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Le Roi Fou

Le Roi Fou , 1 Forth Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JX

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  • Le Roi Fou - Edinburgh
  • Le Roi Fou - Edinburgh
  • Le Roi Fou - Edinburgh
  • Le Roi Fou - Edinburgh
  • Le Roi Fou - Edinburgh
  • Le Roi Fou - Edinburgh
  • Le Roi Fou - Edinburgh
  • Le Roi Fou - Edinburgh
  • Le Roi Fou - Edinburgh
  • Le Roi Fou - Edinburgh
  • Le Roi Fou - Edinburgh
  • Le Roi Fou - Edinburgh
  • Le Roi Fou - Edinburgh
Main course: £18
Food spend: £30
Opening hours
Monday to Wednesday: 16:00 - 22:30
Thursday to Saturday: 12:00 - 14:00 & 16:00 - 22:30


Iain 23 November 2018
from Edinburgh

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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.

Le Roi Fou

Le Roi Fou , 1 Forth Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JX

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Customer reviews for Le Roi Fou

4.7 (((() (based on 251 reviews)
95% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (215)
  • lunch (100)
  • romantic (98)
  • luxury (77)
  • private dining (61)
  • business (48)
  • value (48)
  • trendy (28)
  • entertainment (7)
  • breakfast (5)
  • large parties (3)
  • afternoon tea (2)
  • child friendly (2)
  • ((((( 12 December 2018 by Julia from Newcastle

    Excellent food and service , loved every minute !

  • ((((( 11 December 2018 by Finn from London

    We had an amazing meal here. Highly recommend the Tasting Menu - great value for some incredible dishes. The scallops were a particular highlight. Would recommend anyone to visit and will be sure to return when next in Edinburgh!

  • ((*** 30 November 2018 by Stefano from london

    nothing extraordinary
    food decent
    check to expensive

  • (**** 27 November 2018 by Anonymous from Anonymous

    The service was excellent, unfortunately however, the meal, whilst well intentioned, was poorly executed. For a tasting menu, both the portion sizes and especially the wine servings, where too large, leaving the diner uncomfortably full and heady after the meal. The dishes and wine had moments of quality, but on the whole, lacked finesse and where not reflective of the price point. In summary, I would say the restaurant are being too ambitious in offering a tasting menu at this point, however I will reiterate that the service was warm, friendly and very helpful.

  • ((((( 23 November 2018 by Iain from Edinburgh


  • ((((* 22 November 2018 by Hugh from Didcot

    A lovely experience. Good food, wine & service.

  • ((((( 22 November 2018 by Anthony from Ledbury

    Outstanding on all fronts

  • ((((( 20 November 2018 by James from lausanne

    Best beef filet I've had in years

  • ((((( 19 November 2018 by Daniel from Maidenhead

    Skilful, classical French cooking served in generous portions with attentive, knowledgeable service. The tasting menu features dishes off the wide choice carte and represents excellent value for money at £50 (£40 for a matching wine flight)
    This restaurant is a must for serious foodies!

  • ((((( 12 November 2018 by Yvonne from Edinburgh

    Food was excellent-not the cheapest fine dining I’ve been to, however was a welcome change, in that the portions were of a decent size. Service was also very good- informal and not stuffy. Also let us try the wine as they were not convinced we’d like it with the meals chosen. Also liked the complimentary soup at the start and the shortbread and sweets that accompanied coffees. Would definitely recommend and will return again

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