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Water of Leith Cafe Bistro

1 Howard Street | Canonmills, Edinburgh EH3 5JP, Scotland
+44 131 556 6887
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“cullen skink” (51 reviews)
“croque” (17 reviews)
“cakes” (46 reviews)
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Cafe, European, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
1 Howard Street | Canonmills, Edinburgh EH3 5JP, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was in Edinburgh for a short break with my girlfriend and visited the Botanical gardens (which are well worth a look!) and needed a quick bite to eat for lunch. Saw this was near on Google Maps so popped in. We had two of the...More

Thank Carl H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to WOLVB for breakfast this morning and once again it did not disappoint!!! Not been for breakfast for a while and decided it was time for a visit. Now I don’t know about you guys but when I get coffee in some places it...More

Thank Jen L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

my daughter and I had a 4 day break. discovered this cafe on our second day and made it our favourite place to eat. food fantastic and staff so friendly and helpful. highly recommend this place.

Thank Rosie N
Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

Popped in here today in the passing for a hot chocolate and ended up adding a dessert. A lovely family run business with really friendly staff. The place was very clean and welcoming wit a small window view into the kitchen (also well kept). Not...More

Thank Karen B
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Popped in here for a breakfast after being told that one that was highly rated in the magazines over the road had an hour wait. Standard fare excellently prepared and very tasty. Friendly staff, piping hot, delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere. Full Scottish and...More

Thank noodlesausage
Reviewed 25 August 2018

Quite simply, I went back after a break of a few months. This place is as good as ever. That means good fresh hood cooked by a real French chef. The blackboard menu always has something unusual and often a bit too good.

Thank juantwothreefour
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Ordered a ham and cheese roll and was charged £3.30 for this. Had to wait twenty minutes for it to be made and it was also caked in flour making it very messy to eat. Disgraceful. Will NEVER go back.More

Thank Rabster666
amac69, Owner at Water of Leith Cafe Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Sadly you came in for a take out roll in the middle of a busy festival lunch service. Our food is all made to order. Your roll (made of flour, hence...the flour) was baked fresh that morning by a lovely local French bakery, it contained...More

Reviewed 20 July 2018

We always ensure we have at least one lunch here when we visit Edinburgh. Delightful cafe close to the Botanic Gardens. Excellent, freshly cooked food. Delightful service. We enjoyed cullen skink and crepes. Highly recommended.

1  Thank Stephen G
Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

I’ve recently visited this cozy restaurant. The place is very lovely, service is nice. Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything in the menu. I cannot eat dairy, anything was dairy free. I asked if I could have chosen from the breakfast menu but it wasn’t possible....More

Thank Cesare T
amac69, Owner at Water of Leith Cafe Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2018

Hello there! Thanks for taking the time to review our cafe. I’m a little confused as what you ate does indeed come from the breakfast menu (we have a small kitchen and the breakfast items all get cleared away to make way for our larger...More

Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

This place is very cute! I had a good lunch. The food was high in quality, they use very delicious ingredients and smart combination of tastes. The staff was very kind and friendly and the location is very peaceful. I enjoyed myself a lot!

1  Thank labaxi
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$46
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
09:30 - 16:00
09:30 - 17:00
09:30 - 17:00
09:30 - 17:00
09:30 - 17:00
09:30 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Howard Street | Canonmills, Edinburgh EH3 5JP, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh
  • Phone Number: +44 131 556 6887
A bright, relaxing, licensed bistro serving great seasonal food and baking. Available for daytime and weekend evening casual dining.
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