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Edinburgh Larder Bistro

#335 of 1,852 Restaurants in Edinburgh
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British, Scottish
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1a Alva Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PH, Scotland
0131 225 4599
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, 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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    Very good
  • 38
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  • 17
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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
An old favourite. Consistently good

I went to this restaurant recently and found it still really good. The restaurant has three areas so it feels small but I've never had to book. The food concentrates on local Scottish produce. The fish was good and the vegetarian options imaginative and tasty. Atmosphere good. It's not a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
hilarymunro
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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196 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I went to this restaurant recently and found it still really good. The restaurant has three areas so it feels small but I've never had to book. The food concentrates on local Scottish produce. The fish was good and the vegetarian options imaginative and tasty. Atmosphere good. It's not a sophisticated place, just somewhere for a meal with friends with... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We went here for our wedding anniversary and had a lovely, high quality meal. Not really a romantic venue but it suited us. I would go back again as a couple or with friends. Relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and good selection of wine. The menu was very limited but the quality of the ingredients high. Huge portions, healthy options as... More 

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Bathgate, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

I love good food full of flavour and that's exactly what I got here today. Visited with my mother for lunch. We both had the haddock and cheese fish cakes with tartar sauce and salad with a side order of wedges. Gorgeous. Fishcakes were flavoursome as was the tartar sauce. The salad tasted like all the ingredients had just been... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our Bistro. It's so lovely when we hear that people love to eat the kind of food that we love to make. You are spot on about the salad leaves, they are freshly picked and it really makes a difference. We use the best local produce and so like to... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Lovely meal staff excellent service excellent would go back location great as we where going home on the bus. Would recommend to other people.

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

We are delighted that you enjoyed dinner with us at the Bistro. We are really lucky to be on the bus route into and out of town especially with the recent unpredictable weather. Thanks for taking the time to write a review for us, we really appreciate the feedback. Look forward to seeing you again. Kindest regards. Gill More 

Greater London, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I thought it was ok, no salt on any table and the food (or some of it ) needed salt on it (for my palate) I just had a feeling that in trying to do modern Scottish, there was a lack of elan or a certain frugality in the food, front of house staff were great,

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

Thanks so much for your review. Our pepper grinder has the quirk of having the salt cellar built into the top of it which is a little unusual and not as obvious as it perhaps should be. I like my food well seasoned too and can empathise, we try to keep the seasoning light so that people have the option,... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Lunched here with my son using a voucher due to its close location to his office. Service was slow. Having finished our main course our plates had still not been removed after 15 minutes in spite of repeated attempts to attract attention. Finally managed to catch attention of waitress who waved off our call dismissively. Asked to speak to manager... More 

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

So sorry to hear your experience at the Bistro wasn't up to scratch. We are often busy but it's very unusual for service to suffer. We will make certain to take your feedback and make sure that this doesn't happen again. It's really important to us that our customers enjoy their experience with us and we really appreciate you taking... More 

Europe
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47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This was our choice for a family get-together dinner while in Edinburgh, and it proved to be perfect. We were quite a few, so I booked by phone. The restaurant is in a basement and comfortably arranged. The staff were welcoming from the first moment, attentive and efficient without being intrusive. The cuisine definitely has a Scottish flavour, with venison,... More 

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

Thank you so much for your review. It's really good to hear that you had a great time and enjoyed our Scottish flavours. We look forward to seeing you again. Kindest wishes. Gill More 

New York City, New York
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33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Perfect for a quick sandwich, soup and dessert. Friendly staff. Everything homemade. Worth a stop if you are in the area of the Royal Mile.

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Dalgety Bay ,Fife.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

My wife and I went here for lunch with 2 friends. The restaurant is centrally situated just a few hundred yards from the west end of Princes Street.It is found in a basement at the end of elegant Alva Street. The food was excellent ,and the service efficient. We found the houmous and the "Kofte" particularly good.Nobody also seemed to... More 

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

Hi there, so glad you enjoyed our friendly Bistro. It's always nice to be able to linger at the end of a relaxing lunch and we encourage diners to take their time. Look forward to seeing you again. Kindest wishes. Gill. More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Edinburgh has become a wonderful foodie place over the last few years and the Larder Bistro is no exception. The food is fresh and delicious with great presentation. The quality of food is certainly comparable with any swish London restaurant. Of course being a Scott I am biased but I really do think Edinburgh has plenty to offer any taste... More 

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

Thanks so much for your review. It's great to hear that you enjoy the buzz of the Bistro as well as the Scottish produce. We know that Scotland has so much gorgeous food produced with huge care and affection and we love to be part of that. Look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes. Gill 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>  > West End
  • Neighborhood: West End
  • Phone Number: 0131 225 4599

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 25
  • Cuisine: British, 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?

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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.
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