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

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 Thursday, 23 May 2019

As always good service, good choice on the menu and interesting dishes. A firm favourite.

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Visited On Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Excellent all round!

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Visited On Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Truly amazing food and surprisingly large portions. Pairing that with a beautiful wine made for an unforgettable dining experience! Staff were also very friendly and helpful!

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Visited On Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Delicious food, excellent service, would definitely return.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 May 2019

Excellent food and service as ever. The downstairs room was rather noisy - could benefit from some curtains and soft furnishings?

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Visited On Saturday, 18 May 2019

Vegetarian option of fettuccini not very tasty and I felt it was overpriced. Plus found a piece of plastic in our dessert! We weren’t charged for the dessert but I felt the staff should have been more apologetic To be honest I wasn’t very impressed and wouldn’t rush to return . To be fair others in our party enjoyed their meals . Vegetarians don’t really get great food in many restaurants

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Visited On Saturday, 18 May 2019

Starter was excellent. Main was ok. Veg tasty, ham lacking in taste but very tender and the dressing was totally flat. Staff not bothered especially the drinks guy.

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Myself, wife and sister had a wonderful dinner at le Roi Fou the evening of May 15th and it was a great experience. I wish I had gotten the person’s name who took care of us as he was exceptional. From host, to bartender, to serving us he did it all. The food was delicious. Thanks for a great experience.

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Visited On Thursday, 09 May 2019

great meal good service

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Visited On Thursday, 09 May 2019

Th ballet that is performed around the art of food and wine is amazing is worth the diners attention. A complete satisfaction of taste and class,

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Visited On Thursday, 09 May 2019

We were celebrating our dear friend’s 80th birthday and decided to lunch at Le Roi Fou at her request. (she had heard many good reviews from friends). There is an excellent lunch/pre theatre menu alongside a full and varied a la carte which we happily pondered over whilst enjoying drinks accompanied by soft delicious homemade bread with dipping oil and sea salt. Two of us opted for the set lunch menu and had spinach and wild garlic soup, whilst the birthday girl (BG) decided to wait for her main course of sweetbreads with fresh peas. The soup was a triumph - beautifully flavoured, verdant, rich with wild garlic and very very moreish. This was followed by roasted north Atlantic cod with wilted green and paprika butter for Izzy, grilled lamb rump steak with market vegetables for me and BG’s sautéed lambs kidneys & sweetbreads with mushrooms a la provencale and peas. (Listed as a starter but eaten with relish as a main on this occasion) . All three main courses were perfectly cooked and utterly delicious. We shared frites as a treat and BG followed her sweetbreads with homemade mango and vanilla ice cream served in a bricel cup. Which we could only lust after having eaten far too much bread in the early stages! We finished off an excellent and leisurely lunch with fragrant coffees and a decorated plate of petit feurs. The service which was discreet and first class along with the excellent food and wine ensured that our return to Le Roi Fou is guaranteed very soon.

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Visited On Friday, 03 May 2019

The whole evening was perfect and we will definitely be coming again.

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Visited On Friday, 03 May 2019

Fabulous food and wine

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Visited On Wednesday, 01 May 2019

Wonderful, great menu and very well looked after with very attentive knowledgable waitress

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Visited On Thursday, 25 April 2019

We had a very enjoyable lunch. We opted for the set meal and the choices were very adequate . Excellent service provided by John. We were lucky to find a table in the front. We will certainly go back on our next visit to Edinburgh this summer.

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Visited On Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Food was outstanding I’m very impressed with whole experience

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Visited On Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Great service and good- a great addition to the area.

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Visited On Saturday, 20 April 2019

excellent restaurant; Mets raffinés et imaginatifs, Accueil ,conseils(vins notamment) et service impeccables . A recommander . Nous avons passé une excellente soirée

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Visited On Saturday, 20 April 2019

Will be back the food was amazing.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

Excellent

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

Best cheeses plate I've been served in a long time.......and I eat a lot of cheese!

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

Great lunch! I’d have given six stars for service if it were possible. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

A wonderful meal ! Great to have such a wonderful restaurant so close at hand !

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

The pre-theatre menu was excellent, would definitely recommend.

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

Once again a great dining experience, excellent meal and wine with great service in a very friendly atmosphere. We will certainly be back and have recommended it to family and friends.

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