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Water of Leith Cafe Bistro

€€ - €€€Cafe, British,
1 Howard Street | Canonmills, Edinburgh EH3 5JP, Scotland
+44 131 556 6887
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Cafe, British, Scottish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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1 Howard Street | Canonmills, Edinburgh EH3 5JP, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is light and airy, and the staff very nice. A french owner! Good food- we all had cheeseburgers. There is a licence. Not open in the evening, great for a decent lunch.

Thank EdinburghNewTown
Reviewed 1 week ago

Out walking with some friends and popped in here for coffee and a scone. Lady was very friendly and coffee and scone were very good. Nice clean toilet. We will be back.

Thank nocera1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Popped in here on our way back from the Botanic Gardens. Had 2 pieces of really delicious cake with a cup of tea. The staff were very friendly and attentive. Just perfect after a long day walking around x

Thank Lucy L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looks nothing fancy from outside, just a straightforward wee bistro/cafe. However, well worth popping in. We nipped in at 3pm on Sunday for a late bite of lunch. Relaxed and friendly staff, good food (e.g. well cooked juicy homemade burgers and a haddock and leek...More

Thank kirstegordon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have previously been to the Water of Leith Cafe a few times and have enjoyed a selection of their meals including their rump steak. However, today we went there for lunch and ordered 2 medium-rare steaks but received 2 medium-well done steaks. As these...More

Thank Marco A
amac69, Owner at Water of Leith Cafe Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello. I feel I must respond for the sake of balance. My husband did indeed come to your table and have a discussion with you. He agreed that one of the steaks was cooked on the medium side but the other was perfectly cooked. It's...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for a nice place for Saturday breakfast out- and stumbled upon Water of Leith Cafe Bistro. Had an excellent Full Scottish Breakfast- fresh tomatoes; sausage, baked beans, haggis and black pudding, bacon, egg and mushroom, and toast. One of the best I’ve...More

Thank Duster63
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

About 15-20 min walk from Rose St. Very nice cafe next to Leith canal/waterway. Both the quiche and pate were very good. Nice little place.

Thank snorkleface
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Near the Botanical Gardens beside the River of Leith. Lovely home baking, I can recommend their parmesan scones and you get 2!! Friendly staff and average prices

Thank janicejanroxy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a nice little find on our walk to the East Gates of the Botanical Gardens. Just a couple of blocks south overlooking the river (stream). Very friendly hosts welcome you in this small busy place. Interesting and good choices for food. A mix...More

Thank Tom H
Reviewed 29 August 2017

We know how good the bistro is for food and atmosphere and therefore asked them to host our wending anniversary get together. What a wonderful evening it was, excellent food, praise by everyone there, excellent hosts and a great atmosphere. Couldnt recommend it highly enough....More

Thank Audson1
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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$46
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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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