founded by creative director Isolde Nash & Jérôme Henry, previously Head Chef for Mosimann’s Dining Club, Belgravia & Les Trois Garçons, Shoreditch
2019 Harden’s Guide
2018 ‘The List’ Edinburgh Award; Edinburgh News Award for Fine Dining Restaurant; Scottish Food Awards for Classic Cuisine Chef Of The Year
2017 Scottish Food Awards for Best New Restaurant
lunch & dinner until 18:30 Tues – Thurs; 18:00 Fri – Sat
2 course 21.00 3 course 25.50
Phantassie farm salad with chorizo & tarragon
langoustine bisque with croutons & olive oil
pan-fried sea bass with seaweed butter & sea herbs
potato gnocchi, chestnuts & winter mushrooms
caramelized apple & cranberry crumble with vanilla ice cream
raspberry & mandarin sorbet with fudge ice cream
À LA CARTE
WINE PAIRING 45.00
vanilla or fudge ice cream 3.00 per scoop*
chocolate orange or raspberry & mandarin sorbet 3.00 per scoop*
FINE ARTISAN CHEESE
selection of 3 7.50
selection of 5 12.50
NV Prosecco, Brut, Riflessi, Conegliano, Italy 6.50 36.00
2016 Cerdon, Demi-Sec, Rosé, Bugey, Renardat Fache, Method Ancestrale, France. 8.00 46.00
NV Gyejacquot Frères, Brut, Celles-sur-Ource, Aube, Champagne, France10.50 62.00
NV Decelle Brut Rosé, Gyejacquot Frères, Celles-sur-Ource, Aube, Champagne, France 70.00
NV Henriot, Brut Souverain, Reims, France 75.00
2015 Chardonnay, Platinum Domaine Peiriere, Languedoc-Roussilion, France 5.50 25.50
2016 Airen Bianco, Pampaneo, Bodegas Esencia Rural, La Mancha, Spain 28.00
2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Waterstone Bridge, Gapsted Wines, Victoria, Australia 30.00
2017 Locorotondo DOC, Antico, Carparelli, I Pastini, Puglia, Italy 35.00
2017 Loureiro, Dócil, Projectode Dirk Nieport, Lima Valley, Vinho Verde, Portugal 36.00
2015 Passerina, IGT, Colli Apritini, Azienda San Lorenzo, Castalenti, Abruzzo, Italy 6.50 37.00
2016 Riesling, Meulenhof, Trocken, Devon-Schiefer, Mosel, Germany 7.00 39.00
2016 Minutolo IGP, Rampone, Carparelli, I Pastini, Valle d’Itria, Puglia, Italy 44.00
2017 Pinot Blanc, Cuvée Réserve, Kirrenbourg by Martin Schaetzel, Kientzheim, France 45.00
2017 Pouilly Fumé, Domaine Michel Bailly, La Loge, Loire, France 8.00 46.00
2016 Grüner Veltliner, Frauengarten, Pichler-Krutzel, Oberloiben,Wachau, Austria 50.00
2013 Bandol Blanc, Cuvée de Sanary, Domaine Ray-Jane, Bandol, France 60.00
2014 Pernand-Vergelesses, Les Combottes, Clos du Moulin Aux Moines, Burgundy,France 90.00
2003 Riesling Kellerberg Smaragd, Emmerich Knoll, Unterloiben, Wachau, Austria 92.00
2011 Puligny Montrachet,1er Cru, Les Referts, Domaine Terres De Velles, Burgundy, France 160.00
2011 Shiraz Rosé, The Ruins, Bon Cap, Robertson, South Africa. 6.00 27.00
2016 Sancerre Rosé, Domaine Bizet, Loire, France 40.00
RED WINE 125ml Bottle
2017 Château Fontarèche, vieilles vignes selection, Corbières, Languedoc-Roussillon, France 5.50 25.50
2015 Rioja, Gorrebusto, Tempranillo, Tinto Joven, Torre San Millan, Barriobusto, Spain 29.00
2015 Gilbert & Gaillard, Pour Les Amis, Saint-Chinian, Languedoc, France 33.00
2013 Côtes-Du-Rhône, Domaine Charvin, Southern Rhône, France 39.00
2015 Clos Berenguer Del Moler, Clos De Tafall, Priorat, Catalonia Spain 7.00 42.00
2013 Bourgogne Rouge, Domaine Bernard Moreau & Fils, Burgundy, France 8.00 46.00
2015 Syrah Du Maroc, Alain Graillot & Ouled Thaleb, Tandem, Morrocco 8.00 46.00
2013 Rully, 1er Cru, Les Pierres, Michel Briday, Côtes Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France 58.00
2006 ChâteauMoulin Pey-Labrie, Hubau, Fronsac, Bordeaux, France. 67.00
2011 Barolo, Simposio, Bel Colle, Verduno, Piedmont, Italy 75.00
2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Tardieu-Laurent, Southern Rhône, France 86.00
2004Chateau Musar, Gaston Hochar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 88.00
2007 Ariki, Kidnapper Cliffs, Te Awa Estate, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. 90.00
2014 Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Lavières, Jean Chauvenet, Burgundy, France 100.00
2000 Château Belair-Marquis d’Aligre, Grand Cru, J-P. Boyer, Margaux, Bordeaux, France 150.00
2008 Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru, Louis Rémy, Burgundy, France 190.00
DESSERT WINE 70ml Bottle
2015 Monbazillac, Les Pins, Claudie & Bruno Bilancini, South West France 6.00 40.00
2017 Maury, Marc Barriot, Le Clot de l’Origine, Roussillon, Southern France 7.50 48.00
2015 Chenin Blanc, Kika, Miles Mossop, Stellenbosch, South Africa 53.00
2006 Riesling, Auslese, Fritz Haag, Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenheur, Mosel, Germany 72.00
FOOD & ALCOHOL POLICY
ALLERGIES & FOOD INTOLERANCE
For food allergies intolerance or sensitivity, ask about ingredients before ordering as
we handle allergens in our kitchen & can’t guarantee our food is free from allergens.
In accordance with the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, Le Roi Fou has an age verification policy in relation to the sale of alcohol on the premises. If you are lucky enough to look under 25 you will be asked to prove that you are aged 18 or over when you buy alcohol. We kindly ask our guests to cooperate and show a valid ID if asked. Many thanks for your understanding.
We do not serve alcohol with meals to young people under the age of 18.
VAT & SERVICE CHARGES
Prices include VAT.
Service charge optional.
PRIVATE DINING ROOM/GIFT VOUCHERS
the private dining room is a contemporary space just next to the kitchen, which can accommodate between 8 & 20 guests
the entire restaurant is also available for full hire & Le Roi Fou has a capacity of up to 50 guests
depending on numbers there is a choice of chef’s tasting menu, set menus, or a selection from the à la carte menu
for up to 12 guests we can provide a reduced à la carte menu: 5 starters, 5 mains, 5 desserts
for 12 to 20 guests we recommend a set menu or a 3-choice menu: 3 starters, 3 mains, 3 desserts from the à la carte menu
to the value of £50, £100, £120 & 150
tasting menu with wine pairing £100
tasting menu only £55
CURRENT SAMPLE MENUS & CHRISTMAS MENUS
ingredients change according to market and seasonal availability
menus can be customised to your requirements
Autumn menus 2019
MENU I £ 48.00
smoked salmon with Borders crème fraîche & fresh herbs
grilled dry-aged beef fillet with market vegetables, pommes frites & four pepper sauce
roasted plum with oat crumble & yogurt ice cream
MENU II £ 55.00
Scottish crab tian with winter leaf & herb salad
seared North Atlantic cod with almond & red pepper sauce
peppered pineapple with vanilla ice cream
MENU III £ 62.00
grilled hand dived scallop with leeks & saffron sauce
seared wild Highland venison loin with braised red cabbage, spätzle & sauce Grand Veneur
dark chocolate mousse with oat crumble & vanilla ice cream
vegetarian & vegan menu available
Christmas menus 2019
DON £ 55.00
smoked salmon with Borders crème fraîche & fresh herbs
roast bronze turkey suprême with turkey leg ‘boudin blanc’, airelle sauce, braised vegetables & homemade spätzle
festive French AOC Vacherin Mont d’Or cheese with crackers & chutney (supplement of £ 9.00)
poached pear with a ‘pain d’épice’ ice cream & Valhrona dark chocolate sauce
ESK £ 60.00
Scottish crab tian with winter leaf & herb salad
roasted Scottish salmon with wilted green & champagne beurre blanc
peppered pineapple with vanilla ice cream
TAY £ 65.00
grilled hand dived scallop with leek & saffron sauce
seared wild Highland venison loin with braised red cabbage, spätzle & sauce Grand Veneur
festive French AOC Vacherin Mont d’Or cheese with crackers & chutney (supplement of 9.00)
dark chocolate mousse with oat crumble & vanilla ice cream
vegetarian & vegan menu available
optional selection of fine artisan cheeses 9.50
we offer a separate menu for vegan or any dietary requirements
please contact us for to discuss your requirements & ideas
on 0131 557 9346 or email@example.com
terms and conditions apply
‘feels and tastes like a treat’ Joanna Blythman, 10/10, The Herald
‘so delicious not a drop was left’ Nicholas Lander, The Financial Times
posted by customers from booking platform, Bookatable.com
**** 31 December 2018by Jo from Edinburgh
Lovely dinner with friends.
