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Edinburgh Larder Bistro

#331 of 1,790 Restaurants in Edinburgh
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West End
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1a Alva Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PH, Scotland
0131 225 4599
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12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: "Fresh, bright, and delicious" The Edinburgh Larder Bistro on Alva Street...
"Fresh, bright, and delicious" The Edinburgh Larder Bistro on Alva Street at the west end corner of Prince’s Street, with its light interior and conservatory, is the ideal place to enjoy seasonal, Scottish food! The Edinburgh Larder team works closely with local farmers, fishmongers, fruit, vegetable and drinks suppliers to bring you the best of local Scottish produce. With a regularly changing seasonal menu and daily market specials, you will experience the delicious flavours of the Scottish countryside.The buzzy atmosphere of The Edinburgh Larder Bistro is the perfect ambience to unwind as you clear your plate of daily specials and menu favourites, and quench your thirst - try one of the incredible botanical drinks produced in Scotland (Edinburgh Gin and Pincer Vodka are our favourites!); Scotch malt whiskies; or Scottish brewed beers. There's a range of carefully selected wines and fizz - we specialise in sourcing interesting bottles from small artisan vineyards, and we make our own cordials, and serve Edinburgh-based Artisan Roast coffees and Eteaket teas.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lovely food cosy setting

The pictures on their website don't do this place justice. Lovely old stone walls and intimate setting. The rustic tables are much nicer than in the photos. So don't be put off just by the website pictures! We had prawns followed by halibut and both were delicious. They had gluten free bread... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Kenny_Alison
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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  • Local cuisine
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The pictures on their website don't do this place justice. Lovely old stone walls and intimate setting. The rustic tables are much nicer than in the photos. So don't be put off just by the website pictures! We had prawns followed by halibut and both were delicious. They had gluten free bread for me and were aware of my requirements... More 

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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Only discovered this place after buying from the Edinburgh Larder stall on Edinburgh Farmers Market on the Saturday (your spring rhubarb jam is wonderful by the way!). Tucked away off the main tourist area but well worth seeking out. A lovely little place with a nice atmosphere and friendly staff. Very good food, seasonal and local with good use of... More 

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Edinburgh, UK
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18 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Our second visit to this little rustic restaurant in West End. Liked its atmosphere. Not a fine-dining place but perfect for enjoying creative, organic food. Staff was attentive and professional. Will visit Larder again.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed May 19, 2015

Delicious food, friendly service. I took my Mum as a thank you for helping out with the kids over Easter. No back ground music so perfect for food and fond chat.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Visited here with two colleagues for an evening meal. We were visiting Edinburgh and were told this area of the city was good to eat in. We were spoilt for choice on the menu and opted for the 2 or 3 course set menu which was a great deal, although would happily have chosen from any of the menu. I... More 

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Edinburgh
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Lovely bistro, food and staff! They do a great deal on a Tuesday. Really nice interior, with great local produce in their menu! Definitely recommend!

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24 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We were looking forward to trying out the bistro for an evening meal. My husband had been to the bistro for lunch and really enjoyed it. The waitresses were very attentive and the restaurant was rustic but charming. We ordered a salmon mousse starter to share. It was very tasty but a bit pricey for what was a very small... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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32 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Our friends booked this and im pleased they did. Steaks are to die for, the food was fantastic, the service was let down a little due to a new member of staff on but we were told and its a bit like learner drivers, we all have to start somewhere. All in all, a great friendly, warm atmosphere awaits you... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Me and my partner searched online for a restaurant in Edinburgh that did a pre-theatre meal due to expecting a baby and being careful with money. I phoned the Edinburgh Larder Bistro and confirmed with them that if we arrived at 6pm we would be able to get the deal of 3 courses for £18, which is applicable between 5:30pm... More 

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Inverness, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Great choices, the most friendly and obliging service and delicious throughout. All 11 of us enjoyed it, and I shall certainly be back.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1a Alva Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PH, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > West End
  • Neighborhood: West End
  • Phone Number: 0131 225 4599

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 25
  • Cuisine: Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

"Fresh, bright, and delicious" The Edinburgh Larder Bistro on Alva Street at the west end corner of Prince’s Street, with its light interior and conservatory, is the ideal place to enjoy seasonal, Scottish food! The Edinburgh Larder team works closely with local farmers, fishmongers, fruit, vegetable and drinks suppliers to bring you the best of local Scottish produce. With a regularly changing seasonal menu and daily market specials, you will experience the delicious flavours of the Scottish countryside.The buzzy atmosphere of The Edinburgh Larder Bistro is the perfect ambience to unwind as you clear your plate of daily specials and menu favourites, and quench your thirst - try one of the incredible botanical drinks produced in Scotland (Edinburgh Gin and Pincer Vodka are our favourites!); Scotch malt whiskies; or Scottish brewed beers. There's a range of carefully selected wines and fizz - we specialise in sourcing interesting bottles from small artisan vineyards, and we make our own cordials, and serve Edinburgh-based Artisan Roast coffees and Eteaket teas.
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in West End

Neighborhood Profile
West End
Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in industrial Britain had their most desirable neighborhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes. Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along the district’s busy main roads. Lothian Road connects to southern Edinburgh and harbors a vague entertainment district: three theaters and the city’s main indie cinema. All attract a select crowd, the sort who appreciate the Saturday Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market around the corner. The West End’s other great thoroughfare, Shandwick Place, is dominated by trams trundling out to the suburbs and airport, and shoppers picking up last-minute items before hopping aboard.