La Garrigue

4.6
1653 reviews
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£25 and under
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French
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  • Authentic
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
La Garrigue is a French bistro located at 31 Jeffrey Street, just a stone's throw from Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile and minutes away from Waverley station. The restaurant is themed around the culinary specialities of the Languedoc region of France, offering rustic French home cooking with a modern touch. Owner and chef Jean Michel Gauffre’s exhaustive knowledge of the region helps in presenting the best of pastoral French cuisine and an ambience that evokes southern France. Since its opening in 2001, La Garrigue has earned plenty of critical commendations. It is a fitting venue for an intimate lunch or dinner experience as well as for small group events, with a menu that is updated almost daily. Apart from delicious lunch and dinner recipes, it has a separate all-day menu. The wine list is extensive and is suitably representative of Languedoc, the largest of France's wine producing regions.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Bistro
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Daily 12:00–14:30
Dinner
Mon–Fri, Sun 17:30–21:30
Sat 18:00–22:00
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Phone number
0131 557 3032
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Parking Details
On Street Parking
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Public Transit
Bus stop opposite. Bus number: 6. 6 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley station.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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RT
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A very nice meal in lovely surroundings with pleasant attentive staff. Food that I couldn't cook at home.

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BD
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service in a pleasant atmosphere. Excellent wine available in a a 500 ml carafe.

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IA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Highest standards are consistently maintained. One of Edinburgh’s dining destinations.

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G
Edinburgh
32 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Reliably good lunch. Nice choice and good value for money.

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B
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At La Garrigue you can always be assured of delicious food, elegantly presented in a warm and welcoming environment. The lunch menu is particularly good value and the wine list noted for its extensive selection from the Languedoc.

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J
Edinburgh
17 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal as always at La Garrigue. Service attentive without being intrusive. We both had the special (mushrooms foraged by the owner that morning sautéed in garlic butter) which were absolutely delicious, and then the cassoulet, which was excellent and very filling (which we needed!). My only comments would be that it needed some green veg (which was ordered subsequently, came quickly, and was the perfect companion to the richness of the cassoulet ). The wine list is extensive and some of it quite expensive but we had a wonderful bottle of Pinot Noir which was quite reasonably priced. Plus a really tasty burnt orange based aperitif (speciality of the house).

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PR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Classic French cuisine, personal yet professional service. An authentic bit of France in Edinburgh.

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SR
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food although tasty left something to desire quantity wise. Decent selection of wine.

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SB
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Near to the busy High Street but not filled with tourists.

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DR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious authentic Languedoc cuisine, also using some local ingredients where possible, e.g. Mushrooms from Fife. Extensive selection of wines and aperitifs. Award certificates on display, well deserved! Friendly service from knowledgeable staff and proprietor.

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CF
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good experience. Good food, great staff, relaxed atmosphere

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MF
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were asked to sit at a table right by the front door which was 2 feet away from the maitr d - a horrible spot. The seatings on open table were wide open and the restaurant was empty. We asked for better seats and were refused with no explanation except that the empty restaurant was “booked”. So we walked out and had a wonderful meal at the Grand Cafe around the corner. They were very accommodating despite the fact that they were busy and crowded. This is the first time we ever walked out of a restaurant

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IT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine and superb wine list. Superb service too.

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TP
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

again,le rapport-qualite was exceptional.
Such a treat to eat authentic French food,served by eager,pleasant young waiters.

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LS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very pleased to find it on our one night stay in EDI. only disappointment was my wife was excited to have the cassoulet but they were sold out at 7:30. Seems a little early. She had the duck which she says was some of the best she has ever had.
My rabbit was perfect.
Also, their wine selection is inventive, unusual and the Pinot Noir we had from the Languedoc (yep) was spicy, light and paired well with our entrees.
Give this place a try.

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SC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We travelled into Edinburgh to meet old friends up from London. The restaurant was recommended to us by family. We loved every minute. The atmosphere was bubbly, everyone enjoying meeting up with friends over their lunch. The service was superb, very friendly and relaxed. The food was delicious and so fresh. We were helped with our choice of wine and it certainly hit the spot, perfect.
We were looked after beautifully.
We are hoping to visit again very soon, wish we lived in Edinburgh!

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ML
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Warm welcome. Small lunch menu but varied choices. Good value for money. Extensive wine list. Friendly service.
Would recommend & will go back.