*****31 December 2018by Steve from London
Great wine, great service, great food, great restaurant. Best meal in edinborough
*****23 December 2018by Craig from Edinburgh
Everything was amazing and the service was impeccable. Definitely one of my favourite dining experiences in Edinburgh
**** 21 December 2018by Neil from Edinburgh
Very good food. Traditional French fair done excellently. Wine list a a little average but decent value.
*****17 December 2018by Juliet from Edinburgh
5 of us were here for a pre theatre dinner. Couldn’t fault service or food all being superb. Pre- theatre menu had enough variety, but a la carte very tempting- will definitely be coming back. Restaurant itself gives you the feeling of being somewhere special- understated elegance!
*****12 December 2018by Julia from Newcastle
Excellent food and service , loved every minute !
*****11 December 2018by Finn from London
We had an amazing meal here. Highly recommend the Tasting Menu – great value for some incredible dishes. The scallops were a particular highlight. Would recommend anyone to visit and will be sure to return when next in Edinburgh!
*****23 November 2018by Iain from Edinburgh
**** 22 November 2018by Hugh from Didcot
A lovely experience. Good food, wine & service.
*****22 November 2018by Anthony from Ledbury
Outstanding on all fronts
*****20 November 2018by James from lausanne
Best beef filet I’ve had in years
*****19 November 2018by Daniel from Maidenhead
Skilful, classical French cooking served in generous portions with attentive, knowledgeable service. The tasting menu features dishes off the wide choice carte and represents excellent value for money at £50 *£40 for a matching wine flight)
This restaurant is a must for serious foodies!
*****12 November 2018by Yvonne from Edinburgh
Food was excellent-not the cheapest fine dining I’ve been to, however was a welcome change, in that the portions were of a decent size. Service was also very good- informal and not stuffy. Also let us try the wine as they were not convinced we’d like it with the meals chosen. Also liked the complimentary soup at the start and the shortbread and sweets that accompanied coffees. Would definitely recommend and will return again
*****11 November 2018by Rick from Nice France
It was truly excellent. Super small cosy friendly atmosphere. Very knowledgeable *about all the dishes) service and a great wine man who picks/recommends both interesting and reasonably priced wines.
*****11 November 2018by Megan from Edinburgh
The service was excellent, and the food was amazing
*****9 November 2018by David from Manchester
Excellent food, value and service. We had the pre theatre menu which was great.
*****6 November 2018by Lorna from Edinburgh
*****6 November 2018by Neil from Edinburgh
Quite simply, superb.
*****5 November 2018by William from Aberdeen
Excellent dinner for four of us. A five course tasting menu which was actually nearer eight courses if the supporting cast of savoury muffin, oyster amuse bouche and a pre dessert dessert are included. . Portions were larger than “tasting menu” portions at other places we have eaten at. All dishes were cooked to perfection and presented beautifully. All for £50! Fantastic value.
However the menu was a wee bit top heavy on fish and sea food; three courses plus the “amuse” were seafood or fish. The only real spoiler for me was the location of our table which was squeezed into a corner at the window next to the main door. Legroom was minimal and a howling gale hit my back every time the door opened. This however will not detract from my view that this is an excellent small restaurant which I will highly recommend to my friends and relatives and hope to visit again sometime.
*****5 November 2018by John from Edinburgh
*****1 November 2018by Ian from Newcastle upon Tyne
Cosy, intimate, slightly quirky restaurant, excellent service, and the food was delicious! When the manager heard us say that it was our wedding anniversary, he kindly gave us a glass each of a particularly nice wine. Would definitely go back when next in Edinburgh.
*****30 October 2018by Robert from Polmont
Think it’s the 5 th time I’ve been and it just gets better with every visit .So many restaurants in Edinburgh have a chef shouting out about their food but any this establishment the food does the talking
*****29 October 2018by Crawford from Edinburgh
This is an outstanding intimate neighbourhood restaurant. The food is interesting and expertly prepared. The wait staff are friendl and very knowledgeale both about the food and the wine.
*****25 October 2018by Mike from Edinburgh
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Le Roi Fou.
The food, wine and staff are all outstanding.
We will return.
*****16 October 2018by David from Frankfurt
Excellent service and delicious dishes. The sea scallops appetizer was incredible. Cooked to perfection. For our main dishes we had the salmon and steak. Both were surprisingly large portions and again delicious. Overall it was a great experience with a wonderful waitress who was attentive and friendly. Would highly recommend Le Roi Fou to anyone looking for a romantic dinner or simply excellent food.
*****16 October 2018by Sarah from Edinburgh
Encouraged by a very positive initial visit to Le Roi Fou a few months ago, we booked Le Roi Fou as a group of four friends who are all keen on high quality food and wine- we were not disappointed in the slightest. On the menu was a wonderful selection of ingredients that included a number of items which, sadly, one doesn’t encounter very often- calf liver, octopus, foie gras. Everything we chose was well executed and absolutely delicious- of particular note was the quality of the sauces which left us in no doubt that the Chef is a extremely capable classic cook. Portions are generous. The sommelier helped us select two wines which matched our food very well, a classic Pouilly Fume and a far lesser known Moroccan red which had a lovely story to accompany it. Service was attentive without being overbearing and we enjoyed a very pleasant evening indeed. Would return without hesitation and we’d go as far to say we’d actively seek another occassion to do so!
*****16 October 2018by Craig from Newcastle upon Tyne
Amazing food and fantastic service we dined at Tom Kitchens on Friday night and I can honestly say we enjoyed the food more at Le Rou Fu! If your in Edinburgh this place is a must ??????
*****12 October 2018by Leslie from Washington, DC
Fabulous in every way
*****12 October 2018by Julie from Edinburgh
Fabulous meal, really enjoyed the food, the service and the wine
*****8 October 2018by Karen from Kansas City
Every part of our meal was perfect! The staff, including Chef Henry, were attentive and helpful, from providing advice on food/wine pairings to explaining our menu options. We spent nearly three easy hours working our way through the menu, from amuse-bouche and appetizers *oh, that fois gras!) to main courses, through cheese course, dessert, and finally, digestif. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and comfortable. My husband and I agreed that this is the best meal we’ve ever have, perfect for celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary.
*****5 October 2018by Mark from Edinburgh
Le Roi Fou serves some of the best and most imaginative food in Edinburgh – which is a fairly crowded market in terms of gastronomy. We have eaten there several times and are always impressed with the interesting and seasonal menus, the stability of the waiting staff *the same waiter and sommelier each time, which shows real dedication) and the quality of the food. The sommelier is a real enthusiast, knows everything about all his wines and helps to make some great selections. The prices are very fair, with amuse-bouches and petit fours included.
**** 2 October 2018by Andrew from London
It’s got that rare quality of being right in a city centre but feeling like a neighbourhood or country restaurant. Food is terrific – high quality ingredients and careful preparation: it doesn’t try too hard to impress, and everything is cooked superbly, not just the grouse but also a venison casserole. The wine list is eclectic, extensive in range and just the right length. Service is friendly and considerate. The prices are right.
*****2 October 2018by Gavin from Edinburgh
10/10. Thoroughly enjoyed my first dinner at Le Roi Fou and will certainly be back. The food was delicious – particularly the Guinea fowl from the pre theatre menu. The wine which the sommelier suggested was also excellent. Service was expectional – all the staff were very friendly.
**** 25 September 2018by Robert from Aberdeen
Great selection of fresh food well presented and prepared. Helpful engaging staff. Plan on returning again.
*****24 September 2018by Anita from Edinburgh
Great food. It’s hard to pick out one outstanding dish, both the starters and mains were perfect. We had no room for desert! Really friendly attention to detail service.
