Maxies Bistro and Wine Bar

Maxies Bistro and Wine Bar
5b Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2PW
  • Telephone 0131 226 7770
  • Opening times Mon–Sun 11am–midnight.
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 11am–midnight
  • Food served Mon–Sun 11am–11pm.
  • Average price £7.95 (set lunch); £17 (evening meal)
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With its spot on the terrace overlooking Victoria Street, Maxies will appeal to tourists and locals looking for a reasonably priced bite to eat while watching the crowds mill around the Old Town in summer. Inside it has a French bistro feel, with a huge open wine rack behind the bar, stone walls, wooden sideboards and candles in wine bottles. It’s possible to eat in a cosy little raised bar area, spotted with Moroccan-style cushions, or the more formal, and less atmospheric, dining room to the back. The extensive menu offers traditional pub food with a range of different influences, including enchiladas, stir-fries, pasta dishes and steak. Starters are along the lines of crispy coated mushrooms with a garlic mayonnaise dip or poached mussels in an unusual creamy garlic sauce. When it comes to mains, a prawn stir-fry lacks a bit of the pizazz of a more contemporary Thai curry, while a decent steak is enhanced by a rich port sauce and some roasted Mediterranean vegetables. Desserts of rich chocolate pudding and crispy fruit crumble finish off this hearty feast.

  • High point: The huge terrace in a prime position overlooking Victoria Street
  • Low point: Both menu and décor could do with a bit of an upgrade
  • Average price: £7.95 (set lunch); £17 (dinner)
  • Private dining: 100 (outside on terrace in summer)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Easy listening pop, soul, jazz.
  • Capacity: 70 + 100 outside on terrace in summer
  • Largest group: 65
  • Open since: 1979
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
  • House wine: £14.75 per bottle