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Le Mouton Noir

French Restaurant

3.8 out of 5 3.8/5 from 28 reviews (add your opinion)

3 Viewforth
Bruntsfield
Edinburgh
EH10 4JD

Phone: 0131 229 3252

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

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4 from mdavidson (96%) on January 13th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

The Mouton Noir has been up and running for a while now, and, having heard good things (partly from Edinburghmenus) I was keen to see what it was like. The dining area is quite small but it is well decorated such that it doesn’t feel cramped. Despite our visit falling in early January, when a lot of people claim to be trying to save money, it was surprisingly busy. I suspect that Le Mouton Noir may have attracted some of the regulars of Jacques, which, unfortunately, is no longer in operation.

When we sat down we were presented with some excellent French bread – some of the best I have tasted in Edinburgh. We ordered from the a la carte menu having 2 courses each (me main plus starter, her main plus dessert). I started with roasted quail, which was good but not “wow”. For mains I had the venison and my girlfriend had the steak. Both meats were excellent and accompanied by well-balanced sauces, however, I was slightly disappointed with the accompanying vegetables – both dishes were served with half a grilled tomato and Dauphinois potatoes, which were ok but I would have appreciated something a bit more interesting.

For dessert my girlfriend went for the lavender crème brulee, which she described as, “the best dessert I have ever had!” Praise indeed! The wine list was not particularly extensive but the Cotes du Ventoux which we chose to accompany our meal was excellent. The bill, including wine, for our asymmetric 2 courses was around £75 – not bad really.

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4 from jwjlewis (64%) on November 8th, 2007 (9 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

Bruntsfield has been lacking a really good restaurant and this brand new place certainly fits the bill. I went there last night and had their specials; Cauliflower and stilton soup followed by Bavette de beouf. It certainly did not disappoint. The soup was lovely, thick and creamy and the beef came in a red wine sauce with shallots and mashed potato.

The service was very discreet, just what you want in a sophisticated restaurant. You may be wondering what I mean by discreet; I mean friendly, but not overbearing. So why didn't I just say that? I don't know, I just didn't.

Anyway, this is a lovely little restaurant and I would recommend it to Bruntsfield locals as well as folk from across the city. It would be a great first date venue, or any date come to think of it.

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5 from profeta77 (49%) on April 28th, 2008 (9 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

Le meilleur restaurant Francais d'Edimbourg!

Yes it is the best French restaurant in Edinburgh if not in Scotland!

We went there Saturday night and although being really busy the service was top quality. Nice, efficient and friendly.

We chose the £24 - 3 course - menu (there is another one at £19 or you can order a la carte) and a bottle of wine for £17

I think that £70 for two is fair for such quality food.

The portions are big. For starters we had smoked salmon with salmon mousse and salade mixte with dried meats, a great start. For mains we went for Entrecote sauce Béarnaise and Duck with Apricot-Rhum sauce, fantastic! Meat perfectly cooked too!

For dessert we had Ile Flottante and an amazing Lavender Crème Brulée. Never had that before and was a bit reticent but now I'm looking forward to more!!!

I am French myself and tried most Edinburgh restaurants and that's the only one that made me feel like back home. My partner is English and she truly loved the whole experience too.

Go and try it, honestly, you'll go again and again.

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4.5 from Alicat (22%) on December 10th, 2009 (7 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

We booked a table here for an early evening deal...3 courses for £15.00 and I think it's got to be one of the best bargains around just now.

The restaurant was quiet, but it was 6.30pm on a Tuesday night, so not surprising. The early evening deal menu has everything you need; meat, fish and veggie options. I am always impressed with restaurants which offer more than one house wine and we were not disappointed with a choice of three of each, add to that the option of a carafe and I'm delighted.

The food was tasty and filling, I had a chicken casserole for my main course and it was very homely, just what I needed on a dark wintery evening. Chocolate tart to finish and I rolled out of the restaurant quite content.

All in all a great deal and I would definitely go back to sample the a la carte menu when I'm not feeling so cheap.

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5 from Axel MOUTON (12%) on April 24th, 2008 (9 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh
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C'est vraiment très bon!! Je me suis régalé pendant mes vacances. La décoration est agréable et simple. L'acceuil est charmant. Les desserts me font penser à ceux de ma grand mère!! Délicieux... A bientôt.

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It is really very good!!! I entertained myself during my holidays. Decor is pleasant and simple. The welcome is charming. The desserts make me think of those of my grandmother!!! Delicious... See you soon.