*****19 September 2018by Mike from Edinburgh
We had the tasting menu with the wine pairings. It was truly excellent. The best of the best was the halibut with the saffron sauce. The service was first class, attentive and knowledgeable.
*****18 September 2018by RichB from London
Excellent food – set lunch menu, duck pastrami salad to start followed by roast cod. Great service too.
*****17 September 2018by Stuart from Edinburgh
Excellent. Friendly and competent service, fine food,msensibly,priced. We will return!
**** 17 September 2018by Paula from Edinburgh
Service, food and wine as excellent as on our previous visit — our Australian guests were most impressed. My only caveat would be that the seating in the basement leaves a great deal to be desired, as the rather small, very hard chairs for our table were extremely uncomfortable, such that my husband at one point could bear it no more and had to stand up and walk about to disperse the cramp in his leg that had resulted. Even simple cushions on these seats would be something; but really the contrast with the ample comfort of the seating in other parts of the restaurant is stark. I would have to decline being seated in this way in the future.
*****9 September 2018by Jennifer from Edinburgh
This was a perfect evening. Every detail was just right. And the food was absolutely delicious. We were bowled over.
*****1 September 2018by Antonia from Edinburgh
Dinner at Le Roi Fou was a wonderful birthday treat. I really can’t find fault in this restaurant. The welcome and service were excellent. The food is to die for. I had the most delicious wild mushrooms and an exquisite lamb dish. My children had a ‘wicked’ octopus tentacle with grilled watermelon and even though none of us had room for pudding, the strawberry ice cream with meringue and elderflower curd managed to disappear rapidly, with the help of 4 spoons. The perfect evening, thank you so much.
*****30 August 2018by Philippa from Birmingham
Foie gras course on the tasting menu was outstanding!
*****29 August 2018by Baljit from Edinburgh
Once again it was excellent. My friends thoroughly enjoyed it.
*****27 August 2018by Richard from edinburgh
*****27 August 2018by Sara from New York, USA
Totally brilliant experience. Every mouthful superb. The grouse was outstanding.
**** 23 August 2018by Felicity from Edinburgh
Beautiful food but the gap between starter and menu course was so long that we had sort of lost interest by the time it came. And no staff came to apologise or explain until we approached them.
*****23 August 2018by Gordon from Edinburgh
Overall an excellent experience, as usual. Food and service excellent as is the friendly ambiance of the restaurant!
*****21 August 2018by Russell from Edinburgh
Excellent food and service, and very inventive, considerate and tasty catering for vegans. Wine by the glass seems a little disproportionate in cost, but that is a small quibble.
*****20 August 2018by Geoffrey from Edomburgh
Very enjoyable in all aspects of the dining experience.
The food was excellent and in
The sommelier was very knowledgeable and was spot on about the Italian and Moroccan wines.
And the manager was very flexible on allowing us to select from both the carte du jour and the a la carte without financial disadvantage.
A thoroughly satisfying lunch!
*****19 August 2018by Lesley from Edinburgh
Excellent food , great portion size , fantastic wine list Lots of menu options – it’s an amazing place – you will not be disappointed .
*****19 August 2018by Kathy from Edinburgh
Lovely service. Excellent season food, beautifully prepared.
*****19 August 2018by Amar from Gurgaon
We had a great time and the food was excellent …so was the service
*****19 August 2018by Nicole from New York, New York
Service and food were both excellent. I would definitely go back.
*****17 August 2018by Bill from Keysoe
Very nice meal. Portions very big. Service very attentive and friendly. Would definitely return next time I am in Edinburgh.
*****14 August 2018by Caroline from Edinburgh
Amazing meal – food & wine pairings just perfect !
*****14 August 2018by Mark from Edinburgh
*****14 August 2018by Eric from dundee
My family and I enjoyed an excellent dinner at this well appointed restaurant. The restaurant provided value for money, excellent table service and is located in central Edinburgh
*****13 August 2018by Susan from Manchester
Great meal, excellent service in lovely surroundings. Great value for money and excellent wine matching.
*****6 August 2018by Edward from west lothian
a truly excellant experience,food, wine, service, first class. we shall be returning.
*** 29 July 2018by Elvira from Valencia
They have two floors, the first one is nice with music, but the low floor is totally different without music and very cold. The food is very good but we were waiting a lot of time between starters and mains.
*****28 July 2018by Neeraj from Edinburgh
Had two courses starter – Octopus and main course – Halibut. Both excellent. Not sure how they cooked the Hallibut but it was sublime and the best I’ve ever tasted. Staff were very professional and friendly and made the experience 5 star.
*****24 July 2018by Edward from Edinburgh
One of the best dining experiences our friends and we have enjoyed.
The cuisine was superb, the restaurant team very attentive and the wines selected for us excellent.
I would thoroughly recommend the Le Roi Fou, will be doing so to family and friends and will be back. Our friends who were with us share the same sentiments.
*****22 July 2018by Richard from Edinburgh
Excellent food, staff are friendly and do not rush you and the Chef comes out to talk to you.
**** 20 July 2018by Emma from Edinburgh
We really enjoyed our evening – the food was amazing
The gazpacho was incredible – I had guinea fowl my husband had lamb, both lovely
The only thing was that our table was really close to the next table and 2 of the people there had quite loud voices so it was a bit hard to concentrate on our own conversation at times.
*****17 July 2018by June from Edinburgh
First time at the restaurant and was very impressed. We had the pre theatre menu and the food was just exquisite! The service was exceptional and the staff were all very friendly.
Beautiful little restaurant, I have been recommending to friends and will be back soon for another visit!
*****16 July 2018by Dawid from Edinburgh
It was a very pleasant experience. We loved the decor and artwork. Sits were very comfortable and there was plenty of space between tables. We ordered grilled octopus for starters and it was the best I’ve had so far. I think pairing it with a grilled watermelon was a brilliant idea. Rabbit and Halibut for mains were both excellent. The portions were generous and the service was top notch. Waiters were knowledgeable about the food and we really enjoyed the stories behind different type of cheeses that we ordered for our dessert. I can’t really fault the place – everyone made us feel welcome from the moment we stepped in and we were never rushed. I can wholeheartedly recommend the place to anyone.
**** 11 July 2018by Thomas from Schwerzenbch
In any case you should make a reservation. The restaurant has only few tables compared to the good quality that is served. However this is a plus. It’s a convenient place to dine. The employees welcome you friendly and take your coats. The service is good and satisfied my expectations, even though it’s not a restaurant at the top edge.
The meals are very good in taste and nicely presended. Quality vs. price is absolutely ok.
*****9 July 2018by Michael from Edinburgh
Great food, great location, great service
*****7 July 2018by Isobel from Aberfeldy
We have recently returned from the Middle East so are used fine dining. However, this was exceptional. From the moment we arrived – the decor, staff, ambience, etc., was excellent. It is a relaxed-feeling restaurant and the staff are all welcoming. Very friendly, professional and obviously know their knowledge of menu and food. The presentation of the food is first class as is their knowledge of wine choice.
*****5 July 2018by Neil from Edinburgh
We had a lovely evening in very pleasant surroundings. The waiting staff were attentive, but not intrusive and the food was excellent: imaginative, carefully prepared and generously proportioned! We found fault with nothing.
*****5 July 2018by Francine from La N’ville
After one week traveling in Scotland, no better way to finish !!
*****3 July 2018by Sandy from Edinburgh
*****3 July 2018by Pamela from Aberdeen
Excellent food, service and knowledgeable staff about food and wine.
*****3 July 2018by Russell from San Jose CA
Excellent meal, great friendly and professional service, quality cooking and v nice touch with a birthday cake for my wife – will return and will recommend
*****29 June 2018by Jamie from Antwerpen
Excellent friendly service and great food. Local Scottish ingredients served with the elegance of french cuisine.
*****29 June 2018by Maura from New York. NY USA
*****27 June 2018by Christina from Edinburgh
exquisite! Prepared using fresh local produce, the tasting menu was absolutely divine. The lamb was cooked perfectly. A lovely balance of flavours. It’s been sometime since I was blown away by the impressive combination of flavours, freshness, technique, presentation, and service. Thank you, Le Roi Fou!
*****26 June 2018by Gordon from Edinburgh
As usual a delightful experience/ food excellent, service and staff attentive wiithoutbeing intrusive. The halibut was outstanding! One of our party had the oysters which were aalso very good.
