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Edinburgh Larder Bistro

#354 of 1,978 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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West End
Scottish
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1a Alva Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PH, Scotland
0131 225 4599
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, 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
Seriously - just go!

This place is a gem. The food is incredible, skilfully showing off the best of what fresh Scottish produce can be plated up as, in the right hands. From start to end, I couldn't fault the food - but, then again, if a place lays absolutely *incredible* bread before you, then you can be sure the rest... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
emily1710
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Sydney, Australia
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  • Local cuisine
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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This place is a gem. The food is incredible, skilfully showing off the best of what fresh Scottish produce can be plated up as, in the right hands. From start to end, I couldn't fault the food - but, then again, if a place lays absolutely *incredible* bread before you, then you can be sure the rest of the meal... More 

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Down some rather doubtful looking basement stairs just off Queensferry Street for a very special treat. Definitely the best traditional Cullen Skink (for the uninitiated it's a delicious form of haddock and potato soup!) I have had thus far this century. Very generous bowl-full too, you won't need anything more to follow, it's certainly a meal in itself! Service a... More 

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K_Jones_EL, Public Relations Manager at Edinburgh Larder Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we were very pleased to hear your high praise for our dishes and we are delighted you enjoyed your time at our Bistro. More 

scotland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

great wee find while out wandering. Menu hit all the marks - all good wholesome food but served with a twist. Definitely worth a visit - easy to get a table without having a reservation. Friendly staff and great service. Halibut is a must, wish we'd left room for desert - next time

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K_Jones_EL, Public Relations Manager at Edinburgh Larder Bistro, responded to this review

What a great wee review, we are so pleased to hear your comments. Our menus are always very heavily influenced by seasonal and local produce, which we are glad you enjoyed. We hope you'll be back to enjoy dessert with us soon. More 

London
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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

5 of us ate here without booking. Friendly staff found us a table and took our order swiftly. Food was good all round; excellent fish, my colleagues had lamb which was also good. Starters and deserts were also reported to be good. My only complaint was the price of the wines on the list, which frankly, was taking the ****.... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

It was the worst meal we had since coming to Edinburgh. Totally spoiled my husband's birthday. Pumpkin soup - Totally lack taste of pumpkin. Chicken salad - Dry, tasteless, whitebait soggy and missing dressing of any kind. Lemon sole - Dry roll up fish, no taste whatsoever, equally tasteless watery pea puree and boil cauliflower? Disaster! We left the establishment... More 

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Edinburgh
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29 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

It is actually a nice place and the staff are welcoming. That was the good news. We waited 45 minutes for my wife's order which was one of the dishes of the day (fishcakes). The food was good but you should not go there if your time is short. There are so many good restaurants in Edinburgh so you should... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Before having dinner at the bistro I had been the Larder (both locations) for lunch and was really impressed. Unfortunately dinner wasn’t as nice. I was with my parents and my partner. We were seated in a lovely booth – the décor is really nice. We were given superb bread to start. Then I ordered a bottle of shiraz, but... More 

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59 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Lunch on Saturday which benefitted from beings in their conservatory area on a sunny day. Had lovely fish cakes of a decently sized portion followed by a really nice dessert and the staff were very efficient. Definitely somewhere I would go back to

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K_Jones_EL, Public Relations Manager at Edinburgh Larder Bistro, responded to this review

Many thanks for your lovely review of our Bistro. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We decided to go here for lunch unfortunately they were fully booked and we tried again in the evening and got a table. The food was delicious and tasty. Very well thought out recipes and unusual flavours. The service was mostly good however towards the end we asked for water and it didn't arrive it also took sometime for the... More 

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K_Jones_EL, Public Relations Manager at Edinburgh Larder Bistro, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind review, we are pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your meal with us. Our chefs create regularly changing, seasonal menus with the fabulous local produce we have hear in Scotland to ensure that there is always something delicious and tasty for you to try. More 

Top Contributor
195 reviews 195 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
447 helpful votes 447 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Basement property which I found rather dull although they do have a conservatory which I think would be more appealing. Specialising in local produce, even the cola is locally sourced! Our steak was disappointing, not terrible but just slightly tough and lacking flavour. Also serving turnip as the only vegetable just did not work for me. Nice friendly people but... 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: 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 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.