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Water of Leith Cafe Bistro

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1 Howard Street | Canonmills, Edinburgh EH3 5JP, Scotland
+44 131 556 6887
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10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Families with children
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

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  • 348
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  • 73
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great bacon and egg rolls!

Nice little cafe-bistro in inverleith. The coffee is great. Staff friendly. Try a bacon and egg roll. Heaven with your Sunday paper!. Good value as well. It's now open for dinner at night. Will give it a try and let you know!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
45derrick
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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436 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Nice little cafe-bistro in inverleith. The coffee is great. Staff friendly. Try a bacon and egg roll. Heaven with your Sunday paper!. Good value as well. It's now open for dinner at night. Will give it a try and let you know!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Always a pleasant experience with great food and friendly service...What's not to like ! Like to meet friends here, as it has such a welcoming feeling.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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272 reviews 272 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Stopped here for a nice lunch which was good. Staff were friendly. Thought the menu quite limited but overall it was good. Not very good.

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Naperville, Illinois
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127 reviews 127 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

Stopped in for a late breakfast and were immediately charmed by the friendly welcome and bright, cheery decor. The full breakfast was very well prepared and service was great. Looking at the specials and the late menu it's clear that this is a creative and imaginative kitchen.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Have dropped in for my morning scone a couple of times recently whilst out cycling with friends. Anna is so welcoming. Scones are freshly baked and so delicious. Menu looks lovely but haven't had the time to stay for lunch!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Good home cooked food great variety and owner & staff very friendly and welcoming. Making sure my friend had enough space for buggy. Also gave great tips for baby meals. Will definitely go back.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

French cooking as it should be in a family friendly atmosphere. Limited space so would recomend booking.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Bustling with people and pushchairs and a warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere with good service from busy staff. The food was absolutely fine and good value.

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My friends and I have been coming to the Water of Leith Cafe Bistro ever since it moved from its earlier location in Leith. It is always most welcoming, with a great selection of good, well prepared and plentiful food. Breakfasts are especially good, but I would go for any meal. I would not hesitate to recommend it to visitors... More 

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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13 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A lovely spot for breakfast, lunch or just coffee and cake. Not a massive menu but everything super tasty and the great service will make you want to return! I also had a private family late lunch party when they were at the old restaurant, further down the Water of Leith and nothing was too much trouble for Ana and... More 

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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 7 - 37
  • Cuisine: French, British

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Description

A bright, relaxing, licensed bistro serving great seasonal food and baking. Available for daytime and weekend evening casual dining.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?