The Bon Vivant

55-57 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, Midlothan, United Kingdom, EH2 1DY
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Our current opening hours are as follows;

Monday to Friday 5pm to 8.30pm dinner
Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 8.30pm

5 – 17 year olds permitted to dine until 8pm.

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About The Bon Vivant

The Bon Vivant was opened in September 2008 by Stuart McCluskey with an idea to create an environment that was similar to those found on the continent; where dining is often informal and casual yet of a very high standard.

Our food philosophy is a selection of simple but well executed dishes that focus on flavour and quality produce. We do as the Europeans do, eat small but with thought.

Whether you fancy a bottle of Champagne, a pint, or a wee dram with friends, The Bon Vivant aims to cater for all tastes.

5 – 17 year olds permitted to dine until 8pm.

Cuisine: Locally Sourced
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Visited On Saturday, 19 December 2020

Given the current restrictions, lunch at BV was great. Great food and I love the takeaway cocktail menu ;-)

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Visited On Sunday, 20 December 2020

Great food and atmosphere with a very warm welcome by Dylan and the rest of the team. Highly recommend!

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Visited On Saturday, 19 December 2020

Excellent food staff were fantastic definitely be back while atmosphere great

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Visited On Sunday, 13 December 2020

Food was delicious and brilliant value for money. All the serving staff were friendly and knowledgeable and looked after us really well. Look forward to a return visit when we can enjoy this lovely experience with a nice glass of red!

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Visited On Sunday, 13 December 2020

Bon Vivant is one of the favourite venues, from ambiance, to staff, to drinks and food. The Sunday roast is ALWAYS 10/10

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Visited On Saturday, 12 December 2020

Amazing food and excellent service!

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Visited On Sunday, 06 September 2020

Lovely restaurant and amazing Sunday lunch!!

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Visited On Thursday, 08 October 2020

We always visit Bon Vivant when we're in Edinburgh. Everything about it is first class.

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Visited On Wednesday, 07 October 2020

Excellent polite, quick, smart, attentive service. High quality drinks. Well managed premises and atmosphere given the pandemic restrictions. Already a regular visitor, definitely plan to be back when we can.

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Visited On Thursday, 08 October 2020

Very comfortable. Quiet enough for conversation. Great food and service. Excellent Covid compliance.

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Visited On Thursday, 08 October 2020

Great atmosphere, lovely staff and delicious food, would highly recommend!

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Visited On Wednesday, 07 October 2020

We love it here. Staff charming as always. See you in 2 weeks.

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Visited On Tuesday, 06 October 2020

Fantastic food and amazing cocktails! Spent the majority if our evening there, waiters were fabulous and compliments to the chef! Try the venison.. its amazing!

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Visited On Sunday, 04 October 2020

We had a great evening! The food was delicious and a big thank you to the waiter as he was so kind and friendly, especially after a mix up with the starters :) There's a really warm and cosy atmosphere with good safety measures put in the place. Definitely hope to come back.

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Visited On Monday, 05 October 2020

Really enjoyed our evening - great cocktail selection and delicious mains. Will definitely be coming back again.

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Visited On Sunday, 04 October 2020

Incredible Sunday roast 👌🏻

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Visited On Sunday, 04 October 2020

Enjoyed the Sunday roast. Excellent service from all the staff who were very friendly and welcoming. Very good safety procedures in place during current climate. Would highly recommend.

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Visited On Sunday, 04 October 2020

Fabulous, thank you. Best afternoon/evening out in months!

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Visited On Saturday, 03 October 2020

Quality of food and cocktails has somewhat declined since last visit. The bites are something that you would expect at a pub chain, although the main course was okay. Dessert was something you could get at Aldi. Cocktails were average.

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Visited On Saturday, 03 October 2020

We had a fabulous night at The Bon Vivant on Saturday. Excellent service- I was able to try some wines before buying a bottle, we were recommended some lovely cocktails and all were delicious. When we wanted to meet some friends later in the night we were offered a bigger table which was perfect. Brilliant night and will definitely return!

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Visited On Saturday, 03 October 2020

The venue was very cosy and perfect for somewhere with atmosphere especially in these strange times of no music in bars and restaurant. You wouldn't need to have any doubt on atmosphere. The staff were very engaging and welcoming. The drinks are reasonable and served in a timely manner. Very efficient. 10/10 as usual.

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Visited On Friday, 02 October 2020

once again an excellent dining experience

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Visited On Friday, 02 October 2020

The food was delicious and the staff were very friendly and helpful with answering questions. The timing of all elements including the bill was perfectly judged. The cocktails list was nicely varied and the no nonsense wine list was sensibly priced and offered everything needed to accompany the food.

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Visited On Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Great atmosphere, well organised and safe. The only issue was that there weren't many menu options for my friend with celiac disease.

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Visited On Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Great evening, delicious food and attentive service. One of our favourites!

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