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Le Bistrot, Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Le Bistrot

4.4
4.4
887 reviews
£25 and under
French
The famous Le Bistrot is ready to welcome you!

Located at the new House of France on the Royal Mile (former Lothian Chambers), we aim to provide you with a friendly and authentic French experience, filled with passion and love in what we are doing.

Open every day from breakfast to dinner, we are there for everyone to feel like in France, in fantastic surroundings!

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2 people

19:00


Booked 22 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, European

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    0131 225 4021

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    From informal to more formal events, Le Bistrot is able to cater to any type of request with the sweet touch of a French Patisserie!

  • Private party facilities

    Welcome to “Le Bistrot” an enchanting Bistro part of wonderful listed building located in the Old Town of Edinburgh City Centre. We take pride in every event we hold and are delighted to have been awarded fantastic comments from guests on every occasion. We have a range of function hire options from a small private dinner to a canapés and drinks reception for larger parties. Get in touch to enquire about any meetings or events you're looking to arrange.

  • Area

    Edinburgh

  • Cross Street

    59-63 George IV Bridge EH1 1RF

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 887 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Lunch

  • Edinburgh

    Lunch

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  1. R

    Robbo

    Edinburgh

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    An infrequent return to Le Bistrot is invariably a pleasurable experience and this was no different. Quietly efficient service on straightforward French cuisine.
  2. d

    derekn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the three course lunch and didn't need to eat again that day. Really tasty food, good portions and all served up by excellent staff - friendly, helpful and knew exactly what to do when. Busy so a nice buzz but we were never waiting long for quality service. And all at a price which was value for money. Loved it.
  3. MH

    MhairiH

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked for lunch for five people and got a lovely table at the window with good views of the high street. Food great and we thought the two course lunch was good value.
  4. PB

    PaulB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely, relaxed place for an informal lunch after a very formal occasion.
  5. S

    Suz106

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a lovely birthday meal with friends at this place. Food was lovely and plentiful abd service was excellent with really friendly staff . Will definitely go back
  6. KC

    KerriC

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a fantastic experience. Food was delicious, ambiance was great and service was spot on.
  7. CW

    CathieW

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Been a few times now and we had a lovely lunch and service was exemplary. Our waiter went out of his way to change our wine which didn’t seem correct. Very busy and a bit noisy.
  8. PS

    PhilS

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This is one of our favourite restaurants. Always a good welcome. Food is very good and reasonable value. Wine good but a touch expensive.
  9. ES

    ElizabethS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our meal and it was made extra special by the waiter produce a birthday cake! Lovely place to which we shall return I am sure.
  10. j

    johns

    San Francisco

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very nice casual coffee and lunch place. Great sandwiches and great service. Our server was a very personable young woman, who made our meal special. Would return if we had more time
  11. JS

    JulianneS

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Absolutely delicious food!! We had sea bass-/fish of the day along with starters of charcuterie plate & terrine. The desserts were something special!
  12. E

    Eckyboo

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding, the staff were lovely and the food was excellent
  13. MA

    MaxA

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was good, the staff were amazing Little bit pricey tho for what u got
  14. LR

    LittleRedTT

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant! One of the best restaurants in Edinburg.
  15. MR

    MalcolmR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food, we’ll cooked and presented with very friendly staff
  16. JL

    JerryL

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food in all the dishes we tried. Desserts were yummy. Wish we could have another. Service was punctual and definitely made you feel at home. My food expert liked it alot.
  17. JF

    JakeFoodie

    Washington DC

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Overall, the food was good. The only problem was that the lamb shank arrived only lukewarm.
  18. JC

    JohnC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    First time in Le Bistrot. Excellent staff and very good food. I really enjoyed the starter of meats and salad. Bottle of rose was beautiful.
  19. MH

    MikeH

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Really good food , lots of flavour and beautifully presented. Relaxed service and atmosphere. Would recommend booking direct.
  20. RC

    RossC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent three course meal with friends. Quality of food was excellent, service first class and price as very reasonable.
  21. JK

    JoeK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Friendly but indifferent service - it took 30 minutes before anyone bothered to stop by the table to take drink order and it took more than 30 minutes to get the bill after asking twice - I had the beef stew which was forgettable, I could done better at home with little effort
  22. FS

