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Cafe Jacques

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10 Grassmarket | EH1 2JU, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Seating

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Only okay

A-OK is a good description. We popped in for a very quick lunch break. We had soup, which was pretty good, and coffee, which was only okay. Nothing memorable which would make me go back, but the soup was tasty. Some of the pastries looked good too, so maybe these are worth trying.

3 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Bonzostar
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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194 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A-OK is a good description. We popped in for a very quick lunch break. We had soup, which was pretty good, and coffee, which was only okay. Nothing memorable which would make me go back, but the soup was tasty. Some of the pastries looked good too, so maybe these are worth trying.

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Thank Bonzostar
Orange, Australia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Breakfast was terrible. Beans not even heated up, eggs undercooked (snotty). Dirty cutlery/glasses. Awful coffee. Ate a few mouthfuls and left. Do not waste your money.

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1 Thank Gabba86
Glasgow
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51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015 via mobile

Good old fashioned breakfast. No frills, although the bacon roll was more of a bacon baguette...the lads having the full breakfast next to me looked to be enjoying themselves too. No it's not the ritz, but it does what is says on the tin.

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Thank gazburns
Lancashire
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Nice location and environment - but complete lack of effort with food -poor quality and unimaginative - how they get away with it is amazing! DO NOT GO

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1 Thank aurorina
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

This place is in the perfect location for tourists. We wanted to have a breakfast before going on to tours. First of all they don't serve what they write on the menu board or in other words "everything is subject to availability." The beans, tomatoes and the tea were at a terrible quality. I would definitely not recommend if you... More 

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Thornaby on Tees, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

2nd day in Edinburgh and our 2nd breakfast. Day 1 a disaster when we got some cold breakfasts from Bella Italia! Day 2 was lovely from Cafe Jacques. Egg yoke was massive, toast perfectly done, great bangers and it was warm. £17 quid spent on the two plus two drinks! Almost half what we paid the previous day in Bella... More 

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Thank murrayliam86
Cumbria
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Day trip to Edinburgh...struggled to find a child friendly place to eat due to strange licensing laws...ended up in Cafe Jacques. On arrival it seemed quite pleasant. The waitress was friendly enough despite managing to mix our order up. We ended up with 3 meals served while my son waited for his correct order to be cooked. My husband ordered... More 

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1 Thank NorthernlassCumbria
Leicester
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75 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

I was expecting to walk into this charming little cafe and be greeted with a continental menu. Instead, it's more of a greasy spoon with a selection of fry-ups being available. However, this is no bad thing - particularly after a night sampling the best of Edinburgh's nightlife. So, two fry-ups were had: one veggie, one Scottish. The service was... More 

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Thank everythings_rosie
London
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67 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

Had a cappuccino which was alright for a greasy spoon. The Café looked dingy and we didn't have the courage to eat there. Not the best place is town but the location on Grassmarket is good, especially when sunny and warm and you sit outside, like we did.

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Thank stokey82
London, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

A proper breakfast. The haggis and potato bread were great - the Haggis especially so. Would have been good if they did poached egg. But wifi, great coffee, friendly staff and a solid plate of scrumptious food - what's not too like?

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10 Grassmarket | EH1 2JU, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Cafe

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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