The Blackbird

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Contemporary British

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The Blackbird Bar and Restaurant, at 37-39 Leven Street in the Bruntsfield area of south-west Edinburgh, serves modern Scottish cuisine. It is located close to The Meadows public park, less than 10 minutes by car or taxi from Waverley and Haymarket Railway Stations; Edinburgh Castle and the city centre are around 20 minutes' walk away. The exposed stone walls of its traditional, tavern-like interior give it an authentically Scottish atmosphere and it also has a beer garden in which to enjoy an al fresco drink or bite to eat in the warmer summer months. The Blackbird’s menu is composed of gourmet burgers, fresh fish of the day, hearty soups and sumptuous salads, to be accompanied by something from the drinks menu – a glass of craft beer, premium ale or fine wine, perhaps – organic teas and coffees are also available.
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4.0
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RachaelM
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall we had a lovely evening but I was s bit disappointed that we were being asked to vacate our table after an hour and a half. As it was we were leaving to see a show but had we wanted a second course we wouldn't have had time. There was no offer of the menu back for dessert and it had not been mentioned at time of booking or as we sat we would only have it for that time.I would expect to have a table for a minimum of two hours.

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Steels
Edinburgh
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice place friendly staff. Food was not great and dining area quite noisy. As a pre theatre eatery it was ok. Would go back for drink as it has atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our table was in a very dark alcove. Chicken was very dry.

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KirstyM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

This was a lovely setting and close to the King's Theatre, which was perfect for our needs the day we went. The service was outstanding - really customer focussed and considerate. The food was good, though we felt that some of the dishes lacked a little flavour or the right balance of flavour for us. For example the chicken and potato dish - the potatoes were very tasty, but the chicken itself was a little bland. I would go back for the location, service and ambiance. And if the balance of flavour in the dishes was looked at, then I would be scoring it 5+.

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MarionI
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The service here is good- however the food isnt! Rather pricey for what you get and not that tasty!

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VickiS
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails excellent - went down very easily. Range of food very good - something for everyone, in my opinion. Not too quiet, but not too noisy. Grown up - no kids. Very enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Not particularly child friendly. A bit dark. On the occasion we were there they were very short staffed and service was very slow.

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LyndaW
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I would recommend to book and if like myself it was for a meal before a show at Kings Theatre, give yourself plenty of time to get foor and eat it as from ordering food to receiving it was about 45 minutes. They weren’t overly busy and only opened at time of our booking. We weren’t too bothered as had given ourselves 2 hours for a leisurely lunch but others coming in after us were getting concerned.
I would also note that not the best for young children as there’s not much choice for food for them unless they are adventurous eaters!
Lovely atmosphere and food though!

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Tonra
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit. A lot busier as prepantomime, so all tables booked up. Thoroughly enjoyed the GlutenFree choices. Ginger beer chicken was delicious followed by orange cheese cake mousse. Friendly and welcoming staff. Will definitely be back guys. Thank you.

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DuncanG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Although the food was ok, the service was good and friendly but the background music and general acoustics prevented relaxed conversations in my opinion.

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Dorothy
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent, was very noisy but I guess thats the time of year. It was not very warm in the restaurant.

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KathyW
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had an enjoyable pre-theatre dinner here. Service was excellent and food was hot.

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DorothyJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Would recommend because usually lovely. However, our visit on Saturday was disappointing. I had the duck. Nothing on menu clearly indicated it was a sort of broth. My friend had the ginger beer chicken advertised on menu as served with spiced potatoes. Was served on a bed of chips! Apparently they had run out of spiced potatoes. Waitress told us that this should have been pointed out when we ordered. Service was very slow - we waited 45 minutes for order to arrive - and we would have complained when served but we were running out of time because we had a show to go to so no time to delay further. Disappointing experience.

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linday
London
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Would have been perfect if we hadn't had to wait just a bit too long for our food to come.. but will definitely be back.. great wee place and food was lovely.

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Gemma
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Breakfast was reasonable value with espresso coffee included in the £11 charge. I would have liked a better quality sausage and nicer bread to match the other ingredients but the rest was good.

