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The Blue Bear

$$ - $$$Cafe, British,
9 Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 5EA, Scotland
+44 131 629 0229
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (94 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (38 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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1 - 10 of 401 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the first restaurant my husband and I tried after arriving, and we were pleasantly surprised to find that the food was amazing! The wait staff were very friendly, the coffee and food were nice and fresh, and it was very dog friendly. As...More

Thank Amanda A
Reviewed 16 April 2018

Drinks served in chipped cheap ikea glasses. Portions are small for the price. Food not very tasty and average. This place used to be great but it has changed ownership and unfortunately gone downhill. It’s a shame as it was a favourite of mine. So...More

2  Thank stef12018
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Fabulous breakfast menu, second visit, really pleased we could book at table, so a run and walk to the shore via old railway tracks found us here at the right time. Great friendly service, build your own Bear is a super idea, however 3 out...More

Thank Chatz2014
Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

This place is just along the road from us, and we found it via instagram. The pictures look amazing so we thought we'd give it a try. We didn't have a table, but they did accommodate us (we had 45mins...fair enough, the question was could...More

Thank JanWard85
Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

After seeing some tasty looking photos on Instagram, we decided to go on the hunt for this wonderful place! Thankfully they managed to squeeze us in for Sunday brunch. However I would recommend booking as 1. It was very busy and 2. I'd hate for...More

1  Thank ELS1291
Reviewed 26 March 2018

I do like the Blue Bear, but lately I've found their opening hours erratic. Some times you turn up on a Saturday and they're randomly closed. The foods good and worth the trip across town, but it's very frustrating when you arrive to find them...More

1  Thank SimonHunter
Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

Was absolutely fantastic and the best breakfast I’ve ever eaten! Everything about the meal was great, friendly staff, nice atmosphere etc.

Thank Samuel C
Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

I cannot believe it. I had here the best breakfast I have ever eaten in my life. I'm afraid I will never taste anything so good again. It was ridiculous. If you're in Edinburgh, you have to go, you don't even need to wake up...More

1  Thank Charlotte A
Reviewed 6 March 2018

As an American living in Scotland I am always looking for a good breakfast place. This place does a fab eggs benedict! Also, they are baby and kid friendly! So a good place to go with the family which is very important. It can get...More

Thank Kelly J
Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

I had waited so long in the post office queue that it was now lunchtime and so decided to eat here. My 'Eggs Benedict' were delicious! Maybe there could have been a little more sauce tho. but never mind! Will surely come again.

Thank Jean G
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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
US$3 - US$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
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
9:00 AM - 3:30 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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