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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Classy bistro fare that is tasty and well-crafted

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

The 'Bia' element of the name is the Gaelic for food, the 'Bistrot' part more self-evident, and it's the winning setting for the cooking of husband-and-wife team Roisin and Matthias Llorente. Their Irish/Scottish and French/Spanish backgrounds are apparent in well-crafted and satisfying food in a charming and easy-going environment with wooden tables and smart leather seats. Things get off to a flying start with smoked pork belly and celeriac and apple remoulade, then mains bring hake fillet with smoked haddock velouté, spinach and potato. Finish with chocolate and polenta cake with orange and cardamom cream. There's a good-value set lunch and early-evening menu, too.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 1 January, 2nd week in July, 1 week at Easter, 1 week in October
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 5
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef(s): Roisin and Matthias Llorente

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British, French
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 19
  • Wines over £30: 13
  • Wines by the glass: 9

Price guide

  • Starter from: £4
  • Main course from13.85
  • Dessert from: £2.50
  • 2-course lunch from: £10
  • 3-course lunch from: £12
  • 2-course dinner from: £10
  • 3-course dinner from: £12
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 24

Getting here

From city centre at Holy corner turn right into Colinton Road, restaurant on left.

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Waverley, Haymarket
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