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L'escargot Bleu Restaurant

#121 of 1,819 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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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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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 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: Breakfast, Lunch, 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
A bistro with a great atmosphere.

Great atmosphere, delicious food and excellent wine. The menu was strong and the service was excellent. Was reasonably priced too, a three course meal (including a steak) with a bottle of wine and a couple of other drinks came to around £100. Will certainly eat here again next time we return to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Alfreton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Great atmosphere, delicious food and excellent wine. The menu was strong and the service was excellent. Was reasonably priced too, a three course meal (including a steak) with a bottle of wine and a couple of other drinks came to around £100. Will certainly eat here again next time we return to Edinburgh.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Visited here and had there pre theatre menu. Excellent value and food really lovely. Excellent service and french waiter was really friendly and attentive. I am sometimes a bit suspicious of lower priced special menus but the choice was good and the plate size plentiful. The puddings were amazing and we can recommend the delicious creme brulee or the fantastic... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Took the 2 course lunch menu priced at £12.90. There were Several choices on offer. Mains included: Venison Kebab with couscous, Fish of the Day(Coley), Baked Rabbit, Omelette and salad(v) and Haggis slice, venison sausage and beans. All well presented and tasty. We were offered water immediately we were seated which I like. Drinks were maybe a bit on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Booked this before attending a show at the Playhouse at 7.30. More than enough time to have a relaxed meal and get to the show on time. Staff were very attentive and the food was excellent. This is the second time I've eaten here and both occasions the menu of the day was different. The mussels I ordered came in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Four of us out for a celebratory meal. Good athomosphere, nice table settings and we all liked the menu. Staff efficient and attentive but took themselves a bit seriously. Not much charm offensive but did their jobs well otherwise. I've eaten there before and always enjoyed the well prepared food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Have meant to try this French restaurant for a while and when we finally got round to it we regretted not having visited sooner. Great food in a super French Bistro environment. Will be back - hopefully soon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I love this place. It is so French in every way. The decor is just like a bistro in the rive gauche. The food is wonderful and while there is an extensive menu the plat du jour is always attractive. We had a bottle of their own label house white which was so good we had another. Very good value.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Went for family lunch. Great sign - French waiters in French restaurant. Food delicious. Even the kids loved it and proclaimed it the best restaurant ever!Plenty of choice in set menu. Portions not too big. Wine lovely. Everything just spot on. However the main stand out for me was the wonderful service to top off the fabulous food. I have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I have been to L'escargot Bleu several times and each time they have been very attentive and helpful with my specific food requirements. Always very busy and loud, with good atmosphere and relatively quick service. The food was good but there is slightly limited choice and I feel it may have declined slightly compared to the previous times I have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We've had the pleasure of dining at the sister restaurant L'escargot blanc on several occassions but unfortunately we couldn't get a booking there on Saturday so opted to pay L'escargot bleu a visit and we were delighted to discover it's every bit as good. 2 course set lunch at £12.90 is wonderful but I went with the Al Carte menu... More 

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Additional Information about L'escargot Bleu Restaurant

Address: 56 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3SA, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 557 1600
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Broughton & Calton
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
Average Prices: USD $39
Cuisine: French, British, Scottish

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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 $39
  • 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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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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