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4 from lorraine and trevor (12%) on October 11th, 2009 (7 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh
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Baa, baa black sheep are you any good? Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full! We thought this was a lovely meal and we will be going back and recommending it to our friends. We were warmly welcomed and left to enjoy our meal, with help/advice on choices when we needed it. The atmosphere was great - the place was buzzing with people the whole time we were there but it still felt cosy and relaxed. My starter was great (the snails), only feedback was I could not really taste the pernod but it did not spoil the dish. My hubby had the fois gras and this was HUGE but very tasty. Main course was steak tartare and it was sooooooo yummy and perfectly seasoned. Hubby main was the sausage and puy lentils - again fantastic. We shared the cheese and they were served with more of the french bread (I could have eaten my body weight of that bread it was so good). The cheese was served at perfect temperature and washed down with more lovely wine. Then we had coffee and liquors. Yummy, yummy, yummy! It was £84 and worth every penny!

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5 from Lydie (12%) on November 23rd, 2007 (9 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

Le Mouton noir is superbe! delicieux, fantastic, merveilleux!

I am French... I love my french food, but not just any!

David has brought to the area a wonderful little heaven of France, the food is very very tasty and his menu offers a great choice of French dishes that you do not find in otherwise more traditional French restaurants in Edinburgh.

Very nice indeed needless to say that we have been a few times already... paupiettes de veau, rack of lamb with minty mash... last time we discovered yet another dish and it was divine!!!

Last thing, the desserts... hummm very lovely, I must mention the Tarte aux pruneaux, my favorite!

I have sent a lot of my customers from the guest house to have dinner @ le Mouton noir, a little advice: book in advance as it is very busy, bon appetit!

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2 from R Thomas (12%) on April 12th, 2008 (9 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

This place is the black sheep, and for a reason. As a local I've walked past here on several occassions and I booked here with high expectations but left very disappointed.

Starters good, good selection of wine - if not overly pricey. The major disappointment came when the mains arrived. My partner had the moules marinere, which were good but not the standard we expected. My dish was appalling. I ordered the duck and ostrich. My advice to those who visit, don't! This was a bland, badly seasoned dish. The meat was lovely, but the sauce had no flavour.

I can cope with bad food, what I can't cope with is an argument with the waiting staff. At no point during the mains did the staff enquire on the standard of the food. When clearing the table I informed him about my meal. I received no apology and was essentially told "tough luck". This is not the customer service I would expect here. You win some, you lose some. But the black sheep has lost my potential regular custom.

I went to the restaurant on the basis of the reviews on this site. My advice would be, if you go don't expect it to be amazing but expect to be ripped off! Expensive and not worth it.

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4.5 from tanya (12%) on January 10th, 2008 (9 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

I went and had a 3 course lunch for £10.90. I started with chicken liver salad, which was excellent. Then I followed with roast leg of lamb and mashed potatoes. The lamb was perfectly cooked, just pink, juicy and plenty of it too. The potatoes were creamy, light and delicious. I then had the apple tart tatin which again was delightful. Not the cheapest lunch set menu in Bruntsfield, but by far the best quality. The specials board is written all in french, which personally, I'm pleased about - it's authentic French food for sure and I'd recommend it to anyone who's a foodie.

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4 from Lawrence Whalley (12%) on March 13th, 2008 (9 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

Compact menu with veggie option. Quail starter near perfect, rack of lamb sublime. Mussels OK (ones on top were cool), king scallops (she had two starters) were nicely presented. Chilean Chardonnay well chosen and reasonably priced. House Merlot OK. Service efficient with pleasant informed manner. And all for less than £60!

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4.5 from Alex (12%) on August 11th, 2008 (9 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

This restaurant is a little gem - up there with the best french restaurants in Scotland (of which I have visited many). I had the snails to start which were exceptional - probably the best I've ever had. For main course I had the Duo of Duck, which was really well cooked and the flavours were delicious, although the sauce was very sweet and there was a little too much (but I'm being picky). The desserts were good though my girlfriend thought that the Tarte Tatan could have been better. I had the Lavender Creme Brulee which I'd highly recommend. The restaurant also had some great wine. Muscadet is a good white and Brouilly is a fantastic red if you're looking for tips! Service was perfect.

Prices are reasonable for the quality of food and service.

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1 from carol (12%) on March 18th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

I was in this restaurant following the Scotland/Ireland rugby match for an evening meal invited by friends. We were extremely disappointed with our meal Starters very poor but as we were all very hungry hoped that our main course would be more appetising. Sadly, the rabbit was disgusting,the steak grey. We were never asked if we were enjoying our meal at any time during the evening and waitress service leaved a lot to be desired. We were about to complain but were beaten to it by other diners.

They certainly don't like complaints! A gentleman in the party ordered creme brulee flambe with cognac and was brought creme brulee. When he tried to explain that he had not received what he ordered the waitress was extremely rude. In fact, she practically threw the brulee on the table. The manager was called, and instead of trying to diffuse the situation made it worse. An argument then developed with the manager being extremely rude to the customer!

