Olive Branch Bistro

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Olive Branch Bistro
91 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RX
  • Telephone 0131 557 8589
  • Bar open Mon–Thu noon–midnight; Fri–Sun 10am–midnight.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 10am–10pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.theolivebranchscotland.co.uk
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Olive Branch Bistro

Bright and welcoming corner bistro serving classic, well-presented food.

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Well-positioned to welcome theatre and cinemagoers as well as guests from nearby hotels, Olive Branch also has a loyal local following, attracted by familiar bistro favourites. Chef-owner Adam Young hits the mark with consistently good food at this corner site, where light streams in, illuminating exposed brick walls displaying an interesting range of images by a local photographer. A menu enhanced by daily specials features starters such as a well-executed iteration of goat’s cheese salad which exceeds expectations, its flavour enhanced by walnuts, beetroot and apple purée. The chef’s focus on crowd-pleasers is exemplified by braised beef cheeks with chorizo, garlic mash and ham hock potato cake, a perfect marriage of flavours that define comfort food at its best. Desserts include a banoffee cheesecake that is a creamy slab of deliciousness on a crunchy base. With friendly service and a wine list offering a good selection for less than £20, it’s little wonder that this place is regularly packed.

The List's rating






Colin Renton visited Olive Branch Bistro on 24 January 2019
  • High point: Familiar favourites and good reliable cooking
  • Low point: Friendly service but occasionally a bit rushed
  • Notable dish: Braised beef cheeks with chorizo, garlic mash, ham hock potato cake and garlic green beans
  • Average price: £20 (lunch); £20 (dinner)
  • Delivery: Deliveroo
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Post-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 38 (16 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 38
  • Open since: 2003
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
  • House wine: £18 per bottle