Café Marlayne

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Café Marlayne
76 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1EN
  • Telephone 0131 226 2230
  • Seasonal times Festival: extended opening hours
  • Food served Sun–Fri noon–3pm, 6–10pm; Sat noon–10pm.
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As close as you’ll come to finding a little piece of Paris in Edinburgh city centre.

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On cobbled Thistle Street, Café Marlayne has an intimate bistro feel, with twinkling fairy lights and a distinctly French charm. The menu is small but offers more than enough choice, with classic dishes showcasing prawns, mussels, venison, duck and fish. Mains concentrate on fish and meat, like impressive rack of lamb with celeriac and parmesan purée, roasted chicory, crispy capers and red wine jus, or a salmon fillet with seafood butter, carrot and ginger purée and pickled vegetables. Desserts range from traditional French options (frangipane, crème brûlée) to more standard British sweet treats like sticky toffee pudding and cheesecake. Café Marlayne offers a flair in its cooking to rival some fine dining venues in the city, and a reasonably priced wine list is just a bonus.

The List's rating






Louise Donoghue visited Café Marlayne on 1 March 2019
  • High point: Cooking with attention to detail and French flair
  • Low point: It's small, so be sure to book
  • Notable dish: Rack of lamb with celeriac and parmesan purée, roasted chicory, crispy capers and red wine jus
  • Average price: £13.90 (set lunch); £20 (dinner)
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: AOR
  • Capacity: 32
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 2000
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £20 per bottle