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Maxies Bistro

Old TownBar, Wine Bar££££
Very Good
63 Reviews

About Maxies Bistro

Situated at the top of the Royal Mile and just below Edinburgh Castle on Johnston Terrace, Maxies Bistro not only offers stunning views across the city, but also features a menu jam packed with delicious international cuisine with an emphasis on using fresh, Scottish produce. Popular with tourists and locals alike, this charming bar and bistro is an Old Town hotspot. We recommend making a reservation in advance to avoid disappointment!

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Maxies Bistro
5b Johnston Terrace, Old Town
Edinburgh eh1 2pw

Menu Highlights



Garlic Bread


Crispy Coated Mushrooms with a Garlic Mayonnaise Dip


Warm Duck & Mango Salad served with Smoked Hickory Dressing



Pasta Neapolitan


Breast of Chicken served with Feta Cheese & Spinach With a Sweet Red Pepper Sauce


Scottish Border T-Bone Steak

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Main Menu



Christmas Menu


More about Maxies Bistro, Edinburgh

Dimly lit with exposed stone walls and lots of rustic charm, Maxies Bistro on the Royal Mile creates a unique dining atmosphere. The inside of this cosy bar and restaurant is beautiful and includes spectacular panoramic views across Edinburgh’s historic Old Town from the garden terrace. Drawing inspiration from a range of international cuisines, the menu is packed with options, all created using the best of Scottish produce, from spicy chicken enchiladas to pasta neapolitan.

We recommend sampling some of freshly caught Scottish seafood on offer at Maxis Bistro. Begin your meal with some mussels in a creamy garlic sauce or oysters poached with salmon and leeks. Specialities on the main course menu include charcoal-grilled Scottish Border rib-eye steak with black pudding and a rich port sauce. Be sure to take advantage of the garden terrace and indulge in a bottle of wine from the extensive menu while taking in the views! Located on Johnston Terrace and only a stone's throw away from Edinburgh Castle, Maxies Bistro is an Old Town gem. Book in advance to guarantee a table.

63 Maxies Bistro Reviews

Very Good
63 Reviews
Value for money:Good value
Noise levels:Pleasant
Waiting time:Very good
Carol H.a month ago · 0 reviews

Great experience, lovely ambience and great food. The staff were lovely and very helpful, nothing was too much trouble. Well worth a visit. Hidden treasure.

Gordon D.8 months ago · 0 reviews

Very nice restaurant located up from the Grassmarket. Good choice of starters and mains to suit everyone. The service level provided by the staff throughout the night was excellent.

Celia F.a year ago · 0 reviews

Fabulous location in the heart if the Old Town. Friendly service, Good food. Great view of Victoria Street from the Terrace. Confortable, homely and welcoming .

Kenneth M.a year ago · 0 reviews

Another excellent night at Maxies and we've introduced another few people to this jem of a restaurant. I could not recommend this restaurant highly enough

Michelle C.a year ago · 0 reviews

This bar and bistro definitely has its own character. The décor is an eclectic mix of wine-related quotes and wine racks with a white board displaying the daily specials for customer. I love the exposed brick wall and creature heads by the white board as well as the comfy velveteen padded benches. The food was lovely although I found the breaded mushrooms to be a bit too crunchy. When I tried to spear one with my fork, it bounced off my plate. The plate could be bigger to stop the mushrooms bouncing off too! Otherwise, the seafood in my linguine was great although I was a bit perplexed at the amount of vegetable (and by that I mean basil leaves, snap peas and peppers) in the linguine. I prefer my seafood linguine without greens, but otherwise the food was okay (the other half did like his fish and chips though) and we couldn't fault service.

Mara B.2 years ago · 0 reviews

Very nice restaurant, nice food and drinks, kind and friendly staff helping with the choise of the dishes. Quite a wide range of menu items and appropriate prices. Very, very nice location, on Victoria Terrace. Great disappointment for the lack of communication between Quandoo, the site which manages with reservations, and the restaurant that hadn't received any communication about my booking and that had'n reserved any table for me and my husband. Great promptness of the restaurant manager to find us a quick accomodation but I wonder what could she do if we'd arrived at a busiest time, in a busiest day?....

Maurizio T.a year ago · 0 reviews

Excellent lamb chops with haggis needs and tatties! Excellent portuguese wine!Nice atmosphere and friendly service! Cranachan good but not to the level of main and wine, in my opinion. Overall - Very positive experience for me at Maxies Bistro! Never let me down.

Selena C.2 years ago · 0 reviews

I read really good reviews about this place so thought we'd try it. I was slightly disappointed, firstly it was much smaller than I expected and the night we were there , it was really quiet and the place felt quite cold. My partner ordered a coffee which was lukewarm at best so had to get another one. We had 2 courses, steak for our main course and a dessert. The steak, for the price, was ok but we've had better steaks elsewhere for the same price. The desserts were generous though in their portion sizes.

Susan N.6 months ago · 0 reviews

I had booked online a week prior to my reservation. On arrival they seemed totally unaware of the booking. Luckily they had an empty table. The wine we selected and one of the main courses were not available. The bread with the salmon had been lying out for ages and was very stale. The battered fish had hardly any batter on it and must be one of the smallest pieces of fish I have seen served as a main course. Will not be back. Staff seemed completely uninterested.

Jade E.2 years ago · 0 reviews

Fantastic locally sourced food with attentive and professional waiting staff. A jewel of a restaurant tucked away in the centre of the old town. It is the very essence of what we have come to expect from Edinburgh. We will come back again.

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