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Water of Leith Cafe Bistro

#167 of 1,824 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went for a late lunch today. Small but lovely menu with a good selection of specials on the specials board. Food prepared freshly large portion and very tasty. Nice wine selection. Great coffees to finish off with. Leave space for the carrot cake. The brekkie menu looks fab to. Will be back on our next visit north

Thank Kevanya
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Third time of visiting with family one breakfast, one brunch and one lunch. As a cafe bistro, I just can't rate this place highly enough- small, family orientated cafe, the staff are excellent, nothing is too much trouble, the food is excellent, and pricing very reasonable. Specials are excellent and kids portions are more than generous. Excellent value, I wish... More 

Thank Ian B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I organised a private evening event here for a birthday celebration. The owners Ana and Mickael could not have been more helpful or friendly and they made it super easy to get everything together for it. The food was excellent and everyone really enjoyed what they had and very reasonably priced for the high quality of food that was served.... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

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 

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Haddington, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

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 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 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 

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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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 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.

1 Thank Melanie M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 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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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 

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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$44
Cafe, European, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids
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?