The Apartment Bistro

The Apartment Bistro
7–13 Barclay Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4HW
  • Telephone 0131 228 6456
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–10pm. Closed Sun.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri 5–10pm
  • Pre-theatre price £14
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Birra Moretti

The old guard of Bruntsfield's bistros, the Apartment is affordable, affable and atmospheric.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Impressively ticking along quite nicely since 1999, diners know what to expect from this casual neighbourhood bistro which has a faithful following amongst King’s Theatre-goers looking for an affordable pre-show meal. A blood-red wall adds a little abstract style to the sultry slate décor and minimalist airy space and each table glows with a flickering candle. Chunky skewers, like subtly marinated tamarind and lime chicken, make for a low-calorie main or meaty shared starter. A handful of more adventurous specials feature celeriac fritters with curd cheese and pickled rainbow carrots, followed by grilled sea bass fillets on pillowy sweet potato mash with flavours of the Mediterranean. Enjoyable as they are, they do cry out for a grind of salt, not included in the table set-up. The Apartment’s trusty set menu continues to please customers, offering a solid deal for pre-theatre and beyond, and the drinks menu is well-constructed with ample spirits and classic grape varieties to sip on after a refreshing aperitif cocktail.

The List's rating






Ailidh Forlan visited The Apartment Bistro on 14 March 2018
  • High point: Mini selection of all the desserts
  • Low point: Seasoning a bit subdued
  • Notable dish: Seared & roasted duck breast, sautéed greens, pear, roast potatoes, orange gravy
  • Average price: £14 (set lunch); £26 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 20 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Nothing
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: 1999
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
  • House wine: £16.90 per bottle