Laila's Bistro

Laila's Bistro
63 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BS
  • Telephone 0131 226 5097
  • Opening times Mon–Thu & Sun 10am–10pm; Fri/Sat 9am–10pm.
  • Seasonal times Festival: extended hours
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm.
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Laila's Bistro

Informal, friendly Old Town bistro with lots of dishes from the Mediterranean and the Levant.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This chilled-out wee bistro with its olive-green walls, pretty lamps and outdoor seating on an iconic Old Town street is a bit of an oasis for tourists looking to take the weight off, but its congenial service and Med-inspired menu means Laila’s is more than just another tourist trap. Sister restaurant to Hanam’s, Pomegranate and Souq, the flexible menu means there’s something on offer for most occasions – toasted panini for a light lunch; a reliable (though not huge) choice of mezze for grazing with friends; and chargrills for that classic Mediterranean experience. There is a short selection of bistro-style dishes too, but best allow this wee place to play to its strengths and splash in the Med: try batata harra (cubes of potato fried with plenty of chilli) — unusual, crunchy and delicious, perhaps followed up with a prawn skewer or nicely charred lamb chops, and you won’t go far wrong.

The List's rating






Jo Laidlaw visited Laila's Bistro
  • High point: Service elevates beyond the typical tourist spot
  • Low point: Some dishes could be more refined
  • Notable dish: Batata harra
  • Average price: £14 (lunch); £20 (dinner)

A cosy Mediterranean bistro in the heart of Edinburgh, Laila's is found in a quaint curved stone building in the heart of the Old Town. Surrounded by rustic exposed brickwork and Mediterranean canvases, nestle in cosy upholstered booths while enjoying a host of mezzes and Lebanese specials, succulent meat dishes and decadent Middle Eastern-style desserts.

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  • Delivery:'s-bistro
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 45 (24 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 8
  • Open since: 2013
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £18.50 per bottle
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