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Edinburgh Larder Bistro

#299 of 1,934 Restaurants in Edinburgh
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1a Alva Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PH, Scotland
0131 225 4599
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Today
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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Local cuisine

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  • 181
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  • 75
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Quite Good but Nothing Special

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
redhand
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Top Contributor
186 reviews 186 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
421 helpful votes 421 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

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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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Thought the special menu limited, and felt that the full price menu diners were given priority. We did, however, feel that the location and the staff were excellent.

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Newcastle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Myself and my girlfriend on our first day on our first visit to Edinburgh happened past the Larder while anxiously deciding somewhere to eat. I myself ordered the oak roast duck to start and it was impressive enough to easily take the top spot on my favourite starters eaten. Slow cooked pork was amazing, and filling despite looking like quite... More 

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Crieff, Scotland, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This was delightful find for lunch. Delicious food in a very pleasant and welcoming environment. The bend fresh produce and good cooking was everything I could have wanted.

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38 reviews 38 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

A long leisurely lunch can be a wonderful thing - but this was just SLOW!!! Poor service, bad communication, lack of understanding specific dietary requirements. Food was fairly tasty - "wholesome" would be a good description. Wine was overpriced. Don't think I'll be back.

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edinburghlarder, Manager at Edinburgh Larder Bistro, responded to this review

I'm so sorry you had a less than impressive experience with us here at the Bistro. It's really unusual for people to wait a long time and also to experience miscommunication with the staff. In our defence I can only say that in the last couple of weeks we have a couple of new staff members who are training right... More 

Bathgate, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We had booked a table before going but when arrived half an hour earlier been shown to the table straight away.The food was excellent so was the service. It was a nice and friendly atmosphere in the restaurant and we enjoyed ourselves and will be more than happy to return.

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edinburghlarder, Manager at Edinburgh Larder Bistro, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed our Bistro. Lovely of you to take the time to write a review for us as well. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Kindest wishes. Gill. More 

England
Top Contributor
143 reviews 143 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This bistro is definitely worth a visit. The warm welcome from staff set the tone for a lovely meal. Unusual drinks menu and good selection of both meat and fish on the dinner menu.. Warm friendly cosy atmosphere in the restaurant. Please note there are steps down from street level. The food we all chose was well presented and delicious... More 

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edinburghlarder, Manager at Edinburgh Larder Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. I'm so glad that you and your party enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind wishes. Gill. More 

Edinburgh
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We had a very nice lunch here on Saturday and liked the place, good ambiance and setting. The food we had was of excellent quality and pleased to see it's all local and mostly homemade. The menu is very limited with only 4 choices of mains & starters so although I really enjoyed what I had I would be hard... More 

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edinburghlarder, Manager at Edinburgh Larder Bistro, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to write a review for us on tripadvisor. Sorry that you found the menu limited. I'm not sure if there has been a mix up with a set menu because our lunch menu is extensive and varied. We do update our menus very regularly due to seasonal influences so there will be... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
273 reviews 273 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Lovely atmosphere in this quirky bistro with recycled chunky tables, warm and friendly staff. We sat in the main restaurant but for those who prefer conservatory style this is just the place for you. You go up steps to a garden style conservatory - if you want to sit here book it to avoid disappointment. The pre-theatre menu may be... More 

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edinburghlarder, Manager at Edinburgh Larder Bistro, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed our Bistro. The pre-theatre menu is such a great way to taste new dishes and we update our menus often so would love you to come back and see what we have on offer sometime in the future. Many thanks for taking the time to review our restaurant. :-) More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

Excellent food, very cosy restaurant, best for romantic dinners. we went there on new year eve. Easy too book via the restaurant website. Deer was awesome, highly recommend.

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edinburghlarder, Manager at Edinburgh Larder Bistro, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed the Bistro. Looking forward to seeing you again. :-) 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
  • 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?