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The Blue Bear

$$ - $$$Cafe, British,
9 Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 5EA, Scotland
+44 131 629 0229
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (97 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Scottish, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
9 Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 5EA, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went in for late lunch and it was quiet. I had a delicious artichoke and potato soup with side salad for £5. Great value and the best soup I’ve had for ages. The service was fast, attentive and friendly. Menu great if dietary restrictions and...More

Thank smith740
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our first breakfast in Edinburgh during a 3 night short break. Lovely breakfast with added traditional Scottish extras. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Highly recommended.

Thank KaneBarker
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We recently visited the Blue Bear cafe based on the trip advisor recommendations, we were not disappointed, there was great choice on the menu, the staff were friendly, courteous and helpful, the food and ambiance were excellent. Highly recommended. QQQQQQQ

Thank James O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Edinburgh A fine city with so much to see and enjoy So easy to fall into traps Positives For us it was nearby Simple menu Staff were nice Negatives Slow service So slow, we were asked to wait 25min if we wanted to order another...More

1  Thank mnasrudin
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Blue Bear Cafe is the best cafe I have been to in Edinburgh. I love the fact I can take my 2 dogs down as well! My cheese and beans on toast was the best I’ve ever had!

Thank Erin Louise P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the second time we have tried this cafe; it is in a good location & close to where we live. Last time was underwhelmed; this time was even worse . The cafe was full but the service was incredibly slow. I would not...More

3  Thank Phillipsj0792
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Blue Bear is lovely. The staff are pleasant - the woman who served us was Irish, which greatly helped ☺️ The food is well cooked, I had my first tattoo scone here & it was crunchy, light & delicious. I’m a very plain eater...More

Thank Myfanwy M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Called in after reading the reviews we opted for the build your own as we wanted a really traditional breakfast. It was fantastic, service was friendly and fast would recommend to all :)

Thank Cmicd12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited The Blue Bear after checking out recommendations for pet-friendly cafes around Edinburgh where we could visit with our small dog, and have some delicious food. We were not disappointed here! A very warm welcome and friendly service, combined with two delicious plates of...More

1  Thank Niall H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came across The Blue Bear whilst walking up Brandon Terrace looking for somewhere for breakfast and thank goodness we did. When we went in at 10am we were asked if we had a reservation.......that's right a reservation for Breakfast. We didn't but fortunately they...More

Thank Bovington-Smythe
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Questions & Answers
2 October 2016|
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Response from David G | Property representative |
Unfortunately we will not be opening on New Year's Day. We will close on 31st at 2pm and open again on January 3rd
29 March 2015|
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Response from Florian_Bonnet | Reviewed this property |
Hi ! If you consider taking a taxi from the beginning of Princes street, it is a 5min trip. It is really worth it !
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$11
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 5EA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh
  • Phone Number: +44 131 629 0229
  • E-mail
The friendly all-day breakfast and brunch cafe-bar with a ping pong table! Fresh, high quality and locally sourced food always served with a smile.
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