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About Forage & Chatter

Restaurant Forage & Chatter in Edinburgh boasts the best locally sourced and foraged produce, nestled in Edinburgh's West End. Come and visit us!

1A Alva Street
Edinburgh, EH2 4PH
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Scottish, Seafood

Hours of operation:
Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00 - 14:30 and 18:00 - 21:30

Dress code:
Casual Dress

Price range:
£25 and under

Payment options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
0131 225 4599

Website:
http://forageandchatter.com/

Public Transport:
11 minutes walk to Haymarket Station

Executive Chef:
Nicholas Lang

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine

Forage & Chatter Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.6

noise

Energetic

100% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (43)
Fit for Foodies (41)
Local Ingredients (40)
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Good for a Date (39)
Special Occasions (34)
Quiet Conversation (31)
Cosy (30)
Seasonal (29)
Romance (29)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Neighbourhood Gem (22)
Authentic (20)
Lunch (18)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
Business Meals (15)
Worth the Drive (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Modern Decor (11)
Healthy (10)
Casual (9)
Fun (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Hot Spot (5)
Outstanding Value (5)
Organic (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Tasting Menu (3)
Group Bookings (3)
Child Friendly (3)
Family Style (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Private Room (2)
Great Beer (2)
Molecular Gastronomy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
High Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Historic (1)
Brunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
People Watching (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (London)·Dined 3 days ago

Quality meal for family outing last Saturday evening - from the excellent Mushroom starter, the very tasty and well-cooked Hake to the Sea Buckthorn dessert. The sommelier / host was very friendly, witty and knowledgeable and equally generous in letting-us 'try' others of his lovely wines. Cosy ambience and atmosphere, highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Lunch, Special Occasions
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 (Berkshire)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food, well priced and fortunate to get a table for lunch at 3 days notice. Book early to avoid disappointment. Staff are friendly and fun and clearly the owners have ambition and drive to make this an Edinburgh hotspot for people who enjoy good food.

Tags: Special Occasions, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romance, Family Style
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

The food is exceptional and the service is even better. Vegetarian gem with the heart of family. Go. Go now!

Tags: Cosy, Modern Decor, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Vegan
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 (Yorkshire)·Dined 5 days ago

Good food, good value, good service. Worth going as menu is innovative but well executed.

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 (County Durham)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was outstanding and lunch menu (limited choice) represented excellent value for money. We will return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (London)·Dined on 15 April 2017

Great meal in very pleasant surroundings. Excellent service too. Definitely a place to visit

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 (London)·Dined on 15 April 2017

We live locally and eat out regularly. Martin Wishart's restaurant in Leith is our favourite place for a special occasion but, this time, based on recent reviews, we decided to try Forage & Chatter. We were not disappointed. From start to finish, the food was fantastic. We tried 4 of the 6 starters, 3 of the main courses and 2 of the sweets. All were so delicious that we couldn't single any out in a review. When my husband told the manager that the 'beetroot' starter was his idea of food hell, the manager gave him it, free of charge, to try out. Like all the courses, it was done with a twist-delicious, fresh ingredients, in unusual combinations, cooked perfectly. Service was similarly high- informally attentive, perfect timing and great recommendations from a friendly, knowledgeable team. We also liked the playlist! We'll definitely be back. Our only concern is the length of the waiting list as this place is set to become a favourite for many.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighbourhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 14 April 2017

Four of us went here whilst on a weekend trip to Edinburgh. The staff were very friendly and attentive, the food was amazing and very creative, the ambience special but relaxed. We left the restaurant feeling very happy having had some amazing food and some lovely wine. We would all highly recommend that you eat here!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasions
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 14 April 2017

Warm welcome, fabulous food and service. Will definitely be back soon. While we were there they got the news that they are No. 1 on TripAdvisor..well deserved. Keep up the good work.

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 (London)·Dined on 12 April 2017

Lovely meal and very attentive staff, offering great suggestions for the rest of our stay in Edinburgh - thanks!

Tags: Good for a Date, Modern Decor, Fit for Foodies, Romance
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 (London)·Dined on 11 April 2017

Relying on Trip Advisor we booked a table in advance of a brief trip to look around the University. On arriving at the restaurant, located in Edinburgh's West End, we were encouraged by both the warm greeting and the fact that a 'walk in' had just been turned away as they were fully booked (Tuesday night).