*****23 June 2018by John from Auchtermuchty
Very good – knowledgeable and friendly staff. Inspired cooking.
*****21 June 2018by Randall from Knoxville
My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful dining experience at Le Roi Fou on my 65th birthday. The tasting menu with wine pairings was perhaps the best I have ever experienced, and we have visited many fine restaurants over the years. We enjoyed five courses plus a gazpacho starter and a “pre-dessert” that was not even listed on the menu. We found each dish to be very flavorful and nicely paired with two white and two red wines, ending with a sparkling desert wine. Our favorite dish was the rabbit, paired with an excellent Syrah made in a French style from Morocco *yes, Morocco!). We were also served an aged Bordeaux with the lamb main course that was unexpected and excellent. I should also point out that, unlike many tasting menus we have tried, the portions were quite generous. If anything, they could have served somewhat smaller portions without undermining the overall quality of the experience at all. Service was at a very high standard. We found the staff to be extremely helpful and flexible. After dinner, when we had a brief discussion about whiskey with our waiter, he presented us with three excellent drams for a tasting, gratis! All in all, this was one of the best meals we can remember. Simply top notch. Thank you for capping off my birthday in such fine fashion.
*****19 June 2018by John from Livingston
Excellent in every way the four of us thought your food and service to be amongst the best we ‘ll be back best dish couldn’t say the food was so enjoyable
*****19 June 2018by Dan from Edinburgh
*****17 June 2018by Andrew from Edinburgh
Impeccable service , comfortable environment- and food of such quality that I have not enjoyed in Edinburgh for many years .
Masterful use of seasonal British produce presenting French style cuisine at its truly best .
Certainly if Michelin standard – wonderful
*****17 June 2018by Douglas from Falkirk
We had a really superb lunch and enjoyed every aspect of our meal. The young lady who served was excellent and struck a note of informality which we like. The wine list was very interesting for us and we were able to try two Puglian wines which were very good.We will be back but I think we will not have 3 courses, the portion sizes are generous to say the least but we were tempted and grabbed the bait.
*****14 June 2018by Steven from Edinburgh
Pre theatre menu which was first class, good fish, an very good steak and the best retaurant salad I have had in many years. More than decent wine by glass and excellent scottish cheeses. Service was excellent.
*****12 June 2018by Joyce from Edinburgh
Fantastic meal, great service not too formal and great advice from our waiter and especially the wine sommelier who knew exactly what he was talking about and his recommendations were divine and matched our food exactly, food portions were very good and not left feeling hungry like a lot of fine dining places….. ambience was intimate but not too quiet and decent size table did not feel squashed, loved it all and we will be back hopefully when we have the time to try the tasting menu! Overall FABULOUS! thank you
**** 11 June 2018by Steve from Melbourne Australia
An excellent dinner and absolutely wonderful staff. The highlight of our dining in Scotland.
**** 11 June 2018by Werner from Edinburgh
Pleasant service and very nice food
*****11 June 2018by Gavin from Stenhousemuir
A faultless meal. Standout dish was the spiced gurnard soup.
*** 7 June 2018by Charles from Edinburgh
Sadly disappointing. Main course didn’t arrive until we had been there 2 full hours. Food looked nice but sadly didn’t taste of much. A real shame as we had heard great things and wanted to go for some time. Live nearby so could have been regulars but don’t think so now.
*****4 June 2018by Lynn from Edinburgh
Excellent evening – staff were friendly and helpful, the food was delicious and even the music was great. We all enjoyed ourselves and will definitely be back.
*****4 June 2018by Irene from Edinburgh
An all round good experience from every aspect
*****4 June 2018by Lee-Anne from EDINBURGH
Outstanding!! Great food, great service, lovely ambiance. Lovely dining room with good playlist. Loved the white tablecloths which added a touch of class.
Pre theatre is excellent value for the quality and portion sizes which are plentiful. Foie gras starter on a la carte menu is to die for and their pommes frites were very, very good and worth ordering as a side dish to share.
Am not surprised that this place has won so many awards – we intend to return again and again and again. High end dining that feels special without being overly formal – 10/10.
*****3 June 2018by Mansel from Edinburgh
Amazing food thanks to the simple preparation of excellent ingredients. Probably the best restaurant in Edinburgh – IHMO better than the fancy places in Leith.
*****29 May 2018by Carol-ann from Edinburgh
We had an excellent meal with lovely seasonal produce. The asparagus dishes were delicious.
*****22 May 2018by Susan from Ramsgate
My husband and I had a superb meal at Le Roi Fou. We booked online after reading other people’s reviews. We were not disappointed the food and service were excellent. It was so good we went back the next evening as there were so many good choices on the menu. Would definitely recommend.
*****21 May 2018by Sharon from Canada
Exceptional food, outstanding and gracious waitress…loved every minute of it…
*****20 May 2018by John from Edinburgh
Had the set lunch which left us wanting to come back and sample the a la carte menu. Had a superbly tasty tomato and basil salad to start and followed it with an excellent spicy lamb stew which was accompanied by beautifully cooked seasonal vegetables. The staff were both knowledgable and interested in helping to make it a wonderful lunch. We will be back…..
*****20 May 2018by Susan from New York
Wonderful restaurant on quiet side street. Great service and delicious food. Highly recommend. Felt very local and not touristy at all.
*****7 May 2018by Lee from Edinburgh
All good vg
*****6 May 2018by Joanne from Edinburgh
Wonderful in every way!
*****1 May 2018by Michael from Edinburgh
Great food, service and overall great evening! Visited before they won recent fine dining award and not surprised will definitely be back!!
*****1 May 2018by Fiona from Edinburgh
I love this place. Fine dining without the stuffiness. Exceptionally executed classic and innovative dishes. The guinea fowl with the accompanying spicy tagine was stand out. Staff attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. Go for a special occasion, treat or you just want a fantastic night of food and wine. Well deserved 5 +++++
*****1 May 2018by Frederic from Geneva
Food was excellent as well as the atmosphere
We really enjoyed the meal
Special mention to the food gras poilé
*****30 April 2018by EM from EDINBURGH
Exceptionally well cooked food. Good value set lunch and pre theatre. Relaxed professional service. I’ve have visited before and will do so again.
*****30 April 2018by James from Edinburgh
Gorgeous food and great service. Hard to fault.
*****27 April 2018by Mrs from Edinburgh
Very good experience. The food was excellent with great flavour and texture combinations. The staff are really friendly and the venue has a relaxed and laid back feel with music pitched perfectly.
*****13 April 2018by Claude from Paris France
Le chef is at the top
Very warm service
**** 4 April 2018by Angela from Argyll and Bute
Read the reviews before booking and wasn’t disappointed. My husband and i had 2 lovely courses, the food was excellent and the staff were very efficient too. Perfect location if you have a night at The Playhouse as it’s a 2 minute walk. Would recommend.
**** 2 April 2018by Sandra from Edinburgh
The meal was very good. Some small issues could be addressed – espresso coffees at the end of the meal were lukewarm as the cups had not been heated. The bread we were served at the beginning looked delicious but I could not eat it as it contained garlic. I had indicated my allergy when I booked but no alternative was offered – small point but worth considering – chef accommodated me with the rest of the meal. Tables were very close together – we might just as well been sharing with the couple next to us! I appreciate this is a problem with a small space but we did learn rather more about them than perhaps they realised!
*****2 April 2018by FRANCOIS from Edinburgh
Very welcoming, very attentive, very good.
*****2 April 2018by Matthew from Edinburgh
My wife and I really enjoyed our meal at Le Roi Fou last Saturday night in Edinburgh. The food was absolutely first class, the staff were friendly and attentive *without being intrusive), and the restaurant really conveyed a charming and intimate atmosphere. The steak tartare dish in particular was excellent. The only issue we had was with the two coffees we ordered at the end of our meal, which arrived at our table stone cold. It was a Saturday night *and the staff were busy) so these things happen. However when we returned them and explained the coffee was cold, 15 minutes later when two fresh coffees arrived they were also cold. My wife and I were forced to ask yet again for two further coffees as the replacements were also cold. The staff were very understanding and apologised for the problem, *explaining the coffees were being made upstairs and left on the counter, however the other staff were so busy it was some time before these coffees were actually picked up and transported to our table). When our coffees came to the table for a third time…..they were barely warm. They were better *I suppose) than the previous two attempts, but slightly warm coffee was still a bit of a shame. My wife and I didn’t want to make a fuss because of how long this had dragged on, and so we just drank our slightly warm coffees *my wife basically left hers though as she couldn’t enjoy it). I therefore did begrudge *a little) paying £7 for the coffees considering what had happened. However this didn’t spoil the dinner, or our evening, and my wife & I left very happy.
