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The Olive Branch

4.5
4.5
708 Reviews
£25 and under
Scottish
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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 5 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Scottish, Mediterranean, Global, International

  • Hours of Operation

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

  • Phone number

    0131 557 8589

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    New Town

  • Parking Details

    On Broughton Place

  • Public Transit

    10 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station.Two minutes from York Place tram stopp (end of the line)

  • Additional

    Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 708 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Pre/post theatre

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Scottish

  • Edinburgh

    Pre/post theatre

  • Edinburgh

    Scottish

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  1. N

    Natalie

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    The service was very disappointing. Food took over one hour to come and drinks around 30 mins. They weren't even that busy. They apologised however continued to provide terrible service by not clearing our dirty plates or asking if we wanted desert. I've been here many times over the years and generally like it however the service really let it down on my last visit.

    The Olive BranchResponded 4 days agoHi Natalie. Thanks for your comments. We're sorry you didn't have the experience you have come to expect from the Olive Branch. You were served by one of our new members of staff who unfortunately delayed getting your order to the kitchen, hence the time it took to get your food. We've taken your other feedback on board and will be ensuring that we give some more training to our new staff members. We hope this experience doesn't deter you from visiting again.

  2. PH

    PaulineH

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were lovely and accommodated all requests. Brunch was delicious. Had perfect Eggs Florentine. Would happily return and recommend to others.

    The Olive BranchResponded 4 days agoThanks Pauline - really glad you enjoyed your brunch!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a sensational time at The Olive Branch, amazing service and delicious food

    The Olive BranchResponded 4 days agoReally glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the review.

  4. LH

    LisaH

    Angus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great little cafe, delicious food and excellent customer service. Would highly recommend eating here.

    The Olive BranchResponded 4 days agoThanks very much for the recommendation.

  5. DH

    DuncanH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. We have been coming here for a few years now and have never been disappointed!

    The Olive BranchResponded 4 days agoThanks for your review and custom Duncan. See you again soon!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is always outstanding. Food is always delicious , wine is great and the staff are super friendly Love it

    The Olive BranchResponded 4 days agoThanks so much for your review!

  7. SF

    SteveF

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Recommended by friends and didn’t disappoint. Polite, friendly and courteous service. Menu is limited in choice, but our choices were excellent. Great location. Wouldn’t hesitate to book again.

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed it!

  8. EL

    ElaineL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great little casual bistro. Really good food and service.

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Thanks very much Elaine! Hope to see you again.

  9. KF

    KellyF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely spot, great food and attentive staff. Will return.

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Thanks Kelly - glad you enjoyed it!

  10. KD

    KrissieD

    Edinburgh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Brunch with friends. Great vibe and service. Good veggie options. Recommended

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Thanks very much for your review!

  11. DA

    DianeA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food served by lovely people. Will deffo go back

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Thanks! Look forward to seeing you again.

  12. AC

    AlexC

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    I was with my grown up kids for an early Father’s Day meal. Service was initially slow as we had a late attendee. Drinks ordered took forever to arrive and it was because ‘they were really busy’ - it wasn’t. Food is really good so that’s a big plus. Trying to get the eye of a service person proved difficult throughout. Asked for the bill - waited 10 minutes then just went up and asked for it. “We’re really busy” was the same reply - not an apology - and it’s not like the place was flooded with people. So in summary, food is great, service dreadful (oh and they put 10% on your bill for the service you don’t get).

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Thanks for your feedback. We're sorry you didn't have a great experience with us. We were busier than expected on the day of your visit, so although it may not have appeared overly busy, our staff were dealing with a number of customers. We have since added more staff on at busier times to ensure we are able to provide the level of service our customers expect. We hope you would consider visiting us again.

  13. JF

    JulieF

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    I'd just ordered a club sandwich, the bacon was pale pink and fatty and not cooked properly. The side salad was one lettuce leaf with dressing. But worse than that, I went to wash my hands and the floors ourside the kitchen and the toilet was absolutely filthy and covered in greasy footprints. The toilets were disgusting. I wish I hadn't eaten there and will advise everyone not to go.

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Hi Julie. Thanks for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We're sorry you didn't have a great experience. We were very busy on the weekend that you visited us. We have recently reviewed staffing levels and added more staff on at busier periods to ensure that staff have adequate time to deal with customers and keep all areas clean and tidy, which can be particularly challenging on busy, wet days such as the day you visited.

  14. FS

    FionaS

    Edinburgh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, friendly staff, nice atmosphere

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Thanks so much!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    For years Olive Branch is always been staffed by the most cheerful, efficient and helpful people. Whatever their recruitment policy, It should never be changed

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Thanks. We really appreciate that!

