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Edinburgh Larder Bistro

#358 of 1,955 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
Closed now
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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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    Very good
  • 34
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  • 15
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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
Tasty food and good service

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
NMcD
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Edinburgh
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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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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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London, United Kingdom
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25 restaurant reviews
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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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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 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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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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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 

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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?