*****30 March 2018by W from Edinburgh
Excellent restaurant, cannot fault anything.
Staff friendly, knowledgeably and efficient.
Food excellent. Ambiance relaxed.
*****30 March 2018by Daniel from edinburgh
Fantastic. a really great place to eat food is EXCELLENT ambience very intimate and comfrotable SEr vey Superb WINE WAITER REALLY REALLY REALLY GOOD he chose so well and the wines we had just exactly right for what we wanted rather than trying to get what the food wants a real expert and young
*** 29 March 2018by Gordon from Edinburgh
A genuine fine dining experience. Excellent choice of dishes which are very carefully prepared. The service is extremely efficient and very polite. The wine list is reasonably price with good wine from 30-35 pounds a bottle.
*****27 March 2018by Calum from Edinburgh
An awesome tasting menu with great wine pairings. Staff were great, the restaurant setting comfortable and will definitely go back.
*****26 March 2018by Antonia from Salisbury
Everything from beginning to end was lovely. The food was sublime and reasonably priced for what we were getting. My octopus starter was out of this world & the scallops my husband had equally so. Our main courses were delicious & the puddings ended off a truly amazing meal!
*****13 March 2018by Richard from Edinburgh
Jerome and Ian never disappoint. From the interesting and delicious amuse bouche with home made focaccia to the home made fudge and shortbread at the end, the consistent attention to detail is impressive. My pappardelle was simple but full of mushroomy flavour and the calves liver utterly delicious again. John and Sam are welcoming and have great memories! Our favourite drinks are brought unprompted. Another perfect evening.
** 8 March 2018by Emma from Edinburgh
It was ok, food was good, staff were superior
*****6 March 2018by Tricia from Edinburgh
Delicious food and great service
**** 2 March 2018by Richard from Edinburgh
Two of our party had ox cheek with too much pastry which was rather heavy.Two other mains and all starters were excellent. Wine was OK but not as good as one might expect for the price.
*****26 February 2018by Ann from London
Excellent menu and wine list. Attentive and friendly service
*****26 February 2018by Anne from Edinburgh
The food, service and atmosphere outstanding
*****19 February 2018by Tanja from Edinburgh
Many thanks for a wonderful experience at your restaurant. The service was superb and looked very well us and especially my dog – thank you so much!
The food was delicious! We decided to go for the scallops, beef tartar, salmon and halibut. Every single dish was great! The scallops my friend ordered looked amazing, I got almost jealous I didn’t go for this.. Until my halibut arrived which cheered me up immediately. Beautifully presented on the plate, nicely seasoned and extremely delicious… What a great start into the weekend… Thank you Le Roi Fou!
*****19 February 2018by Catriona from Edinburgh
Very good experience. Easy booking, interesting menu and wine menu, delicious tasty food with good efficient non – intrusive service. The wine was better than we expected for the price.
**** 18 February 2018by Catherine from Edinburgh
Visited 9th Feb@ 7.30. Had tasting menu and wine flight. Once we had made our choice re the menu we were left sitting without drinks or service for 10 minutes or so. Our table next to the door was cold as it was a windy evening and there were lots of people coming and going. The tasting menu was delicious, some courses were a little larger that anticipated and possibly needed for e.g the guinea fowl, a little too wholesome and with its chickpeas I felt didn’t quite fit in with the rest of the choices however was very good. The wine flight was excellent some great choices however very small samples of each wine when compared to a tasting menu accompanied with wine flight at Tom Kitchen the week before. We enjoyed the friendly service, great food and atmosphere and will certainly be back.
*****17 February 2018by Nigel from Edinburgh
Really lovely experience. Nice place, very welcoming people, delicious food. All in all creates a fab experience.
*****16 February 2018by Simon from Edinburgh
This is truly an amazing Resturant. I have been three times now and the ambiance and design of the restaurant is so chic and on point. The food is delicious and the service it so professional. I have a hairdressing salon in the city Bruce Masefield Hair and I tell every client to dine out at Le Roi Fu. Its the best restaurant I have been too in the Edinburgh.
* 14 February 2018by Urara from Edinburgh
We went to Le Roi Fou on Saturday 2/10. The amuse bouche was a good start, but was very let down by following courses. Overall, the cooking lacked subtlety in flavourings and design. Starters: scallops were flavoured well enough and fortunately not overdone, but the way the accompanying salad was cut/flavoured and presented was rough and crude. The salmon – the flavouring was just salty *an emerging theme), except maybe a touch of sourness in the dressing. Salad was very rough. The main courses were unfortunate. The cod was passable, if very overcooked, over salted and lacking delicacy in flavouring. The halibut was ruined by over salting and over cooking – the fish had become completely rubbery – we found it basically inedible. Everything about that dish screamed salt, with no other discernible flavour – could not even taste the fish, which is usually amazingly flavourful. I cannot comprehend what was happening in that kitchen that night, because it was their prime night, on a Saturday. We declined dessert on the basis of those courses, deciding to steer clear.
Service was great, and I am gluten and diary intolerant, but the staff and kitchen were kind and obliging, which I much appreciated. When my husband complained about the Halibut, and he hardly ever complains about anything but it really was that terrible, we got a free drink, which was also much appreciated. So we feel no fault in service.
We have eaten in many excellent restaurants around Scotland and UK, a notable example being the Inver Restaurant in Invercottage, and Gardner’s Cottage and Timberyard in Ediunburgh . I’m sorry to say that Le Roi Fou fell miles short of any restaurants of the calibre.
*****4 February 2018by Richard from Edinburgh
Once again Jerome gave us an absolutely delicious dinner – highlights were the chicken oyster and scallop starters and grilled calf liver and salmon main courses. House rose wonderful and the complimentary glass of bubbly and amuse bouches at the start and end of the dinner were perfection. Sam and John are efficient, professional and welcoming. We could not recommend Le Roi Fou more. If you want a fine dining experience with consistently elegant and perfectly prepared food and a warm welcome you could not find anywhere better.
*****3 February 2018by Ju from Linlithgow
Wonderful experience! The food was very special. Service, decor and ambience exactly right for a relaxing, sumptuous evening. The 5 course tasting menu was superb!
**** 29 January 2018by Jane from Edinburgh
Service was spot on and food overall was excellent and good value. Only disappointment was the fact that the frites/chips were far too over done, spoiling their flavour. Would far prefer them to be golden rather than brown . Had to leave them unfortunately. But i would definitely recommend the restaurant and in fact we have booked to come back again for lunch 🙂
*****29 January 2018by Jenny from Edinburgh
Delicious, classic cuisine with a modern update using high quality local ingredients. The tasting menu was excellent and wine paring similarly strong.
*****15 January 2018by Barbara from Kirkcaldy
We had the taster menu with matching wines. Both food and wine were superb, particularly the fois gras!
*****12 January 2018by Kevin from Edinburgh
Fantastic food and service
*****25 December 2017by Maureen from Edinburgh
Extremely nice meal. . Excellent service and all at a very reasonable price
*****24 December 2017by K from Edinburgh
A terrific addition to Edinburgh’s restaurant scene, with great food in a relaxed atmosphere. The standard of service and the quality of food, makes “The Roi Fou” a must for all foodies. The menu options provide something for everyone, added to the opportunity to taste seafood at it’s best.
*****21 December 2017by Ruth from Edinburgh
Exceptional food and service. Generous portions. Lovely relaxed but sophisticated atmosphere.
*****21 December 2017by Shona from Edinburgh
From the moment you enter Le Roi Foi you greeted with lovely surroundings, ambience and lovely staff. Difficult to give you a favourite dish as the menu offers so many wonderful choices, however the scallops and venison were outstanding, never mind the apple toffee ice cream desert or cheese – you are in for a treat with whatever you select from Jérôme Henry’s menu!
**** 21 December 2017by Bob from Edinburgh
*****21 December 2017by Sir from edinburgh
My second visit, the meal was a really good experience. At first sight the wine menu looked a bit limited and unexciting but as we got into it and found out more about it we realised what a very interesting list of outstanding wines it was, just fewer than usual of the big names one usually expects. A short sentence explaining that might help those not so interested in wine as we were to probe further ? The food was excellent in every way too. I started with the Foie Gras, was surprised at the large size of the helping I got and then amazed as it all literally melted in the mouth helped by a. good damson plum and tarragon.. Everything ws interesting and good – my only possible criticism was that my Welsh rarebit while good tasting was on what I took to be a small half baguette which was I thought rather tough. The service was very nice in every respect, we were made welcome, attentively and smilingly looked after by a very pleasant waitress and even more so by the owner/sommelier*?) when we expressed interest in the wines.
