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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

4.9

ambience

4.6

value

4.7

noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (34)
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Cosy (26)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Special Occasions (25)
Romance (25)
Seasonal (21)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Neighbourhood Gem (18)
Authentic (17)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Lunch (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Business Meals (11)
Healthy (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Casual (8)
Fun (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Modern Decor (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Outstanding Value (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Organic (4)
Group Bookings (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Child Friendly (2)
Brunch (1)
Family Style (1)
Private Room (1)
High Tea (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
People Watching (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Historic (1)
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 (Newcastle)·Dined 4 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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food5
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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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 (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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value4

 
 (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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service4
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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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service4
value4

 
 (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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food5
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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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value4

 
 (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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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 25 February 2017

Fantastic service and ambiance from the minute walked in. Every dish served was interesting, packed with flavour, as well as looking great. Very handy for town centre, West End too. We will be back.

Tags: Romance, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Lunch, Fun, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Neighbourhood Gem, Special Occasions
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 (London)·Dined on 25 February 2017

Fantastic meal and staff, and very good value for lunch. Kept our 3 year old entertained with good healthy kids menu also. Thank you!

Tags: Child Friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Healthy, Special Occasions, Romance, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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food5
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 25 February 2017

We chose the set 3 course lunch and were very pleasantly surprised by the quality and how tasty each course was. Not only excellent value for money but also our whole dining experience was really enjoyable. The venue was bright and well appointed and the service was first class.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Healthy, Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 24 February 2017

Fabulous food in charming surroundings with excellent service - perfect

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Neighbourhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (London)·Dined on 24 February 2017

Loved this restaurant. Not a Hugh menu but quality and ambiance together with fantastic attentive staff make it a real winner. A must try if you're visiting Edinburgh.

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 (Lancashire)·Dined on 24 February 2017

Four of us dined here last Friday (24th Feb), and I must say we were delighted with our choice of restaurant. A member of our party is celiac and once the staff were informed they were amazing at providing for it. We were told that everything on the menu (with the exception of the deserts section) could be made gluten free which was brilliant. They were also able to serve up a tasty desert too which finished off an amazing meal.
For starters we had the pulled pork (x2) and the beetroot salad (x2). On tasting the pulled pork all I could hear uttered was 'wow, this is the best pulled pork I've ever had'. The beetroot salad was the perfect starter for me, plenty of flavour and colour on the plate. For the main course we had curried monkfish (x2), Hake (x1) and Chicken (x1). All of which were perfectly cooked and a treat for the taste buds. I will definitely be back.

Tags: Organic, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Cosy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Modern Decor, Special Occasions
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 (Hannover)·Dined on 24 February 2017

We had a phantastic evening with great food and very nice Service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 17 February 2017

My new favourite restaurant in Edinburgh. The starters all looked amazing, so I had three. They tasted as good as they looked. The trout in particular was exceptional. Good choice of interesting wine. Attentive but not intrusive service. Will be back, often.

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 17 February 2017

It was a great atmosphere with really helpful staff. The food was amazing. I would definitely recommend it to anyone I know going to Edinburgh

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Brighton)·Dined on 16 February 2017

Very good food. Excellent service, very personable. Good value for money.

Tags: Romance, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasions
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 (Hertfordshire)·Dined on 16 February 2017

Looking forward to repeat visits a new culinary star on the scene

Tags: Authentic
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 16 February 2017

Good quality food, good quantities, nice wine list and value for money.

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 16 February 2017

Incredible food and amazing service. A lovely meal - would definitely recommend!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 15 February 2017

I'd booked this restaurant having found it on line and reading TripAdvisor reviews. It was a business meal, entertaining a client, so I was anxious that it lived up to the very good reviews. Thankfully it did. The ambience was nice, a very warm welcome from one of the owners (family business), excellent food, knowledgeable staff. I couldn't fault it, and am already planning a trip (from Yorkshire!) to take my boyfriend up there to try it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Outstanding Value, Special Occasions, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romance
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 14 February 2017

My wife and I visited on Valentine's Night 2017 - and we were most impressed with the overall food and service experience. This restaurant definitely deserves to succeed! We shall return without doubt.

Tags: Neighbourhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Romance, Good for a Date, Special Occasions
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 (London)·Dined on 14 February 2017

We went here for valentines. The food was amazing and the service was incredible. I would highly recommend anyone to go here for food

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 14 February 2017

Ticks all the boxes - and more.
It is really pleasing - and a bit unusual - to find attentive service and a warm welcome. The note that I had sent on booking was attended to and a quiet corner table was provided. The menus were interesting and thought-provoking - making a choice really difficult - one of everything came to mind!
Choices made from the a la carte menu were really quite oustanding - especially the ox cheek main course - and both that and the starters were beautifully presented - a treat for our taste buds.
Overall, a really delightful Valentine's lunch - complemented by discrete, efficient and friendly service. There is no doubt that we will be returning and we have already told several friends about this gem .

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 11 February 2017

Excellent food. Impeccable service. Best meal we had during our stay in Edinburgh!

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 11 February 2017

This is a very special place. The restaurant is delightful - modern and yet comfortable and warming. Fabulous food which has familiar ingredients but just a little bit different and very very good. The owners are passionate about their restaurant and the food and are happy to share the story of both! We loved it and will definitely be back.

Tags: Modern Decor, Organic, Special Occasions, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighbourhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Cosy, Quiet Conversation
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