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“French provincial dining in Edinburgh City Centre”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Chez Jules

Chez Jules
Ranked #220 of 2,449 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: New Town
Description: Informal French bistro, great steaks and seafood but also froglegs, snails, boudin noir, canard roti...During August last food order is 00.30 am (sunday to thursday) and 1.30am Friday and saturday. Bon appetit
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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“French provincial dining in Edinburgh City Centre”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

Step in the door and instantly you feel like you've stepped into a small restaurant somewhere in provincial France - Normandy, or the Loire valley, or even a Mediterranean port. Its "quirky" in that its small, and there's often not a lot of room between the tables - a lot of which are bench style, so you could find yourself sitting beside a stranger. This just adds to the ambiance, although it can be quite noisy when full.

The food is what you'd expect from a small French restaurant; and expectations of quality & choice have always been met and then exceeded every time I've been there. The sweetest, stringiest (blame the cheese crouton!) French onion soup I've had outside France, and I just don't know how they can do the faultless surf 'n turf (half a lobster and a small (small????) rib eye steak) for the price.

A decent wine list - both French & new world, and some great desserts (the crepe suzette is divine, and the creme brulee never fails to please). Can't comment on the coffee - never had room for any after I have finished eating.

Firts time I dined there, I was a little startled to have the wine served up in the same small tumblers that the water comes in, but you know, that just adds to the authenticity of the ambience & atmosphere.

If you want a "rustic provincial France" atmosphere, with excellent food and good service, this is the place for you!

  • Visited January 2013
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“Good food, good price.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

Good food, reasonable price, good service, only comment is that the restaurant is a bit over cramped. But that seems the way at Chez Jules, having been to the Chester restaurant which was similar.

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“Amazing value for a Christmas lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

Went for a Christmas lunch with colleagues in December, 3 courses for less than £10, which was amazing value, especially at that time of year. The food was excellent, good choices and decent portions. There is also a good selection of reasonably priced wine.
I can recommend it, and I will certainly be back.

  • Visited December 2012
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“Really Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

From the moment we arrived at Chez Jules we had a top class dining experience. We were seated quickly and the service was really outstanding despite the fact that the restaurant was packed out. The food was of very high quality, hot and very delicious. I had the best steak of my life which arrived medium exactly how I wanted it. The restaurant was incredibly busy and so very loud when we arrived but after 10 mins or so I acclimatised and it didn't impact on a great experience. The staff were friendly, attentive and organised even under all that pressure and we never waited long for anything. Great value for money also. We all left very impressed with Chez Jules and I would highly recommend it.

  • Visited December 2012
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“Simply excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

Our whole experience at this bistro was EXCELLENT from the minute we entered on a cold and busy Saturday in December. Very welcoming with friendly and efficient staff and cosy atmosphere. We had the 3 course meal for £9 (yes, really!) which was lovely - choice of starters, main course (inc veggie options) and pudding (choc mousse or creme brulee) - also a la carte options. Very good burgundy carafe for £15. Everyone is tightly packed in but this just adds to the atmosphere and not to the detriment of the bistro. Olives and bread are served automatically as is a jug of cold water (ice and lemon, fab). HIGHLY reccomended!

  • Visited December 2012
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