*****21 December 2017by Ooi from Edinburgh
Food was very delicious and well presented. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Le Roi Fou.
The staff were extremely welcoming. The sommelier was knowledgeable and helpful.
This restaurant is a excellent addition to Edinburgh.
*****21 December 2017by Gillian from Edinburgh
Fantastic restaurant, great food that is inventive without being more like art than a meal For fine dining portion sizes are substantial and you won’t leave hungry. The octopus starter is fantastic! Very attentive service from a team that understand the food being served and the wines that will complement it.
*** 21 December 2017by Luisa from italy
nice presentation good quality, but not particular tasty.
*****20 December 2017by Stephanie from Edinburgh
We loved everything about this restaurant. The staff were friendly and very well trained.
*****18 December 2017by Ryan from Edinburgh
Excellent dining experience
*****18 December 2017by Elaine from Edinburgh
Superb food and extremely attentive staff. Would definitely return, however, they need to get the heating sorted before I would return. The restaurant is delightfully small but with such large windows and our winter as cold as it is they need to install a better heating system.
* 5 December 2017by Ronnie from Edinburgh
Too expensive, tables too close together, too noisy. Wine choice poor. Food just ok.
*****29 November 2017by Richard from Edinburgh
A delicious dinner – as always. Scallops, grouse and a wonderful chocolate fondant.
*****27 November 2017by Peter from Sacramento
Lovely small atmosphere. Attentive but not overbearing staff. Great wine selection. Always a substantial veg entree. I had the cod and it was prepared with care. Pricey, however, you could spend much more for dinner in Edinburgh and not get a meal as good. Highly recommended.
*****17 November 2017by Claes from Stockholm
We had a great evening. All of us had the tasting menu and it was delicious. The scallops, the halibut and the grouse made us specially happy. We also think the wine pairing menu matched each dish perfectly. The sommelier at Le Roi Fou is very good and also had a great knowledge of eau de vie.
All in all we definitely recommend a visit to Le Roi Fou
*****16 November 2017by Tim from Edinburgh
Le Roi Fou is a beautiful, subtle and classic restaurant with an intimate dining atmosphere and a superb menu. Lovely atmosphere for dining with friends and conversing with friends. The food is excellent, contemporary takes on lovely Scottish and European traditions, using fresh and locally sourced fare.
*****15 November 2017by Carolyn from Hove
Splendid restaurant. Excellent food, especially the steamed halibut, and attentive, but not intrusive, service
*****14 November 2017by Benita from Toronto
Great atmosphere, lovely service and outstanding food! Highly recommend going for a special night
*****13 November 2017by James from ABERDEEN
very good value lunch menu. service was very attentive, food was excellent, well presented and flavoursome. venison fricassee was the stand out, though all were excellent
*****12 November 2017by Geraldine from Edinburgh
I have spend a wonderful time at le roi fou. The service is very attentive. The atmosphere is cosy and refined. Great variety in the menu. Fresh products and seasonal Scottish specialties. Wine is diverse from a world wide selection and interesting tastes. I met the talented chef Jerome after dinner who came to greet me and the other guests. I highly recommend le roi fou and will definitely come back to try more meals.
*****11 November 2017by Stephen from Edinburgh
Wonderful dishes, and service that was attentive but not overbearing. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening
*****11 November 2017by Jenny from Edinburgh
Delicious food and excellent wine list in a stylish venue. Relaxed ambience and very helpful staff
*****9 November 2017by James from Edinburgh
Really first class. A candidate for best restaurant in Edinburgh. Great food, wine and service.
*****9 November 2017by Michel from Neuchatel
Excellent dinner in a nice atmosphere. Food was really great and you feel that they use prime quality ingredients. Very dedicated service from Sylvia and John. Helpful wine counselling by Sam. Taking into account the cooking level and the quality of the ingredients, the price is definitely reasonable, excellent value for money. A wonderful evening. Thank you le Roi Fou, thank you Chef Henry.
*****7 November 2017by Finola from EDINBURGH
Superb evening, amazing tasting menu and wine pairing. Staff very attentive and knowledgeable, I would highly recommend this restaurant.
** 3 November 2017by Iain from Edinburgh
Continuing review. The sauces on the meat were too strong. The matching wines were good. Service was poor which was surprising considering this had been picked up in other reviews but not actioned. I think one more waiter is required. In addition those serving need to work harder as they appeared to spend time looking around rather than working. I would have expected better from a restaurant of that quality.
**** 3 November 2017by Carol from Edinburgh
The service was very good but the tables in the back of the restaurant were far too close together for comfort. Wines by the glass were excellent so was my starter – pumpkin agnolotti although my husband’s octopus was strangely tasteless. I felt that the match between the main courses and vegetable sides offered was not good; I had ordered calves liver and bacon but felt that a potato puree would have been more appropriate than the pommes frites offered. I also ordered the carrots and kale side dish only to find it was cooked with yet more bacon which was overwhelming with my chosen main course. Overall a good experience but not as good as it should have been given the prices charged.
*****3 November 2017by Eileen from Edinburgh
Fantastic night, lucky to get a table as it was a spur of the moment decision, but the food, drink and staff here are all amazing. One of the best, if not THE best restaurants in Edinburgh….would recommend the tasting menu and wine pairings…and actually everything else too!
*****30 October 2017by Doreen from Gullane
We had an exemplary lunch at Le Roi Fou on Saturday. We were given a warm welcome and shown to our table . We went for the A La Carte menu . I started with the hand dived scallops which were absolutely delicious, perfectly cooked and served in a wonderful, very reduced, clear broth. James had the Beetroot Carpaccio with walnuts and a great salad topping , the dressing was an ideal accompaniment.
For mains I opted for the Halibut,which was perfectly cooked and accompanied with spoonfuls of an aubergine concasse and shreds of kale. James had calves liver and bacon cooked as he requested. We had a bottle of excellent Verdejo and James had a glass of Moroccan Shiraz with his main , excellent.
We had no space for dessert so had expresso coffee..
This is the best meal and the best restaurant that we have found in Edinburgh since we returned from London some years ago.. In fact we would give it the highest rating.
Apart from the great food the service was attentive as well as being friendly and efficient.
*****29 October 2017by Brian from Edinburgh
Superb Saturday lunch
*****28 October 2017by David from Haddington
Excellent experience. We both had the taster menu with matching wines. Food excellent and sommelier/serving staff brilliant. Will be back!!
*****24 October 2017by TW from Edinburgh
Excellent food, service, ambience. We had scallops, foie gras, octpus for starters, grouse, pork, venison and halibut for mains and chocolate fondant + sorbets. All excellent, with exception of gin and lemon sorbet – Edinburgh gin not quite smooth enough. Scallops juicy & fresh, grouse cooked to perfection. The sommelier was very helpful with the wine as well.
**** 23 October 2017by Annie from edinburgh
Booking online was simple.
The food was all delicious.
Restaurant lacking in atmosphere but I think has not been open very long.
The chef/patron was delightful and attentive.
Will most certainly go again
*****21 October 2017by Elizabeth from Eysins Switzerland
Enjoyed the food and atmosphere
*****17 October 2017by Frances from Linlithgow
Great menu. Seasoning just right.
*****15 October 2017by Ivor from Edinburgh
So glad I chose the Liver. So soft & mousse-like. And my scallops were biggest and best ever. We all four loved it.
*****15 October 2017by David from Edinburgh
This was our third visit to the restaurant. This time we opted for the tasting menu, which did not disappoint us! There were two fish based dishes which were exceptional, two game dishes which were strong and flavoursome and a desert which was much better than its description on the menu. There were two amuse bouche and a sorbet before the desert, all of which deserve their own praise. The cooking is absolutely superior and the attention to detail exceptional. The restaurant is gradually building up a reputation in Edinburgh, which is totally justified. The value for money of the tasting menu is excellent!
We also opted for the accompanying wines. We thought that although they were very well chosen they represented a poor value for money, especially as the first one was a non descript Vinho Verde and the glass sizes were relatively small. You will not want to have larger wine portions but you would not want to pay the price asked for what is offered. You will be probably better off if you choose a decent white and a decent red bottle; the restaurant has a very good selection of both.
