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The Blue Bear

$$ - $$$Cafe, British,
9 Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 5EA, Scotland
+44 131 629 0229
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (99 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (36 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Scottish, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
9 Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 5EA, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very good breakfast. Average price I had a make your own breakfast as pictured and this cost £8. A little bit out the city centre but only around a 15 minute walk. Interior and bathrooms could do with a bit of work as they were...More

Thank SamLeedsH
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited around 2pm and enjoyed a relaxing brunch for two. French toast with bacon and maple syrup was delicious and my wife equally enjoyed the omelette. All cooked to order so 10 /15 mins wait for food. Service was good and staff very pleasant.

Thank angusmack66
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wanted to like the place but wasn’t that keen. Coffee came less than like warm and the breakfast burrito wasn’t my cup of tea although I appreciate someone else may like it.

Thank Kirsty B
Reviewed 3 days ago

I walked past this place once or twice a week and hadn't really paid it any attention. Visited Sunday morning for a group breakfast, it was great. Excellent friendly service. A great breakfast menu and happy to accommodate the various requests of the four toddlers...More

Thank Iain R
Reviewed 4 days ago

I visited here for breakfast and ordered scrambled egg, bacon and a potato scone. As I live overseas I was particularly looking forward to the potato scone. When the food arrived, oh dear! There was masses of food and the scrambled egg was ok, but...More

Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a small cafe that serves a good breakfast with some delicious breads and pastries. We also enjoyed lunch here. The staff is very friendly and the service was good. Be sure and check their hours. I was surprised one morning to find that...More

Thank James S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Popular spot with the locals and tourists alike so we had a small wait for a table to become available. Plenty of choices to cater for all tastes. Food was fine. Staff were friendly and accommodating, juggling their service to customers already seated and those...More

Thank LonelyBlade
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I seem to have been in another parallel universe from the previous reviewer! I had the brioche French toast ... all I'll say is its not the diet option - obscene - apple crumble and maple syrup - we shall have to return as they...More

Thank Marc R
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are lots of nice places nearby but we'll definitely not be back here. The food was over-priced and really, really poor. I had an omelette that was grey, choked with rosemary and swimming in oil. It was accompanied by a tired, sad salad and...More

Thank coussinpoussin
David G, Owner at The Blue Bear, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave the review. I am sorry you had such an negative experience. I will address the points you made. You mentioned that the food is overpriced. I am sorry you feel that way but we have never had...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've tried eggs benedict and it was great. There are also great daily pastries and cakes with vegan options.

Thank İpek D
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Questions & Answers
2 October 2016|
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Response from David G | Property representative |
Unfortunately we will not be opening on New Year's Day. We will close on 31st at 2pm and open again on January 3rd
29 March 2015|
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Response from Florian_Bonnet | Reviewed this property |
Hi ! If you consider taking a taxi from the beginning of Princes street, it is a 5min trip. It is really worth it !
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 3 - USD 11
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 5EA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh
  • Phone Number: +44 131 629 0229
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The friendly all-day breakfast and brunch cafe-bar with a ping pong table! Fresh, high quality and locally sourced food always served with a smile.
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