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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

4.7

noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (69)
Fit for Foodies (68)
Local Ingredients (62)
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Good for a Date (60)
Special Occasions (58)
Quiet Conversation (47)
Romance (46)
Cosy (46)
Good for Anniversaries (45)
Good for Birthdays (39)
Neighbourhood Gem (36)
Seasonal (34)
Authentic (34)
Worth the Drive (26)
Good Vegetarian Options (25)
Lunch (24)
Business Meals (22)
Notable Wine List (20)
Healthy (20)
Casual (17)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Fun (14)
Modern Decor (14)
Comfort Food (10)
Hot Spot (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Organic (7)
Group Bookings (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Outstanding Value (5)
Great Beer (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Family Style (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Child Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Molecular Gastronomy (3)
Historic (2)
People Watching (2)
Private Room (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
High Tea (1)
Brunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined 3 days ago

Great hosts even though we had mixed up our booking time and were 45mins late. Interesting menu and wine list, great food well presented and knowledgeable staff providing excellent service. Thankyou and we recommend to anyone who appreciates top quality food and service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighbourhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Special Occasions, Romance, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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 (Berlin)·Dined 4 days ago

A lovely place. I'm vegan, my company not, but we both got superb food. The pearl barley risotto was amazing and when there was no vegan dessert on the menu, the chef improvised and gave me two different choices, and it was so good. I can absolutely recommend it to both vegans and omnivores!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Cosy, Special Occasions, Good for a Date, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Romance, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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food4
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service5
value4

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined 4 days ago

Extremely professional and friendly staff, cool and cosy atmosphere even in the summer heat. Wine was incredible value given the quality, but most importantly the food was outstanding with very good veggie options for my girlfriend. Would absolutely recommend to anyone in the area who wants fine dining at a reasonable price. Lastly, the staff pointed us in the direction of the better local bars for after; so this place set the pace for a really good night!

Tags: Special Occasions, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Group Bookings, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Cosy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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food5
ambience5
service4
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 (Newcastle)·Dined 4 days ago

With a relaxed and customer focussed approach, the service, food and beverage options were perfect for our business lunch but would also suit a private lunch or dinner. Great location with a range of dining spaces providing intimate or conservatory style dining, both are throughly recommended.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Business Meals
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food5
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 (Yorkshire)·Dined on 17 June 2017

Small and friendly restaurant. The (many) staff were friendly and helpful people; it was a varied menu with not too many choices and a good choice of wines and pre-dinner gins. My partner and I had 3 courses each, both of us having different choices - all the food was well prepared and presented and very tasty. Would highly recommend and would go again when I am next in Edinburgh. Please go .... you will not be disappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Local Ingredients, Cosy, Neighbourhood Gem, Good for a Date, Healthy
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food5
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service5
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 16 June 2017

The food was absolutely delicious, the staff were so attentive and helpful, the service was excellent, the atmosphere was perfect and the building is cosy, rustic and wonderful. We have eaten at so many places in the UK and Europe and this has to be top of the list as one of our favourites! First class restaurant and highly recommended. A little gem.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romance, Authentic, Neighbourhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Cosy, Special Occasions, Fit for Foodies
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food4
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service4
value4

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 16 June 2017

Wonderful fine dining at affordable prices. Good wine list with knowledgeable staff. Understand not open long - doing a brilliant job so far!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighbourhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 16 June 2017

Returned to Forage and Chatter to celebrate my partner's birthday. From the warm welcome to the last goodbye, this was a lovely experience.
An interesting menu which made choosing difficult - the food was beautifully presented and the flavours were skillfully balanced - indeed both courses were characterised by their lightness and succulence - the fish was especially well cooked and presented.
Service was top notch again - the attention to detail was excellent and highlighted the concern to make the experience as enjoyable as possible.
Five stars for everything.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasions, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 15 June 2017

The food was fantastic, can't rate if hight enough. I don't normally eat 3 courses but couldn't resist here and was not disappointed with any of the courses. Wine choices also great and reasonably priced.
Get yourselves there!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Group Bookings, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasions, Business Meals, Lunch, Neighbourhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romance, Pre/post Theatre
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food4
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service4
value5

