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“Relaxed feel, great food and smiley staff”
Review of The Bon Vivant - CLOSED

The Bon Vivant
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British, Scottish, Mediterranean, European, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Bar Scene
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Stockbridge & Dean Village
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Relaxed feel, great food and smiley staff”
Reviewed 27 August 2013

If you're looking for a relaxed drink then this place is for you. It's quite dark inside but with lots of candles everywhere (even in the loos) which creates a really cosy ambiance.

We visited as a group of 12 friends for dinner and drinks. The menu changes daily so I can only comment on what we had on our visit but the food fantastic, it all came to the table at the same time, hot and looking mighty fine! The staff were very friendly and none of our requests was a bother to them. Nothing matches, the plates are all different, the napkins are dish towels, there are a few quirky details, be warned!

We all came away very happy, feeling well fed and watered. Drinks are not cheap but they do have a decent selection of cocktails to choose from amongst the usual wine and beer offerings.

Oh, and there's a Serrano ham sitting on the bar just waiting to be carved...

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank fi_1975
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English first
New York City, New York
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106 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Decent local restaurant with a good bar”
Reviewed 6 August 2013

Bon Vivant is a classic local restaurant -- small and cosy, reasonable menu with a few interesting items, some quirky cocktails and at the top end of average in terms of price. It's pretty noisy, with a popular bar competing with as many tables as possible crammed into the space. Service was relaxed (maybe a bit too relaxed, sorry -- the 10 minute wait to pay at the end became irritating) but for dinner with a group of pals in the Stocksbridge area it's a good choice, and friends who live locally say it's reliably consistent and a favoured spot. Kinda midway between a gastropub and a full blown restaurant.

  • Visited May 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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150 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Cosier than the Thistle Street version”
Reviewed 1 August 2013

This is one of two BV's in towns and in my opinion the best. It's quieter and less frenetic than the one up in Thistle Street. The place has a more relaxed feel about it and is very chilled. Lots of dark wood and refinement compared to the Thistle Street branch.

There is a greta selection of wines on offer, most by the glass and a good range of fizz too. The food I have not tried here but the Thistle Street branch does great food. Unfortunately there was a chef/kitchen issue the night I went to eat here so was not able to test the food.

The dark corners make it a romantic spot too. A grand place to visit all round though.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Mike G
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Atmosphere”
Reviewed 18 July 2013

Popped in with the dog one day and had a delious bottle of red, staff are great/friendly. Very clean and loved the feel of the place so booked a meal to celebrate, came back with the dog again and partner and had an amazing meal. Would recommend this to anyone wanting a small atmospheric bar with good banter. Had a few snacks as well - lovely. Very friendly people drink and eat in there as well.

  • Visited May 2013
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Orish in Edinburgh
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Small but perfectly formed”
Reviewed 16 July 2013

Tasty tapas and a great selection of mains, good wine list too! Service was good with a decent break between courses.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank WellTravelledby2
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