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The Blue Bear

) #139 of 1,865 Restaurants in Edinburgh $$ - $$$ Cafe, British,
9 Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 5EA, Scotland
+44 131 629 0229
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (89 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

1st time visitors and thoroughly enjoyed our breakfasts, no hassle , quick service and super food. Lovely.

Thank bricabear
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and I ate late breakfasts here twice when we recently visited Edinburgh. This is a charming little place not far from the Royal Botanic Gardens. The food was exceptional, especially the french toast with berries. The eggs were nicely done, as was the...More

Thank Michelle H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We called ahead to seat our family of 8 and I'm so glad we did. All of the meals were delicious - we even liked the hagis! The owner and staff were really friendly and helpful - just a great experience all around. We're now...More

1  Thank wombatforsale
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Picked this cafe randomly from Google maps for breakfast and was not disappointed. The service was great and the food was delicious. Would highly recommend it. The only down side was the lack of parking

Thank Susan B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great find This place is small and quaint Had a great Scottish breakfast delivered with great service Fresh products So tasty Eggs bacon sausage black pudding Only negative was there was only one slice of toast Nicely done

Thank onefineday9363
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a connoisseur of Scottish fried breakfast I can tell you this is up there with the very best . Cooked to perfection and served by some thoroughly nice people . Not only that the background music was compiled by someone on the scene ....More

Thank Warren T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very popular place and we were lucky to get a table without having booked. A huge menu, I can't remember when I last saw one so varied. We were there for a family breakfast and it was great fun. Very nice staff. Great service...More

1  Thank Pinkhill
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Been here a few times, today probably being the last time due to the crappy customer service received after finding egg shell in my food, which completely ruined my meal. A real shame as this was becoming a regular for me and my partner. So...More

Thank Simone R
David G, Owner at The Blue Bear, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. I am very sorry to hear you had a bad experience. I have spoken to all the staff that were on duty that day to find out what happened. When you found a piece of...More

Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Great breakfast, I had the ham and cheese croissant and it was lovely. There were other people having French toast and that looked lush will definitely be back for that. Only one issue was our lattes were just warm not hot.

Thank Julesando
David G, Manager at The Blue Bear, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi! Thanks for leaving such a lovely review. Yes come back for some french toast (my favourite) All the best for now

Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

Good choice on the menu, friendly and competent staff, this is a really special place. I went for the French toast with bacon and maple syrup but could have gone for many things off the menu. The place is bustling, with a lovely natural bistro...More

1  Thank Angela M
David G, Owner at The Blue Bear, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hello and thank you so much for leaving us such a great review. Happy to hear that you loved your French Toast (it is certainly one of my favourites). Look forward to seeing you again soon

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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$10
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
08:30 - 16:00
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
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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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