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Water of Leith Cafe Bistro

#158 of 1,806 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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1 Howard Street | Canonmills, Edinburgh EH3 5JP, Scotland
+44 131 556 6887
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun 09:30 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch on 11th January, all staff were very friendly and welcoming throughout as has always been our experience during our previous visits here. Catering for a tricky vegetarian (me) and a definite carnivore (husband), our selections from the specials board were of outstanding quality. Beef and red wine stew served in a pastry pie was described as... More 

Thank Amudiethomson
Haddington, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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 

Thank chrystaf
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14 reviews
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 

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
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
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 

Thank Chez6577
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

Thank Melanie M
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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.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 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 

Thank Jen L
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 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 

1 Thank NealeGEdinburgh
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 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.

Thank John E
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42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 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!

Thank ancientskier

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$43
Cafe, European, British, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:30 - 16:00
09:30 - 17:00
09:30 - 17:00
09:30 - 17:00
09:30 - 17:00
09:30 - 17:00
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?