    FionaS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A really lovely lunch. One of our party was delayed due to roadblocks - the staff were happy to hold preparation of our main course whilst we waited. Food was lovely - freshly prepared, great tastes and generous portions. Staff were friendly and professional. The only thing they could have done better was to be quicker in offering us drinks when we arrived.
  23. p

    paulr

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was no fault of the excellent people at Le Bistrot but there was an enormous march by the Orange Lodges which made one hell of a noise.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful set price lunch menu, ambience and staff. Highly recommended.
  25. L

    Lillly

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Set lunch for £15.95 Starters was fab. Mains were disappointing . Chicken supreme was good and the beef stew tasty but not for that price. It was just 5 pieces of beef with few tiny bits of potatoes and nothing else. Regret not taken photos. My friend had to go for a McDonald’s after that. No joke!
  26. RS

    RayS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The scallop and calamari appetizers were really lovely- salmon dinner terrific and desserts ( chocolate heaven) as advertised. Service was attentive, knowledgeable and fun - altogether a winner!!
  27. L

    Lgo987

    Charlotte

    154 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    154 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The veg risotto was very good. The lamb was heavily sauced but flavorful. Attentive service. Very convenient location.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just awesome. You must go 👍
  29. L

    Lawrence

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Le Bistrot is a little bit of France in the middle of Edinburgh with very good pastries. Nice relaxed atmosphere. Service was generally good but we got conflicting stories of whether the breakfast menu was being served or not from two different servers! Relaxing place to eat however.
  30. CB

    CraftyBeerGuy

    London

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    This bistro provides a welcome respite from the tourist frenzy of the Royal Mile. A two course lunch proved to be very filling with well rendered broccoli soup and plentiful terrine followed by chicken breast with morels and cream sauce and a ‘vegetarian haggis’ served on a filo and goat’s cheese parcel. The latter was the only mis-step as the filo was a little claggy (but still very tasty) in an otherwise spot-on lunch
  31. JF

    JanF

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Charming staff. Reasonable bistro food. Good choice of wine.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, lovely ambiance and the food was excellent. No complaints .
  33. SM

    SallyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal in nice setting. Good value & friendly service. Thank you.
  34. KK

    KennethK

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Le Bistrot staff are quietly professional and friendly- I keep meeting different friends here to share a brilliant place for relaxed eating and drinks. The food is simple and very tasty. Always end up spending a couple of hours here- the coffee is good!
  35. LS

    LorraineS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service….a level not usually seen in Edinburgh these days. Tasty food, good wine list and real bistro ambiance. I’ve been here as well for coffee and pastries - also highly recommend
  36. JM

    JackieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was recommended and not disappointed will certainly be back an recommending to friends. Service and attention to detail exceptional l. Thank you
  37. DY

    DrewY

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Being understaffed is common but was only part of the problem here. Ordering from two parts of the menu was a step too far so all food arrived at once. The food is mainly good although the croque monsieur was not what I expected but just a fried cheese and ham sandwich; my friend's quiche had seen better days. We asked twice for the bill, which was wrong when it arrived. All in all, not a great experience.
  38. A

    Archie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty light lunch. Delicious moules marinieres. good value for money
  39. LM

    LauraM

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    Some of the food was cold. The staff were nice and helpful.
  40. PE

    PaulineE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was nice but because there were 3 of us we had a table in the middle of the room which was 2 smal round tables pushed together and was a bit antisocial . Worst thing was the unfriendly and very offhand waiter.

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
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Le Bistrot is rated 4.4 stars by 887 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 22 times today
Google Map for Le Bistrot

West Parliament Square Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH1 1RF

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    59-63 George IV Bridge EH1 1RF

  • Area

    Edinburgh

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    0131 225 4021

  • Catering

    From informal to more formal events, Le Bistrot is able to cater to any type of request with the sweet touch of a French Patisserie!

  • Private party facilities

    Welcome to “Le Bistrot” an enchanting Bistro part of wonderful listed building located in the Old Town of Edinburgh City Centre. We take pride in every event we hold and are delighted to have been awarded fantastic comments from guests on every occasion. We have a range of function hire options from a small private dinner to a canapés and drinks reception for larger parties. Get in touch to enquire about any meetings or events you're looking to arrange.

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