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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:
Business Casual

Price range:
£25 and under

Payment options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
0131 225 4599

Website:
http://forageandchatter.com/

Public Transport:
10 minutes walk to Haymarket Station

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

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.6

noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (108)
Creative Cuisine (107)
Good for a Date (106)
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Local Ingredients (105)
Special Occasions (103)
Quiet Conversation (85)
Cosy (80)
Romance (76)
Good for Anniversaries (73)
Neighbourhood Gem (69)
Good for Birthdays (66)
Authentic (57)
Lunch (52)
Seasonal (46)
Good Vegetarian Options (42)
Worth the Drive (41)
Business Meals (33)
Casual (32)
Notable Wine List (29)
Fun (25)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
Comfort Food (17)
Organic (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Hot Spot (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Group Bookings (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Great Beer (7)
Brunch (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Outstanding Value (5)
High Tea (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vegan (3)
Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Outdoor Eating (1)
Tapas (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Essen perfekt, leider sehr lange gewartet.
Sehr schöne Location.
Kann man nur weiter empfehlen.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined 2 days ago

Food was just the right quantities. It was my husbands 60th birthday and he was treated to a birthday decoration which was wonderful.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 2 days ago

Would have received five stars overall but for rather slow service.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent dinner. Also very impressed with the staff. They were attentive and knowledgeable about the food and it's preparation. We had a great time.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 13 September 2017

Great service, good location, amazing food! The staff were also helpful in suggesting pubs to go to after.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on 13 September 2017

the food at Forage & Chatter was wonderful and reasonably priced. We are visiting Scotland and ate there on our 3rd night in town. It was the best meal we had since arriving. The staff was friendly and the food was excellent. It was a warm, romantic evening and I would highly recommend it.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on 12 September 2017

Visited midweek. Found the food to be average despite the hype and the portions on the small side. Service was good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 12 September 2017

Great experience! We have been in this restaurant just a couple of times but we have never been disappointed. The food is amazing and full of flavour. Each ingredient is carefully cooked and everything is well balanced and nicely presented. I would recommend to anyone, although you have to book in advance as it is very popular.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on 12 September 2017

Last nite of vacation

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·Dined on 9 September 2017

From the outside we didn't really know what to expect, inside the restaurant is quite large spread out over several inter-connecting rooms with comfy seats & nice ambient décor and friendly, knowledgeable staff. There were 4 of us and we shared delicious starters, then we all had different mains which were excellent - we had a lovely evening with some of the nicest food we've ever eaten. I can't recommend this restaurant enough.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on 9 September 2017

From the warm welcome to the final goodnight F@C staff were superb.The menu was excellent and the wine list the same. The staff were attentive but not intrusive. Every part of the meal was to saviour by my wife and myself. We hope to return and relive what was fabulous evening for us both. Peter Phillips

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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 (London)·Dined on 9 September 2017

Fabulous 3rd time, love it ! Food is delicious and staff are very friendly !

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 8 September 2017

Wonderful restaurant and service. The best meal we had in Scotland, without question. We are from Chicago and this would rival some of our beat restaurants. Fantastic service, comfortable ambiance and delicious food. Gen was our server and she was great. Although they don't have a cocktail menu, Gen was able to work with the bartender in creating some delectable cocktails. We started with the beetroot salad - a must try, then shared the monkfish with squid ink barley and spare ribs/beef. The broccoli side was also great. Make a reservation ahead of time!

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on 7 September 2017

We had a lovely evening celebrating a special birthday. Our server (from Australia) was excellent. Very attentive and knowledgeable. A wonderful evening and delicious food.

Tags: Organic
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·Dined on 5 September 2017

Loved dining at Forage and Chatter, excellent staff, great food and fantastic ambience throughout the restaurant. The food is sublime, and wine to match tasted pretty darn good aswell. Staff went over and beyond to ensure we had the best dining experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Cozy
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food5
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·Dined on 5 September 2017

Some of the best food I've ever had/Absolute perfection.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on 2 September 2017

Read several reviews of this restaurant and went in with high expectations. Food was extremely mediocre and atmosphere was not at all exceptional. Staff was friendly enough, but one of primary waiters/host had rather noticeable body odor, which did not make for a fun experience. Would not recommend.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on 1 September 2017

Vacationing in Scotland and chose Forage and Chatter from a few reviews. We were not disappointed, our entire dining experience was perfect.
Great food and service with great ambiance. I would highly recommend.

