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Every French restaurant in Edinburgh has its own individual charm: from more rustic neighbourhood bistros to more formal fine dining venues, it’s easy to find that winning combination of great food, fantastic service and a comfortable atmosphere. French cuisine is acknowledged the world over as being some of the globe’s greatest...and from the simple croque monsieur to a hearty boeuf bourguignon, France is a country that’s produced some truly spectacular dishes. If you’re looking for a French restaurant in Edinburgh, we’ve rounded up some of our favourites - with a range to suit every occasion, taste and budget.
If it’s rustic, bistro-style cooking you’re after, head to La Garrigue. Just a stone’s throw from Waverley station, it’s a restaurant with vibrantly painted walls and beautiful French artwork, and a menu and wine list that hail from the Languedoc region. From the vegetarian courgette and aubergine cake to meaty delights such as an authentic cassoulet stew packed with confit duck, Toulouse sausage, melt-in-the-mouth pork belly and tender beans, this is rustic southern French home cooking with style.
La Garrigue, 31 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DH
Chez Jules is a charming and friendly place with a shabby chic style that creates a warm and friendly environment. It’s particularly known for its great value lunch deals, but is just as buzzing and lively in the evenings. We love the free nibbles delivered to your table before your meal itself, and the menu is packed full of French classics. Try the grilled goats’ cheese with walnuts and a honey dressing on toast to start, and one of their steaks as your main - the bavette with a rich marrow butter is our favourite...
Chez Jules Bistro, 109 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DJ
“Eclectic” is the best way to describe Maison Bleue on Victoria Street - in terms of both its decor and its menu. Its bold, blue-fronted exterior gives way to a dining room that’s decorated in a beautiful mix of styles: stone archways sit alongside industrial-style lighting, high cushioned-backed bench seating, and comfortable mis-matched chairs. The menu’s equally varied, with French, Scottish and North African dishes all on offer: we love the rich and creamy Camembert fondue, and be sure to try their crème brûlée if it’s on offer when you visit.
Maison Bleue, 36-38 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW
Literally translated as “The Blue Snail”, L’Escargot Bleu combines tasty French recipes with top quality Scottish produce. The huge old French advertising posters on the walls give it a nostalgic feel, as do the classic French dishes on the menu. For a special occasion, we love to order the côte de boeuf: a huge Orkney beef rib that’s truly beautifully cooked. There’s an amazing selection of French wines to accompany your meal too - or a cheeky Pastis with its sweet aniseed tang.
L’Escargot Bleu, 56 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3SA
Elegant, Michelin-starred French food at its finest. Restaurant Martin Wishart has an enviable location right on Leith’s waterfront, and it’s a super stylish place to eat with its geometric wallpaper and muted lighting. It may be fine dining, but we guarantee you’ll be treated like family without no stuffiness whatsoever. The food’s both beautifully presented and beautifully cooked: the fluffiest of Emmental soufflés, an incredibly light yet decadently rich chocolate mousse...push the boat out if it’s a special occasion, and try the tasting menu.
Restaurant Martin Wishart, 54 Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6RA
“The Little Madness” in the city’s West End has been open since 2003, serving up classic French dishes in a bistro-style setting. It’s often packed full of regulars, which is always a good sign in our book. La P’tite Folie has a cosy feel with a wine bar downstairs and a dining area above, where you’ll be able to feast on all sorts of classics. It’s one of our favourite places in Edinburgh to enjoy a dish of moules-frites, with beautifully cooked mussels and the perfect fries.
La P’tite Folie, 9 Randolph Place, Edinburgh, EH3 7TE
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