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The Blue Bear

#160 of 1,832 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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9 Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 5EA, Scotland
+44 131 629 0229
08:30 - 16:00
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Sun 09:00 - 16:00
Mon - Fri 07:30 - 16:00
Sat 08:30 - 16:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had stumbled in early on a Monday morning and walked in to a warm, cozy little cafe with delicious looking pastries and coffees being served to locals for the morning commute. We sat down and the server greeted us, asked us where we were from and made great conversation. The breakfast menu had a good variety of eggs, savory... More 

Thank ara_mdp
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The title of my review says it all really. If you're in the area and feel like treating yourself to a proper breakfast, then look no further. I've visited a few times now and have tended to stick to their delicious range of cooked breakfasts, although they also have very tasty looking selection of cakes and pastries. This cafe is... More 

Thank CallumH90
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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239 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Firstly, book in advance if you are going at the weekend. This place is always busy. Saying that we only had to wait 15 mins. There are lots of lovely brunching options on the menu. I went for the Eggs Florentine which was exquisite! My boyfriend went for the 'Build a Bear' option where you can build your own breakfast.... More 

Thank Erin C
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Could not get a table for late breakfast .. understandable when it's busy however the arrogance and poor manners of the male member of staff put me off booking for the next morning of our trip... no matter how good the reviews may be you must be made welcome otherwise the food sticks in your throat ... your loss The... More 

Thank Stuart A
Bath, England, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Over the past six months, myself and a couple of friends have been frequenting The Blue Bear on our days off. Having worked in the hospitality industry for 6+ years, its sometimes hard to find somewhere we can all agree on. However, we have never been disappointed with the service, the food, or the coffee at the cafe. It keeps... More 

Thank Jenny L
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a friendly, well staffed with experienced people, nice location and its nice establishment. If I ordered what my partner had (French toast with fruit over the top) I would of left a very good review. But being honest I did not think the black pudding (marag dhubh) was that nice, I eat it all don't get me wrong... More 

Thank Kenneth M
Manchester, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Chilled cafe, nice staff with lots of photos of Pategonia. At the back there are loads of board games to pass the time.

Thank David N
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

We were there on a busy early Saturday afternoon! Every table was full and there was a mixture of customers in! Service wasn't the quickest but we also at no time felt rushed! I had the eggs benedict and my partner the full breakfast! We were tempted by the nachos so will defo go back! Great atmosphere, friendly staff and... More 

Thank suziecoop01
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

I went here for the eggs benedict which were very nice. the staff there were very pleasant and accommodating.

Thank Rhi S
David G, Owner at The Blue Bear, responded to this review

Hello. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. I am happy to hear you enjoyed the eggs benedict. Definitely one of my favourites. Also i am pleased to hear that the staff were helpful and welcoming. Hope to see you again soon More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

After looking online to find the best place for breakfast /brunch the Blue Bear was the one for us,we checked online about walk ins which was ok, but you can book in advance (it doesn't say it's recommended though) so after a lovely walk down to The Blue Bear we were a little disappointed to find there were no tables,but... More 

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David G, Manager at The Blue Bear, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to feedback on your experience. We value all feedback. I am very sorry to hear that you were made to feel unwelcome when you tried to dine with us. Our weekends are incredibly busy. we always keep a few tables for walk-ins and the rest for reservations. I appreciate that a 'reservations recommended' notice would... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$10
Cafe, British, Grill, Scottish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
08:30 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 5EA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh
  • Phone Number: +44 131 629 0229
The friendly all-day breakfast and brunch cafe-bar with a ping pong table! Fresh, high quality and locally sourced food always served with a smile.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?