Petit Paris

Petit Paris
38–40 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU
  • Telephone 0131 226 2442
  • Seasonal times Edinburgh Festival: Mon–Sun 11.30am–late
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–3pm, 5.30–10pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 5.30–7pm
  • Average price £12.90 (set lunch); £22 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £12.90
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Petit Paris

Diminutive French bistro consistently serving excellent classic dishes, with prime outdoor seating for sunny days.

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Petit by name, petit by nature – this tiny Grassmarket bistro is phenomenally popular, especially when warm sunny days make outdoor dining a pleasure rather than a chore. Inside there are just 48 covers spread over two floors, with simple table settings, modest furnishings and a large blackboard detailing the day’s specials. The food is classically French, offering few surprises but then none are really necessary. You could start with snails, or perhaps fish soup with garlic rouille, cheese and croutons, or crayfish tails immersed in garlic butter – with excellent French bread for dipping, of course. Move on to Toulouse sausage with mash and a creamy mustard sauce, possibly a steak with peppery wedges, or the fish of the day. There’s also a Mediterranean veg and goat’s cheese pie for the non-meat lovers. Desserts are familiar and comforting – vanilla-speckled crème brûlée, crêpe with Nutella or a mixed fruit tart – and there’s fromage too, bien sûr. Nothing much has changed here since the restaurant opened almost 20 years ago, and the crowds of visiting tourists and loyal locals are testament that nothing needs to. Petit Paris is rustic and simple and French to its core. Magnifique!

  • High point: Rustic simplicity at its best
  • Low point: Not always warm enough to take advantage of the outdoor tables
  • Notable dish: Toulouse sausage with mustard sauce and mash
  • Private dining: Up to 31 covers
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables
  • Music on stereo: Background music
  • Capacity: 48
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 1998
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
  • House wine: £16.90 per bottle
  • BYOB: £3.90 corkage