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Edinburgh Larder Bistro

1a Alva Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PH, Scotland
0131 225 4599
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Ranked #288 of 1,914 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $25
Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Scottish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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Edinburgh
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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237 reviews 237 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

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 

Bathgate
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65 reviews 65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We met with friends for an early evening meal in time for the pre-theatre menu. A great location so near the city centre and a good place to escape from the busy streets. The staff were friendly and helpful, there when you needed them. Our standout main was the mullet which was well cooked and good accompany vegetables. The slow... More 

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

So glad you enjoyed your time at the Bistro. We took your feedback on board regarding the pork and decided to abandon the loin and cook the leg for even longer. Given our customer feedback the chef has achieved perfection! Thanks again for your review and hope to see you again at the Bistro. :--) More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Having been and enjoyed the food in the Larder café on Blackfriars Street on many occasions I decided to give the restaurant a try. Booked a table for myself and my friend for a last catch up before Christmas. I was really looking forward to it and expected an evening of excellent food. Unfortunately I was slightly let down. The... More 

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

Hi There What a shame you didn't have the best experience at the Bistro with your friend. We try really hard to get things right for people, and sometimes it doesn't quite happen in the way we would like. We love your feedback because it helps us to get better and better at what we do. We always welcome feedback... More 

London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Beautiful place, a real gem with welcoming service. They pride themselves on good, Scottish products; pheasant terrine passable - or was it chicken- but the mains were dry. Also too many foreign waiting staff with no finesse. I do not want to be told "here you go" when presented with my aperitif. Pity, a little investment could go a long... More 

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

So sorry you didn't enjoy your time with us. We will take on board what you have said, and hope that next time you come you have a better experience. We love our diverse team here at the Bistro and apologise if there was a glitch in communications. We are a happy smiley lot, quite informal, and love to please.... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Went for lunch, opting for two-course lunch menu. The portion for the mackerel pate was small, a very small amount of pate with as little oatcake as was possible to plate (maybe one homemade oatcake broken up). For the main, we opted for the mullet fish. Again this portion was stingy. Only half a small fillet that was served with... More 

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

So sorry you didn't enjoy your time with us. We will take on board what you have said, and hope that next time you come you have a better experience. We love our diverse team here at the Bistro and apologise if there was a glitch in communications. We are a happy smiley lot, quite informal, and love to please.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

It looks like dishes picked from deals (2/3 courses fixed price) are smaller than normal orders, however excellent food and service.

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

Glad your overall experience was a good one and thanks for taking the time to review. We always appreciate your feedback. :-) More 

Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Visited with three friends for as part of a birthday weekend trip to Edinburgh. It was the best meal all weekend - everything was perfect from the food, presentation and the service. Cannot really fault this place.

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

We are delighted to receive your lovely comments, and very pleased to hear how much you enjoyed every aspect of your time with us at the bistro. Many thanks for such an excellent review. More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Lots of use of fresh Scottish ingredients in this homely restaurant. We had the a la carte menu. The hard boiled tea soaked duck egg was a very unusual centre piece of the starter, perhaps poached would have offered a better accompaniment. My main course of sea trout and sea veg was tasty. The menu has all the latest trendy... More 

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

Many thanks for your review of our bistro. The use of local, seasonal, Scottish produce has always been of great importance to both ourselves, and our sister establishment the Edinburgh Larder Café. Our team take a great care and pride in sourcing the best ingredients that Scotland's own natural larder can provide to inspire the dishes that we create. While... More 

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Additional Information about Edinburgh Larder Bistro

Address: 1a Alva Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PH, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 225 4599
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh
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
Average Prices: USD 8 - 25
Cuisine: Scottish

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