Café Grande

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Café Grande
182–184 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4DF
  • Telephone 0131 228 1188
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 9am–11pm; Sun 9.30am–11pm.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 9am–9pm; Sat–Sun 9am–9.30pm (cafe menu available until 11pm).
  • Email
  • Website www.cafegrande.cafe
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Café Grande

Long-established Bruntsfield favourite offering a café line-up during the day and a full bistro service in the evening.

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Competition for your dining-out cash has intensified in Bruntsfield recently. One place that’s risen to the challenge is Café Grande, which has undergone a shake-up since being taken over by Robbie Park. He has cleverly transformed this long-established local favourite into an all-day destination, now billed as a café by day, bistro by night. Regulars have remained loyal – familiar faces are greeted warmly by staff – while an effort is being made to lure new customers with the traditional coffee and homemade scones and cakes being joined lunch-time favourites and a fuller menu in the evening. Once breakfast service is finished, it’s time for sandwiches and burgers plus popular dishes such as Thai fishcake oozing freshness and enlivened by spices, and zucchini noodles with avocado, nuts and mushrooms, zesty with lime and mint. Both dishes also find their way onto the wider evening selection, alongside meatier offerings including steak and duck. The space divides neatly into two inside, with art for sale adorning the walls, and there are outdoor seats too if you fancy a bit of Bruntsfield people-watching.

The List's rating
7.2

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Colin Renton visited Café Grande on 22 January 2019
  • High point: Widening its appeal while remaining loyal to its roots
  • Low point: Needs to keep evolving in an increasingly competitive market
  • Notable dish: Zucchine noodles
  • Average price: £16 (lunch); £21 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 1997, Robbie Park took over late 2016
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
  • House wine: £19 per bottle
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