 
 (Aberdeen)·Dined on 14 June 2017

We had a very nice dinner at Forage and Chatter. We were warmly welcomed, all the food was tasty and fresh and the service was efficient and friendly. Very good value.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasions
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 14 June 2017

2nd visit can't believe the value for money had set lunch both times staff very friendly can't wait to go back

Tags: Special Occasions, Romance, Authentic, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 13 June 2017

Forage & Chatter is quite a find. The food was delicious (the lamb was amazing) and the service very welcoming and friendly. The atmosphere was really cosy. A mistake was made with our order but it was put right without any fuss and because of the very positive way it was handled it made the dining experience even better. As we had to dash for a train one of the team went ahead of us to flag down a taxi - great service. Very highly recommended.

Tags: Cosy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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food4
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service5
value4

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 10 June 2017

First time here and will definitely return . Service friendly and good Very cleverly converted rooms to get natural light on back patio and each area very compact. Menu was varied and different and really enjoyed the meal especially need to leave room for the puds! Only draw back is the 90 minute restriction on table time which felt decidedly rushed

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Ayrshire)·Dined on 8 June 2017

Excellent service from very pleasant and attentive staff. Starter of liver parfait and monkfish main course were superb. By comparison, the dessert was a little disappointing but nice enough. Would definitely go back and would recommend to others.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasions, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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food4
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service5
value3

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 6 June 2017

The food was great and the interior was amazing. The service was outstanding, the staff were so friendly and helpful and my friends and I had a great time dining and chatting there.

Tags: Cosy, Fit for Foodies, Romance
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food5
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value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 2 June 2017

This staff is insanely friendly. Best dinner in Edinburgh

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 2 June 2017

From the minute my wife and I, on the occasion of her birthday, walked into the restaurant, I was pretty sure this was going to be a special lunch. And it was. The staff were so friendly and very helpful and the ambience was somewhat serene. The food was excellent, especially the liver parfait and pork belly, as was the wine. And all at fantastic value, considering what some places charge for similar offerings. I couldn't fault our lunch experience at all. Wonderful!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romance, Special Occasions, Fit for Foodies, Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 1 June 2017

A little hard to find, but well worth the effort. Here for lunch, the food was delicious and the service excellent, attentive but not overbearing. I will certainly visit again.....many times.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasions, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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 (Kent)·Dined on 31 May 2017

Absolutely outstanding restaurant. The level of hospitality shown towards my wife and I was the best we have experienced. The staff were very helpful, recommended gins and drinks to accompany the meal. The food was very good indeed and beautifully presented. I have no negative comments or areas for development. Very pleased we booked this for our first visit to Edinburgh.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Lunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on 24 May 2017

Went for my birthday lunch, first visit. Will not be the last! Fantastic food, service and value. My 19 year old daughter who is a high level fussy eater said "that's the best meal I've ever had", praise indeed let me tell you!!

Tags: Casual, Neighbourhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Group Bookings, Romance, Special Occasions, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on 23 May 2017

Excellent meal and reasonably priced. Owners and staff were very personable. Waiter asked allergies before taking our order, which was awesome and he came up with some great substitutes. Fresh ingredients, nice flavors. Really enjoyed the monkfish and the lamb.

Tags: Fun, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Toronto)·Dined on 20 May 2017

Even better than anticipated. The owners and staff were very warm, welcoming and knowledgable. The menu offered a wonderful variety. Each of the items ordered were beautifully and creatively prepared. This was the most positive over-all experience I've had at a restaurant. I will make a point to travel to Edinburgh again, just to visit this phenomenal restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Fun, Special Occasions, Good for Birthdays, Romance, Hot Spot, Casual, Neighbourhood Gem, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Cosy
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food5
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on 20 May 2017

The food was fantastic. Service was impeccable. The ambience was great too! Loved it!

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food5
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 19 May 2017

Exceptional from the moment you walk in to the moment you have to leave. Outstanding food and hospitality.

