Edinburgh Best Bistros & Brasseries

Edinburgh has a range of bars and bistros and brasseries that serve brew , snacks and simple meals in relaxed settings. No matter whether you are looking for big and trendy watering holes or simple bar-stool pubs, this city has it all and more. Browse our list to find some of the best options on offer.


On the site of the previous Black Bo's restaurant, now renamed Blackfriars. Bar next door as well. Serves unusual combinations that Scotsman describes as "delightful"


It has been offering delectable Franco-Scottish fare for more than10 years! The city regulars make the bistro's main clientele. A very busy and much loved restaurant in Edinburgh.


Excellent modern Scottish cuisine with nouvelle-ish tendencies, soothing and well-designed modern surroundings. Superb value for money.


The Iglu is a kind of lovely and cool bar. There is a well-established tavern upstairs. For those of you who love fish, the fish tank in the garret might prove entertaining.Features Scottish, organic and locally sourced menu.Claims to be Edinburgh's first organic pub.The bar has fine amenities.


Launched in '92, the place is now one of the grooviest in Edinburgh. Owned by the same people who also own many stylish places like Indigo Yard, Rick's and Opal Lounge. Stylish though a wee bit busy place with buzz and noise but good food. Expect the contemporary favorites on the menu.

Caledonian Ale House

Upstairs bistro offering genuine Scottish cuisine at decent prices. Set lunch is excellent value.

Howie's Waterloo

Howies has always been famous for their set price menus and signature dishes. Fresh and seasonal delicacies cooked with care to retain their original flavour and taste.