Café Marlayne

This restaurant has ceased trading.

Café Marlayne
Café Marlayne
13 Antigua Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3NH
  • Telephone 0131 558 8244
  • Food served Mon–Sat 8am–10pm; Sun: 9am–10pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Lunch menu available until 6pm, dinner menu from 6pm
  • Pre-theatre price £17.50
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French-style café-by-day and restaurant-by-night with something to charm everyone.

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Meet Marlayne, the younger sibling to her older namesake on Thistle Street; she’s less Amelie than her sister and a bit more in your face. The surprisingly spacious interior with mismatched décor and sprinklings of objet d'art hints at this restaurant’s split personality; by day, there are café-style breakfasts and snacks like croque monsieur and grilled paninis, cakes and coffee, and a simple set lunch menu featuring grilled meat and fish, soup, mussels, pâté and more. By night, the candles are lit to beckon the pre-theatre crowd with a set menu featuring slightly more sophisticated dishes of duck, lamb, venison, cod and pork cooked in a slightly confused French-not-French style, with only the homemade sweets like lemon curd polenta cake and flourless chocolate torte alluding to the daytime persona. This restaurant is a bit more Bellevue than Belleville, but none the worse for that. It’s charming, loveable and maybe even a bit more Amelie than it first appears.

The List's rating






Stan Blackley visited Café Marlayne on 7 February 2018
  • High point: Affordable French-style cooking in eclectic, charming surroundings
  • Low point: Ordering from separate menus means some dishes don’t arrive together
  • Notable dish: Lamb or duck
  • Average price: £11.50 (set lunch); £18 (dinner)
  • Private dining: 15 (café)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Eclectic staff playlist
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
  • House wine: £17.50 per bottle
  • BYOB: £5 corkage

Reviews & features

Edinburgh restaurant Café Marlayne relocates second branch to top of Leith Walk

12 Jan 2011

One of Edinburgh’s much-loved French restaurants has relocated its second branch to a radically diff

If you’re familiar with Café Marlayne’s cosy Thistle Street restaurant, the barn-like proportions of their latest venture on Antigua Street may come as a surprise. High, white-washed walls, supersized glitterball and bold Ikea lampshades mean the new…