Tags: Cosy, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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food5
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 19 May 2017

We had a great time at this restaurant. Fantastic food!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Cosy, Special Occasions, Romance
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food5
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value4

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 19 May 2017

The entrance was not too impressive but fairly typical for some basement type Edinburgh places. The lobby/bar area was very welcoming but seemed to lead to a fairly dark interior. All did not bode well. However, our waitress took us through to a small covered courtyard at the back which was airy, light and magical. The whole ambience was great and I felt very strongly that the interior would be perfect for a winter's lunch, warm, cosy and intimate.
The set lunch menu was excellent value for money and even though choice was limited this was not a problem. I had my heart set on pork belly but this was off the menu on the day so I had the replacement beef fillet instead. One mouthful of this and I had forgotten the pork, cooked to perfection, succulent, tender and so tasty. I don't know who the chef is but she/he produced a superb meal.
My companions were equally impressed and satisfied. I don't normally have dessert but after the excellence of the first two courses I had to have one. Again I was not disappointed by the chocolate creation that I was served which was such a light delight. If you add excellent service to the culinary experience then it is fair to say that we had a superb lunch.
Our thanks to the Forage and Chatter team for such a wonderful experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Lunch
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food4
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 18 May 2017

Excellent service, staff interaction so pleasant. One of my favourite venues. Top marks!

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 (London)·Dined on 17 May 2017

One of the best meals my partner and I have ever had . Thanks. Inventive different and delicious

Tags: Worth the Drive, Molecular Gastronomy, Healthy, Modern Decor, Seasonal, Neighbourhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on 13 May 2017

A great venue, a great maitre d', great food, great service, great value. Err, just great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 12 May 2017

Perfect place and incredible food. Highly suggested to everybody!

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Organic, Historic, Authentic
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 (London)·Dined on 12 May 2017

Fresh, seasonal, local ingredients producing a delicious 3 course lunch, which was exceptional value.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (Bristol)·Dined on 12 May 2017

Excellent in every way. Fantastic value for money. My wife said her Liver parfait starter was the best starter she has ever had.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Lunch, Special Occasions, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on 6 May 2017

Excellent restaurant, among my favorites in the cities I visit. Highly quality ingredients, great staff, exceptional value. Highly highly highly suggested.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romance, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients
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 (London)·Dined on 5 May 2017

What an amazing find. Best meal we have had in a very long time. Food was outstanding and the service was 5*.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Modern Decor, Pre/post Theatre, Romance, Local Ingredients, Special Occasions, Cosy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 5 May 2017

Everything was outstanding! The food, the service. We just loved it!

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on 5 May 2017

Highly recommend this restaurant. Food was great, service was excellent. Nice for a special occasion or an evening out

Tags: Neighbourhood Gem, Cosy, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 4 May 2017

Fantastic value and food, don't save it for a special occasion

Tags: Cosy, Special Occasions
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 (Dallas)·Dined on 29 April 2017

First time in Edinburgh - so glad we found this place. Wonderful evening and absolutely delicious meal. The overall experience was superb.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on 28 April 2017

We were lucky enough to get into Forage and Chatter for a dinner with friends and we all had a wonderful time. The food was delicious and the owners and servers were so warm and friendly it made our evening more than just a dinner. It was a wonderful experience that we will long remember. I highly recommend this lovely restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cosy, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Romance, Special Occasions, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on 27 April 2017

Amazingly one of the best meals ever. Complex and imaginative food combined to make a surprisingly unfussy presentation. Flavors were out of this world. Staff was helpful and attentive, even though they were apparently short-handed that evening. There was a small, enclosed courtyard which I might have preferred, but the quiet indoor space was also lovely.
I am very, very particular about what I taste and eat, and if this review sounds like I am gushing, it is because the restaurant deserves top compliments! Make reservations well ahead of time (and be aware the restuarnt is one flight down from street level).

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Modern Decor, Notable Wine List, Cosy, Healthy, Special Occasions, Authentic, Fun, Romance, Neighbourhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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