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Bonsai

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Neighborhood:
Southside & Holyrood
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46 WEST RICHMOND STREET, Edinburgh, Scotland
0131 668 3847
Today
12:00 pm - 10:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:00 am
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:30 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 79
    Excellent
  • 75
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Fantastic food, shame about the atmosphere

We came here as part of an itison deal. My friends are a little more clued up on Japanese food and so I let them order and we shared everything on the table. The food arrived quickly and was absolutely delicious...so nice in fact that we ordered more :). The only negative was that we felt a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
Kilotango2503
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Dining on a budget
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211 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Friendly atmosphere although perhaps a bit crowded. The food is reasonably priced and very tasty. Liked it so much we have visited twice since!

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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I used to go here frequently, before there were many other sushi places in town. Hadn't been for a while before we went for lunch one Sunday recently. It was empty and the service was dreadful. Waiter spent more time looking at his phone than waiting. Kitchen staff were audibly swearing in earshot of my young child. No atmosphere at... More 

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We came here as part of an itison deal. My friends are a little more clued up on Japanese food and so I let them order and we shared everything on the table. The food arrived quickly and was absolutely delicious...so nice in fact that we ordered more :). The only negative was that we felt a little awkward as... More 

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Dalkeith, Scotland, United Kingdom
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135 reviews 135 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I love this place. Loads of high quality option served with a smile. I have been here on a few occasions and always thought the food is excellent. Drinks option also good. Well worth a visit.

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8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Always really enjoy the food here. The beef tataki is particularly good. Presentation is different every time depending on what you're ordering but is always beautiful. Has become my regular!

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The bento box was quite decent. Love the salmon teriyaki. However the salmon was not that fresh. Love the Takoyaki! Green tea is not refillable! :(

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Great venue, greeted by very lovely friendly staff. Good set lunch deal. Although we went a la carte. Quite small portions, and if I'm honest a little bland. Obviously very popular with students as was busy at the time. But not up there with my favourite Japanese restaurants. The food just lacked flavour and authenticity. I will always try places... More 

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Aberdeen
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Been here twice. Cheap, fresh sushi with friendly service. I had the salmon sashimi and soft shell crab ISO. Delicious. It's also BYOB (Bring your own bottle) which is a plus

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Been here a number of time and always enjoy it. The quality of the food is always very good and have never had a bad dish here. The staff are very knowledgeable about all of the items on the menu and they always have frequently changing specials that keep it fresh. The only downside is the restaurant itself - the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Bonsai is a great little cafe style sushi place. Fairly relaxed with minimal fuss. They have a few specials as well as standard sushi you find in the UK.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 46 WEST RICHMOND STREET, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
  • Neighborhood: Southside & Holyrood
  • Phone Number: 0131 668 3847

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 31
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:30 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:30 am

Questions & Answers

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Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Southside & Holyrood

Neighborhood Profile
Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighborhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.