The Olive Branch Bistro

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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 Bistro. With its large windows and relaxed atmosphere it’s the perfect place to enjoy great food as you watch Edinburgh go by.
What 674 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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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!

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.

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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
1 review
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.

OT
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.

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vipDrPaul
London
14 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marvellous as always - the best burger in the ‘burgh!!

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KevinS
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service no complaints really good service

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PattiK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

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.

The Olive Branch Bistro
Responded on 13 May 2019

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.

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KT13
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Average greeting. Food ok. Service on the slow side. Food ok. Was expecting more because of the v.good reviews.

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MattH
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great place. Excellent food and also good service.

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OlaK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourite places to dine in Edinburgh. Great food, atmosphere, fantastic spot to dine out.

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JaneI
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food as delicious as ever - one of my favourite places to eat!

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fwinter
Glasgow
5 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere at the Olive Branch bistro. Lovely small restaurant (around 45 covers) and friendly staff. All good top quality.

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BA20
London
41 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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Christine
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipCanischio
County Durham
86 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food in pleasant surroundings. Would recommend.

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vipVirginia
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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1truesaxon
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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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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.

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