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Olive Branch Bistro

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$$ - $$$
Broughton & Calton
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91, Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3RX, Scotland
+44 131 557 8589
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our recent visit was pre-booked on a Friday evening. The OB menu is always interesting if a little short on number of starters. My choice was chargrilled Asparagus (local we were assured) with pea puree and black crowdie which was excellent; my other half went for the fresh Mussels in a classic white wine, garlic and cream sauce, as good... More 

Thank corriefister
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very friendly staff had no booking but fitted us in. Beautiful starter and mains. Big portions . Good value. A must visit.

Thank sheila864
Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent dinner with the family. The food is very good. The muscles were divine. The main courses were scrumptious. The desserts were marvelous. The service was great everyone was very nice. we would love to come back to this restaurant for dinner. The staff was very friendly with kids.(written by a nine-year-old.)

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Province of Malaga, Spain
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place and have visited several times. Always a friendly atmosphere. I enjoy their hamburgers and pasta dishes and our visitors loved the mussels casual dining at its best

Thank catherinecohen737
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were cold and hungry and the restaurant we planed to was closed. Then we saw this, a lovely place. The waiters were soooo nice. Guess they were partners? We ordered soup, mussels, pasta and cheese cake. They were good. The only problem is the hand cut chips! They were soft!!! Probably the thin ones would be better...

Thank Sijie T
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here on a Wednesday and it was packed. Good music which was at a nice volume. Romantic setting without been too stuffy. The waitress we had was very friendly and managed to put up with my slightly irritating husband. The food was served and we both enjoyed our meals thoroughly. We will definitely be back

Thank erlifjweoirhg
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My sister and I really had a very unforgettable dining experience in this lovely bistro on a Saturday dinnertime. From freshly cooked food and warm service to the modern decorated restaurant yet cosy dining experience, nothing is bad. The most impressive is certainly food. The bistro is specialised in cooking modern British cuisine, but also has daily special ranging from... More 

Thank Chanel199
Galashiels, United Kingdom
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159 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food and staff were excellent and when one of us asked for a gluten free lunch the staff were unfazed and gave their full attention to make sure everyone was satisfied with their lunch. Nothing was too much bother and all within lovely surroundings. Food and wine was excellent. I would recommend this restaurant.

Thank onebrawlad
St Andrews, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were attempting to help our son move flats and celebrate Mothers Day! We changed our booking a couple of times and then were late due to hassle with getting access to his new place. We were welcomed and served with lovely food, seated in a table near to the window so we could keep an eye on our dog... More 

Thank Ali M
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4 reviews
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Possibly the best burger I've ever had, recommended by the owners of the B and B we were staying in, we weren't disappointed. Cracking waitress very chatty and friendly. Hopefully be back pity I don't stay closer or I'd be a regular.

Thank Alessandro V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$53 - US$53
European, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 91, Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3RX, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Broughton & Calton
  • Neighbourhood: Broughton & Calton
  • Phone Number: +44 131 557 8589
The Olive Branch Bistro offers a relaxed and affordable dining experience close to Edinburgh city centre. Located on bustling Broughton Street, our bistro is the ideal place to enjoy a relaxing brunch, lunch or dinner in the company of friends or family.Using the best local produce, we aim to provide inventive seasonal dishes with a Mediterranean feel, as well as classic comfort food. Pop in and see for yourself! Open from 12pm to 10 pm Monday to Thursday, 12pm to 10pm Friday and 10am to 10pm Saturday/ Sunday.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Broughton & Calton
Lying where grandiose New Town townhouses give way to malls and utilitarian housing, Broughton and Calton have long been transitional neighbourhoods with a mixed identity. It’s here that Edinburgh’s gay village found a home in the 1980s. But gay culture is anything but overt along bustling epicentre Broughton Street; even if polished pubs, hip bistros, smart delis and art galleries all speak of affluent good taste. The top of Leith Walk is more ragged. This major thoroughfare boasts a famously gritty gay club, as well as a strip of good Indian restaurants. Regal Georgian and Victorian townhouses preside over largely deserted streets in Calton, where only the occasional restaurant or hotel brings much life. Even so, a steady trickle of idlers and picnickers pass by to climb Calton Hill for its wide-open lawns, wonderful city views, and curious monuments – an Athenian-style temple among them.
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