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Le Monde

British and Moderneuropean Restaurant, Cafe and Bar/Pub

2.3 out of 5 2.3/5 from 11 reviews (add your opinion)

16 George Street
Edinburgh
EH2 2PF

Phone: 0131 270 3900
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Alt Phone: 0131 270 3939
Fax: 0131 270 3901

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Price: £££
Licensed: Yes
BYOB: No
Pre-Theatre: No

Takeaway: No

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 1200-2200
Mon-Sun: 0800-2200

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3 from andy (83%) on October 28th, 2007 (10 years ago)

Le Monde, 16 George Street, EH2 2PF, Edinburgh

I previously reviewed this fairly new bar on George Street giving it 3.5 stars as I was really impressed the first time I went with the prices, quality of food and ambiance of the place. But having been back a couple of times, I have to knock it down at least half a star. The last time I was there the service was really slow and the food was only average.

They seem to be getting a bit lazy with the overall appearance of the place as well. We were sitting at the back of the bar and there was a cheap and nasty baby's high chair at the bar alongside the other bar stools. Things like that say bad management to me.

I'd still recommend that you try this place, but don't be surprised if it's not as good as you thought it was going to be when you first step in the door.

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3 from jcaughey (75%) on August 26th, 2008 (9 years ago)

Le Monde, 16 George Street, EH2 2PF, Edinburgh

A group of friends and I went to le Monde on Saturday lunch time - we were at that end of town and one of my friends had just got engaged so we decided to go for lunch and some champagne cocktails.

We hadn't booked and were shown to a booth upstairs. We had a very attentive waited to recommended a delicious champagne cocktail (I think it was called le Cruyff - might be wrong!) which was delicious - one of my friends was on antibiotics though and so was off booze - no problem - they mixed her an alcohol free version which was very good as well!

For lunch I opted for scallops which I was warned were a small portion - it was! Good job I got the side salad otherwise I would have been stealing food off my friends! Two of them opted for macaroni cheese that looked and smelt fabulous, whilst my third friend had a humous sandwich.

Service was very good though out - judging from the other reviews, we were lucky! It was very busy but we didn't have to wait overly long for food or drinks!

For 4 meals and two rounds of cocktails it came to about £65 which I think was reasonable. I wouldn't rush back as I'm sure you could get better for the same price. If you are keen to try similar sort of food in this area of town - try Amicus Apple or Ricks. Amicus do great cocktails and it'll cost a similar price.

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3.5 from rachybaby (68%) on September 26th, 2007 (10 years ago)

Le Monde, 16 George Street, EH2 2PF, Edinburgh

James's review is slightly harsh! I think Andy's review is more accurate. I don't particularly like Le Monde as a drinking establishment but in terms of food I think it is worth a visit.

I have been to Le Monde twice for lunch and once for dinner and was impressed each time I went.

The last time I went I had spagettic carbonara and a delicious chocolate fondue (Mmmm...)

The waiter that served us was a little eccentric and hard to understand but he very kindly reminded us that they did a student deal which got us a 25% discount of our bill which made us very happy.

The food is reasonably priced (especially considering it is based on George Street)

I love the bright and modern decor!

Verdict? Definitely worth a visit.

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1 from jwjlewis (64%) on July 19th, 2007 (10 years ago)

Le Monde, 16 George Street, EH2 2PF, Edinburgh

What's wrong with this place? The clientèle. When I went, I walked in and immediately came across a guy doing an "all striker" - the guy from American Pie - one hand out in front, the other pretending to slap a girl's bum. If you are like that, then you'll like this pretentious place, if not, then if you find yourself going near, shoot yourself.

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3 from irishphat (61%) on November 6th, 2007 (10 years ago)

Le Monde, 16 George Street, EH2 2PF, Edinburgh

I've had lunch here a couple of times and it's never as busy as the Living Room or Tiger Lily. There's a reason. It's just not as good.

The atmosphere is a bit 'empty barn'. the service is slow and when I asked the waitress for another menu for someone who would be joining us any minute (politely) she loudly harumphed and to the amusement of my pal was giving me dirty looks the entire meal. Odd.

