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L'escargot Bleu Restaurant

56 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3SA, Scotland
0131 557 1600
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Ranked #141 of 1,855 restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $42
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
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Cosy little restaurant with great staff . The inside is like being in the countryside with its rustic features. The food was really good home cooking. There were 5 of us and we all had different dishes, all very good, my lamb stew was outstanding. Very happy customer!

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We were staying close by and had heard good things, so booked an early table to take advantage of the two courses for a shade under £13 offer. What great value this turned out to be: my husband declared his starter (pearl barley risotto with parmesan, topped with a fried egg) to be fantastic - I tried a bit, it... More

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Fife
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I was truly impressed by the attentive staff of this restaurant. On a rainy night our wet coats were taken then shown to a table. A few moments later I was presented with a tissue to dry my glasses. I have never had the happen before I any restaurant I've visited. The meals chosen from the set menu was absolutely... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We've enjoyed several meals at the restaurant, the most recent two weeks ago. The food is exactly as it should be -- classical French, though with nods to rustic dining. A Saturday night, the restaurant was a bit busy and it did take a little time to for a server to take our order. On the other hand, the sommelier... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Blue Snail is always excellent!! Betty has such a brilliant team!! Sebastian and Marek are amazing !! Marek is outstanding in his field...he is such a Sommelier and totally focused!! I love Sophie too..they are all dedicated courteous and very open and honest!! Matched by the delicious proper French food!! Always busy you need to book!! Another gem in Broughton... More

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Tavira, Portugal
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We had dinner last night, as a group of six. Just like being in France. Good bistro style food, well prepared and served. Nice wines Fabulous steak tartare and creme brûlée . I would love to go back

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Starting with the excellent house red - merlot - the starter was a delicious fried camembert followed by Sea Bass which was also excellent. The chocolate tarte in creme Anglaise was superb!! An authentic French restaurant in the heart of Edinburgh's Bohemian quarter in Broughton Street.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Went for an evening meal with my partner. The food and service were excellent. We received good advice on a wine to meet our tastes. My partner had the steak tartare made exactly to his specifications. I snuck a few bites and it was delicious. I would definitely recommend the creme brulee - it's to die for! Unfortunately the room... More

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