Petit Paris

Price guide: Mid-range

38 – 40 Grassmarket, Old Town, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU

Price guide: Mid-range

Le Petit Paris alfresco dining

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#29 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.3
4.3
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.4
4.4
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Great views / scenery, People watching

Expert review of Petit Paris

Authentic French bistro, fabulous ambience and great food.

Petit Paris is a small French restaurant with chequered table clothes, French staff, and the hustle and bustle of a genuine French bistro. Not for those who want peace, tranquility and privacy, but if you don’t mind sitting cheek-by-jowl with your neighbour whilst eating some great unfussy food, then you'll love it.

Food and drink: 

The dish of the day is great value, as a a rule it's fish served with a beurre blanc, salad and potatoes or a lamb casserole. A standard menu is always available too. A freshly-sliced baguette arrives as soon you sit down.

Recommended dishes: 

The Petit Paris stew of the day - a favourite since they opened 10 years ago. And the Toulouse sausage, any way is a delight.

Ambience: 

As many tables as possible are packed into this buzzing wee place. The guy who runs it is gorgeous, French and runs an efficient operation with a feeling of relaxation and authenticity. In summer there are lots of al fresco options and it is always busy. Inside things are compact but fun. Every time I go I see the same faces; it is a favourite with locals for good reason.

Service: 

French staff, efficient, smiley and informal.

Location: 

In the middle of the historical Grassmarket, this is a great spot to stop off in the midst of a sightseeing day. Moments from The Royal Mile, The National Museum and Victoria Street, one of Edinburgh's shopping gems.

Price advice: 

The daily specials are great value, a main course and coffee for £7.90. A pre-theatre menu is available for early diners and a half-litre carafe of house white or red is £9.90.

Tables to book: 

Outside in the summer. Ask for a window seat in the winter. Avoid downstairs.

More information on Petit Paris:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bistro, Brasserie, Restaurant
Food:
French, Traditional
Address:
38 – 40 Grassmarket, Old Town, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU
Telephone:
0131 226 2442
Website:
http://www.petitparis-restaurant.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon–Thurs and Sun noon–3pm and 5.30pm-10pm, Fri and Sat until 11pm (Nov–March closed Mondays)
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
value, fun, BYOB

Have you been to Petit Paris? Would you recommended it?