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Edinburgh Larder Bistro

#309 of 1,769 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
West End
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1a Alva Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PH, Scotland
0131 225 4599
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had heard this restaurant was very good so decided to give it a try last Friday evening on a night out with friends. Menu was amazing so we thought - this is going to be good. What a disappointment. Service was terrible. Waitress over the top - there's friendly and there's annoying! Then she forgot to hand our order slip... More 

Thank cgm123
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've read some of the reviews on here and they do not do Edinburgh Larder justice at all. It's a gorgeous little bistro with such lovely & helpful staff. The American waitress was delightful and had a wicked sense of humour! We both had the steak which was yummy. The red wine flowed and all in all it was an... More 

Thank Cassie B
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was excited by the menu! After waiting for 45 mins waitress came to apologise she had forgotten to put our order through! Wrong soup arrived. Vegetarian dish was not cooked through, steaks not cooked as asked for.... worst of all a member of staff went to the ladies and did not WASH HER HANDS!!! Won't be going back or recommending.

Thank Jennie W
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went in for lunch and was very impressed with the food. Enjoyed the trout pate, salmon burger and most of all the ice cream which I would say is the nicest ice cream I've eaten, and I have eaten a lot of ice cream! The food really suits my taste - clean and healthy but also substantial. All tasted very... More 

Thank Peachplumapple
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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187 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Back again with friends, great location, atmphere was great as Its a buzzing place, really Is. Had the steak again and there were a few problems but they were dealt with quickly with not fuss at all, the only thing we would say was that the chef was a bit heavy on the salt content, everything was a bit salty,... More 

1 Thank Scottie S
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41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I just did not like this restaurant. There wasn't really anything on the menu that I really liked the sound of. Reluctantly I had a fish pate starter which was quite nice. For main course Plaice with spaghetti. Now why I decided on this is beyond me but I did. It was totally tasteless and very unattractive looking. In my... More 

Thank weareladies
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21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I had a lovely dinner. Starters were lovely and fresh. There wasn't much lamb in my wife's main course by it still tasted good and my plaice was fantastic. The ice cream and sorbet tasted properly homemade. The staff were very friendly and attentive. It has an unrushed atmosphere which suited us. Definitely recommend!

1 Thank Derek W
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

I was really excited to try the Edinburgh Larder Bistro as I had heard good things. I visited for a weekday lunch and felt immediately stifled by the dim, stuffy interior. I chose one of the two most expensive dishes from the menu, braised lamb with beans, courgette, peas and smoked tomatoes. What arrived was basically a thick tomato and... More 

Thank HELindsay
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

I went here on a Monday night for dinner with my partner. I would say in total there were 4 other tables in the whole restaurant, all of which had already been served and had finished their food by the time we arrived. Once ordered it took 45 minutes before we had received our very average but overpriced starters. It... More 

Thank laura g
Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

Greatly enjoyed my meal. Many options for both omnivores and vegetarians, and staff is very happy to make accomodations within the menu. Service was prompt, but not pushy, which can happen when traveling alone. Highly recommend Larder Bistro.

1 Thank Kay U

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $25
British, Scottish, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in West End

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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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