This restaurant has ceased trading.

57–61 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NB
  • Telephone 0131 558 8684
  • Seasonal times Open seven days a week in the festival
  • Bar open Wed–Thu 4pm–midnight; Fri/Sat 4pm–1am; Sun 12.30pm–midnight
  • Food served Wed–Sun 6–10pm (Bar: Tue–Fri 4–10pm; Sat noon–10pm; Sun 12.30–10pm). Closed Mon. Closed Mon/Tue.
  • Average price £14.50 (set lunch); £26 (evening meal)
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Blackfriars (formerly vegetarian destination Black Bo’s, as they patiently explain) represents perhaps the platonic ideal of bistro dining: laidback and softly lit surroundings, a touch romantic but by no means pretentious, with friendly, knowledgable staff, delightful wine and robustly tasty food, all locally sourced. Treacle-infused soda bread kicks things off and will have you swooning at the depth of flavour, while a lightly spiced black pudding starter is offset by the sharp saltiness of capers and bedecks genuinely sour sourdough. In-house cured trout is a refreshing twist on the more de rigueur salmon version, and sits atop a light crisp radish and apple salad. The mains boast bold flavours and are perfectly cooked: wood pigeon is achingly juicy and tender, while the rib-eye has both a charred, smoky, salty crust and a melting interior, accompanied by fries more crisp and delicious than you thought possible. Desserts won’t disappoint either, with the smart crunch of a churro satisfyingly dipped in thick, cinnamon-infused chocolate. With all the flavour but none of the fussiness of fine dining, and with a more informal bar next door serving some top-notch snacks, Blackfriars is a real treat.

  • High point: Taste tests lead you to the perfect wine match
  • Low point: If you value choice, the menu is short
  • Notable dish: Wood pigeon with Jerusalem artichoke gratin, hazelnuts
  • Average price: £14.50 (set lunch); £26 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Belle and Sebastian
  • Capacity: 28
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 2013
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 20
  • House wine: £16 per bottle

Reviews & features

Where to eat: new and notable restaurants for the Edinburgh Festival 2013

30 Jul 2013

Blackfriars, Field and The Scran & Scallie are among this year's unmissable foodie highlights

Blackfriars 57–61 Blackfriars Street, Old Town, 0131 558 8684, There’s more than a touch of art school hipness about this stripped-back bar and neighbouring restaurant where a former sous chef to Martin Wishart cooks robust…

The newly-opened Blackfriars does justice to the memory of Black Bo's

17 May 2013

The new restaurant is established on the site of the hip, arty and vegetarian institution

Don’t be misled by the blue Bo’s sign still hanging over the front door – you’re in the right place. The new Blackfriars, you see, has history. Co-owner and chef Andrew Macdonald, former sous chef at Restaurant Martin Wishart, was an art student before…