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Edinburgh Larder Bistro

1a Alva Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PH, Scotland
0131 225 4599
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Ranked #287 of 1,855 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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English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We were lucky enough to get the last table available and were so glad we did. The service was fast professional and friendly. The food was wonderful. Really great flavours- for entree I had the ham and duck egg which was perfectly cooked. My partner had a delicious rabbit terrine. My partner choose the pork belly for the main which... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The food and atmosphere has a nice mix of modern hip mixed with traditional Scottish. The food was delicious, with complex and well developed flavors. We made reservations for a 2 hour meal before going to the Tattoo. The service was quick, but not rushed, and they had us out the door in plenty of time to walk to the... More

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Although the menu is fairly limited, the quality of the food was excellent, service friendly and it was reasonably fast.

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Melbourne
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Gorgeous fresh organic food, lovely decor and great service. Would return without hesitation. Loved the sourcing of organic produce and the simple way the dished were presented. Great flavours without being pretentious. Good central location.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The Edinburgh Larder Bistro has a beautiful ambience with home-made cocktails and foraged delicacies on the menu. Warm and friendly service and well worth a visit.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

It's a nice rustic space, light, airy, and very distinctive. It has the potential to be one of the city's hidden gems, alas, no amount of leaves and edible flowers will compensate for tiny, overpriced portions of - albeit very pretty - mediocre food. The waitress was very nice, although it took her three goes before she finally brought us... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

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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London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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