Café Rouge - Edinburgh

(213 Reviews)
43 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1EP

Top offer

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea for 2, £25; with Prosecco, £30. Kids Afternoon Tea for 2, £17.50. Not valid with any other offer or promotion. Not valid at Center Parcs, Rapide, or at the O2, Cardiff, Edinburgh on event days at local stadia/arenas.


Main course: £10
Food spend: £25

Opening hours

Open from 08:30 to 23:00 Monday to Saturday, and 08:30 to 22:30 on Sunday.

Restaurant description

In Edinburgh city centre, Café Rouge is housed in a grand building and offers a charming French dining experience. There is a popular outside seating area for al fresco dining.

As part of the nationwide group of Café Rouge restaurants, this branch offers their range of classic French dishes such as confit duck, beef bourguignon, steak frites and mussels. Smaller dishes are also on offer for a lighter bite. Particularly good value for money are the set menus for lunch and dinner (available most days). To accompany the food there is also a good range of French wines, many from less well known producers.

In true French style, breakfast is also an important meal at Café Rouge. With croissants, pain au chocolat, omelettes and croques, as well as hot chocolate, tea and all types of coffees, it makes a great start to the day.

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Princess Street Gardens are within easy reach of Café Rouge in Edinburgh. Edinburgh Rail Station is a 12-minute walk away.

Customer reviews for Café Rouge - Edinburgh
(based on 213 reviews)

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  • afternoon tea (20)
  • al fresco (32)
  • breakfast (31)
  • business (31)
  • child friendly (77)
  • dinner (134)
  • entertainment (31)
  • large parties (59)
  • lunch (132)
  • luxury (6)
  • private dining (20)
  • romantic (63)
  • trendy (17)
  • value (71)
  • views (13)
  • By Christine M from Edinburgh
    11 September 2019

    We enjoyed the cheese afternoon tea. Service was excellent, as was the food.

  • By Susan R from Edinburgh
    13 August 2019

    Very nice restaurant with French decor. Staff are welcoming and helpful. No problem to change accompaniments to lunch. I've eaten here quite a few times now and have never been disappointed. Good sized portions and nicely presented. They even served my friend's beer in a pretty glass when she asked!

  • By Sharon L from Edinburgh
    27 April 2019

    Our experience was great, very friendly staff nothing was any trouble to them , very welcoming, perfect seating, we will definitely be back.

  • By Barbara R from Edinburgh
    3 January 2019

    Should be better. Fairly average.

  • By Agnes C from Edinburgh
    25 December 2018

    Excellent food and friendly efficient staff

  • By Susan G from Edinburgh
    28 November 2018

    Was given a gift card to be used at several restaurants and we chose Cafe Rouge after looking at their menu. The food we had was excellent, I had the mushrooms to start which were delicious and just the right size, and the beef burger to follow. It was cooked perfectly and was a taste sensation. My partner enjoyed his prawns to start with and the steak was melt in the mouth. Also good to see mocktails on menu as I was driving later that evening.

  • By Kathryn W from Edinburgh
    9 November 2018

    Afternoon Tea. Enjoyed the pieces of croque monsieur instead of sandwiches. One fresh scone each with clotted cream and jam. Chocolate mousse each in a little dish. Four large cakes which we halved. Just enough to eat not too much. Reasonable price. Good service and nice ambiance. Enjoyed the experience.

  • By James W from Musselburgh
    27 September 2018

    yes we both enjoyed the experience from the food that the chief served was awesome the waitress was something else wonderful day all round and of course manager.thank for making it a great day kind regards Jim/Eddie (Vic/Jack.

  • By Vera L from Solihull
    27 August 2018

    We chose to dine here because we’ve been here before several times in the past. It’s a lovely restaurant, very atmospheric, cheap and very cheerful. My sister and I were very pleased to have a window seat as requested and to be seated in the corner away from the other diners and children was brilliant!!! The set menu which we booked, sadly was disappointing as our very nice waiter told us that there was a problem with the delivery of food and a problem with the kitchen ... therefore, there were only a few choices to choose from. However, what we chose and a bottle of rose to match was outstanding. There was no rush for us to vacate the table which made it more relaxing for us to enjoy after a busy day.

  • By Ruth F from Edinburgh
    11 July 2018

    Enjoyed the opportunity to sit outside, good choice on menu, good value for money.

Restaurant Location Map
Café Rouge - Edinburgh
43 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1EP