Café Tartine

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Café Tartine
72 Commercial Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6LX
  • Telephone 0131 554 2588
  • Bar open Sun–Thu 11am–11pm; Fri/Sat 11am–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Thu 8am–9pm; Fri 8am–10pm; Sat 9am–10pm; Sun 9am–9pm.
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Café Tartine

Family and dog-friendly Leith venue satisfying all-comers from breakfast through to brasserie-style evening dining.

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Café Tartine is the original family-run business from owners Joanne and Michael Graham – their cocktail bar with food, Papillion, is just three doors down, and their latest venture, the Fly Half (formerly the Constitution Bar), is just minutes away. Supportive of the spirit of Leith, the Grahams' ethos for Café Tartine is to offer a rustic French experience, from coffee and very good pain au chocolat, to toasted croque monsieur or a three-course meal with French and Scottish influences. The space has a large warehouse feel to it; for daytime dining, the dog-friendly conservatory at the rear feels more comfortable and cosy. Crêpes in all forms dominate the lunch menu, with sweet or savoury options cooked before your eyes, offering a quick and popular takeaway option for nearby workers. Onion soup with traditional cheese crouton is earthy and comforting, with moules marinières another popular choice. They're unapologetic about the blending of French cuisine with Scottish staples and their battered fish and chips is an example of where this works well.

The List's rating






Louise Donoghue visited Café Tartine on 3 February 2019
  • High point: Family friendly, dog friendly
  • Low point: Not a full-blown French restaurant experience
  • Notable dish: Onion soup and fish and chips
  • Average price: £21 (lunch); £25 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Glazed conservatory lends itself to a separate party
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Live music, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: 90s mix
  • Capacity: 100
  • Largest group: 100
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 20
  • House wine: £18 per bottle