About Forage & Chatter

1A Alva Street
Edinburgh, EH2 4PH
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Restaurant Forage & Chatter in Edinburgh boasts the best locally sourced and foraged produce, nestled in Edinburgh's West End. Come and visit us!

Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Scottish

Hours of operation:
Monday - Sunday: 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

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4.6

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4.7

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100% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great food, great service and interestin ...

 
·Dined 5 days ago

Great food, great service and interesting vegetarian options. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the Macedonian red wine was a brilliant suggestion. A trip to Alva Street in the West End of Edinburgh is highly recommended!

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

My husband and I visited this place for ...

 
·Dined 6 days ago

My husband and I visited this place for the first time on a Friday evening since the refurbishment, having been there only once before the new owner took over. We were welcomed by very friendly and kind staff who paid us attention and care throughout our meal. The food was amazing and the combination of flavors and ingredients was impressive. Everything was seasonal and very well balanced. We regret we were so full we didn't manage to try any dessert but I'm sure we wouldn't be disappointed. Everything was perfect and I'd really recommend to everyone. We will certainly be back!

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Outstanding Value, Authentic
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Nicholas was wonderfully welcoming, the ...

 
·Dined on 10 January 2017

Nicholas was wonderfully welcoming, the food was to die for with a perfect wine pairing, and the ambiance was beautiful. I can't recommend Forage and Chatter enough. Everything was so lovely and made for a perfect last night in Edinburgh.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Outstanding Value, Local Ingredients
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Server was very friendly and welcoming, ...

 
·Dined on 7 January 2017

Server was very friendly and welcoming, food was quite expensive - but the set menu was very reasonable (though choice was limited). However, everything I ordered on that menu was delicious and just the right amount of filling. Will return! :)

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Romantic
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

What a find! A new little gem, interesti ...

vip
·Dined on 6 January 2017

What a find! A new little gem, interesting menu, cute size restaurant, peaceful calm atmosphere. Feels 'fancy' but not too formal. I'd go for a date, catch up with small group of friends, or business. There's two areas, one which a bit of romantic date feel to it.

The chef clearly talented, and just opened, I can't wait to go back. If throughly recommend the pork and squid starter, delicious!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We had a lovely evening. The atmosphere ...

 
·Dined on 5 January 2017

We had a lovely evening. The atmosphere is relaxing and comfortable with excellent decor and a delightful conservatory with real ambience. The service was efficient, friendly and informative. Our meals were absolutely superb both the beef feather blade and the venison were cooked to perfection and the taste was phenomenal. One of our party had the pearl barley vegetarian choice and thoroughly enjoyed the blend with celeriac. The lemon curd sweet with douglas fir was amazing light and exquisite, the apple gratin a lovely warming scrumptious pud for a winter's evening. It was a birthday celebration and the staff and other diners made it both a pleasurable and memorable experience. We will certainly be back as often as possible.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

This is a very good new local restaurant ...

vip
·Dined on 4 January 2017

This is a very good new local restaurant, serving well-prepared and locally sourced in attractive surroundings. It's a bonus that staff are so engaged and friendly. Certainly a place we'd go back to.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Food was excellent. Service really atten ...

 
·Dined on 3 January 2017

Food was excellent. Service really attentive. Great wine. Second best we have had in Edinburgh. First being the Balmoral, which I'm sure they can live with.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Went here for the first night of our sho ...

 
·Dined on 3 January 2017

Went here for the first night of our short break in Edinburgh and nowhere else we tried all week came close. Fantastic meal. Also the best service we've received in a very long time.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Overall very good indeed. My monkfish wa ...

 
·Dined on 30 December 2016

Overall very good indeed. My monkfish was a little on the salty side but everything else excellent. Good service, friendly staff and nice ambience. I would definitely go back next time I'm in Edinburgh. The prices are also pretty good for the standard of food.

Tags: Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We happen upon F&C from a recommendation ...

 
·Dined on 30 December 2016

We happen upon F&C from a recommendation from OT. Cameron runs the place and is as charming as the food is good. Nicholas, his brother served us with a warm and friendly flair.

We dined with them twice on our visit to a Edinburgh and each time we all ordered something different...hence we sampled everything on the menu. Each entree and starter was extremely fresh and nuanced by the gifted chef to make our dinner experience unforgettable Scottish experience. If your in Edinburgh RUN do not walk to Forage & Chatter! My only fear is it might loose some of its Scottish charm once the word gets out.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Healthy
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Tremendous service, excellent setting an ...

 
·Dined on 29 December 2016

Tremendous service, excellent setting and decor, but top marks go to the food. We truly enjoyed every dish, even the bread and pesto were memorable

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Really lovely restaurant. Interesting me ...

 
·Dined on 24 December 2016

Really lovely restaurant. Interesting menu, a modern theme which worked well. Service was excellent. Thoroughly recommended.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Our meal exceeded all expectations. The ...