  16. MQ

    MagsQ

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I had a lovely meal here with family . The service was very good . The staff were very friendly. A good choice of meals and drinks, something for everyone. We will definitely go back.

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Thanks very much for your comments. Look forward to seeing you again!

  17. BC

    BCSEast

    Edinburgh

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Grey dinner with family. Food excellent and service perfect

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Thanks for your review! Much appreciated.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Honestly - one of the best meals I have had in years. The food was DELICIOUS (so many options for a lactose intolerant person like myself) - and the staff were absolutely delightful. My mum and I are here on holiday and this restaurant was mentioned by someone we met as a great local dining spot - it exceeded expectations and was our favourite meal / evening of the trip! This will now be our biggest Edinburgh recommendation to pass on! Thanks so much for giving us such a lovely night (and running after us with our forgotten bags!!)

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Really glad you enjoyed it so much, and happy to have been able to provide some options for you! Hope to see you again if you are visiting Edinburgh.

  19. CM

    ChelseyM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and atmosphere! Was my friends birthday and they kindly brought out a cake I had brought in :)

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Thanks for your review!

  20. RA

    RichardA

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food and attentive staff - also with a good sense of humour.

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Thanks Richard! We hope to see you again.

  21. JG

    JuneG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place, away from the buzz and very helpful and friendly staff

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Thanks very much for your comments!

  22. RJ

    RichardJ

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal, friendly service from pleasant and attentive, but unobtrusive staff. Very enjoyable dinner for all of us!

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Thanks very much!

  23. JJ

    JosephineJ

    Glasgow

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed visiting here . Would visit again. Food excellent

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Thanks for your review Josephine!

  24. LF

    LinF

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Tasty food, relaxed atmosphere and good service - a very pleasant evening.

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Thanks for leaving a review! Much appreciated.

  25. DS

    DebS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was prompt and staff very pleasant. Plenty choice on the menu and very reasonably priced.

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Thanks very much!

  26. MP

    MargaretP

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had first lunch with colleagues in two years! Food was lovely - southern fried chicken burger was amazing. Great service.

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Glad you enjoyed it!

  27. IT

    IanT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Popped in for breakfast. First time back in 16 years, still excellent. Would highly recommend.

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Thank you. Hope it isn't another 16 years before you visit us again!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic, we were served by two waitresses who were fantastic at their jobs. Very friendly and welcoming. Atmosphere and ambience was brilliant and food and drinks were both exceptional. Will certainly be recommending any travellers to Edinburgh to visit the Olive Branch! Great little find!

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Really glad you enjoyed your visit with us! Thanks.

  29. FB

    FrancyB

    Hamburg Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Lovely place and nice service. The hamburger was outstanding just like the lovely salad. Would certainly recommend to friends.

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Thanks so much!

  30. SL

    StephenL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal and great service. The only thing that would have made it perfect was being asked if we wanted another drink throughout the meal. Still a 5 star though!
  31. NW

    NicolaW

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We love visiting Olive Branch for brunch. Always a hit with our girls.
  32. LS

    LynneS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely dinner in the city, great food and service. Thank you!
  33. CM

    ColinM

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good service, tasty food and really convenient for Playhouse Theatre.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely a birthday treat. Great service , fabulous food and lovely ambience. 5 star all the way :)

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Thanks very much for your review!

  35. BM

    BeckyM

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a good choice for us for either breakfast/brunch or lunch. Great choice of delicious food and the service is always friendly and efficient. It was a lovely sunny day, so the outside seating was the perfect option.

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Thanks so much. Hope to see you again!

  36. o

    overberg5

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and beyond my expectations. Service was friendly. Atmosphere was good.

    The Olive BranchResponded on 20 June 2022Thanks very much for your lovely comments!

  37. M

    Mari

    Glasgow

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and lovely atmosphere. It’s one of my fav places for brunch.
  38. SH

    ShugHH

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly welcome Attentive staff Excellent food Great value for money
  39. E

    Elaine

    Edinburgh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Relaxed evening with friends. Good food and wine.
  40. CL

    ChrisL

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Excellent and unusual food at a reasonable price. Our meals were beautifully prepared and presented. The staff were friendly and efficient. Our only negative comment was that we were given very little time between courses, so the meal felt a bit rushed. Overall, though, a really lovely restaurant and lovely food.

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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Olive Branch does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

The Olive Branch is rated 4.5 stars by 708 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 5 times today

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Google Map for The Olive Branch

91 Broughton Street Edinburgh, EH1 3RX

Additional information

  • Area

    New Town

  • Hours of Operation

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

  • Cuisines

    Scottish, Mediterranean, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    On Broughton Place

  • Public Transit

    10 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station.Two minutes from York Place tram stopp (end of the line)

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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