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L'escargot Bleu Restaurant

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Broughton & Calton
French, European, Scottish
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56 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3SA, Scotland
0131 557 1600
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Today
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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions
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
Fine food, service, and relaxed atmosphere

We wanted a quiet place with great food, and we got lovely, conscientious service as well. The emphasis is locavore: French cuisine with the best Scottish ingredients. I started with scallops on shell (pictured); the scallops were tasty and of a nice texture, and the sauce was too good to prevent... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Phil W
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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60 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We wanted a quiet place with great food, and we got lovely, conscientious service as well. The emphasis is locavore: French cuisine with the best Scottish ingredients. I started with scallops on shell (pictured); the scallops were tasty and of a nice texture, and the sauce was too good to prevent my sopping up the last of it with my... More 

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Thank Phil W
Clevedon, United Kingdom
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244 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went here for a special meal to thank my good friends for their hospitality. Sophie was brilliant and her charm added to our enjoyment of the evening. The food was outstanding and her preparation of the streak tartare was great to watch. All in all - a wonderful experience and I'll be back as soon as I return to this... More 

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Thank DougieFowler
Glenrothes, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited here before heading off to the Scotland v England match last Saturday and as always the food was delicious and incredibly good value - what we had for £12.90 each was amazing - I had to pay extra for the 'floating island' dessert though as its so good (1 huge portion 2 spoons ideal, very romantic!) Service is... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went to this restaurant on Thursday Feb 4th by chance. Will make sure to go there again when next in Edinburgh. Lovely staff and great atmosphere and really really good honest food. Enjoyed every minute of our visit.

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Thank Anne S
Concord, Massachusetts, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was asked here by a friend who has great taste in fine dining and was really looking forward to eating here. I usually do two starters rather than a starter and a main and did that here. The mushroom soup was dark and flat looking and very ordinary tasting - nothing to write home about. The salad was OK... More 

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Thank Helen S
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a nice family dinner here on New Year's Day. Food was good quality; just a shame that they had run out of what I two of us wanted to have. On the whole, quite fairly priced and everyone enjoyed the meal. Nice to have a fusion of French and Scottish, but the place perhaps capitalises a little too... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Popped in last minute for lunch and surprisingly we managed to get a table. We went for the mussels and terrine to start both large plates and delicious. Followed by cabbage stuffed with chicken, never had before but it was excellent, it came with the purple potatoes which always adds to the meal. The cottage pie was sumptuous and full... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not just best French food in Edinburgh, but some of the best food I have eaten in Edinburgh. Waiting staff were excellent, attentive and friendly with a great knowledge of their wine cellar. The food was tasty, fresh, diverse choices. Leave room for dessert- they are to die for!

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This little french spot in Edinburgh is terrific. Elegant, simple and interesting touch of France. The staff is friendly and helpful, the food is a very french experience. Starting with a fish soup and some haddock and Cod for main plate, truly delicious for a right amount of pounds. My diary - free pudding was "plumes in Almagnac", perfect ends... More 

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Thank Costanza774
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked a table on 5pm.com - great value at £13.95 for a two course early evening meal. Great welcome from the staff, an aperitif of an ample Kir and a truly delicious meal off a traditional French menu, all in the relaxed and comfortable dining area looking onto Broughton Street. C'est parfait!

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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 22 - 36
  • Cuisine: French, European, Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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