This restaurant has ceased trading.

2 Deanhaugh Street, Edinburgh, EH4 1LY
  • Telephone 0131 332 1469
  • Seasonal times Will open Sun or Mon for large pre–booked parties.
  • Food served Tue–Sat 6.30–10pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Email
  • Website www.rafaels-bistro.wikidot.com
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Lovely no frills, no fuss homely Spanish eatery in Stockbridge.

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Beavering away in the small kitchen at the back of this Stockbridge eatery is the eponymous chef and owner of Rafael’s Bistro. Here is a man with talent and cheer, who left his native Spain many years ago to set up shop in Edinburgh. With passion in spades and a clear love for what he does, Rafael serves up simple, well-executed and unpretentious food in cosy surroundings, with calm guitar music setting the mood. Dishes change daily and are presented on a chalked-up blackboard, the man himself eager to talk you through the choices. Standouts include a small, perfectly seasoned vegetable stew starter, his mother’s divine recipe of chicken wrapped in serrano ham with port sauce, or a brie and leek Wellington. Team any of these with a glass of the value-for-money house red and you’re on to a winner. A welcome side of vegetables arrives to accompany all mains and keep your fingers crossed that the warm chocolate tart is on offer when you visit – it really is something else. Leave feeling happy, relaxed, and just the right side of full.

  • High point: Lovely welcome, lovely homemade Spanish grub to match
  • Low point: You'll want to return, but may need to book ahead
  • Notable dish: The chef's mother's chicken dish
  • Average price: £22.50 (set dinner)
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's high chairs
  • Music on stereo: Spanish guitar
  • Capacity: 24
  • Largest group: 24
  • Open since: 2001
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
  • House wine: £16.50 per bottle
  • BYOB: £5 corkage