Le Roi Fou

1 Forth St, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 3JX
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Opening Information

Tuesday to Saturday : 17:00 - 22:30
Thursday to Saturday: 12:00 - 14:00

Facilities
  • Private Dining
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Bar
  • Wine Shop
  • Dietary Needs Catered For
  • Weddings and Other Private Parties Catered for

About Le Roi Fou

Award-winning newcomer to the Edinburgh fine dining scene, Le Roi Fou is an intimate restaurant and bar, which showcases inventive French, Swiss & Scottish dishes, presented beautifully.

Chef patron Jérôme Henry spent 20 years at the sharp end of fine dining and brings every inch of that experience to Le Roi Fou. Execution is exemplary, ingredients are sourced with care and the carefully curated wine list reads like a dream. Jérôme is the embodiment of the chef-patron, working at the stove, popping up behind the bar and (if you're really lucky) flying the flag for his native Switzerland by explaining the mostly Swiss cheeses on the well-stocked trolley.

Starters might include grilled Galician octopus with watermelon and aged sherry vinegar and hand-cut beef fillet steak tartare, followed by a main dish such as grilled Scottish halibut with wild girolle and Swiss chard, and classic favourites such as seared new season lamb rack with mint-infused sauce. There are also continuously updated chef's tasting menus. Puddings include comforting classics like poached rhubarb and pistachio crumble with Borders crème fraîche ice cream, while the wine list boasts respected or unusual vintages. The boutique-style interior includes dining at the bar, a small upstairs dining room room perfect for romantic meals, and a downstairs larger dining room.

Le Roi Fou is centrally placed, only 10 minutes walk from Edinburgh Waverley Station, in the fashionable New Town area of the city. Le Roi Fou can organise private function up to 20 guests.

Cuisine: French, Fine Dining
Dress Code: Casual
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Visited On Saturday, 09 November 2019

Thank you for looking after us so well. We had a wonderful relaxing evening and would definitely come back. Big portions from a la carte. No sides required.

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Visited On Friday, 08 November 2019

Easily one of Edinburgh's best restaurants for authentic and unfussy fine dining.

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Visited On Friday, 08 November 2019

Nice food Nice atmosphere

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Visited On Thursday, 07 November 2019

Hi I Found the food average, the atmosphere non existent. My lovely view of the coat rack left a lot to be desired. It didn’t feel in any way French, so why the Roi Fou. Maybe the king was mad because it wasn’t very good. Sorry I found nothing to say to my friends ‘hey you should go to this great restaurant’. My partners liver was yuck, bizarrely kind of jelly like in the middle. My balotine of rabbit was a bit chough around the edges. The vegetables were shockingly poor. The lemon sorbet was very runny and the presentation of a glass on the side with the gin was not good. I tell a lie there was a good bit, the single piece of chocolate covered orange peel. Reminded me of the petit fours in Le Chateau in Lalinde on the Dordogne river in France which is a million miles away from the Mad King in quality. We didn’t mention our displeasure at the time as it would have further spoiled our night out, rotten food and a row with the proprietors, not a good end to what was supposed to be a special occasion. My niece had given us a £50.00 voucher to help with the cost, which we had to add £40.00. 2 aperitifs 2 average glasses of Burgundy 2 mains and 2 lemon sorbet with gin. Not a great night out we were glad to leave missing out the coffee and digestive. So no I will not go back. John K McGregor

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Visited On Thursday, 31 October 2019

Excellent service, food, atmosphere and value,

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Visited On Saturday, 02 November 2019

We tried the tasting menu because everything looked great - the food and service were both excellent. Both the chef and the staff made sure we were well looked after throughout. Thoroughly recommended!!

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Visited On Saturday, 02 November 2019

Really nice dinner and lovely staff

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Visited On Saturday, 02 November 2019

The service was exemplary

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Visited On Friday, 01 November 2019

Service was pleasantly informal while remaining efficient and responsive. The food was wonderful. We were in the basement section which is possibly slightly less atmospheric than upstairs but is still very, very nice

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Visited On Saturday, 26 October 2019

A first time visit for us. Fantastic restaurant, great food and knowledgeable staff. Well priced food and wine. Will definitely be back.

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Visited On Thursday, 24 October 2019

first visit and we will certainly return. Shame we were alone in the restaurant at lunchtime.

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Lovely meal. Food was fabulous. Great service.

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Visited On Friday, 18 October 2019

Lovely meal, excellent service, very good portion sizes for dine dining had to find room for my dessert.

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Visited On Friday, 18 October 2019

Superb food matched by excellent service. First visit and really enjoyed the evening. Look forward to returning. Thanks.

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Visited On Friday, 18 October 2019

2nd visit. I'm a returning customer with family / friends. I was offered coffee. I asked for an espresso. I was brought an "espresso" in an espresso cup. It was a "strong filter" not an espresso - by the front of house admission. You have no facility for producing an espresso - so lie. No apology - appalling that you would think your customers are supposed to rate your food but not know the difference between an espresso and a filter coffee?? !! Will not be coming back to you as a result of that and will make sure that I let as many friends as possible know how I felt being treated by your front of house like this. Service and food was great - this was a significant mistake for a restaurant of your stature in my view. Richard Knight

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Visited On Friday, 18 October 2019

The whole experience is wonderful. Ambience is perfect... I like a restaurant that you can take off your jacket and still feel warm, but not stuffy... I am also sensitive to music, and it’s important that it’s not too loud or irritating. The music here is lovely! Food is exquisite... interesting and delicious and beautifully presented. Entry level wines by the glass are high quality and well chosen. Great value for money with the lunch/pre-theatre menu! Very lucky to have this quality of restaurant in Edinburgh!

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Visited On Saturday, 12 October 2019

AS always we had a great time. One of the best restaurants in Edinburgh

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Visited On Friday, 11 October 2019

Fantastic meal with very generous portions. Service was terrific. Keen to return.

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Visited On Friday, 11 October 2019

This is a lovely small restaurant, the food is 1st class, I had delicious scallops followed by a really tasty “deconstructed” beef stroganoff all topped off with a generous portion of plum crumble. I wasn’t familiar with many many of the wines and a little more description would have been helpful. Friendly service, a very enjoyable occasion,

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Visited On Thursday, 10 October 2019

We made the reservation on the recommendation of friends. We had the tasting menu but without the cheese as we’re so pleasantly full! The meal was absolutely delicious and the chef/staff were so very accommodating for several food intolerances. We will definitely be back!

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 October 2019

Been here so often I’m expecting to get a invite to the staff Xmas party 🥳 Says it all really 👍

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Visited On Tuesday, 08 October 2019

I am often asked for restaurant recommendations in Edinburgh. I struggle. No longer! (Although I do think your name might ‘might’ be a challenge).

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Visited On Saturday, 05 October 2019

A lovely meal thank you

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Visited On Saturday, 05 October 2019

There’s a lot to love about Le Roi Fou. The tasting menu with wine pairing was fantastic from start to finish with lovely details that really made it soar, such as the amuses bouches of tangy gazpacho with crab and sublime palate cleanser of lemon sorbet, poached pear and dill. Genius. The wines were interesting and thoughtfully chosen, and the service friendly, knowledgable and correct. I’ll definitely be going back and bringing friends.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 October 2019

Wonderful evening with family. Fantastic food and wine- we were well looked after. Thank you.

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