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·Dined on 31 August 2017

Excellent food, friendly knowledgeable staff, great atmosphere. 100% recommend

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on 31 August 2017

Planned a Birthday wine paired dinner for two here and was not disappointed. Catered to dietary restrictions with ease and the food was incredible, perfectly cooked and seasoned. Wonderful experience.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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food4
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 30 August 2017

Really fine food and excellent, unobtrusive service in a quiet and calm environment - really good place to meet up with friends.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (Northampton)·Dined on 29 August 2017

The staff were delightful but forgot to transmit my need for gluten free bread to the kitchen. It was rectified very quickly. The starters and mains were faultless. Delicious food and a lovely environment for chatting with friends

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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 (London)·Dined on 29 August 2017

Everything is perfect and delicious!

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 (London)·Dined on 29 August 2017

We had the set 3 course lunch which was excellent value for money. The main course took more than 45 min to come out. I suspect the problem was in the kitchen rather than with the serving staff who were very good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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service4
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 (London)·Dined on 29 August 2017

Really excellent food, service and ambience. Difficult to fault.

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service4
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 (Bath)·Dined on 27 August 2017

Doesn't live up to the expectation of exciting dishes that use seasonal, fresh and foraged ingredients and an ever changing menu. You get the sample menu from the website.

That said, it's well executed with good service in a wonderfully intimate venue that doesn't seem to get too loud.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend, given the alternatives in this price range in edinbu, but would have no objection to being taken there.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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food4
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service4
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·Dined on 27 August 2017

Beautiful restaurant with a lovely homely and calming atmosphere when you walk in. The four of us had starts and main courses, all of which were excellent. Would definitely return.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on 26 August 2017

Birthday lunch with my partner was simply delicious. Service was attentive without being intrusive and dessert was unmissable. We took everything from the set menu and it is impossible to say any one item was best, as everything was just lovely. Will be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 26 August 2017

Lovely lunch, good value overall especially tabled'hote menu. Not great for disabled access and ladies loos are tiny. Good service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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food5
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·Dined on 24 August 2017

One of the 1-2 best meals during our 10 day vacation. Great creative menu. All four entrees were excellent. Awesome eclectic vibe. New waitress from New Zealand was great.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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·Dined on 23 August 2017

美味しかったです。雰囲気も良かった。ただ料理に感動はなかった。メインの牛肉は美味しかったです。前菜はイマイチかな。自家製と思しきパンは特筆すべき美味しさでした。

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 23 August 2017

A delicious dinner, with very attentive yet unobtrusive staff. I'd definitely recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 23 August 2017

Pleasant lunch experience. Food was original and tasty.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on 23 August 2017

Delicious and well presented food, god portion size for lunchtime. Excellent service and ambience

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy
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·Dined on 22 August 2017

Excellent choice in Edinburgh for reasonablely price fresh food. The service was also right on when needed. The sea bass with risotto was very good. Moderately priced wines by the glass or bottle were also available.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on 19 August 2017

A real find - friendly service and delicious food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 19 August 2017

Very enjoyable dinner. We will definitely go again when we next visit the Fringe.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 19 August 2017

Seen the reviews that it was wonderful and I'd agree. You can get a bit blasé about eating at the recommended places but this stood out from many. From the first welcome to the end the staff were great and the food quality and taste was exquisite.
The one ask I would have would be a more expansive wine list but that being said the wine we had was of good quality.
The ultimate litmus test when there is lots of choice is whether we would go back and without a question we will find how we do as opposed to if we do

Tags: Great for Lunch, Organic, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 19 August 2017

We were visiting Edinburgh and after reading some great reviews we booked lunch , we were not disappointed . The food was superb and the service was faultless . We wouldn't hesitate to recommend and next time we are in Edinburgh we will definitely be booking a table .

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 (Portland)·Dined on 18 August 2017

Great hidden gem in Edinburgh! Found this place on TripAdvisor, and made a reservation since it had excellent reviews. We ate here for lunch and were not disappointed. Service was also excellent, and they even called us a cab once we were finished with our meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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