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L'escargot Bleu Restaurant

56 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3SA, Scotland
0131 557 1600
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Ranked #144 of 1,859 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $41
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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English first
Oxford, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is an utterly charming and very French restaurant. Arrived for dinner ..............candlelit, elegant and slightly quirky dining room . A good atmosphere even though only a few of the tables were occupied that evening. SHOULD have been bursting to the seams in our opinion but we did arrive just after the Fringe so maybe the city and its inhabitants... More

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Brill, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

There was absolutely nothing to dislike about this great french restaurant. We liked it so much that we went 2 nights running and had excellent food and fab service both evenings. We would return should we be in Edinburgh and would definitely recommend it to friends.

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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We ate here just before catching a train south and it was an excellent way to end our visit to Edinburgh. The restaurant, like the city, was quiet. Roads were closed off, buses were re-routed and anyone who didn't need to be in the middle of town was staying well away as preparations for the fireworks that night got under... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

L'escargot Bleu is of my local restaurants and both the food and the service never fail to delight. On this visit for dinner I had escargots for my starter and they were perfect. My companion had Shetland mussells with gloriously soft braised squid and we both had the rabbit in mustard sauce for main. Unfortunately we were both too full... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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120 reviews 120 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Enjoyed a really nice meal here last week. Starter of Steak Tartare was excellent, the main of lotte was wonderfully cooked. Decent winelist, friendly staff. A nice busy bistro and good atmosphere. Will certainly return.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Good value set lunch menu. The beef cheek was to die for. Wine very reasonably priced. Excellent service, although we had to ask twice for the bill!!! Great location to practise one's French!! Slightly out of the main city centre but well worth the visit.

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perth
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47 reviews 47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Excellent, friendly and fast service. Menu very French so perhaps choose wisely if you have a more plain palate. Great location on Broughton Street, only 5mins walk to the buses.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Lovely restaurant with nice staff, and AMAZING food. We went for a 3 course lunch and each course improved on the one before- culminating in possibly one of the best desserts of my life, the pistachio cheesecake. The value is fantastic there, I would have expected to pay much more for food of that quality. Also the portions are not... More

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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I have eaten in L'Escargot Bleu many times over the past couple of years. Don't be misled by reviews which state that this is an authentic French restaurant. In my experience, it is massively better than the bistro-style restaurants that I have eaten in across France. The room is delightful; the service is charming and helpful; and the food is... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Three of us had the pre-theatre menu which had a good selection of options! Opting for the fish of the day for the main, coley was wonderfully cooked with fresh ingredients. Staff really helpful with menu, providing alterations to dishes as I avoid eating milk/cream. Nice atmosphere, with the early menu providing a great value feast. You may feel too... More

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