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Water of Leith Cafe Bistro

$$ - $$$Cafe, British,
1 Howard Street | Canonmills, Edinburgh EH3 5JP, Scotland
+44 131 556 6887
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“croque monsieur” (36 reviews)
“cullen skink” (50 reviews)
“cakes” (43 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Scottish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1 Howard Street | Canonmills, Edinburgh EH3 5JP, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything about the place is just right. Great food, great service and good prices. Very friendly and warm welcome from all the staff.

Thank Steven S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was early for an appointment today and needed a quick lunch. The bistro was a minute away and I dropped in with no expectations. What a surprise! When stepping through the doorway, I was greeted by the ambiance of a personal home, warm and...More

Thank Hester M
Reviewed October 26, 2017

Stopped here for coffee and cake on our Water of Leith walk (Edinburgh to Leith - a very pretty walk). Very bright, cheerful café with a very bright and cheerful owner (Ana). The Bakewell tarts (served warm with ice cream) were divine and made by...More

Thank LynK6012
Reviewed October 21, 2017

Always afraid things will not be as good the second time and we were right. Can only give the cullen skink 99 out of 100 this time.

Thank ancientskier
Reviewed October 11, 2017

This place is light and airy, and the staff very nice. A french owner! Good food- we all had cheeseburgers. There is a licence. Not open in the evening, great for a decent lunch.

Thank EdinburghNewTown
Reviewed October 9, 2017

Out walking with some friends and popped in here for coffee and a scone. Lady was very friendly and coffee and scone were very good. Nice clean toilet. We will be back.

Thank nocera1
Reviewed October 6, 2017

Popped in here on our way back from the Botanic Gardens. Had 2 pieces of really delicious cake with a cup of tea. The staff were very friendly and attentive. Just perfect after a long day walking around x

Thank Lucy L
Reviewed October 2, 2017

Looks nothing fancy from outside, just a straightforward wee bistro/cafe. However, well worth popping in. We nipped in at 3pm on Sunday for a late bite of lunch. Relaxed and friendly staff, good food (e.g. well cooked juicy homemade burgers and a haddock and leek...More

Thank kirstegordon
Reviewed September 30, 2017 via mobile

We have previously been to the Water of Leith Cafe a few times and have enjoyed a selection of their meals including their rump steak. However, today we went there for lunch and ordered 2 medium-rare steaks but received 2 medium-well done steaks. As these...More

Thank Marco A
amac69, Owner at Water of Leith Cafe Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2017

Hello. I feel I must respond for the sake of balance. My husband did indeed come to your table and have a discussion with you. He agreed that one of the steaks was cooked on the medium side but the other was perfectly cooked. It's...More

Reviewed September 23, 2017 via mobile

We were looking for a nice place for Saturday breakfast out- and stumbled upon Water of Leith Cafe Bistro. Had an excellent Full Scottish Breakfast- fresh tomatoes; sausage, baked beans, haggis and black pudding, bacon, egg and mushroom, and toast. One of the best I’ve...More

Thank Duster63
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $47
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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
A bright, relaxing, licensed bistro serving great seasonal food and baking. Available for daytime and weekend evening casual dining.
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