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The Bon Vivant

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££ - £££European, British,
55 Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DY, Scotland
+44 131 225 3275
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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European, British, Pub, Wine Bar, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
55 Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DY, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't usually start a review by mentioning the staff but what an amazing team work here! Our menu was explained, in detail, by someone whose name I'm not sure of (he mentioned he was originally from Birmingham). He was charming, knew the food well,...More

Thank Cat G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food quality quite disappointing with cheap tasting ingredients. Its trying hard but doesnt quite cut the mustard

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such wonderful service and awesome cocktails - a must have for a visit to Edinburgh. Would highly recommend.

Thank clurry_spud
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We found this brilliant bar/eatery on our first night staying in Edinburgh and fell in love with it. Fantastic vibe, great beers, excellent volume of spirits on offer and an extremely accessible wine list. We had a couple of croquettes of the snack menu before...More

Thank BJSS1986
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is one of our favourite restaurants in Edinburgh. The cocktail bar is always busy, but the food is delicious too. Ben,the manager, has an amazing ability to make you feel welcome. The new menu is a bit confusing as the starters and main meals...More

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very cosy little bar - the food is mouthful size but very well put together and exceptionally tasty - we had about 10 between us which were fabulous - the waitress was really lovely very helpful and gave us wine tasters so we could choose...More

Thank jackie a
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After a hard day sightseeing and wandering I happened upon this little treasure. In need of hydration and nourishment we decided to try here. This is a nice cosy bar hidden away on Thistle Street, nicely decorated and comfortable. We ordered from the small bites...More

Thank Max E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nipped in for a pre-lunch beer, a 330ml can from Fallen Brewery. £5.50, that's five of your British pounds and another fifty pence. The very same beer they sell next door in their shop for £3.30 or it's £2.20 in M&S. Absolute madness.

Thank KTee64
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely intimate candlelit bar/restaurant. Came here for dinner. Our servers were all so lovely and attentive. Great customer service. The restaurant itself is beautiful. The food was fantastic - big portions and overall it was very good value. Would defiantly recommend!

Thank SDuff66
Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

Relaxed vibe, great cocktails with nice tunes playing in the background. Quick service, limited seating with award winning cocktail barman. Food also available.

Thank TRIZZO69
New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town,
until after dark when strappy dresses come out to
play. This is the city’s central business district
with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many
of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest
clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street
helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned
Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DY, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighbourhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 3275
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The Bon Vivant was opened in August 2008 by Stuart McCluskey with an idea to create an environment that was similar to those found on the continent; where dining is often informal and casual yet of a very high standard. Our food philosophy is a selection of simple but well executed dishes that focus on flavour and quality produce. We do as the Europeans do, eat small but with thought. Whether you fancy a bottle of Champagne, a pint, or a wee dram with friends, The Bon Vivant aims to cater for all tastes. We are open 12pm – 1am. – Food served daily 12pm – 10pm.
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