Anyway the food was pretty good and I have no objection there. Price wasn't bad and all in all it wasn't a bad lunch. I'd still pay the money for Tiger Lily though given the choice.

Not bad but no more than 3 stars.

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1.5 from jamesleon (61%) on June 22nd, 2009 (8 years ago)

Le Monde, 16 George Street, EH2 2PF, Edinburgh

Unlike some of the above, I have never had a problem with the service here - my problem is with the food. A dish of scallops with pea puree and pancetta, while ticking all the right boxes in theory, failed miserably to excite - scrawny scallops wrapped in leathery bacon on a generic tasteless green mush and all for close eight quid.

On a second visit, I had the misfortune of eating a crab canneloni in a lobster bisque which tasted weird at the time and later gave me very serious food poisoning. I also don't like the cold marble tables which are always sticky, or the braying yuppies who frequent the bar.

This is a place for people who like to feel cool, but who have no taste whatsoever. Although perhaps things like burgers are ok here, and the bar snacks do their job fine - I can't forgive the dishes I have had here. AVOID.

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1 from ddcook (52%) on November 13th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Le Monde, 16 George Street, EH2 2PF, Edinburgh

This was hands down the worst dining experience I have had, not just in Edinburgh but anywhere.

20 minutes after ordering we were informed that we had been given the old menu and that many of the items were no longer available so we would have to re-order off of the correct menu, not sure how it took this long to work this out? Starters finally arrived about an hour and a half after arriving, they were fine if nothing spectacular. Then came the mains, which were absolutely abysmal, I got given a cold, overcooked, and very fatty steak, missing chips on the plate when it first arrived, however they quickly rectified this with a bowl of piping hot but undercooked to the point of inedible chips. I ate nothing but the onion rings, which admittedly were quite tasty, if cold. Almost all of our party were served cold mains, most did not bother eating them, we were offered replacements which some took but I was pretty fed up of waiting by that point so didnt bother..

The meal ended with a sickly sweet chocolate cheescake accompanied by what was described as amaretto cream but tasted more like ambrosio devon custard.

All in all a very very poor dining experience.

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1 from heavyweightgeek (13%) on December 3rd, 2007 (10 years ago)

Le Monde, 16 George Street, EH2 2PF, Edinburgh

Have to mark this way down due to really terrible service.

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3 from Matt1987 (12%) on May 28th, 2011 (6 years ago)

Le Monde, 16 George Street, EH2 2PF, Edinburgh

To be honest I have never had a bad experience eating or drinking here however they do seem to think they are up at the top with the Balmoral and Carlton and that is easily reflected in their extortionate prices - drinks are around £4 upwards and their wines and champagnes are a little over-priced. Then you have something to eat and it is fairly cheap,= - tis rather odd.

Downstairs in the Shanghai nightclub - nice environment but disgustingly over-priced for what it is.

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2 from CoCo (12%) on June 9th, 2011 (6 years ago)

Le Monde, 16 George Street, EH2 2PF, Edinburgh

These two stars are only for the food, which was good. The service was absolutely dire. Our waitress was really friendly when she first came over but then she disappeared never to be seen again. They brought our mains before our starters (and no-one could explain how it had happened). I also felt that it was very over-priced for what you got but i did enjoy the food. There was also a man who I am assuming he was the manager - grey suit, earpiece etc. He was arrogant, rude and talked very loudly to other members of staff about his personal business. Think there is a few other reviews mentioning this guy and if I was the owners I would seriously re-consider him.

Good food but bad service.

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4 from mayf123 (5%) on July 30th, 2008 (9 years ago)

Le Monde, 16 George Street, EH2 2PF, Edinburgh

A lot of hot students working here. Makes it the friendliest place on George St. The food is nothing out of the ordinary but it's good value. Didn't know until recently about the fab bar upstairs which has a nice Friday after work drinks offer. Don't go on a Saturday unless you like crowds.

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