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Edinburgh Larder Bistro

#375 of 1,782 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
West End
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1A Alva Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PH, Scotland
0131 225 4599
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Passed it 24 Aug 16 and there is a notice outside confirming the restaurant is now closed, visit their original restaurant in Blackfriar Street, it's still in operation

Thank alimactoo
Kinross, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately this gem is due to close at the end of this month. We had lunch here midweek, and although not very busy, had a nice atmosphere. A cosy little place with booths as well as tables, the food is excellent and well worth a visit. Hopefully someone will snap it up and keep it going.

Thank MrsNP712
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were told this was their last night. Not surprising. They seem to believe that they are serving good home cooked food. They are not - they are serving bad home cooked food, and at some cost. £23 for a steak, £16 for a few frazzled vegetables and £3 for a small pot of dark-brown burnt chips. Also apparently this... More 

Thank richard k
Gateshead, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant was ok and the staff were very friendly. There was loads of vegetarian and vegan choices as well as meat and fish dishes. The restaurant was clean. The food we had was ok but there was way too much coriander used in everything. The wine we had was a cheapish bottle but really nice. The puddings were quite... More 

Thank 894None
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely restaurant - very intimate and we loved the little undercover space up some steps. Staff were friendly, interesting menu and food was delicious. Wine menu didn't look too exciting but our wine was ok

Thank Jayr73L
Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dinner for three, could have delivered so much better food at home. Way over priced for under rated home cooking. Will certainly not be bsck !!!

Thank Rhill61
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61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this place. The ambience, staff and food all highly recommended. Tourists, if they can find this place, would be very impressed with how quirky and how good it is.

Thank BusybeeScotland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on the first day of the festival at the very beginning of the dinner service, and I cannot fault this little treasure. We were seated by our excellent server in the delightfully appointed conservatory area, which is filled wonderfully by natural light, in contrast to the equally wonderful candlelit warmth of the rest of the restaurant. It is... More 

Thank Dommcg
Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ok I admit it...carb overload, but worth it!! The porridge was wonderful. Passed on the brown sugar and maple syrup and just added fruit. Perfect! The scone was mixed fruit and delish!! Coffee was quite good. Realized after ordering, the restaurant was next door. Although there were a few tables, the bistro was primarily take out and quick eats so... More 

Thank gigiagogo
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9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The larder bistro has been a mainstay for me for the past 3 years or so - the menu was always evolving with the seasons and always had a good mixture of foraged local ingredients, seafood, vegetables, steak and who could forget the beef dripping chips...the wine list was interesting and mainly off the beaten track...the plaice fillets last night... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $25
British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options, European
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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
"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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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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