Three Birds Restaurant

Hitlisted
Three Birds Restaurant
3-5 Viewforth, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh, EH10 4JD
  • Telephone 0131 229 3252
  • Seasonal times During the Edinburgh Festival, open every day noon–4pm, 5–10pm.
  • Food served Mon–Fri noon–2.30pm, 6–10pm; Sat/Sun noon–4pm, 5–10pm.
  • Average price £10 (set lunch); £20 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.threebirds.co.uk
in association with
Birra Moretti

Deservedly popular, cosy neighbourhood bistro with an inspired, flavoursome menu.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This Bruntsfield bistro has a cosy, neighbourhood feel with space for just 36 diners, at a squeeze. Attracted by its eclectic cooking, full of big, bold flavours, locals soon beat a path to its door when it opened four years ago. Being busy and relatively pocket-sized means you’ll need to book even on a wet Tuesday night as well as at lunchtime due to the popular £10 two-course deal. There’s plenty of spice in the half dozen starters from chilli-fried chicken to pilpechuma spiced roast aubergine, while the slow-roasted pork belly main course is well matched with sweet chargrilled pineapple. Alternatively choose a big dish to share like the ‘3 birds & beasts’ platter, or pick from the two specials that change every few days. To wash all that down, there’s a compact wine list – all available by the glass, plus five craft beers.

  • High point: The exuberant, bold, confident cooking
  • Low point: Tables can feel a bit squished
  • Notable dish: Spiced roast aubergines, ginger tomatoes, mozzarella, toasted pinenuts
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Indie pop
  • Capacity: 36
  • Largest group: 36
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £15 (£9 for half litre carafe) per bottle