We decided at this stage not to complain but leave the restuarant as soon as our meal was finished!

This is an expensive restuarant with over-priced food and staff who feel that they are right and the customers are the losers.

We will never return nor would we recommend to others.

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1 from George Sotobbart (12%) on February 16th, 2011 (6 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

The staff require customer service training. Being from America I tip as standard but this is the first time I have not in 32 years. The word rude does not even cover the way in which you will be spoken too if a problem arises, and from what I could see it happens rather a lot.

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4 from ashwell (12%) on October 20th, 2009 (7 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

Slightly off the tourist routes, this is a top class French restaurant at reasonable prices. Good service; excellent atmosphere. Could do with a better selection of Bordeaux wine.

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4.5 from Ben (12%) on November 5th, 2009 (7 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

My partner and I ate at Le Mouton Noir this evening and were very impressed - the food and service were excellent, and we will certainly visit again. I have to admit that I was a little concerned by the reviews on this site, but our experience was entirely positive, and will be recommending the restaurant to friends.

(and, for the record, we were asked several times if everything was OK with our meal!)

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1 from Monica (12%) on February 16th, 2011 (6 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

We ate there once and will not bother to come again. The food is ok but pricey compared to other French restaurants and they did not take any type of criticism lightly (we gingerly pointed out that our creme brulee was burnt). The waitress is rude and haughty and needs proper retraining.

No thank you.

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5 from Amanda (12%) on August 13th, 2010 (7 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

I had dinner last night at this amazing little French restaurant and just had to write a review about it. My friend and I decided to just have a main course and then possibly have cheese after but after we had our main course we couldn't manage anything else. The food was absolutely delicious. I had sea bream which tasted so fresh like it had just come out of the sea. My friend had duck maigrette which I tasted and it was succulent and the sauce was so tasty. We had the house Sauvignon Blanc which was perfect. The restaurant was completely full and we were lucky to get a table. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the service was excellent and we were asked several times if everything was ok. I will definitely go back and next time I want to try the snails - what a find - I will certainly be recommending this restaurant to friends.

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4.5 from Cheese Mum (12%) on August 22nd, 2010 (6 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

I had been wanting to go to Le Mouton Noir for more than a year so was very happy when my husband booked it for our anniversary earlier this month. The food is excellent and extremely good value for money. We went on a Saturday night and had the three-course prix fixe menu -- there was a wide choice for each course. The wine list isn't long but offers a nice selection of mostly French wines The snails are fabulous as is the lamb with a pistachio crust. My only complaint (and it's a very minor one) is that you cannot order from the a la carte menu on Friday or Saturday evening and I really fancied some steak which wasn't available on the prix fixe menu. The staff are friendly but not overbearing -- the focus on ensuring you have a good experience rather than trying to turn the tables. This is a very pleasant surprise given the fact that the dining room is extremely small! Have already been back this month and have a table booked for next weekend.

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5 from David Warnes (12%) on October 15th, 2010 (6 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

My wife and I dined at Le Mouton Noir for the first time on 15 October 2010. Food and service were both superb. This is an authentically French restaurant (my wife speaks from extensive experience, having lived in south west France for some years) and for consistency of high quality across three courses, it was one of the very best meals that we have ever enjoyed. It was great to see this excellent restaurant well patronised, and we would recommend it without reservation.

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4.5 from Kathleen (12%) on February 20th, 2011 (6 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

Had a lovely night with friends at Le Mouton last night. Staff professional and friendly. My starter of goats cheese in pastry was light and perfect size. Friends loved fish soup with chunks of squid. Main courses of Hake wrapped in parma ham, so well cooked and lamb agreed by 3 friends to be soft and very tasty. 2 of us shared a cheeseboard, 4 great cheeses served with oatcakes although we could have had bread if we wished. Chocolate and cherry tart went down well but the biggest hit was the duo of creme brulee which was one vanilla and one cinammon. Fantastic meal, half a point lost for not having the Viognier available but the Torrontes was a good substitute. £165 including 10% tip.

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5 from RVG (12%) on May 9th, 2011 (6 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

We went to this restaurant yesterday and it was marvelous. I've lived and dined out in Edinburgh for just about 10 years now and this was some of the very finest food with immaculate service that I've encountered in the city.

Many thanks. I couldn't recommend this place highly enough. I'll be back!

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4.5 from Gwen (7%) on January 25th, 2008 (9 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

This is the best restaurant in Edinburgh! I've been twice and on both occasions the food was authentic and top quality. The food is quite rich (typically French) and so you may find you don't need dessert. This would be a shame though as the 3 crème Brulee option is a real treat. Service is top-notch. You're best to book as it's very popular (though the first time I visited they managed to squeeze us in). A good place to impress visitors.

