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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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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“cullen skink” (49 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Scottish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1 Howard Street | Canonmills, Edinburgh EH3 5JP, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

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 yesterday

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 5 days 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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a return visit for lunch and the cafe was as charming and welcoming as ever. Delightful owners. We tucked into crabcakes and salad - delicious. The cafe benefits from windows on two sides making it particularly light and airy. Highly recommended. Worth booking...More

Thank Stephen G
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Found this bistro en route to the Botanic Garden and so glad we did. We arrived at 12.30 and within a few minutes the bistro was full. Our delicious, home cooked meals arrived promptly and we had to sample the equally delicious desserts. If you...More

Thank 2manyhats
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Here for lunch last week and the lovely owners welcomed us like old friends. I always love their Cullen skink for lunch and it was as good as ever. This husband and wife team and their lovely staff could really teach the opposition (Earthy's) across...More

Thank trinity2015
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

We went to this bistro just stopping at the botanic garden, it is only a few minutes away. We had pork and a burger with sides and I must say I was very satisfied by my pork steak! The waiter was nice, easy-going and very...More

Thank riccardo s
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

Take a Leith out of my book and give this cafe a visit. Great staff and the food is lovely. I had the Mackerel dish, which was excellent. My wife's Croque Mushroom (or should that be Champignon?) was also tremendous. In a quieter Edinburgh location...More

Thank G S
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

Our second time for lunch at this wonderful bistro. A firm favourite for our family. The staff are always extremely welcoming, especially to little children :-) The food is delicious. Well thought out for both the adults & children. The atmosphere is calm & cosy....More

Thank Gruffers
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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$47
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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