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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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French classics done right

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Credit cards accepted

L'Escargot Bleu is indeed blue - on the outside at least, and snails are present and correct among les entrées. The bilingual menu deals in classic bistro dishes such as those snails, which come from Barra in the Outer Hebrides, and there's a Scottish flavour to much of the kitchen's output. Start with seared scallops (from Skye) with spicy Puy lentils and crispy bacon, and move on to casserole of venison and beef cheeks with a rich red wine sauce, or pan-fried sea bass with Jerusalem artichokes and hollandaise. Desserts are as traditional as the crème brûlée which arrives without adornment. The two-course lunch and early-evening menu is a bargain.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 1 week January, 1 week July
  • Days closed: Sun (ex Aug Edinburgh festival)
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 5.30
  • Dinner served until: 10

Chef

  • Chef(s): Fred Berkmiller

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: French, Scottish
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 12
  • Wines over £30: 10
  • Wines by the glass: 16

Price guide

  • Starter from: £5.50
  • Main course from15
  • Dessert from: £5.50
  • 2-course lunch from: £12.90
  • 2-course dinner from: £14.90
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Steps for wheelchair: 4
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 55
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 18
  • Off-site parking available: On street, NCP

Additional information

  • Seats: 55
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 18

Getting here

On Broughton St, near Omni Centre

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Edinburgh Waverley
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