Iris Edinburgh

4.5
1036 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary European
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  • Special Occasions
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This chic little bistro - with its designer wallpaper, banquette seating and rough stone walls – has an intimate, cosmopolitan vibe, and is popular with a discreet and sophisticated creative crowd. The modern European menu is guaranteed to impress, we love the roast duck breast with fresh raspberries and Drambuie; lamb loin and haggis wrapped in puff pastry & coated in cracked pepper sauce; and the sea bass cooked en papillote with hot ginger and lemongrass prawns. Ideal for stylish working lunches, and informal evening meals, Iris also has an extensive wine list and a growing selection of beers and craft ales.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary European
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Hours of Operation
12 till late 7 days a week
Please note that due to licensing laws, children under 6 years of age are not permitted on the premises at any time.
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Phone number
0131 220 2111
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Kenny Waugh
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Beer, Late Night, Wine
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OT
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great meal for x 10 people. Nice variety of dishes

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SF
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Overall really enjoyed our meal at the iris. Food and wine was excellent as was the service. Only very small gripe was were sat right at the door at a quite cramped table and when other customers would come in or go out we had to keep closing the sticking door behind them. Other than this it was a very nice meal and evening. Would eat here again.

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GH
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I visited Iris with my family - Mother Sister and Brother in Law. Staff were friendly and we were seated straight away even though we were early. Nice quiet atmosphere with soft lighting. Food was delicious - Rib eye steak in particular was fab. Definitely worth a second visit.

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BC
Edinburgh
12 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First visit for about 5 years and think it’s better than ever

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JK
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of favourite restaurants. Excellent food and friendly staff

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C
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

We were looking for a restaurant with good food and service. We couldn’t have chosen better. The food was absolutely delicious with nothing processed about it. The service was first class and it was good value for money. Would love to go back if we visit Edinburgh again.

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OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Ottimo servizio, cibo buono. Consigliato

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OT
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Iris, never disappointed.

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N
Mexico City
17 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A good choice in Edinburgh close to The Principal Hotel

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GM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing not a single complaint food was amazing staff couldn't be nicer
Would reccomend this restaurant
And defentnly be back

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OT
Manchester
7 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was many years ago, we went to Iris, and the meal was delicious that time.

This time we certainly weren’t disappointed, great food, good service, we’ll be back.

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PS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good quality and tasty, however portions are on the smaller side I feel, even with added side dishes - I was a bit peckish later in the evening! That doesn’t detract at all from the quality, the service was great, good atmosphere and a cosy vibe. Would return if in Edinburgh again.

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A
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We have been to Iris a number of times and until this visit had a good experience, but this time the service was poor, our main dishes were good but 2 deserts were undercooked and had to be substituted with an alternative. When we gave feedback at the end of our meal it was received defensively and without apology. It was disappointing given previous experiences and has put us off returning

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E
London
14 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

We have been to Iris a number of times and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, this visit was very disappointing because if the length of time it took to get our food, an hour until our starter arrived, and also the fact the staff failed to deal with this. They did not inform us of the wait and in fact tried to avoid coming over to us.
The food when it finally arrived was very good. This was a birthday meal and luckily the food helped compensate inadequate service.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Eaten here several times before in the past and food was great. Unfortunately on this occasion Friday 14th Dec my main (pheasant ) was dry and lacking flavour. Dessert sounded tempting but lacked the wow factor.
Overall ok and would not dismiss completely but considering the choice in town may leave it a while.
Iris, one thing would sort out is your toilets, they are dire. Need upgraded and kept clean.

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NS
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Nice place and when food arrived it was very good. The service was very slow and time between starter and dinner was lengthy to the extend of finishing a bottle. Perhaps these issues were magnified as where we were sitting at the back of the restaurant it freezing, so much so we ate with our coats on. Get the windows draft proofed and this restaurant could be a wee find.

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EW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked for an Anniversary lunch and visit to Christmas markets. I had the lemon sole with smoked salmon, it was beautifully cooked and the sauce was delicious. Portions were good and we were certainly well fed! Would definitely recommend Iris for a place to meet friends for a quiet meal away from the busyness of the Christmas shoppers. Staff were pleasant and cheerful. Will definitely be back.

