The Olive Branch Bistro
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.
Wonderful food, great service and a lovely ambience for a quiet meal for my partner's birthday. Lovely!
This was our second visit and, once again, the food was excellent. We will definitely return.
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.
Nice, casual restaurant. Ideal for a Pre-theatre meal for the Playhouse Edinburgh.
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.
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!)
Good food and friendly service
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.
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.
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.
Really lovely place to spend an evening with friends, good food, good wine and good company
Great food and great atmosphere. Very pleasant and efficient staff.
The Olive Branch Bistro was an amazing experience and unbeliveably good food. 11/10
Great food and service. Great evening.
Nothing special. Fine for a quick bite near the centre.
Definitely recommended. Will go back again soon
Great food and great service
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.
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.
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.
Really lovely neighbourhood restaurant. Every visit to Edinburgh I will make a point to eat here.
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.
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.
Wir hatten einen netten Abend, der Service ist sehr aufmerksam. Mit Risotto und Pasta of the day waren wir sehr zufrieden,
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.
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.
Fantastic ,food great, service great. My husband and I go there before the theatre and we love it.
Marvellous as always - the best burger in the ‘burgh!!
Good food and service no complaints really good service
They did not honor our reservation. There were three reserved tables. We were first to arrive and offered the table next to the kitchen - worst seat in the house. We had to leave.
Hello Patti, Thank you for your review. We are sorry you were dissatisfied with the table that had been reserved for you. Your online booking came with just 50 minutes notice and the restaurant was fully booked on this particular Saturday evening. However, we are just slightly confused as to what you felt had not been honoured, as you booked a table and we were only too happy to be able to fit you in at short notice. I hope that you have a more enjoyable experience with us next time.
Average greeting. Food ok. Service on the slow side. Food ok. Was expecting more because of the v.good reviews.
Great place. Excellent food and also good service.
One of our favourite places to dine in Edinburgh. Great food, atmosphere, fantastic spot to dine out.
Food as delicious as ever - one of my favourite places to eat!
Great food and atmosphere at the Olive Branch bistro. Lovely small restaurant (around 45 covers) and friendly staff. All good top quality.
Delicious menu, spoiled for choice - I wanted to try everything. Friendly and relaxed staff, lovely atmosphere - Definitely try this place if you're in Edinburgh.
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.
Good food in pleasant surroundings. Would recommend.
Love it here, have been customers for nearly 7 years, consistently fabulous food and service.
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.
The Olive Branch Bistro offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0131 557 8589.
The Olive Branch Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 674 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.