The staff is accommodating and they can offer drinks which are not in the menu. We started for example with an excellent sherry as aperitif.
The restaurant is very conveniently located for many of the hotels near by. This means that the restaurant books easily by both locals and visitors.
*****13 October 2017by Christopher from Edinburgh
Excellent food and service.
*****11 October 2017by Ronald from Edinburgh
A very cozy restaurant with a very interesting menu. As mains we had the venison and the grouse, both of which were excellently prepared and presented. The wine list was very nice and we had an excellent bottle at a reasonable price. The wine sommelier was very knowledgeable and helpful.
*****5 October 2017by Michael from Edinburgh
Very good and great staff
*****5 October 2017by Robert from Falkirk
Wonderful imaginative French cooking at its best
Fine wine list
Easy to get ton
*****4 October 2017by Mark from Edinburgh
Great choice of interesting and well presented food to suit all dietary tastes and requirements. Small intimate restuarant with attentive staff. Great wine list.
**** 4 September 2017by Yvonne from Edinburgh
Good food, friendly service
*****3 September 2017by Christopher from Edinburgh
Outstanding service, informative of the cuisine that is served. Lots of options of flavorful food !
**** 2 September 2017by Patrick from Malta
Overall very good, menu adventurous yet contained , scallops in particular were excellent but overpowered by too strong sauce. Wine selection : good Staff : v. pleasant & knowledgeable. Ambience : pleasant Possibly one of the best places in the city
*****1 September 2017by Marney from Edinburgh
Excellent evening, interesting short menu, exceptionally delicious food, no fuss at all made about request for gluten free options, reasonably priced wine, excellent service that was friendly and informal without being intrusive, stylish simple decor. The evening could not have been better.
*****1 September 2017by Carl from Edinburgh
Beautiful cooking of excellent ingredients on a well balanced tasting menu with very good matching wines.
*** 27 August 2017by Kenneth from Edinburghbe
Be careful with the Bookatable website for this restaurant as we ended up sitting at the bar/washing up area. There was 4 of us and we never all got in conversation. The restaurant were apologetic and made our stay as comfortable as possible but for the cost of our meal and drinks, it was not a good experience. It was like sitting in the middle of Piccadilly Circus !! That said the food was very good and staff most helpful.
*****26 August 2017by Sally from Edinburgh
great meal and service
*****24 August 2017by Eileen from Edinburgh
Fantastic meal, the tasting menu is such an explosion of flavours and the wine list one of the best.
*****23 August 2017by Bill from Dublin
Le Roi Fou is terrific. Outstanding cooking.
*****23 August 2017by Joanna from Edinburgh
We loved all the food and enjoyed seeing what each other had ordered. We ate from both the prix fixe and the a la carte menu which were equally delicious. Service was plesant, efficient and unfussy, just how we like it. The resturant was fairly busy, possibly a usual Saturday lunch time or perhaps more so as it was the festival, either way the atmosphere was convivial and relaxed. We will return.
*****20 August 2017by David from Edinburgh
Superb food. Great domelluer and lovely front of house service. Food was beautifully cooked and presented and nice cosy atmosphere. One if best restaurants I’ve visited in edinburgh
**** 20 August 2017by David from Edinburgh
it was lovely
**** 19 August 2017by Sally from Edinburgh
Wide ranging menu. Beautifully presented food that tasted wonderful
*****18 August 2017by BRIAN from Edinburgh
very good quality produce expertly prepared with a great wine list and good service
*****17 August 2017by Bob from Clitheroe
Excellent service and fine dining
*****17 August 2017by Richard from Lobdib
Excellent food and wine. Everything was delicious and faultless. Excellent service and somellier very helpful. Comfortable and welcoming. It’s a touch of class
*****15 August 2017by Jules from La Baie des Anges
Le Roi Fou is an absolute delight for the senses.
Pour les goumets et les gourmands, altogether chic and relaxed.
You have not been yet?
*****13 August 2017by David from Edinburgh
*****13 August 2017by Mark from Edinburgh
Arrived early but we were expected and welcomed by name. Table was ready. Service and wine advice excellent. Grouse *on 12th August) a special dish, cooked to perfection. Everyone in party of four very impressed. Patron and staff said goodbye at door as we left. Highly recommended – informal fine dining at an appropriate price.
*** 11 August 2017by Martha from Edinburgh
Setting is fine, and most of the food was very good *octopus and grilled watermelon particularly excellent), but service – although friendly – was lacking in the end. I ordered a dessert listed as peaches with pistachio crumble and crème fraîche ice cream. It arrived with half a peach and several apricot halves. Fair enough; I appreciate the need to sometimes substitute depending on what’s available. However, such substitutions could be mentioned in advance. When the waiter came to collect my plate, with the apricots still on it, he asked if we’d enjoyed our desserts. I told him that I was disappointed in mine as it was meant to be peaches, and I don’t like apricots. His response: “Alright. Okay.” That was it. And when he brought the bill, just a few minutes later, he asked again whether we’d enjoyed everything. Don’t ask the question if you don’t really want the answer. The dessert was still on our bill and no further mention was made. It was a poor finish to what would otherwise have been a lovely dinner.
*****10 August 2017by Edie from Edinburgh
I had the most amazing meal. The food was absolutely exquisite from start to finish, truly delicious. The staff were very kind, and the glass of prosecco that we received on arrival *we were celebrating a birthday) made the evening even more special. The ambiance in the restaurant was perfect, I had the loveliest evening – it was definitely the most enjoyable dinner that I have had in Edinburgh! Thank you very much to everyone at Le Roi Fou who gave us such a wonderful evening.
*****9 August 2017by Richard from Edinburgh
Fabulous evening of food and drink. Lovely ambience for a romantic meal – perfect for my wife’s birthday. We had the tasting menu – I particularly enjoyed the beef fillet and the french burgundy; my wife really loved the cod and guinea fowl. Can’t wait for our next visit.
*****9 August 2017by Michel from Lutry
A very pleasant evening.
The pre-theatre menu is a very good idea
*****9 August 2017by Yvonne from Edinburgh
In one word, excellent. We were early…no problem. The staff were welcoming, helpful with coats, seating, etc. The waiters were knowledgeable, both with food and wine. They were attentive, there when wanted, but not intrusive. Each course was well presented, beautifully served, cooked to perfection and delicious. The timing was spot on, not rushed, not slow. What more can I say?
*****7 August 2017by Tim from Edinburgh
Beautiful, modern classic dining. Lovely atmosphere, perfectly attentive staff and superb food. We had an exceptional experience and look forward to dining here again. A new Edinburgh favorite!
*****6 August 2017by Robert from Edinburgh
Best lunch I have had this year. Halibut was amazing.
*****30 July 2017by Ann from Richmond
Fantastic food, great ambience and a great chat with the very talented chef.
**** 27 July 2017by Pamela from EDINBURGH
Good, but not brilliant. After Nicholas Lander’s review in the FT, I was expecting more. My meal was excellent, but one of our party’s halibut was dry. Service was attentive *although somewhat casual in the case of the wine waiter – when we tried to order a second bottle of the same wine, they had ‘run out’). Overall we had a lovely evening: the atmosphere was relaxed and most of the food was very good. Just a tad disappointing at these prices.
* 24 July 2017by Geoffrey from Edinburgh
Booked for 5 *opening time) and arrived on time but they were not ready to take us. Went nearby for a drink before returning to be told they needed the table back for 7. So rushed service. Silly thing is that the restaurant was still quiet at 7. 1st course *scallops) good. Main was barely luke warm *liver and bacon) despite the bacon being incinerated. The “crumble” was cereal and chopped strawberries. Rubbish.
**** 24 July 2017by Liz from Edinburgh
We ate at 9pm on Saturday night – the restaurant was busy and the service was clearly suffering – our waitress was excellent but was carrying it all on her own. The table next to us had the tasting menu, we were not offered this, presumably due to timing but this should have been explained. The food was excellent and we would certainly return, perhaps at a less busy time!
**** 23 July 2017by Allan from Edinburgh
Delicious food, charming staff and excellent value set-price lunch.
*****23 July 2017by Sally from EDINBURGH
We had the tasting menu. The mackerel and watermelon amuse bouche was an unusual pairing but worked extremely well. It was a wonderful dinner. Very special. Thank you
*****21 July 2017by Gregor from Lauder
Great food, excellent staff
*****20 July 2017by Ian from Edinburgh
We’ll crafted delicious food in a friendly small restaurant – good value interesting wine list and friendly, informed staff.