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Jools
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a seat near the back door which was a bit cool due to the weather that day. Also the plant behind our table was a nuisance as it hung directly into the seating area.

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PaulineA
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely staff, lovely food. was very loud but that was because the rugby was on but the staff gave us a table away at the back so we weren't disturbed too much.

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MissT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice pub! Great atmosphere, tasty food and amazing service. Highly recommended!

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vipCiaraH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and lovely friendly staff. Would highly recommend and will defo be back next time we’re in Edinburgh.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely evening - casual but very tasty food - attentive staff and relaxed atmosphere - perfect as the snow fell outside!

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JackieO
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Hi great place for a drink and catch up with friends. The food was just average and a wee bit on the expensive side for what you got. Def go back for drinks but not to eat. Bar staff were very friendly and happy.

JM
JennyM
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, good food, relaxed atmosphere. Great bar for all ages.

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EatingOutFan
Edinburgh
33 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Disappointing experience overall on Hogmanay afternoon. Prebooked table but still took more than 1 hour 30 minutes for one course to be served, and not advised until this point that table would need to be vacated for restaurant to be set up for Hogmanay guests. Very little service throughout. Won’t be returning.

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HappyDiner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely fresh tasting food which was nicely presented and good flavour combos

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SusanF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We visit before attending shows at the playhouse and always receive outstanding service. The staff are friendly and there’s a lovely relaxed atmosphere. I recently took my mum who is 88 before attending the pantomime and we loved it. The food is great but please bring back the crab cakes on the menu!

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EmmaG
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for breakfast here and the food was great. The actual place itself is a lovely atmosphere and the staff are super friendly. Will definitely be coming back!

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Elle
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Took an hour for the food to be served and the only excuse was that there was a party of 6 that had come in prior to us. Sorry but if you can’t handle that then don’t have food on your menus. Food was good but were then rushed to eat it as we had a show to go and see. Oh and it was freezing cold.

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KirstyR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Wedged into a window seat metal stool at a high table with a bunch of lads drinking behind us. My face was practically in my food asxthe stool was too low and couldn’t hear my partner for the noise.
We waited almost an hour for our food which was nice when it came. Waitress was lovely but we had to ask for drinks and then chase the bill to catch our show.

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AlanM
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We arrived a bit earlier than booked. Table was ready and seated immediately. Wait staff extremely friendly, nothing too much bother. Would return if in the area for theatre etc.

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MargaretR
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My daughter had the beef rib, croquette and polenta mash and said it was absolutely delicious. I had sea bass which had been cooked just to my liking and the linguine was extremely tasty. However, since the fish should have been the main item on the plate, I felt that one small fillet of fish, cut in two, was a bit stingy. This made my dish pasta with fish instead of the other way round.

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SallyA
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Limited vegan options and some plates really basic/small. But fun and friendly atmosphere.

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RhonaA
Glasgow
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect - great service, & served quickly. Glad I booked it as it was busy. So flexible when we realised we’d be 15mins later than expected. Highly recommend.

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AnnaB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Too noisy, very average food with little apparent effort in the preparation.

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MarieO
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and fabulous cocktails. Perfect for a Saturday night. Staff were lovely also

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jlc113
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service very slow, drinks took a while to arrive, food didn't arrive together so one person ahd to wait for theirs. Not very impressed tbh

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was average but seating uncomfortable tables too high for the stools and people just drinking allowed to sit at proper tables whilst those eating had to squeeze on to tiny high up tables.

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TracyM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food and drink was very good, service quick until it got really busy and it slowed up a bit. Its a little cramped, tables very close together

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nikH
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Friendly service but a long wait for food (45mins for savoury waffles!). It was festival time so they were busy, but for pre-theatre food (our table was 630) it’s the service should be faster. Waffles were ok but overcooked. Tips go to the staff.

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vipEdinpomme
London
194 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food fine but nothing special. Friendly waitresses, but unfortunately very slow, which is frustrating when you've got something else to go to afterwards. Handy for the Kings Theatre.

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SarahL
London
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, friendly service, lively atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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