 
·Dined on 24 December 2016

Our meal exceeded all expectations. There were three of us, and we were all blown away by the quality of the food, the exceptional service and the atmosphere. This place is situated in a basement in the west end of Edinburgh. Inside it is unpretentious, comfortable without being luxurious, and the menu is simple and straightforward. The food is superb. We will go back.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fun, Quick Bite
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Our 2nd Visit We first visited 2 months ...

 
·Dined on 20 December 2016

Our 2nd Visit

We first visited 2 months ago, this fabulous new eatery on the Edinburgh scene. We were not disappointed on our first visit and it was so refreshing to see that they were as good as they were 2 months ago after newly opening. The decoration is now complete and the service was again consistently very good. The food was as good all over again. In fact , everything was better and more polished than 2 months ago. We are so looking forward to our next visit. We highly recommend a visit to this gem.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great food, superb choice of wine, excel ...

 
·Dined on 17 December 2016

Great food, superb choice of wine, excellent service in a beautiful restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Modern Decor, Notable Wine List
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

This new restaurant scores points both o ...

 
·Dined on 17 December 2016

This new restaurant scores points both on its warm ambiance and the quality of the food. After several disappointing food experiences in Edinburgh, we're hoping that this visit marks a turning point. We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

New restaurant - only open for 6 weeks. ...

 
·Dined on 15 December 2016

New restaurant - only open for 6 weeks. Great addition to the Edinburgh dining scene. Central location at west end. Beautiful decor. Main plus point is the food & drink - local produce, innovative dishes that were all delicious. Staff very attentive but not overly so. Will definitely be returning!

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Fantastic food and well trained staff. T ...

 
·Dined on 9 December 2016

Fantastic food and well trained staff. The forage and chatter has an acute attention to detail in their dishes and accompaniments. Beautiful interiors but the background music could've been turned up a notch. 👌🏼

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Fabulous find in Edinburgh's West End - ...

 
·Dined on 9 December 2016

Fabulous find in Edinburgh's West End - well worth a visit. The food is delicious and it has a lovely relaxed understated atmosphere.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

A really fantastic dining experience. Gr ...

 
·Dined on 3 December 2016

A really fantastic dining experience. Great staff and great food.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

This is a lovely new restaurant which is ...

 
·Dined on 2 December 2016

This is a lovely new restaurant which is sure to become a hit. The menu is well constructed, the food excellent, as is the wine list and the whisky selection. The staff are really friendly and welcoming and the young owner is particularly charming

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Must try mushroom goat cheese starter. G ...

 
·Dined on 2 December 2016

Must try mushroom goat cheese starter. Great spot for a quiet dinner. Prompt service. Amazingly decorated inside. Super friendly staff. You can't go wrong!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Amazing find. Booked on open table and a ...

 
·Dined on 26 November 2016

Amazing find. Booked on open table and advised my daughters birthday. They wished her happy birthday upon arrival (no hint needed) and then created a special Happy Birthday plate with an array of chocolates. The food was delicious and inventive with good service. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Notable Wine List
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Had a dinner here together with three fr ...

 
·Dined on 26 November 2016

Had a dinner here together with three friends on Saturday night. We enjoyed good quality locally sourced food, traditional dishes with a modern twist, and good service from knowledgeable staff. The wine list is reasonably priced and has some innovative additions including the big Macedonian red that we quaffed down with our venison main course. Overall it was a dining experience that I would recommend and we will be back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Lovely food, great staff (friendly, help ...

 
·Dined on 25 November 2016

Lovely food, great staff (friendly, helpful knowledgeable) , great ambience in the premises, would definitely recommend

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Just brilliant! (& undiscovered so far.. ...

vip
·Dined on 23 November 2016

Just brilliant! (& undiscovered so far...). Beautiful food, lovely ambiance, can't wait to return!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Forage and Chatter was a truly brilliant ...

 
·Dined on 19 November 2016

Forage and Chatter was a truly brilliant find during a weekend break in Edinburgh. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming and the food was outstanding. Every dish we ordered was beautifully presented and bursting with flavour. I'd highly recommend the BBQ pork shoulder, crispy squid and cauliflower starter as well as the Scottish duck main course. The service was incredibly friendly and attentive and overall this place offered great value for money. It's only been open for three weeks but it's definitely one to watch - a real hidden gem worth checking out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Another great new restaurant in Edinburg ...

 
·Dined on 4 November 2016

Another great new restaurant in Edinburgh that reflects its name. Cooking is top quality as are the ingredients ~ think Norn & Seasons style and standard though with conventional menu. Very good knowledgeable service and nice set of dining rooms.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

Wonderful experience . Excellent food. P ...

 
·Dined on 3 November 2016

Wonderful experience . Excellent food. Personal recommendation from a stranger when staying in the city. Only been open for two weeks - get there quickly before tables are hard to come by!

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Outstanding food and service. I would hi ...

 
·Dined on 25 October 2016

Outstanding food and service. I would highly recommend this new gem to Edinburgh.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Outstanding Value, Modern Decor, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Casual, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Family Style, Healthy, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Private Room

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