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The Blue Bear

Certificate of Excellence
Cafe, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options, Grill
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9 Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 5EA, Scotland
+44 131 629 0229
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Good food and atmosphere. It was a bit slow for what we ordered. Nice all day menu including a lot of breakfast items, meaning an ideal place for brunch whenever you wake up.

Thank Grant K
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

33 rd wedding anniversary ..... what do you do ..... go for brunch says the love of my life .... booked for 12:30 ..... glad we did, there was a queue out the door .... perfect choice, both had a lovely brunch and the wife had a brownie to finish, well you have to. Lovely relaxed atmosphere and staff were... More 

Thank Jim F
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Blue Bear lies in Canonmills, an area of Edinburgh not short of little day-time cafés mainly due to the presence of a large bank office nearby. There's been quite a turnaround of the Brandon Terrace cafés, though, and Blue Bear has been 'something else similar' two or three times before. We went on a glorious sunny summer's day but chose... More 

Thank Stormpetrel2011
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The cafe is located in a beautiful corner of Edinburgh next to the water of Leith and Botanical gardens. It was a treat to have breakfast in Blue Bear which was a busy hum in the sunny early afternoon. Me and my friends sat down toward the back with a view out to the garden, which made it feel pretty... More 

Thank maybe1day
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great for breakfast or brunch. We've been here 4 or 5 times and the food and service at absolutely consistently great. If you fancy some good food and reasonable prices in a friendly and non pretentious environment then this is the place. I'd make the effort to come here even if you are not staying in the location.

Thank Rebeccaisabrit
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They do great brunch, good quality coffee and the staff are was going and lovely. Good place to go with a dog too.

Thank FBFB2013
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A serendipitous visit which surpassed expectations. Great food, great service and fab coffee. The menu is varied with lots of local and organic produce and the staff were attentive and pleasant without being overbearing. Great little cafe.

Thank wanderingnurse
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When we arrived the cafe was queued out the door but we only had to wait 10 minutes for a table. The staff were all very friendly and the menu was extensive and caters for people on all diets. I got the veggie breakfast which was massive and came with juice and a tea. Fantastic value at just over £8.... More 

1 Thank Erin C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been here a few times for brunch and it is consistently good. Make sure you are hungry for the Big Bear! Came today with a puppy that we are looking after for some friends and they were very welcoming despite the dog's best efforts to trip everyone up!

1 Thank Ian1101
David G, Owner at The Blue Bear, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was warned that they might be full on a Saturday morning, but it seems that the clientele may have been catching culture at the Fringe. The team were friendly and efficient. There was plenty of space. The full cooked breakfast was both full and (beautifully) cooked , so no problem with the Trades Descriptions Act. Though cholesterol take should... More 

1 Thank Will R
David G, Owner at The Blue Bear, responded to this review

Happy to hear you had a great breakfast. All our sugar shakers are now fully filled! Enjoy Edinburgh and the fringe More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$3 - $11
Cafe, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options, Grill
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 5EA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh
  • Phone Number: +44 131 629 0229
The friendly all-day breakfast and brunch cafe-bar with a ping pong table! Fresh, high quality and locally sourced food always served with a smile.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?