The food was excellent with interesting ingredient combinations that offered a good variation of textures and flavours, all cooked and presented skilfully. The service was friendly, efficient and professional. They offer a good variety of craft beers and the wine list is well considered and good value - notably a Montrachet for £58!

It's impressive that having only been open 5 months they have already established themselves as one of the top eateries in the city. We will definitely be back when in Edinburgh next.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (London)·Dined on 8 April 2017

Excellent in every way. Food, service, atmosphere, decor, value for money. Highly recommended .

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasions, Lunch
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 7 April 2017

Very cosy ambience, amazing food, excellent presentation of dishes.
Highly recommended!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (London)·Dined on 6 April 2017

Excellent all around, best meal we had whilst in Edinburgh.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Modern Decor, Fit for Foodies
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 1 April 2017

Simply outstanding dining experience, the staff were exemplary and catered for your every need without being obtrusive, the quality of the food, from ingredients, presentation and taste was sublime, and the wine selection excellent...we'll definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasions, Molecular Gastronomy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 31 March 2017

One of the most special, memorable meals of my life. Forage and chatter almost made my entire trip to Edinburgh worthwhile on its own. World class service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Molecular Gastronomy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 29 March 2017

I booked this restaurant for myself and two friends based on the excellent reviews and it did not disappoint! A lovely family run restaurant in the west end of Edinburgh.. what a gem! Tasteful decor, lovely service and excellent food! They went out of their way to make you feel welcome! We will definitely go back and highly recommend!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 25 March 2017

Absolutely amazing! Such beautiful food and very good value. Service was outstanding and the staff were lovely people. Nothing to fault at all. Plus the lemon cake dessert was the best dessert I have ever had! Highly recommend!

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 (London)·Dined on 24 March 2017

Overall we enjoyed our meal here - the menu was very creative and it was tough to choose since it all sounded nice. The ingredients were unusual and exiting, and obviously skill had gone into the cooking. We really enjoyed the food - especially the starters and the chocolate dessert which was out of this world. The drawback was the service - we were served by about 6 different people. The waitresses' mood seemed to fluctuate from happy to almost aggressive and she made a point of criticising our wine choice. All the staff dealt with us in a really casual way, they were chatty which I really wouldn't mind normally but it was too much it just wasn't professional at all. Overall though it is a nice place, and I would recommend it.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (Newcastle)·Dined on 21 March 2017

Excellent food and service.
You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romance, Seasonal, Cosy
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 (London)·Dined on 18 March 2017

Great wee basement restaurant with super friendly and staff that knew how to do their job and delivered. The food was really good - so good we managed 3 courses after a 25 minute rest - it was worth doing. Often find desserts are a let down or derivative of common desserts - not here. Appreciated that even though really busy on a Rugby International weekend we never felt like they were pushing to get our table back. We also thought it was very good value. Our only feedback for improvement was it was very hot, even when we arrived when it was virtually empty. Good luck with your on-going adventure - you deserve to be successful.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighbourhood Gem, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Authentic, Fun, Local Ingredients, Cosy
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 (London)·Dined on 17 March 2017

Highly recommended... food was such a nice surprise and extraordinary service. I'll come back for sure.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 17 March 2017

A frequent dinner, I would rate this dining experience as one of the best I have enjoyed in Edinburgh. The restaurant is conveniently located and the interior comfortable and welcoming. The set lunch was delicious, representing outstanding value. My choice of beetroot salad was thoroughly refreshing, followed by pearl barley risotto, served piping hot and superbly flavoured. The cinsault rose delicious and very reasonably priced. Staff could not have been more attentive and friendly. Will definitely return.

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 (London)·Dined on 16 March 2017

The food, wine and service was fantastic at this restaurant.

The staff were friendly and gave a great overview of the menu.

Would recommend this restaurant to anyone coming to Edinburgh.

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 15 March 2017

My second visit since it opened. The standards are extremely high, the food excellent (all ingredients foraged locally) and the staff are friendly and accommodating.
As a foodie, this quickly became my favourite place for food. Their cocktails are amazing too!

