The Olive Branch Bistro

4.6
638 reviews
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£25 and under
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Scottish
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  • Casual
  • Cosy
  • Pre/post Theatre
Located on the corner of Broughton Street and Broughton Place, on the edge of the New Town is the Olive Branch Bistro. 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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Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely place to sit and eat. Curb appeal great and a cosy place in which to sit. The staff were pleasant and helpful. It was a great start to our night at the Playhouse which was a five minute walk away.

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C
County Durham
84 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food in pleasant surroundings. Would recommend.

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V
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here, have been customers for nearly 7 years, consistently fabulous food and service.

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London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely food only marginally let down by my steak being far rarer than I'd have liked following a request for medium-rare...however still tasty so didn't complain. Also the service could have been a little friendlier...but none of this undermined an all round very nice meal.

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very nice location with generous dishes.
Absolutely to be considered for a friendly dinner
Area of improvement: toilets

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PL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening meal. Good food, ambience and service. Recommended.

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RB
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service at reasonable prices

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We love this place and the people running this place. Always comes back when in Edinburgh.

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TD
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great staff and very relaxed atmosphere. Food was excellent and very good value.

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BC
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favourites and we return time and time again. We often visit ahead of trips to The Stand , Vue cinema or Edinburgh Playhouse. Fabulous meal again on Saturday. Unfussy, simple and varied menu done consistently well. A real gem.

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E
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit.... didn't disappoint...picked from OpenTable nearby as we were going to the Playhouse for a concert. Good choice...my son joined us and we enjoyed 3 different starters and mains. All delicious...good selection of wines and beers. Under £80 with couple of large reds n soft drinks.

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m
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Booked a table based on previous positive reviews. Located in a decent area within an easy walk from the city centre. It is not a big place so reservations are advised. The food and service was good. Would probably try and go there again if in Edinburgh.

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JD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an excellent restaurant.The food was delicious and the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. We will definitely return.

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M
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to the olive branch a few times afte a friend recommended this restaurant to me,
I have never been disappointed, the food and service are first class.
If you are in Edinburgh at all it is worth paying the olive branch a visit.

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L
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Will always come back here. Anywhere that does breads and dipping oil is good in my book. Love the pork belly. Friendly chilled place. Good olives.

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J
London
10 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

After the tourist scene in Edinburgh this restaurant was a great relief plus the food was well presented and prepared.

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P
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming neighborhood place with excellent food. Be warned - it’s popular, so reservations are recommended.

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JK
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My guests are always delighted with the food and the wine.

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R
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

My food was unexciting and not tasty. The dessert was ok and so was the wine.

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GS
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The staff are Always very friendly and welcoming.
Food is made to order and beautifully presented, and the icing on the cake is a window seat looking out on to the wonderfully vibrant Broughton Street!

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l
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with good food & lovely waiting staff, would recommend.

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S
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A most enjoyable evening in a very nice setting. Noise levels very moderate and welcoming. Staff excellent and most of all food was very good. Thank you.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedding anniversary

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ER
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Olive Branch. The service was speedy and helpful and the food was lovely.

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LD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always very happy with food and service the only complaint I have is there were 5 of us and we were stuck in a corner at a table for 4, very cramped.

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J
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual a great evening in one of our favourite restaurants, food and service exceptional.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice lunch pre theatre. However the gluten free options were very limited. Olives for a starter! Perhaps a bit more imagination gf bruschetta? Hower rissoto main was very nice indeed. The ambience and service were great so had a lovely time.

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AS
Edinburgh
34 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect choice for a relaxed dinner catch up with a bunch of friends - service was awesome balance between attentive but not pestering us despite late arrivers and too much chat! Food was delicious as always. Until next time

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F
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely fresh food and great atmosphere. Good neighbourhood restaurant

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the Thai vegetable soup for starter and pasta main. Pre-7pm menu was excellent value at £12 for 2 courses.

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice relaxed atmosphere. Friendly efficient service. Somewhat limited menu, but food was good. Nice wine selection. Will definitely go back and recommend.

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RB
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming to The Olive Branch for many years and the food, service and atmosphere never fails to delight. Great place hope it is around for many years to come.

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P
London
20 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner for two on a cold evening and we got a very warm welcome. Good range of food on the menu which was very well cooked and presented. Service was friendly and prompt, and the atmosphere was nicely informal.

Recommended.

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NG
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

First time in this restaurant and will be back.
The food was good and the service excellent.
My partner did not finish her meal (there was to much on the plate) but the young lady who served us was concerned there was something wrong and enquired immediately.
We explained the position to her but it was really nice of her to ask instead of the norm where plates are just collected.
We would recommend this restaurant to friends.

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LD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, staff very efficient and friendly. Food always excellent, would definitely recommend you try.

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L
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice tasty food though quite pricey for what it was. Pleasant room and service.

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OT
Shropshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal with great service. Restaurant was full but food arrived in good time and was excellently cooked and presented.

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OT
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

One of the best of the Broughton Street new breed bistros. Relaxed, good food, small but well-selected wine list. One of the few using Open Table making it easier for Yanks to book in advance. Close to the new Marriott Courtyard and a Holiday Inn Express in the trendy East End.

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OT
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was tasty and the staff was very friendly!

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M
Aberdeen
24 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time here and will definitely be back. The food was good, and the service quick, efficient and friendly.

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