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5 from lemoutonnoir (7%) on March 23rd, 2009 (8 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

I feel I need to respond to the two recent reviews of my restaurant. Following the Scotland/Ireland match a group of eight customers arrived for their booked dinner table, having evidently been celebrating the Irish win since the match. They continued to drink throughout the meal and became increasingly loud and disruptive to the other clients. Having made no comment on the reportedly "poor" and "disgusting" starters and main courses, a dessert that was not on the menu was then ordered. The waitress served what she thought was required only to be attacked with a volley of abusive comments and retreated to the kitchen in tears. When I approached the table to try to resolve the problem, I was similarly subjected to foul language and the menu been thrown on the floor. At this point I requested that the table pay for their bill and leave immediately. A brave customer in the restaurant, to whom I am very grateful, held the door open for the party to vacant the premises and an Irish couple at another table apologised proffusely for the appalling bahaviour of their fellow countrymen. I am sorry that the other customers in the restaurant that night were witness to this ugly spectacle and am very sad that my staff were treated in such a disrespectful manner.

David Mouton

(The rating I have given is for the patience, understanding and help of the other customers in the restaurant that night!)

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1 from rugbyfan (7%) on March 16th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

I decided to book Le Mouton Noir for my family based on the positive reviews on this site. We had normally frequented Jacques but this has now closed and were looking for a good alternative. Sadly, I was very disappointed. The starters were good and the range and quality of wine fantastic. Of the main course we had, the rabbit was barely edible and the fillet steak medallion was dry and tough. The sauce that came with the rabbit was so sweet, it was sickening. At no point did any member of staff ask how the meal was going as as with most folk, we made do. The last straw came when the desserts arrived with the waitress bringing an incorrect dish. My father explained that it was not what he had ordered and an argument then began as to what this should have been. The waitress returned with the menu and angrily pointed to what she thought was ordered and walked away. The manager failed to help and instead of putting the situation right by bringing the correct dish, opted to continue to argue. We asked for the bill and had to demand that the incorrect dessert was removed from the bill which was another chore. All in all at almost £40 per head, we expected more and will not return to Le Mouton Noir or recommend to others. Beware!

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5 from Lucy (6%) on February 14th, 2011 (6 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

Dined this evening from a special Valentine's Day menu at Le Moutin Noir and it was a delight. Escargot risotto and goat's cheese in a delicate pastry were delicious starters. We both opted for the sea bass fillets, beautifully presented with an exquisite tarragon sauce. My partner chose a cheeseboard, where the French cheeses were ripe and varied. My own choice of dark chocolate and cherry tart was melt in the mouth gorgeous. £25 for three courses was very reasonable for the care and attention on the food, and on us, despite the restaurant being extremely busy. We would both heartily recommend this gem in Bruntsfield and will definitely return.

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5 from bigrich21 (6%) on April 17th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

Took my girlfriend here for the first time in January 2009 - had seen this place open since it was called Parrots for over 6 years. Thought it must be good if I always see it packed most nights. Ok, it's small inside but a packed restaurant is packed for a reason!

Ordered snails and they were the best presented snails I have ever had, and I've been to 3 other French restaurants in Edinburgh (I won't name them because they are good all in all) but Le Mouton Noir was tops at presentation, balance of oil and quality of snail - yum!

I ordered fish, she ordered veal served in a rich plum sauce and it was wow!

Really good service, staff are not pushy - they leave you alone if you want to be left alone. And the bill at the end was perfectly reasonable.

Since "Jacques" closed down the road towards Tollcross, I thought it would could never be beaten - I was wrong!

I have booked a table for tomorrow night with 3 folk and I am looking forward to my snails again - lovely place.

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4.5 from TraceyMc (6%) on August 1st, 2012 (5 years ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

I have now been to Le Mouton Noir on 6 seperate occasions over the last two years and plan to visit again this Friday. The food is consistantly excellent and the wine selection 1st rate.

I have never had a poor experience with either food or service.

The restaurant is small but I feel this adds to its charm.

The staff are typically French and don't take kindly to parties of abusive drunks yelling loudly and disturbing other diners. It is true they make their disdain for this behaviour quite apparent. I personally don't have any problem with this and in fact think there should be a great deal more of it.

If you are looking for authentic French food with good wine at a reasonable price in Edinburgh, I think you would struggle to beat this place.

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1 from James Young (6%) on October 13th, 2015 (1 year ago)

Le Mouton Noir, 3 Viewforth, EH10 4JD, Edinburgh

REALLY bad service, rude and just not good. Will NOT be returning. Avoid this place if you want to be treated like dirt by some stuck up waitresses!

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