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  • 5.0 star rating
    3/6/2013

    Love, love, love this place.

    For starters the food is always outstanding. The menu changes every week so you never get bored of it and the service is always excellent. This place is run by a husband and wife team and somehow you think it shouldn't work because surely they'll slip up on the service or the quality when it gets busy but it doesn't. They just keep stepping it up.

    This is a local staple now for me and a number of my friends. Ana is always welcoming of the buggy-brigade and will try and fit you in wherever she can. It's gained a lot of fans over the recent year or so and rightly so! GO HERE it's AWESOME.

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/7/2013
    1 check-in here

    Fantastic little bistro just off the Water of Leith walkway at the Leith end. They source food locally and I can particularly recommend the poached eggs on toast for a late breakfast. Served with crusty wedges of toast and a crispy side salad it makes a great start to the day. The bistro also supports local artists through an organisation called artspace2let with displays of photography and art. I do have to declare self interest that seven of my photos are currently on the wall but its still a tremendous place to eat.

    • Qype User dawnyf…
    • Edinburgh
    • 18 friends
    • 114 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    31/7/2010

    Water of Leith Cafe Bistro.
    This little gem of a cafe is on the site of many previous ventures in the food line! It is only open at lunchtime.
    Its decor is fresh clean and airy!
    There is a tiny kitchen and it is constantly busy!
    We opted for Croque Madame and Fish Cakes from the normal menu but there is a board with specials and a 2 or 3 course meal deal
    The food was tasty and the portions were generous.
    There is a great choice of desserts and all cakes are home made. Licenced to sell alcohol.
    Service was with a smile!

  • 4.0 star rating
    18/11/2012

    Very well executed and balanced homely food. I had pork belly starter with a parsnip purée. Which was a good and a good prelude to a very rich and tasty venison stew. The place is all about the food and the service which are both exemplary. The dining room is clean and bright but feels a bit jumbled. The only let down was the coffee. In summary, excellent value, brilliant food with a couple of small tweaks a definite 5 star. Maybe on my return visit.

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/12/2012

    this is a fantastic family friendly cafe which has bistro quality food.  The chef, who seems ever present and cuts a lonely furrow in the kitchen, has delivered some quite excellent meals.  Ranging from the excellent brunch bap, through the very tasty croque monsieur/madam/salmon to the pretty damn fine specials.  The service generally is with a big smile and just the right level of familiarity for remembered faces.  I have to comment on its family friendly credentials - my kids adore the place and the kids menu is good.  It has WiFi (to correct an earlier review).  My only quibble is that the coffee is not quite as good as some other high end cafes - seems perfectly well prepared but just the wrong beans??  Anyway, near perfect for Sunday brunch on a Spring day after a bracing walk down the Water of Leith.

  • 3.0 star rating
    2/4/2012

    Wandered in here on Saturday past about 4pm hoping to get a bit of late breakfast or early dinner but things were clearly winding to a close despite the sandwich board outside proclaiming proper food being available till 17:30. Scones & cake weren't what we were after so just stayed for a pleasant cuppa instead. Can't fault the service or prices but they maybe want to be clearer about when they are or aren't serving full meals.

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/6/2011
    First to Review

    Lovely friendly service, great Croque Monsieur and proper French chips. Very light and bright space. Only drawback for me - no wifi so I can only go for a quick lunch!

  • 5.0 star rating
    25/11/2012

    My favourite place for a Sundays meal with the family. Food as always excellent and a great welcoming atmosphere. Great for taking young children.

  • 5.0 star rating
    26/6/2013

    Sooooo good!! Cheesecake is fantastic!

    • Qype User lhjhen…
    • Edinburgh
    • 1 friend
    • 5 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    11/12/2011

    Came here on a Sunday morning for breakfast and was really happy with the whole experience. Friendly staff, good music, good sized and delicious portions at a reasonable price and great toilet facilities (which you don't often find).

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