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L'escargot Bleu Restaurant

#167 of 1,967 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
Broughton & Calton
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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
Closed now
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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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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
Good French food in Edinburgh

We ate with friends/family here on a Friday night - so it was busy. I had goat's cheese salad which was OK - probably a bit heavy on the greenery of which I tired, rather than the cheese, but certainly not a doll-sized portion, which is good. Then I had duck - absolutely delicious, crispy edges... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
Amanda C
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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331 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We ate with friends/family here on a Friday night - so it was busy. I had goat's cheese salad which was OK - probably a bit heavy on the greenery of which I tired, rather than the cheese, but certainly not a doll-sized portion, which is good. Then I had duck - absolutely delicious, crispy edges, served with a rather... More 

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Edinburgh
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

We love this little restaurant. Great food, great atmosphere and lovely staff however recently I have been unimpressed on my last two bookings and tonight's has made me seriously consider if it has to be dropped from my Edinburgh top 10, especially with contenders like the Galvin Bros. in town. Tonight was all a bit average. The decor is dating... More 

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Island of Malta, Malta
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

We had an excellent meal meal in this restaurant, we had the meal booked and glad we chose to have a French meal in our week in Edinburgh, the service was prefect and quick. The food was so good, the portions were perfect , we had a very tasted soup and I had fish and my husband had a very... More 

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Naples, Italy
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29 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We went to this restaurant for Holy Saturday. The atmosphere is quite cool and has a certain style. Due to the fact that the place is quite small it is necessary to book in advance. My wife and I took two starters (duck ravioli and mussels). They were good even if for only one ravioli was served (two would have... More 

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We arrived rather late to L'escargot, tired but attracted by the lovely candlelight through the windows. The service was good, the food excellent and the wine perfect.

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Edinburgh
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

wonderful quirky french food but no snails tonight despite its name. Still the food tonight was delicious

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London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The food was tasty and well cooked. It just was a bit heavy for my liking. The rest of the group were very happy with their food. The food style was authentic French country cooking and had interesting dishes. The service was good in a packed restaurant.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I was surprised, but actually secretly pleased, that the Blue Snail is so low on the Edinburgh restaurant list. Pleased because it means that it will not be totally impossible for me to get a table! I live in Edinburgh and this restaurant, over the past ten years or so that I have visited it, has consistently offered the best... More 

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Visited here a few times.. always excellent.. We had no booking... had no problem getting a table. Staff/service are excellent. Advised them of my shellfish allergy and they accomodated me, no problem! Food was incredible... Wagyu Beef Tartare was sublime... Confit duck ravioli... Sole ..ALL amazing.. Definitely recommended!

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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16 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

We dropped in for lunch while collecting keys for new house :) Lunch was memorable indeed - I had a delicious root vegetable risotto while hubby had dish of the day, a two fish sphaggetti. Both done to perfection! Dessert was an apple and almond tart with an unpronounceable name which was equally fine. Great ambience and very French waiters... More 

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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 0 - 37
  • Cuisine: French

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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.