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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
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After a disastrous visit to the Terrace Cafe in The Botanical Gardens, my sister and I spotted this wonderful cafe on our way home. The decor is bright and welcoming, the service was friendly and relaxed. The food was perfect, I had a salad from the specials board and my sister had the Cullen Skink. The menu prices were sensible... More 

Thank idopam
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited for lunch and couldn't believe our luck in choosing such a gem of a cafe, the menu was great, lots of choice even though one of our group was a vegetarian, fabulous burger and caramelised onion tart, amazing vanilla cheesecake, great service with a smile, thank you for a great culinary experience!!

Thank Discodivael
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I can't speak highly enough about this bistro. Welcoming, great atmosphere. Chef terrific. Specials are a must. Prices very reasonable. Service is informal and staff are helpful, attentive and friendly

Thank Jim F
Stockholm, Sweden
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72 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had coffee at this nice bistro on our way to the Royal Botanic Garden. The staff was friendly and happy to share a few words with us. We had only coffee at the bistro and therefore cannot judge the quality of the cooking. However, the coffee offered value for money and we left the bistro with a feeling of... More 

Thank Anders E
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

Wow, an incredible lunch. Wonderful value for a high class feast. Lovely buzz in the place and we will definitely be back!

Thank Mike L
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

A generous big-hearted place to eat beside the Water of Leith. Food is prepared by the Breton chef whilst his hospitable wife looks after front of house. It is family friendly, light and bright with retro wallpaper and comfortable seating. Food is satisfying and we have enjoyed creamy Cullen Skink, deliciously fresh crispy quiche and delectable risotto. It is very... More 

Thank kiltieanne
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

If you're in the Leith/Canonmills area and you're looking for a place to have lunch or dinner, look no further. This is a bistro with the best homecooked food, varying from a French croque monsieur with French fries to a more extensive 2 or 3 course meal. Most dishes are inspired on the French cuisine with the head chef being... More 

Thank Sander v
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Came here for an afternoon break with my friends on our first day in Edinburgh. We were served by very friendly staff and delicious food. Definitely worth having a try.

Thank Michelletam127
Benbecula Island, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

This bright and sunny restaurant is very well run and served us a really good meal with the perfect blend of home cooking and restaurant flair. Not pretentious, not ordinary, just very good, very comfortable and very enjoyable.

Thank cateun
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

This small restaurant offered a good range of choices for all three courses of its reasonably priced set menu as well as a varied children's menu. It was well staffed, who were helpful, friendly and flexible in dealing with our requests. The cafe is bright and attractive, just next to the Water of Leith. It is located to the north... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $46
Cafe, European, British, Gluten Free Options, French, Scottish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?