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52 Coburg Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6HJ
  • Telephone 0131 261 5441
  • Seasonal times Summer: extended opening hours
  • Food served Sun–Tue 9am–3pm. Closed Mon.
  • Email
  • Website www.ostaracafe.co.uk
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Friendly Leith café/bistro with an engaged attitude to its local neighbourhood, suppliers and good, fresh food.

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2019/20 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

This neighbourhood brunch spot does a sterling job of serving up simple, wholesome food with a very genuine commitment to local suppliers in a cosy atmosphere. Tea is from Edinburgh’s Pekoe Tea, the coffee is from Williams & Johnson (a five-minute walk away on The Shore), the milk comes from Mossgiel Farm, Ayrshire and the cheese is from Kedar Cheese in Dumfriesshire. Leith and Newhaven locals in the know reap the rewards – Ostara’s breakfasts and cakes make for a good pit stop at the end of a scenic walk along the Water of Leith. Although the focus has been on brunch plates (the menu currently offers grilled kipper with poached eggs and sourdough toast; root vegetable rösti with mushrooms and fried egg, or banana bread French toast with Puddledub smoked bacon) there are plans to swap in some lighter lunch items and salads come summer. The chintzy room with its squashy armchairs, ornate cornicework and china teacups is also a good space to hire out for a private birthday party or special sit-down meal.

The List's rating






Claire Sawers visited Ostara on 23 February 2018
  • High point: Extraordinary ingredients served in a relaxed atmosphere
  • Low point: Doesn't open for dinner
  • Notable dish: Tobermory smoked sea trout with organic scrambled eggs
  • Average price: £12 (lunch)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 28
  • Largest group: 25
  • Open since: 2016 April
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £17 per bottle

Reviews & features

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22 May 2019

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Best breakfast and brunch in Edinburgh

14 May 2018

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2017 edition of The List Eating and Drinking Guide is released

18 Apr 2017

Popular restaurant guide announces award winners including Norn, Bilson Eleven and The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

The 2017 edition of The List Eating and Drinking Guide is out and available to buy Wed 19 Apr. In the guide, the 24th annual round-up of the eating out scene in Edinburgh and Glasgow, nearly 1000 eating and drinking venues have been covered by a team of…