Café Marlayne

Restaurant in Edinburgh

French Restaurant

Having lived in Edinburgh for four years and sampled many a local eatery, I can safely say that Café Marlayne is one of the best restaurants that I have ever come across.

Tucked away on the discrete little winding Thistle Street, typical of Edinburgh, one will find a French gem awaiting them. Upon arrival I was greeted with friendly and attentive staff, and was impressed with the beautifully authentic and characteristic feel to the place.

The menu changes weekly, sometimes even daily, and consists of a number of delicious vegetarian and meat dishes, but the venison is recommended – it was cooked to perfection and deliciously moist. To complete the main, we had a selection of seasonal vegetables and a wonderful white wine, Macon Lugny Les Genievres, which was recommended to us by one of the well informed members of staff.

If you only have a night to spend in Scotland’s glorious capital city, I would advise stopping by this restaurant and sampling some of the finest food you will find in the UK.  Café Marlayne has two outlets in Edinburgh, the restaurant on Thistle Street and an eatery in Antigua Street.  The latter has been styled as a Parisian cafe and offers a more informal bistro/coffee shop atmosphere, so for the true Café Marlayne experience I would recommend the original restaurant.

Booking is advisable due to its popularity with locals.

Café Marlayne, Thistle Street is open seven days a week, 12:00 noon through to 10pm.

Emma Westman is a freelance travel writer based in London and has lived in Edinburgh and California

Reviewer's Rating
Cuisine French
Need to book Yes
Clientele Locals
Restaurant good for Meeting up with friends
Cost per head Medium
Dress Code Casual
Dining Options Lunch, Dinner

Additional Price Comments

The menu is very well priced, with mains ranging from £12 to £15.

Last updated on 15-03-2015

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