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ER
Edinburgh
8 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Haven't had lunch here for some time and it did not disappoint

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LM
East Lothian
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a party of four with differing tastes - it is to the chef's great credit that we all thoroughly enjoyed our a la carte lunch.

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HG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there for the Christmas Lunch set menu. Everything was delicious and the service was excellent.

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Works Christmas lunch for six, excellent quality food for a very reasonable price. Would definitely return.

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g
Edinburgh
38 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed a Festive lunch with 5 former colleagues at Iris on Saturday 8th December. We were made very welcome and although the restaurant was full the staff were very friendly and efficient. The food was superb and it was very reasonably priced. Not only were we provided with the Festive Lunch Menu but we also had the option of choosing from the a la Carte menu. We shall look forward to booking again next December!

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MK
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thoroughly enjoyable Christmas lunch including a juicy home made Christmas pudding. Good central location but in a quiet street so very handy for a break from Christmas shopping. Enjoyed by both mother and daughter! Good value and excellent service too.

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CM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch with my mum to celebrate her birthday.

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SD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

A good Christmas menu with enough options to keep my gluten-free friends happy. Vegetables were very over cooked, though. Christmas pudding was home made and excellent.

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took friends for their first visit and they thought it was excellent. I have been several times because it is such good value.

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a
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very friendly & helpful staff - good food & value for money.

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OT
West Lothian
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

In the area by the bar/entrance. Freezing hurricane every time the door opened and door is self closing so diners took turns to get up and close the door! Became a bit of a laugh with a good crowd but annoying still.

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MM
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all thoroughly enjoyed our lunch, clean plates on every course! Christmas menu was lovely with a great choice on every course. Have been to Iris on a number of occasions and have never been disappointed with the quality and choice of food. Highly recommend.

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MF
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

A relatively small restaurant, centrally located. A reasonable, though short, menu with good value prices for the centre of town. Food was good and well presented. A small wine selection with a few wines under £20 a bottle. Service was friendly and well attended. A little cramped and very noisy when full. Would still recommend it.

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MM
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

As always, the food was great and everyone was friendly. Only gave it a 4 due to slow service this time. The wait staff were overwhelmed and their timing was a bit off and inattentive. I and the table next to me had to request our checks several times.

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DM
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I arranged a lunch for family gathering on Saturday and everyone had eaten in Iris previously but nobody had been for quite some time. It was great to discover all over again and to know that the same delicious food and friendly service has been maintained as before. We were a group of 7 and mostly ate different things from the menu but everyone was equally complimentary that they enjoyed the food a lot and for those of us on set 3 course lunch menu, it was exceptionally good value - the Pork Belly dish was a highlight for me! The staff were friendly and attentive and special mention to the girls who advised us to have a bottle of Prosecco and supplied Creme de Cassis rather than "upsell" 5 x Kir Royale's and also one who especially made some Espresso Martini's even though the restaurant dont serve cocktails!

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MD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed our catch up lunch. The starters were so attractive that we all ordered 2 starters. The wine was a reasonable price and the Sauvignon Blanc complemented our lovely food well.
Service was attentive and friendly without being intrusive to a group of friends who had not met for 6 months.

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RO
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxing atmosphere serving tasty food well presented served by friendly staff .

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J
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food, service is top notch and the atmosphere is very comfortable. Mussels are a must!

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MT
London
13 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the meal. Was very busy so service was slow but staff were very attentive. Poached egg on fishcake wasn't runny but apart from that no complaints with the food. Tables a bit close together but again understand this when busy.

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RO
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant relaxed atmosphere with well presented varied food served by friendly staff .

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very tasty and just the right portion size of everything

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BM
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as always. Iris never fails even on s quiet Monday night felt welcome and inviting.

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C
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treat, this restaurant is! Tucked away in a little backstreet, but close to the city centre, it offers great food and service. We enjoyed such delicious food - some of the best we've had and I would certainly return again. We can't recommend this restaurant enough; do try it.

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