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Water of Leith Cafe Bistro

#115 of 1,782 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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1 Howard Street | Canonmills, Edinburgh EH3 5JP, Scotland
+44 131 556 6887
09:30 - 17:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 09:30 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to Water of Leith Cafe Bistro for lunch with several friends today. 2 courses 12.90 and 3 course for £14.50. All I can say is what a bargain. The food was probably one of the best meals we have had in a long time!!! Everyone of our party we're extremely happy and not a piece of food was left... More 

Thank Jen L
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Service:- 2 of us went in Saturday morning around noon, place 20% full and plenty of tables, we asked for an empty riverside table (4 seater, riverside view) or a window seat (4/6 seater) instead we were ushered into a small 2 seater table right next to another couple about 1 feet away, so we all felt like we were... More 

Thank NealeGEdinburgh
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Visited yesterday whilst killing time prior to a dental appointment. It was a really great warm welcome as usual with good food and excellent coffee. I wanted to review the bistro again as I am never comfortable being a loner diner but I felt really relaxed and comfortable. Thanks and I will be back when I next visit Edinburgh.

Thank John E
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Without doubt the best ever. What a super little local cafe. Fantastic cullen skink and everything else looked good. Really buzzing with locals and a very few tourists. Reminded me of little local places in Manhattan or Sausalito back in the sixties!

Thank ancientskier
United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I didnt have time to eat at a regular restaurant so stopped by this cafe on my way to a meeting and this place tastes better than expected. The price was decent. Only problem was that they slightly burnt the fries on my meal. Overall, this place is great for a quick eat.

Thank spongebob567
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

I've been here several times and I have to admit that it is sometimes really good and sometimes average at best. They sometimes overcook their steaks which is a big no no for me.

Thank Kimi J
Rociada, New Mexico
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66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

The restaurant is small & unassuming in appearance, but the food is extremely well-crafted & delicious. Try the daily specials with either one, two, or three courses. Our party consisted of three people & the meals had three choices in starters, mains & desserts so we tasted almost everything on the specials menu & all three of us agreed that... More 

Thank carolshodge
Haugesund, Norway
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66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Usually call in here for lunch. It is a real family café, where the staff know the regulars by name and really go out of their way to make you feel valued and welcome. The food is freshly made to order and is always tasty and flavoursome, with a French twist. Plenty of vegetarian options. One of the tables looks... More 

Thank Tyronegirl1971
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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766 reviews
342 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

I really enjoy my lunch here. It's a bright place and I was greeted by smiley and friendly staff. The menu had a lot to choose from and my choice of cullen skink was a wise one as it was really tasty. Nice fruit scone too. I'd recommend this place for lunch

Thank ScottishTemplar
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Our intention was to navigate our way from the bus stop to the Botanic Garden for a morning snack. We never got there. We passed this attractive little bistro and then walked back and in. Lovely fresh feeling interior and a warm welcome. The best bacon bap I've had in a long while and the scone and home made plum... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$44
Cafe, European, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?