Tags: Organic, Special Occasions, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romance
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 15 March 2017

Excellent presentation, happy friendly staff and such an enjoyable meal. The wine list is very good particularly Chenin Blanc from South Africa and Chilean Merlot.
Set menu great value. Took a la carts this time and cured trout for starters, followed by curried monkfish and aged sirloin with Ox beer braised. Tremendous. Back again very soon

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Authentic, Neighbourhood Gem
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food4
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 14 March 2017

These guys have been open for a few months and created something beautiful. Excellent front of house to superb chefs. Ask them them to mix you a cheeky cocktail, they will surprise you. The bill was high but worth ever penny and I'd pay it again, I pray I'm back in the city soon.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cosy, Romance, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasions, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 10 March 2017

Our server had a genuine knowledge of the food and was happy to answer any questions. The food was faultless and far exceeded my expectations. A few more options on the menu would be nice but what they do, they do very well. Would highly recommend for foodies.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (London)·Dined on 8 March 2017

New restaurant.

Very interesting menu well executed, very attentive service.

Well worth trying

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on 4 March 2017

Forage and Chatter is a lovely little place in Edinburgh's West End. The staff are very friendly and the food is excellent. It is not trying to be a Michelin starred place, but is a good example of somewhere at the level just below this doing a great job (think Wedgwood, Atelier etc)

Tags: Casual, Neighbourhood Gem, Cosy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on 4 March 2017

Had the best meal ever in this restaurant. Would definitely put the time, effort and money into coming back here.

My boyfriend took me for my birthday, best treat ever! Lovely seasonal food, very attentive staff and really tasty food.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on 3 March 2017

Truly wonderful food, awesome wine list, welcoming and friendly staff... a really special find. Reserve a table immediately, you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Romance, Fit for Foodies
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 3 March 2017

A really lovely evening. The food and wine were both exceptional, with every dish a delightful adventure. We were also very well looked after; from start to finish, the service was fantastic. We would thoroughly recommend Forage & Chatter and are already looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasions, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Neighbourhood Gem, Seasonal
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 (London)·Dined on 3 March 2017

This restaurant is exceptionally good. The food is fabulous - best I've eaten outside London for a long time and surpassing a michelin starred meal I had the previous evening. Lovely, committed and passionate service. Really nice touches for a birthday. My new go-to in Edinburgh for sure.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasions, Seasonal, Romance, Lunch, Casual, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Neighbourhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on 2 March 2017

Absolutely outstanding food, service and atmosphere. Extremely professional, courteous and friendly staff created an experience that wasn't too slow or too rushed, and every dish we tried was fascinating and tasty in equal measure. Michelin star experience without the fussiness, just a warm, welcoming feel and great cooking.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Romance, Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Neighbourhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasions
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 2 March 2017

Stunning food- absolutely delicious. Imaginative, perfectly balanced and cooked, beautifully presented. Not cheap but fantastic value- everything was perfect. Lovely to feel we'd discovered this gem so soon after opening- am sure it will become v difficult to get a table! Highly recommended- and great to be served by the owner and his brother and share in their enthusiasm and passion. Go! £91 for two- 3 courses each, 500 ml of good wine and a couple of gins. Fabulous. Thanks

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasions, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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food4
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 1 March 2017

Great find!
From the outside to inside the decor is subtle and Scottish.
Staff were very attentive and it was reasonably busy for the wed night we visited. A good sign!
Food was beautiful (I had monkfish and my friend had the beef) - Great flavours without being overpowering.
Also the wine we had was lovely for the middle of the range white we selected.

Only wee things I would change would be less salty chips and we were charged for water (which we queried and it was taken off).

Tags: Cosy, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 1 March 2017

No loud music, good choices of dishes, efficient and friendly service.
Great choice for easy dining in centre of town. Able to talk in comfortable seats. Picks banquette if possible

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Lunch, Special Occasions, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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food4
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 25 February 2017

First class and could really give 5 stars under all headings but i never believe anywhere is "perfect". There is no doubt that this reincarnation of a longstanding venue is now one of Edinburgh's best eating establishments. Well done.

Tags: Good for a Date, Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Business Meals, Romance, Cosy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on 25 February 2017

Fabulous food, locally sourced and seasonal. I can highly recommend the cured trout and beef sirloin. Staff friendly and prepared to go the extra mile to give diners a memorable experience. Excellent value for money.

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