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Water of Leith Cafe Bistro

#164 of 1,806 Restaurants in Edinburgh
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1 Howard Street | Canonmills, Edinburgh EH3 5JP, Scotland
+44 131 556 6887
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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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Haddington, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We literally stumbled across this place and could have easily have passed it by, but the menu looked interesting the prices seemed reasonable. Physically it's more of a cafe than bistro, being somewhat plain and unpretentious. We were warmly welcomed and offered the main menu and the blackboard with daily specials. Leek & potato soup plus a ciabatta (I chose... More 

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Thank chrystaf
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So disappointed to have to write this review but being a regular I felt it justified. I've been eating here for months and on this occasion was appalled by the owners attitude. My friend and I were turned away stating no seats for us when there were clearly around 5 tables of 4 available. To put it into perspective due... More 

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4 Thank 23tracys
amac69, Owner at Water of Leith Cafe Bistro, responded to this review

Hello there. Ana the owner here. I can't tell you how upset I am. We work so hard at making sure that our customers get great service, great food in lovely surroundings and we do not charge the earth for it. What we get in return are regular customers who call in the morning and book tables. You came in... More 

Cowdenbeath, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bistro, is wee gem near work. Lovey quirky seats, owner is lovely as are the girls serving. Everything cooked fresh to order. Cullen skink is a favourite for me. I also recommend the Croque Monsieur. I think owner husband is chef also, nice family place, they also open in evening as well, although I have never been in evening I... More 

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Thank Chez6577
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of my favourite places to eat in Edinburgh. The food is delicious, the atmosphere warm and cosy and the staff couldn't be friendlier. Would highly recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here again for about the eighth time and was delighted once again... Always a friendly greeting and our food was fantastic (in no small part to the chefs French heritage) and was quick, clean and a delight to visit. Cannot wait to go back.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

Went to Water of Leith Cafe Bistro for lunch with several friends today. 2 courses 12.90 and 3 course for £14.50. All I can say is what a bargain. The food was probably one of the best meals we have had in a long time!!! Everyone of our party we're extremely happy and not a piece of food was left... More 

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Thank Jen L
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

Service:- 2 of us went in Saturday morning around noon, place 20% full and plenty of tables, we asked for an empty riverside table (4 seater, riverside view) or a window seat (4/6 seater) instead we were ushered into a small 2 seater table right next to another couple about 1 feet away, so we all felt like we were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

Visited yesterday whilst killing time prior to a dental appointment. It was a really great warm welcome as usual with good food and excellent coffee. I wanted to review the bistro again as I am never comfortable being a loner diner but I felt really relaxed and comfortable. Thanks and I will be back when I next visit Edinburgh.

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Thank John E
England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

Without doubt the best ever. What a super little local cafe. Fantastic cullen skink and everything else looked good. Really buzzing with locals and a very few tourists. Reminded me of little local places in Manhattan or Sausalito back in the sixties!

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Thank ancientskier
United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

I didnt have time to eat at a regular restaurant so stopped by this cafe on my way to a meeting and this place tastes better than expected. The price was decent. Only problem was that they slightly burnt the fries on my meal. Overall, this place is great for a quick eat.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $42
Cuisine
Cafe, European, British, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
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
Description
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?