The Olive Branch Bistro

4.4
657 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£25 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Scottish
Top tags:
  • Cosy
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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 657 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Quiet
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
CW
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Definitely recommended. Will go back again soon

Great food and great service

p
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

PT
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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
London
9 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

IF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

SW
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

RM
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

Report
d
Edinburgh
149 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

KL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

W
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DP
London
12 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

KS
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service no complaints really good service

PK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

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.

Report
KT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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

MH
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great place. Excellent food and also good service.

OK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JI
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

f
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

BA
London
40 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

C
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.

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

Good food in pleasant surroundings. Would recommend.

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.

1
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.

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

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.

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

Great food and excellent service at reasonable prices

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.

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.

BC
Edinburgh
3 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

J
Philadelphia
12 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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!

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

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

1
2
3
17