**** 16 July 2017by Rebecca from Edinburgh
Attentive, charming and amusing staff. A perfect espresso martini. Tender and delicious fois gras with cherries and plump, melty scallops. Delicious supper. The octopus, although a generous portion and served with gorgeous seared watermelon was rather firm unfortunately.
Visually the restaurant looks a little muted, not as it’s striking website would suggest. However we came for the food and it was mostly excellent.
*****16 July 2017by Laure from Edinburgh
Perfect meal as usual. Charming staff. My favorite restaurant in Edinburgh!
*****15 July 2017by Ronnie from Edinburgh
Another superb evening in Le Roi Fou. Food and service and atmosphere all combine to make a first class experience
*****15 July 2017by Peter from Dumfries
Small intimate restaurant with excellent food and service.
*****14 July 2017by Kenneth from Edinburgh
Good quality ingredients, presented with flair. The octopus and watermelon starter was a good example of creativity. The chocolate & raspberry marquaise was divine. A thoughtful, and manageable, wine-list at a range of prices.
*****13 July 2017by Helena from Edinburgh
Altogether the care attention to detail and quality of the menu could not have been surpassed.
It was a perfect celebration for my son’s birthday. Many thanks.
*****1 July 2017by Paul from edinburgh
Nice minimal modern decor.
Friendly, efficient and unobtrusive service.
Great food – Crab chowder was particularly memorable.
*****1 July 2017by Frances from Edinburgh
The restaurant was excellent. Beautifully decorated, delicious food, good service.
*****29 June 2017by Petulia from Edinburgh
Excellent food and great service. It was lovely to see the chef come up and greet guests at the end of the evening. Really nice!
*****24 June 2017by Louise from Portobello, Edinburgh
This could be my fave restaurant in Edinburgh and there are lots to choose from. The food was perfection, portions very generous. Would definitely recommend ??
**** 22 June 2017by Iain from Glasgow
We arrived for an early dinner, were welcomed warmly and when I later mentioned it was my guest’s birthday, champagne was offered, gratis, and the glasses topped-up. The menu presented a problem in that everything appeared tempting. We chose different starters – mine was the scallops *delicious) and my guest had the oysters *she thought the topping was a bit overpowering- and we both had the *rather expensive) lamb which we found to be very good *and chips were perfect). My guest had as a dessert a chocolate marguise. with which she was delighted – not least because a tiny birthday cake candle decorated it!
*****20 June 2017by James from Edinburgh
We were a party of 10, who were given the private dining room *probably just as well as we were rather boisterous). This is a lovely bright space, tastefully decorated. We had our own waitress, Francesca who was very attentive, good fun, knowledgeable and very able to advise on menu selection.
The food and wine were both fantastic and we all had a very enjoyable, memorable, evening.
*****19 June 2017by Cadien from edinburgh
This is a new restaurant and is really really lovely. We went at lunchtime on Sunday and were welcomed by a friendly, relaxed, nicely dressed young man. The waitress was equally friendly and welcomed us cheerfully and politely. The atmosphere was calm and we settled in comfortably for a beautiful meal.
Food was exceptional. particularly the Summer vegetable salad. I have honestly never tasted such an interesting, flavourful or refreshing salad before. The mixing of flavours and the fantastic dressing made this a wonderful starter. My husband had his favourite six oysters which were of course perfect.
I had noisette of lamb cooked perfectly and delicious, whilst my husband was ecstatic about his halibut, perfectly cooked.
My husband mentioned it was his birthday and was quietly pleased to be presented with a chocolate mousse, with candle, before the puddings arrived. Strawberry crumble with pistachios and creme fraiche ice cream… yummy with a delicious wine chosen by the staff.
The friendliness, desire for perfection and the amazing food made this a very special and happy lunch.
*** 19 June 2017by Mark from London
Lovely, great service and fab food
*****16 June 2017by Benoit from Edinburgh
Great cooking, EXCELLENT service! We’ll definitely go back!
*****11 June 2017by Lizzie from Edinburgh
Beautiful food, a lovely ambience and great service.
*****10 June 2017by Steven from Boston, MA
Precise and original cooking. Brave use of organ meats, but good choices for the less adventurous. Delicious– and no theatre. Best meal in Scotland for a very long time.
*****9 June 2017by Mark from Edinburgh
A very enjoyable experience with excellent food, lovely atmosphere and attentive, professional staff.
*****7 June 2017by Alistair from Edinburgh
The Atmosphere, the service, the wine, the food…..flawless!
*****7 June 2017by Claire from edinburgh
excellent restaurant, lovely food and good ambience. Def will be one of my favourites in edinburgh
*****7 June 2017by LJ from Edinburgh
Great dining experience. The staff were welcoming, friendly, the restaurant atmosphere was relaxed and calm. All four of us had a lovely relaxing afternoon. I personally loved the salmon tartare and the haddock on the fixed lunch menu. Our friends enjoyed their tomato salad and chicken with chorizo. We enjoyed two fantastic desserts. All of us are of the opinion that we’ll return soon, and recommend to others.
*****7 June 2017by Mandy from Edinburgh
**** 30 May 2017by Drew from London
Careful cooking, not trying to be spectacular or too fancy, good ingredients. Wine list thoughtful and well-priced.
*****29 May 2017by John from Glasgow
First visit, and had a thoroughly enjoyable meal. Great service, relaxed atmosphere, and excellent quality.
*****29 May 2017by Kenneth from edinburgh
**** 28 May 2017by Pat from Edinburgh
Excellent meal and great service
*****26 May 2017by Alice from EDINBURGH
Lovely dining experience . Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Efficient service . Delicious food . Everything you would wish for on a night out . Wish this new dining venture all success – they deserve it .
*****21 May 2017by Ruth from Edinburgh
Friendly staff, fantastic food and wine
*****19 May 2017by Benoit from Edinburgh
Excellent dishes, service was very friendly and professional
*****15 May 2017by Maureen from Edinburgh
Great food and service
*****14 May 2017by Laure from Edinburgh
First of all, I must say how lovely and comfortable the restaurant is. Bravo! The staff is also lovely and charming.
We really enjoyed our meal – it was really awesome to find some champagne rosé on the drinks menu. The steak tartare and the lamb were excellent and so was the lovely Moroccan red wine that we tried! Definitely recommend this place! 🙂
*****14 May 2017by john from Edinburgh
Best value Edinburgh lunch for a long time
*****7 May 2017by Lynne from Kinross
First visit so tried the pre-theatre menu as we wanted to get an idea of what the food was like and we were actually going to the theatre. So glad we did – could not fault the dishes – perfectly seasoned and delicious. I’m not vegetarian but my daughter is and I wish we’d brought her along. Vegetarian options were creative and did not appear as an after thought. Service was friendly and attentive. I was particualarly impressed that my dessert, which I had anticiapated as going to be too sweet as it featured fudge, meringue and chocolate, was beautifully balanced and not at all cloying. We spotted many dishes on the a la carte that we’d like to try so would definitely return. And an excellent location to leave ten minutes to get to the Playhouse.
*** 1 May 2017by Lynne from Edinburgh
The salmon was delicious and my friends chicken was also very good. Desserts both lovely too. Servers seemed under pressure as we waited quite a while for water glasses to be topped up and I hate when wine is taken away from the table and then not topped up frequently enough. We were also charged for a 2 bottles of fizzy water and only had one. I will try the restaurant again in the evening and will hope for a better overall experience.
**** 25 April 2017by Drew from London
although the cooking is nuanced and there’s a definite style, there’s a freshness and simplicity to the execution, and isn’t trying to be overclever or inject flavourbombs. Select wine list covering a lot of styles and flavours. Service good. Value terrific.
*****18 April 2017by Jean-yves from Glasgow
Une très bonne adresse de Édimbourg le cuisinier magnifie les produits écossais avec brio et un très bon tour de mains ! Service des plus agréable et rapide.
Une adresse à retenir !
*****18 April 2017by Jessica from Edinburgh
Fantastic food and fantastic service. We came for brunch and ended up having a full meal. The quality of the food was excellent and great touches eg. Lovely bread served to the table and delicious fudge pieces with the bill. Prices very reasonable too. Will definitely go again!
*****17 April 2017by Karen from London
Excellent food. Good atmosphere.
*****9 April 2017by Richard from Edinburgh
The food is exquisite – highlights for us were the mussels, foie gras, the risotto and the best asparagus I have ever eaten! Surprise treat of pate de fruit after dinner was divine as was the amuse bouches before. A fabulous culinary addition to the area.