Bia Bistrot

Bia Bistrot
19 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5DP
  • Telephone 0131 452 8453
  • Food served Tue–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5–10pm. Closed Sun/Mon. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Pre-theatre times Tue–Sat 5–6pm.
  • Average price £9.50 (set lunch); £20 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £9.50
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Family-run neighbourhood bistro with a confident kitchen leaning on Scotland’s larder and a knowledgeable, friendly front of house.

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Bia Bistrot is everything a neighbourhood restaurant should be. Family run, with husband and wife team Roisin and Matthias marshalling the kitchen and a familiar front of house keeping a loyal band of returning regulars content. French in origin, the bistro leans on Scotland’s larder with confident cooking matched to a well-sourced and evenly priced wine list. Roasted bone marrow with red onion jam rewards the à la carte adventurous, alongside hake fillet with smoked haddock velouté and fall-apart, tender slow-braised roe deer. All roads lead to the gooey chocolate and hazelnut brownie, with seasonal stop-offs from the popular specials board for confit duck leg and red wine jus or Borders pheasant with beetroot salad. The comfortable, compact dining room is supported by a basement level for larger parties, both offering great value lunch and early dining set menu deals. Six years in and still going strong, this Irish-French chef-owner combo continue to serve up all the right local dining ingredients.

  • High point: Ticks all the bistro boxes
  • Low point: Lower level not quite as charming as main room
  • Notable dish: 28-day dry-aged sirloin steak
  • Private dining: Up to 24 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Background blues and jazz
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 24
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £16 per bottle

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