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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.9

ambience

4.7

value

4.7

noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (55)
Fit for Foodies (52)
Local Ingredients (51)
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Good for a Date (49)
Special Occasions (45)
Cosy (39)
Quiet Conversation (37)
Romance (36)
Good for Anniversaries (36)
Seasonal (32)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Neighbourhood Gem (28)
Authentic (26)
Worth the Drive (23)
Good Vegetarian Options (21)
Lunch (20)
Notable Wine List (15)
Business Meals (15)
Healthy (15)
Modern Decor (14)
Casual (14)
Fun (12)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Hot Spot (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Organic (6)
Outstanding Value (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Molecular Gastronomy (3)
Family Style (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Great Beer (3)
Child Friendly (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Group Bookings (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Historic (2)
Private Room (2)
Brunch (1)
High Tea (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
People Watching (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (New Orleans)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Edinburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Edinburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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food5
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 (Savannah)·Dined on 26 April 2017

My wife and I had just spent three weeks traveling around the UK and Ireland and were about to head home. We saw on trip advisor that this spot was well received. It turned out to be the best meal we had throughout our trip. Everything was perfect. TomD

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on 22 April 2017

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 on 22 April 2017

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 on 22 April 2017

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 on 20 April 2017

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

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 (County Durham)·Dined on 20 April 2017

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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 (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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