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About us

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.

We are open 12pm – 1am. – Food served daily 12pm – 10pm.

5 – 17 year olds permitted dining only until 8pm.


Restaurant & Bar

55-57 Thistle Street

0131 225 3275



Our Menu


We offer a regularly changing menu, which includes an eclectic range of dishes promoting regional and locally sourced produce.

Our bar bites allow people to pick and choose tapas style, trying all of what our menu offers.

With their great product knowledge our staff can guide our guests in their culinary decisions.

Our Menu

Sunday Roast


We have an ever-changing cocktail list, a broad and accessible champagne list, a comprehensive wine list and a gantry stocked full of classic and rare spirits.

We take a unique approach to our wine list by offering all 44 wines by the 175ml glass, 500ml carafe or by the bottle.

Our Drinks

To book a table to dine with us please call or Email: 0131 225 3275



Vol. III – The Bon Vivant’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations

Monday 10th September, 7PM | £65pp

This is the third dinner of our anniversary celebration series, and it’s set to be a grand affair! The evening will exude a stylish yet relaxed atmosphere, serving up the perfect blend of fantastic food, quality champagne and great conversation.

Head Chef Lucia Gregusova has crafted a mouth-watering, five course dinner using only the finest, locally sourced ingredients. To complement the menu, each dish has been thoughtfully paired with a collection of prestigious Billecart-Salmon cuvées.

Hosted by Champagne connoisseur John Atkinson (Master of Wine), guests will be greeted with a glass of Billecart-Salmon Champagne on arrival.

So, come and join us and enjoy an evening in the life of a bon vivant!

There is very limited seating – only 30 tickets available. So you’ve got to be quick!

To Book



Our eclectic group of award-winning bars & restaurants are renowned for top-notch
cuisine, fabulous wines, innovative seasonal cocktails & great chat. Outstanding guest service
is paramount to us, it’s at the core of what we do. Our standards are high, our environment is
hardworking & at times, challenging (it’s hospitality after all!) but also tremendously
rewarding & seriously good fun!

We are devoted to offering first class training & development with endless opportunity to
grow & progress..

We are always interested in great people looking to join us.

Our hospitality family includes The Devil’s Advocate, The Bon Vivant’s Companion, The Register Club & El Cartel.

We are also lucky enough to be opening another 3 ventures this Summer.

We are currently on the lookout for an experienced Chef de
Partie to join our award-winning kitchen brigade £19,500 – £22,000 plus gratuities.

Please send a current CV directly to our Executive Chef


For general information on current vacancies, please contact:


Taittinger Champagne Competition

Win an evening, a day or a weekend in the life of a bon vivant!

Buy a glass or bottle of any Taittinger Champagne to enter.

How to enter

For every glass of Taittinger Champagne you buy you’ll receive 1 token to enter into the draw. For every bottle you buy you’ll receive 3 tokens.

Participating venues include: The Bon Vivant, The Bon Vivant’s Companion and The Devil’s Advocate.

The Prizes

3rd place – ‘An Evening in the Life of a Bon Vivant’

An indulgent Champagne dinner for 2 at The Bon Vivant. You’ll be greeted with a glass of chilled Taittinger Brut on arrival, and then treated to a delectable à la carte dinner, along with a bottle of Taittinger Comte de Champagne. (1st token drawn)

2nd place – ‘A Day in the Life of a Bon Vivant’

A luxury Champagne lunch for 2 at The Bon Vivant that will include a delicious collection of Bon V dishes and a superb bottle of Taittinger Brut. You’ll then enjoy a deluxe overnight stay for 2 at the luxurious Old Town Chambers apartments, where there’ll be a bottle of Taittinger Comte de Champagne awaiting you in the room. (2nd token drawn)

1st place – ‘A Weekend in the Life of a Bon Vivant’

The most amazing, deluxe Champagne prize of them all!! An extraordinary all expenses paid trip to Reims in Champagne for 2, where you’ll have the ultimate champagne lovers’ experience, including visiting the sought after Taittinger Champagne house. (3rd token drawn)


Full Terms & Conditions


Contact Info

0131 225 3275

55 Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DY



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