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L'escargot Bleu Restaurant

#128 of 1,788 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
Broughton & Calton
French, 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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, 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
Tasty rustic and Gallic!

A Saturday afternoon lunch with my SO and soon to be mother in law (no jokes please she's lovely). Started with a curious wee aperitif of White Armagnac and tonic with a twist. This was a perfect palate prep and tasted like holidays. My SO had a pea risotto to start and this was a nice small... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
Iain F
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

A Saturday afternoon lunch with my SO and soon to be mother in law (no jokes please she's lovely). Started with a curious wee aperitif of White Armagnac and tonic with a twist. This was a perfect palate prep and tasted like holidays. My SO had a pea risotto to start and this was a nice small portion, subtle fresh... More 

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

A perfect atmosphere with beautiful food sourced directly from Provence and professional and very friendly staff. For such delicious food, this is a bargain. Highly recommend. You will not be disappointed

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Dirleton, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

My wife and I frequent this restaurant because there is nothing that they do not do well. The service is impeccable and friendly, the ingredients are sourced by the staff from Provence and the food is delectable. The steak is the best we have had in Scotland and the quail is superb. We eat out a lot. Make this restaurant... More 

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Glasgow
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131 reviews 131 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This is not a restaurant that does white table cloths or pretentious dishes. L'escargot Bleu wowed me with its effortless quality and easy service. With table side stake tartare made to your liking and a duck confit to start we were onto an absolute winner. I shared a hunk of beef (32oz cote de beuf) rare with my partner which... More 

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This restaurant is not expensive at all for the quality of the meals ! I am French and I was impressed because nowadays, it's difficult to find a restaurant as good as this one in France ! The staff is friendly the wine is good too... I highly recommend it !

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Newcastle
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This was my first visit to this restaurant during the latest bank holiday. The restaurant serves standard French bistro food and it pre theatre menu is a real bargain! You get two sizeable two course dishes for less than £15 and the quality of the food is very good. I had the muscles in blue cheese sauce which were cooked... More 

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Fort St. John, Canada
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58 reviews 58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We had limited time for dinner & decided to try the 2 course pre theater menu at this little unassuming French Bistro. This was an absolute bargain for the quality of food & service provided. The service & ambience were lovely & the food was beautifully prepared & presented! We would certainly have no hesitation in returning for another delicious... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

We were just passing by on our way to Royal Botanical Garden. This place is AWESOME. Amazing food, amazing service. Extremely cosy and everything in this place has he touch of great taste and passion. Staff is absolutely amazing, they are extremely passionate and they look stunning as much as the food. The place has tons of stickers on the... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Everyone in our party agreed that this was generally fine, but not much more than that. Soup starters were tasty. The mains were beautifully plated, but a bit hit and miss, taste-wise. My chicken and langoustines had sounded like it might be interesting, but it was 'all fur coat, nae knickers' as we say in Edinburgh. I was unimpressed by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This little restaurant in the bohemian area of Broughton street is one of the most charming restaurant we have ever been to. We couldn't believe how busy, it was for a Tuesday. The staff were running around, trying to please everyone, it was part of the atmosphere, the girl in charm was so lovely and make us feel very welcome.... 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 38
  • Cuisine: French, 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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  • 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.