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 Thursday, 19 March 2020

This was my first full dining experience here having previously sampled the nibbles at exhibition openings. The recommendations of friends were entirely justified by the superb dishes we enjoyed. The steak tartare and halibut were both outstanding as were the wines. A special thanks to the staff for their professionalism in trying times.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

I booked a table here for my mum and I before going to the Theatre. We had the prix-fixe menu, the food was absolutely delicious and so beautifully presented. The added touch of the mushroom veloute when we arrived and the homemade fudge at the end were extra special touches! Would definitely recommend this little gem to anyone when in Edinburgh. Wonderful atmosphere, very reasonably priced for 3 courses and great service.

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Delicious food and lovely service in a cosy enviroment

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

Booked for a celebratory meal, and was a lovely dining experience. Really enjoyed everything, but especially the venison main.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

One of Edinburgh's fine dining hidden gems. Always worth a visit.

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Visited On Friday, 28 February 2020

Disappointed. We were initially surprised at being shown to the basement and told that there would only be one other table using it. It's a strange space, more like a bistro, as the ground floor tables mostly have tablecloths, so give a restaurant feel. Once I got the music blasting out behind my ear turned down, we ordered. The Octopus starter was fine, as was the foie gras. The Lamb Rump was very rustic and looked like it had been cut with a saw, still it tasted fine, but not really restaurant quality. The Venison was excellent however. Then we came to the disaster that was dessert. We both had the Chocolate Fondant, pity it was solid in the centre, an amateur mistake. One of them was just about OK so got eaten, the other was left. We did comment to the waiter that they were not good. If the chef can't cook a fondant it shouldn't be on the menu. There is no espresso machine so we had the filter. On settling the bill we noticed that the desserts were on full price, but the coffee had been taken off. It would have been more customer-friendly to remove the desserts. All in all, I would say this is at the level of bistro food.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 February 2020

This was our first visit to Le Roi Fou and it lived up to our expectations. We had the tasting menu with paired wines. Justine was an excellent host. She described each dish and explained why each wine had been chosen. This was a wonderful dining experience. Highly recommended.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 February 2020

Perfectly cooked scallops and the best saddle of venison I've ever had. Good cheese selection and wonderful filter coffee from a French Press - no "americano with milk" nonsense. Fantastic service - friendly and informal yet very professional. This restaurant is an absolute gem.

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Visited On Friday, 14 February 2020

enjoyed our visit once again

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Visited On Thursday, 13 February 2020

The food was superb x waiting staff made a lovely fuss for my husband's 60th much appreciated. Comfortable table in the window.

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Visited On Friday, 07 February 2020

I hold Le Roi Fou in very high regard and have dined there several times over the last 2 years as a result, but I did feel that the standard of the last 2 tasting menu's had somewhat declined. It was still pretty tasty for the most part (excluding the cheese course) , but not on par with their usual standard. Sam was a fantastic sommelier and host however as his role has changed the replacements have not quite filled his shoes. Still very good value for money in terms of tasting menus with paired wines, but that high bar they set early on does make it hard to consistently repeat this.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 February 2020

Delicious tasting menu. The food got more and more delicious with each course. Friendly, informed service. We ate downstairs and my only criticism would be that the ambiance isn’t great. It’s a bit bright and stark and soulless. But a fabulous evening with delicious food.

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Visited On Friday, 07 February 2020

Always excellent. Our favourite restaurant in Edinburgh.

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Visited On Friday, 07 February 2020

Fabulous food and wonderful staff. Thank you for a lovely evening.

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 February 2020

Fabulous tasting menu

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 February 2020

We had a great time - all wonderful!

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 February 2020

Excellent food, flavour and presentation, for all 3 courses. Good wine menu, especially the choice by the glass if you like to match with each course. The room was disappointing - rather sparse and lacking in warmth. It was a Wednesday night so maybe the lack of other diners contributed to this. First impression was poor - no warmth of welcome and rather off-han, unsmiling service from all bar our French waitress - maybe because we were 10 minutes late to arrive? There are too many good restaurants in Edinburgh to pull customers back in by good food alone.

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 February 2020

Loved everything although the herbs in the fish dish were rather strong for our taste. Great wine selection and so nice to have many available by the glass. Very attentive service too

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Visited On Saturday, 25 January 2020

We have been loyal customers since Jerome 1st openned. It has been a culinary joy to watch the cuisine on offer evolve. On this last visit we took a gift of smoked eel for the staff. The chefs prepared us a fantastic starter using a little of the gift. This was followed by a deliceous soup, with Sheila having ducks egg for main and I had coley. Excellent.

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Visited On Thursday, 23 January 2020

Superb as usual. Amazing food and perfect service

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Visited On Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Enjoyed the warm & intimate space, the food was meticulously prepared & delicious. Lovely greeting & service from the friendly female server.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 January 2020

Excellent all round.

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Visited On Saturday, 11 January 2020

Absolutely fantastic experience. The food was really amazing! Staff were lovely. The restaurant is gorgeous. We'll definitely be back!! ❤️🍴

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Visited On Friday, 10 January 2020

We had a fabulous meal here. We went for the tasting menu for my partner's 60th birthday and it was fit for this special occasion. Our favourite courses were the haddock and the venison. The matched wines were excellent too. We had to ask if the speed of the courses coming out could be slowed down a bit as we were struggling to drink our wines in time for the next one! Other than that it was all good.

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Visited On Friday, 10 January 2020

Had an absolutely fabulous evening. Highly recommend.

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