The Bon Vivant

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The Bon Vivant
55 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DY
  • Telephone 0131 225 3275
  • Seasonal times Festival and Christmas: late license to 3am.
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–10pm; Sun noon–9pm.
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Atmospheric bar/restaurant in the New Town offering smart, stylish and flexible eating and drinking choices.

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2019/20 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

The name suggests indulgence and there’s plenty on the ever-changing menu at Bon Vivant to offer temptation. Racing green walls, retro prints and candlelight provide smart and cosy surrounds to enjoy beautifully prepared dishes and drinks. ‘Bites’ are more than a mouthful and packed with flavour, with a mere couple of pounds buying the likes of cured salmon rolls with horseradish or iberico and herb arancini with siracha mayonnaise. The full menu runs from bistro-style terrines or savoury tarte tatin, to classic fish and chips or steak, crossing over to Bakewell ice-cream to finish. Knowledgeable staff provide slick service and plenty of recommendations to match tipple and tastes. Wine can be chosen from the extensive menu or brought in from the Companion next door and the cocktails compete with some of the best in the city. A great spot, tucked away on Thistle St, to enjoy a pit-stop or a leisurely evening.

The List's rating






Cat McCabe visited The Bon Vivant on 13 September 2018
  • High point: Reasonable pricing for top quality dishes
  • Low point: Difficult decisions between enticing options
  • Notable dish: Seared cod with mussels and beurre blanc
  • Average price: £16 (lunch); £16 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 150 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Varied - bartenders choice
  • Capacity: 37
  • Largest group: 37
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 47
  • House wine: £22 per bottle
  • BYOB: £10 corkage (Welcome to bring a bottle from The Bon Vivant's Companion next door.)

Reviews & features

Eating & Drinking Guide Awards 2019: Edinburgh winners

16 Apr 2019

The List's annual food and drink award winners in Edinburgh include The Little Chartroom, Nauticus and Stuart McCluskey

The List's annual Eating & Drinking Guide has announced the winners of its Eating & Drinking Awards for 2019. With the publication of the guide's 26th annual edition, ten venues across Edinburgh and Glasgow have been highlighted by the reviewers…

Glass half full - 42Below cocktail world cup

10 Sep 2009

It was a battle of the ages. A dozen warriors armed with silver shakers, crushed ice and angostura bitters striving to become the finest cocktail creator in the world. The Glasgow and Edinburgh heats of the 42Below Vodka cocktail World Cup took place at…