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Edinburgh Larder Bistro

#318 of 1,796 Restaurants in Edinburgh
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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
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Excellent service and splendid food.

Staff were lovely, very efficient and friendly. Food was lovely, very tasty and wide range specials. I highly recommend the restaurant for lunch and dinner. Having eaten here before it is a very nice restaurant and very welcoming. Even when very busy staff always have smiles and time to answer... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
Keith2514
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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  • Local cuisine
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

A modest portion of fresh crowdie and shallot salad with 3 teeny slivers of crowdie = £13.95. That's cheeky, to say the least. Nice atmosphere and friendly staff, though

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Staff were lovely, very efficient and friendly. Food was lovely, very tasty and wide range specials. I highly recommend the restaurant for lunch and dinner. Having eaten here before it is a very nice restaurant and very welcoming. Even when very busy staff always have smiles and time to answer questions.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

I treated my 72 yr old Mum to Dinner as a thank you. Larder Bistro is a light, friendly, bistro that serves original delicious food. There is no background music, perfect for a girly chat with an older person who is slightly deaf.

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52 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I visited with friends thinking that this was going to be quite expensive, but I was really surprised to find otherwise! Cosy and rustic is the best way I can think to describe Edinburgh Larder Bistro, and the food is excellent. I love the choice on the menu, and I thought the bakery at the entrance was a really nice... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Dined here last night and had a lovely experience. Seated under a canopy lit with fairy lights which was really nice and the service throughout was fantastic. The best bit was the food though; excellently cooked halibut, fantastic chips, and wonderful desserts. Meal for two with wine approx £45 which is very reasonable for Edinburgh. Highly recommended.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I visited Edinburgh Larder Bistro three times shortly after it opened and I really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. It had been a couple of years since my visit and myself and a friend decided to go for the early evening menu. When we arrived, the restaurant was empty except for a large group of about 10 and a... More 

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Scotland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We had a voucher to use for lunch and were so glad we did. The bistro is tucked away down stairs to a basement which from the outside doesn't look anything special, how wrong were we!? It is much more roomy inside with plenty of tables and an extra space up a few more steps to a conservatory. We chose... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

This was recommended by our concierge and it is a hidden gem. You may walk right by it and miss ti if you are not careful. Descend the steps and you are in a quaint romantic restaurant. The food is extraordinary and local We tried to return but did not have a reservation (it was fully booked). There's not much... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

This is the second time we've visited as a large group and it just keeps getting better. They clearly care about the food they produce and all the ingredients seemed really fresh. A really nice seasonal selection. Would definitely recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

A nice place with good menu, friendly service. The waiter was also well prepared to recommend a good wine with different dishes. Really well made fish, and a good dining experience all in all. I recommend booking a table.

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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>  > West End
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 to $25
Cuisine: Scottish

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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 to $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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  • 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.