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Edinburgh Larder Bistro

1a Alva Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PH, Scotland
0131 225 4599
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Ranked #289 of 1,836 restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $25
Cuisines: Scottish
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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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83% Recommend
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English first
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Decided to try here after checking out a few places by reveiws on Tripadvisor. So glad I did as I've just had the most delicious lunch ever and the staff were ever so friendly - it's really lifted my spirits. I will definitely be returning here and introducing my friends.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This was the second time my wife and I have been to this gem tucked away on Alva Street. The first time we tried the pre-theatre menu, just to see if it was as good as we had been told it would be. We were so impressed we booked the following week to try the other dishes on the menu.... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

I booked this place because of my friends raving about it. It wasn't as fancy as I thought it would be (I may have made that up in my own head) but it didn't take away from the delicious food and friendly service. My husband and I came here for our 5 year anniversary and would definitely like to come... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Excellent food with locally sourced ingredients. I had the soup of the day to start and it was fantastic. The pre-theatre menu is a bargain. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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96 reviews 96 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I enjyed the food and ambience.As soon as you are seated you are offered tap water. It is rather rustic with uneven tables and rather plain glasses.The food was good and we did not feel rushed at all.They provided bread when requested and the service was friendly.There was a very argumentative family there when we arrived and the staff treated... More

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35 reviews 35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We had an Itison voucher for afternoon tea. We use itison a lot to try new places but we are not voucher tourists - the places we like get a lot of repeat custom. Had an immediate issue as they could find the booking which I phoned in 2 weeks earlier. They squeezed us in. It was busy and a... More

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71 reviews 71 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Really enjoyed the Edinburgh Larder, we had afternoon tea with cocktails. I would say I have had better afternoon teas but at posher places, this was rustic and homely and I really enjoyed it. The staff were lovely, very friendly and helpful. Would go again for dinner this time, shame it's not open on Sundays but then everyone has to... More

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3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I had an amazing meal here tonight with my fiancé. I am reviewing it so soon after as the food and atmosphere was just fantastic. If you like fresh food, full of flavour then this is the place to go. I had yellow courgette and garlic pesto soup to start which stayed very hot and the bread served with it... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Edinburgh Larder Bistro is one of my lunchtime favourites. Great locally sourced food, with lovely service, at a good price. A perfect place to take the parents to.

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37 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We had our first dinner in Edinbourgh in the Larder Bistro and it was very nice. Good service, although the table next to us were a very noisy, but this wasnt the restaurants fault. We enjoyed the food and I recommend it as a good place to have dinner. I liked it and also did my family.

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