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Water of Leith Cafe Bistro

#156 of 1,830 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
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Sun 09:30 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in for lunch with Mum and a friend this week and opted for the sweet potato, chickpea, spinach & coconut curry. Wow! Soooo tasty. Would have this every day with pleasure. Mum had her first ever Cullen Skink and was bowled over! Owner Anna welcomed my new lurcher puppy in and we all felt very welcome. Will be returning... More 

Thank Susan Y
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had lunch here at the end of a lovely walk along the Water of Leith. The food is fresh and delicious - we had veggie curry and burgers. Cakes heavenly. Would highly recommend.

Thank pamee2
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Popped in for coffee and cake after a trip to the Botanical Gardens and was absolutely blown away by the wonderful cakes and the marvellous service...can't recommend it enough!

Thank LancashireLass2102
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ana and Mikel along with their team including Annabelle, produce wonderful food, fresh and cooked to order and served by friendly staff in a relaxed and friendly yet professional manner. The food is consistently very good, the Cullen skink is one of the best I have had. I recently enjoyed the mussels from The Shetlands, superb quality! The food here... More 

Thank DJWEdinburgh
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156 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

We've been there several times - always full, always excellent - and great value. Whether for a hot chocolate and pastry - or a lunch - this cafe has always delivered something special. Worth seeking out and visiting.

Thank deeveedubai
London, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

I stumbled across this place on the way to the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh and I'm very pleased I did! I had the 3 course lunch special - goats cheese crostini, gnocchi and apple tart. All 3 were very good, especially given it was only £14.50 but the pudding was the star of the show. The caramel sauce was the... More 

Thank OxfordBoy80
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Just wanted to review this great little gem of a place!!! Went for birthday lunch with some friends and the food was superb!!! Would highly recommend eating here as the food, staff and location makes this a perfect little breakfast/lunch spot for either going or coming from town!!!!

Thank Jen L
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79 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Went for a late lunch today. Small but lovely menu with a good selection of specials on the specials board. Food prepared freshly large portion and very tasty. Nice wine selection. Great coffees to finish off with. Leave space for the carrot cake. The brekkie menu looks fab to. Will be back on our next visit north

Thank Kevanya
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Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Third time of visiting with family one breakfast, one brunch and one lunch. As a cafe bistro, I just can't rate this place highly enough- small, family orientated cafe, the staff are excellent, nothing is too much trouble, the food is excellent, and pricing very reasonable. Specials are excellent and kids portions are more than generous. Excellent value, I wish... More 

Thank Ian B
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

I organised a private evening event here for a birthday celebration. The owners Ana and Mickael could not have been more helpful or friendly and they made it super easy to get everything together for it. The food was excellent and everyone really enjoyed what they had and very reasonably priced for the high quality of food that was served.... 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$45
Cafe, European, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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?