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably our tenth visit to this lovely little restaurant. Whenever we visit Edinburgh it’s always on our agenda. Great food, very friendly and efficient staff. Reasonably priced too with a wine menu priced for everyone. I know I sound like I’ve hot shares in this place 😊 I haven’t. Anyhow there you go. A great little venue.

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PaulaT
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Lovely place for a meal with a good choice of dishes. Only 2 servers and had to wait a long time for service. Waited for 35 mins to order pudding by which point we didn’t bother. If they could sort out the service the place would be really excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really lovely neighbourhood restaurant. Every visit to Edinburgh I will make a point to eat here.

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IleneFromJupiter
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting Schotland from Florida and stayed at an Airbnb in Edinburgh just a few doors away from the Olive Branch. It was excellent. I recommend making a reservation as there are only a few tables.

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SheilaW
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

There were five in our party, two of whom had allergies which I didn't know about when booking but their request were dealt with extremely well.

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RalfM
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wir hatten einen netten Abend, der Service ist sehr aufmerksam. Mit Risotto und Pasta of the day waren wir sehr zufrieden,

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vipdirewolf
Edinburgh
158 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Not a bad wee place. A bit noisy and rather draughty, given that the door was wide open and July in Edinburgh doesn’t really warrant such expedients.

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KLRair
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food , delivered very quickly! Friendly and helpful people, and clever ideas for food combinations. I had the halloumi salad with passion fruit dressing and it was gorgeous.

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Williamw
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic ,food great, service great. My husband and I go there before the theatre and we love it.

FAQs

The Olive Branch does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

The Olive Branch is rated 4.6 stars by 687 OpenTable diners.

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