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Water of Leith Cafe Bistro

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Bistro, French, Seafood, British
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1 Howard Street | Canonmills, Edinburgh EH3 5JP, Scotland
+44 131 556 6887
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9:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Thu 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: A bright, relaxing, licensed bistro serving great seasonal food and...
A bright, relaxing, licensed bistro serving great seasonal food and baking. Available for daytime and weekend evening casual dining.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Gem

Food is very good, but what makes this special is that this cafe/bistro pays attention to people's needs. I was particularly impressed by its lavatories - not only are they exceptionally clean, but they also provide a child-seat for toddlers, and free nappies for emergencies. The effect of this is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Food is very good, but what makes this special is that this cafe/bistro pays attention to people's needs. I was particularly impressed by its lavatories - not only are they exceptionally clean, but they also provide a child-seat for toddlers, and free nappies for emergencies. The effect of this is that even stressed out parents can chill out and enjoy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This small family run cafe is located by the Water of Leith in the Canonmills area of Edinburgh. We've eaten here a few times and the food is uniformly excellent with an interesting range of soups, sandwiches and main courses. There's also a tempting array of home made cakes. The service is friendly and informal yet very efficient. Customers are... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Our decision to visit this bistro was based entirely on the amazing reviews on here. I have to say it really wasn't that special. It was just ok. It wasn't unpleasant, the staff were quite nice but it wasn't great. The Cullen Skink was the one stand out dish for us, all the others were a little disappointing. Disappointed and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We visited Water of Leith Cafe Bistro having walked out of a nearby organic cafe that appeared to be in a state of chaos. What a relief it was to chance upon this pleasant bistro instead! Initial impressions were very positive. The decor is simple, unfussy and tastefully done. Much like the food. The staff were pleasant, friendly, well presented... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Thought the menu was a bit limited but this may be the reason they excel at what they do make. Homemade soup and gluten free oatcakes were delicious and my husband had homemade ham terrine with piccalilli which was amazing. Pear and almond tart was delicious too. Others had chips which were very thin or maybe have both as an... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

My husband and I visited Edinburgh last weekend and had brunches in many different places, this one was my absolute favorite. Good portion of food, quality ingredients and a tasty dish for a reasonable price. I definitely recommend this place for a good quality brunch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Wonderful food, excellent service, and lovely people. What more could one ask for. It is such a change to visit a restaurant where everyone so obviously cares about what they are doing. I look forward to returning again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Long spotted this on here and never managed to get around to visiting. An error remedied today by booking a table for lunch. And just as well I did as there were few available seats when we arrived. A delightfully warm welcome "my darlings" as if we were the people she most wanted in the entire world to walk through... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Stopped here for a cup of tea and cake. Tea is tea so can not say much about it but the pear and almond cake was fresh and moist and very satisfying. The food menu looked interesting and good value as well so will definitely return to try the food. Nice location, clean and welcoming. Would recommend a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

I believe they are only open in the evenings on Fri and Sat, but we booked to go to Luigi's Italian restaurant. The phone number is the same but finding the place was difficult due to the name change. Anyway the cuisine is British and the smallish menu was mouth watering. Our choices were lovely. Well worth a visit for... More 

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Additional Information about Water of Leith Cafe Bistro

Address: 1 Howard Street | Canonmills, Edinburgh EH3 5JP, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 556 6887
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD $8 to $39
Cuisine: Bistro, French, Seafood, British

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Howard Street | Canonmills, Edinburgh EH3 5JP, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh
  • Phone Number: +44 131 556 6887

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $8 to $39
  • Cuisine: Bistro, French, Seafood, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Doing business, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

A bright, relaxing, licensed bistro serving great seasonal food and baking. Available for daytime and weekend evening casual dining.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:30 am - 9:00 pm

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