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L'escargot Bleu Restaurant

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Broughton & Calton
French, British, Scottish
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56 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3SA, Scotland
0131 557 1600
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12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Edinburgh may be teeming with French restaurants but very few are as...
Edinburgh may be teeming with French restaurants but very few are as authentic as L���Escargot Bleu. Gaining dedicated fans from the moment its doors opened, this place owes less to what a French restaurant should be than to what a French restaurant is ��� as any visitor to the little bistros of Parisian back streets and off-the-beaten-track towns will tell you. The haphazardly put together surroundings, dotted with Edith Piaf posters and furnished with checked clothed tables, only hints at what the menu has to offer. So true to real French eating, the menu is very nearly unbelievable with snails cooked in piquant garlic, steaks smothered in cheese-heavy sauces and anything else you���d care to imagine being sent out of any good kitchen in Perpignan, Poitiers or Pontivy served without a hint of irony.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Authentic French Cuisine in Scotland.

Now this is an authentic French restaurant. The owner and almost all the staff are French. To the point that I had to pay attention to what they were saying because of the accent. Our meals were delicious. I had the duck confit, another friend had the rabbit, and the two ladies had fish dishes.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Merced, California
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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The service was good. We both had pigeon with a giblet pithivier for dinner. The pigeon was virtually impossible to cut and was very dry and the giblet was like a rubber ball. No competent chef would serve such a dish. We had asked for a brace of grouse the following evening and the chef had indicated that he could... More 

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Merced, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Now this is an authentic French restaurant. The owner and almost all the staff are French. To the point that I had to pay attention to what they were saying because of the accent. Our meals were delicious. I had the duck confit, another friend had the rabbit, and the two ladies had fish dishes.

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North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

With three friends all of whom enjoy good food and at L'escargot Bleu we found just that. Service was attentive without being overbearingly solicitous and the handsome staff were most helpful. The lunch menu is £12.90 for two courses from a tempting choice. Desserts varied from those directly from the chef to those that could be prepared, that is bottled,... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Our favourite place to eat. The staff are wonderful, helpful and friendly. The food is always excellent and just that little bit different from the ordinary and the atmosphere is great. There is a very good fixed price menu for a two course lunch and of course the a la carte. There is a good wine list however we normally... More 

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Bathgate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Happened upon this place yesterday for lunch with my mother. So glad we did. Opted for the two course lunch menu. Filo pastry and artisan cheese for starters was lovely. Followed by coley with mashed potatoes and beautiful wine. Service was good and a lovely atmosphere. Will return.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Great Bistro, excellent food, good service with an Allo-Allo twist. Extensive wine list. Expect to pay a little more. In summer quite difficult to get a table so call first.

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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Scottish produce with a French twist. Pre-Fringe dinner for three. Atmospheric, fun, slightly off the main drag in the New Town, deservedly popular, make sure you book. Attentive service from foxy French manageress, "ca vaut la paine" or certainly "merite un deviation" as Michelin would say! Very socially and ethnically homogeneous, white Anglo-Celtic protestant, middle class, middle-aged with middle-age spread.... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Superb value lunch for four today. The manager and waiter were charming, and menu and portions generous. Lots of affordable wines. The front room is very attractive and we are pleased to have rediscovered it. I intend to go back soon. The soup and "floating island" pudding were great today.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Excellent French restaurant in Edinburgh! We had the lamb and the veal loin specials, the complimentary mussels starter, scallop and mussels entrees. All very good, great service. Nice selection of cheese to finish. One of the best French wine lists, including by the glass, reasonably priced particularly for the quality. Great decor. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Not been for a wile but should say this place is one of the best in Edinburgh Excellent food (tartare my favourite) Service very attentive and personal wine great thanks to all to make a special night even better

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 56 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3SA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Broughton & Calton
  • Neighborhood: Broughton & Calton
  • Phone Number: 0131 557 1600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 38
  • Cuisine: French, British, Scottish

Description

Edinburgh may be teeming with French restaurants but very few are as authentic as L���Escargot Bleu. Gaining dedicated fans from the moment its doors opened, this place owes less to what a French restaurant should be than to what a French restaurant is ��� as any visitor to the little bistros of Parisian back streets and off-the-beaten-track towns will tell you. The haphazardly put together surroundings, dotted with Edith Piaf posters and furnished with checked clothed tables, only hints at what the menu has to offer. So true to real French eating, the menu is very nearly unbelievable with snails cooked in piquant garlic, steaks smothered in cheese-heavy sauces and anything else you���d care to imagine being sent out of any good kitchen in Perpignan, Poitiers or Pontivy served without a hint of irony.
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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Staying in Broughton & Calton

Neighborhood Profile
Broughton & Calton
Lying where grandiose New Town townhouses give way to malls and utilitarian housing, Broughton and Calton have long been transitional neighborhoods with a mixed identity. It’s here that Edinburgh’s gay village found a home in the 1980s. But gay culture is anything but overt along bustling epicenter Broughton Street; even if polished pubs, hip bistros, smart delis and art galleries all speak of affluent good taste. The top of Leith Walk is more ragged. This major thoroughfare boasts a famously gritty gay club, as well as a strip of good Indian restaurants. Regal Georgian and Victorian townhouses preside over largely deserted streets in Calton, where only the occasional restaurant or hotel brings much life. Even so, a steady trickle of idlers and picnickers pass by to climb Calton Hill for its wide-open lawns, wonderful city views, and curious monuments – an Athenian-style temple among them.
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