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Felt like we were in France, in the heart of Edinburgh. Delicious simple food, very high quality, very well prepared. Charming discreet French staff, polite, helpful and efficient. Highly recommended.

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PB
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent choice for a re-union of friends. Highly recommended.

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RG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed La Garrigue. We were offered a choice of tables as we arrived early, and the service was warm and efficient. All the food was delicious, and there was a good variety of excellent dishes. The wine list was well-chosen, with a southern French emphasis, unsurprisingly given the restaurant. We have been to La Garrigue twice before (we live in the south of England) and it is good to see that the excellent standards are being maintained.

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EF
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Never disappoints. We took the recommendation if Osso Bucco venison and it was delicious. Service is always good but not intrusive.

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LC
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favourite restaurant in Edinburgh. Amazing food, knowledgeable and helpful staff, fantastic ambience

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MH
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Went there with my two children for a late lunch. A little bit disappointing really. Lacked atmosphere and vibrancy. The food was OK but not exceptional. I had Coq au Vin.....it could have been fried chicken! Staff very pleasant but no real enthusiasm.

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HC
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great wine and good service. A real treat of a meal

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S
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We there with my husband for my birthday dinner while visiting Scotland. They recommended a bottle of wine based on my tastes which was very good. They brought us each a first course of chilled asparagus soup and a crostini with a divine whipped goat cheese. We then each had an appetizer. I had the wild mushroom terrine with a pesto sauce and my husband had something similar to a cheese soufflé. We then share duck confit and bean cassoulet. Finishing the meal with a lemon curd with berries and chantilly cream.

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IR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our visit with friends. Nice friendly service in a comfortable atmosphere. Will be back.

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G
Edinburgh
8 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal as always. I have never had a disappointing meal there.

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NG
Perthshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Our table of seven was comfortably annexed to the main restaurant within a room off. Apart from the kitchen traffic its ambience was first class.
The service initially appeared slow as it was several mintes before we were offered a drink, however subsequent service attention excelled.
The food was faultless in all cases, and sufficiently plentiful.
Value was fair.
Availability of taxis at the conclusion seemed a problem but the staff remained very accomodating whilst we remained at the conclusion of the evening awaiting taxi`s arrival.

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IS
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent ambience with attendant but not overbearing staff. Good food served well.

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S
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

On my arrival - I was early - the greeting was lovely and I was given a coffee and water immediately. The attention of the staff was excellent and we enjoyed a lovely lunch with good food and wine. It was so good we are returning in 10 days!!!

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KB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible quality food. My in-laws were a bit sceptical when they sat down and looked at the menu as they are steak & chips folk, but we ordered for them and they said it was the best food they'd ever tasted. Highly recommended, would definitely dine again. Only downside it that the wooden chairs are a bit uncomfortable after a while.

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PW
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the Tim Stead furniture. Feels warm. Good service, helpful staff, lovely food.

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AM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very welcoming staff despite it being the penultimate night of their Edinburgh Festival extended hours. Food and wine just as good as we expected from several previous visits.

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E
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual excellent food at great price and very friendly staff. Really enjoyed the tomato and red pepper soup. Could we have a choice of size when buying wine by the glass please?

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GD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely staff excellent food. Went with friend who is a regular can't wait to back when in Edinburgh next.

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JG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great menu at a great price, all well prepared. Authentic Frech cuisine.

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London
8 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A small corner of the Languedoc appears to have been airlifted to Edinburgh. Cassoulet to die for, wonderful things done with seasonal mushrooms and memorably good Languedoc wine, served with care and charm.

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s
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, good humored and attentive service. Menu relatively small but high quality with choices to please anyone looking for traditional French cuisine. Small but manageably priced wine list.

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IG
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy a meal at this restaurant. The standard of food and service remains high.

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q
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, served by friendly and knowledgeable staff. We were made to feel welcome from the moment we entered, and enjoyed our delicious aperitifs, while choosing, with difficulty, from the extensive menu. The lavender and white decor and beautiful wooden furniture, together with colourful paintings (for sale) create a warm, relaxing atmosphere. We have visited La Garrigue many times and never been disappointed. Our party ranged in age from 26-85 years old, included 2 vegetarians and we all had a wonderful time .

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