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Edinburgh Larder Bistro

#215 of 1,976 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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British, Scottish
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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, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Local cuisine
Description: "Fresh, bright, and delicious" The Edinburgh Larder Bistro on...
"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
Great atmosphere, great food

I obtained a voucher from Itison for a two course meal with tea of coffee for two people at the Edinburgh Larder Bistro. It is tucked away down a side street (Alva Street) and I was pleasantly surprised at how lovely it was. A wonderful relaxed atmosphere and the food was delicious. It was great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
JackieCohen
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I obtained a voucher from Itison for a two course meal with tea of coffee for two people at the Edinburgh Larder Bistro. It is tucked away down a side street (Alva Street) and I was pleasantly surprised at how lovely it was. A wonderful relaxed atmosphere and the food was delicious. It was great value for money and I... More 

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Thank JackieCohen
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to this lovely bistro in Edinburgh 3 times with friends, and amazed every time by the home-made, fresh food as well as the service. The decor is also impressive, cozy and creative, with a map of their suppliers from the country on the wall. And the waitress with short hair is really friendly, enthusiastic and patient, always... More 

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Thank Lynette D
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on an Itison voucher, which was a gift. The ambience was great, and the food top notch. We were served promptly and the staff were friendly but unobtrusive. I loved the little shop where you could buy Larder produce. I would definitely return here.

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Thank PEGS40
uk
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48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It as a snowy January Saturday evening and we were surprised the place wasn't very full. We had made a reservation earlier in the day by using their online system. I noted that when making a reservation at 8 the system said they want the table back at 9-30pm - although in reality it wasn't busy so they were not... More 

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Thank Bobbybroom
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had high hopes for this place but the food was underwhelming and the service was inattentive to say the least. Just another lackluster restaurant in Edi that doesn't live up to the hype.

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1 Thank emp5283
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I enjoyed a lovely evening at The Edinburgh Larder recently. The food is seasonal, well presented and most importantly delicious. The guacamole taster whet our appetite for the salmon, rabbit, cod and version dishes to follow. COD with hazelnuts was a welcome revelation! Highly recommend. The house wine was light and mellow. The staff were friendly, professional... More 

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1 Thank Emma M
Belfast, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here as I read reviews about this cafe the night before. We were craving a top quality Scottish breakfast and this place did not disappoint. Hands down the best toast I have ever had. I'm guessing they make their own bread. You could tell the food was fresh and it's a shame I don't have it here in... More 

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Thank Rondog8
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wanted to brighten up a mid week bleak January evening so biked over to the Edinburgh Larder Bistro to sample their seasonal offerings. I opted for the veggie option of spicy split pea and swede dhal and wasn't disappointed, I especially loved the accompanying pickled turnip which exquisitely tickled my taste buds. My partner had the roast cod and... More 

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1 Thank Marnie2305
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The service was excellent and the food was good but I found the menu very unexciting. There was not much choice. The complimemtary bread sticks were undercooked but the accompanying sauce was nice.

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Thank Mireia M
edinburghlarder, General Manager at Edinburgh Larder Bistro, responded to this review

Hi There Thank you so much for taking the time to review our Bistro. We are really sorry that you didn't find the menu exciting, as on the whole we have had some great feedback about our approach, which is to keep the menu simple but to have a number of special dishes available each day, this allows us to... More 

Edinburgh
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57 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went there in a large group of 10 and were treated to some of the yummiest food I've tasted out in a while. Large portions, fresh food, well thought out and something for everyone, vegetarian options are not a last minute thought here. The staff were so lovely, polite and attentive without being overbearing. The atmosphere is really nice... More 

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Thank ginger123
edinburghlarder, General Manager at Edinburgh Larder Bistro, responded to this review

It's really lovely to read your review of our Bistro, thank you so much for taking the time to write it. The team are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and yes, you are quite right, vegetarian dishes are not an afterthought with us, all the dishes are created with the same care and attention. We look forward... More 

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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: British, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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.
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