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Water of Leith Cafe Bistro

$$ - $$$Cafe, British,
1 Howard Street | Canonmills, Edinburgh EH3 5JP, Scotland
+44 131 556 6887
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“croque monsieur” (33 reviews)
“cullen skink” (50 reviews)
“cakes” (46 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Scottish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 Howard Street | Canonmills, Edinburgh EH3 5JP, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely loved this Bistro. Lady serving was a delight. Lovely conversation. Coffee was brilliant and excellent value. The bacon roll i ordered was huge and very tasty. Would highly recommend this little Bistro.

Thank Melanie H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just what you need after a pleasant couple of hours wandering around the Botanical Gardens. Delightful little cafe in proximity to the gardens with a lovely menu, attractive appearance and delightful staff. Delish!

Thank Rosamund369
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely lunch and good value at under £13 for two courses. Mezze components home made as was the warm flat bread. Individual chocolate tart dessert to die for. Super thin pastry, just crisp on top, just gooey inside and just warm. Not in the least...More

Thank Kay W
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Come here regularly. Family friendly bistro - amazing croque monsieur. Great lunch menu and specials are good too. Good breakfasts too. Love the food, love the people and friendly atmosphere.

1  Thank AlexM63
Reviewed 3 March 2018

I had my 40th birthday lunch here, and Ana and Mikael were amazing. They drew up a nice menu from which my guests could pre-order. The service was faultless and the food was nicely priced and brilliant value for money. This is one of Edinburgh's...More

1  Thank DaveMyers
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Visiting for years consistently perfect. Food is exceptional and very reasonably priced. Always go for one of the specials.

1  Thank S W
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Very tasty food lovely staff and value for money. Made Very welcome. I would highly recommend this lovely bistro to everyone. Been many times for breakfast and sometimes lunch.

1  Thank Betty M
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Great food. Great service. Great location. The cakes are divine. The coffee heavenly. It’s a perfect brunch or lunch spot after a wander round the botantic.

1  Thank ScottishChick1
Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

The team are always wonderful with fab customer service with a smile and great knowledge of the menu and drinks, food is fantastic, coffee is great. Well done guys!

1  Thank seanajdavidson
Reviewed 14 January 2018

Delicious, plentiful food, great bowl of moules frites and tremendous beetroot/herring starter. Truly lovely staff, such a friendly atmosphere, wish I was in Canonmills area more often!

Thank S P
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 8 - USD 47
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, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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