Lovage

4.6
278 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Scottish
Top tags:
  • Cosy
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
We are like our food, one spoon local, one spoon European sprinkled with seasonal Scottish produce.
Located in the heart of Edinburgh, just a stones throw from The Royal Mile, Lovage Restaurant offers the complete dining experience where unconventional food and incredible wines are accompanied by informal setting and relaxed friendly service.

Our philosophy starts in our kitchen, where we use quality seasonal produce combined with imagination and passion to create dishes that you want to talk about, you want more of and you will come back for!

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VB
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience in this restaurant. The food was outstanding and the service is great. We felt looked after. It is a little cosy restaurant, great for romantic dinners!

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g
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and good value. Friendly service. Nice atmosphere.

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BR
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After extensive research on Tripadvisor we ate here for my birthday on Saturday 12th January, and we were not disappointed. Food, wine, service and ambiance were all great. Highly recommended!

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D
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptionally good food and good value. I will look forward to going again soon!

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Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Excellent food, we had the Hogmanay taster menu. The restaurant was clearly under staffed / over booked which detracted from the overall evening. Would try again, but not a great first impression.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Hogmanay celebration set menu was excellent and the service fantastic. A small restaurant with excellent service and friendly staff.

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NS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely evening meal at Lovage on our recent trip to Edinburgh. Great atmosphere, very helpful staff and lovely meals.

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DT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delicious meal, with attentive service. An overall wonderful evening. Highly recommend.

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OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything. It was perfect.

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n
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a surprise. We were returning to our hotel and I happened to notice the Lovage Bistro sign off the Royal Mile. We were looking for a late dinner restaurant with reasonable pricing. We looked at the menu outside and immediately decided that the food choices looked excellent and the pricing exactly what we were looking for. Also the view through the window into the restaurant was pleasing.
We tried to get in 40min early, but we were asked to return at 21:00, as this was our booked time. I now understand why, as they could not have given us earlier the attention that the customer requiers. When we arrived we were shown to a lovely table in this sparsely but tastefully decorated room.
We immediately felt that the service was impeccable and not hurried. The staff were very professional.

After the complimentary pre-dinner drink (mulled wine) we concentrated on the menu. It was nicely constructed with just enough choices. I chose double baked goat cheese souflee and my partner chose a fish platter. Both of the dishes were absolutely delicious, so when the main courses arrived, minen was a pork rack cutlet with Silesian dumpling and crackling and my partners rib eye stake with salsa verde. It was not surprising that the food looked so apetising.
I am not great fan of pork crackling, but I really liked this one and the Silesian dumpling was such a joy to eat. The whole main course was something that my taste buds would like to experience again.

Many restaurants should take note of Lovage Bistro's wine list. Many of the wines were served either 125ml, 175ml, 500ml or bottle portions and we chose 500mls of Cotes du Rhone, Domaine L’Ancienne Ecole. This wine is one of my favourites in this type of sitiuations with many diofferent tastes, and the plum taste in the wine specially complimentated my main course.

Go to Lovage Bistro now, before everybody finds it and you have to wait for months for your booking.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was absolutely delighted with my visit to Lovage. My girlfriend and I visited for our birthday dinner and we were served by Stavros. He was very attentive and gave great advice on what to order as the menu had so many great options! The food was amazing and overall we are both over the moon with the restaurant. We will definitely be back. Thanks Stavros and the rest of the Lovage team.

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G
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a bit of a find. Staff friendly and helpful. Food was lovely and different with some unusual ingredients.

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VB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really lovely simple restaurant serving beautifully presented and delicious food. A great find.

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YW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a small but nice and warm restaurant with very tasty food. The smoked fish plate was above my expectations.

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AA
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great seasonal food innovatively presented (but without too much fuss and still decent portions). The complementary bread and amuse bouche were a nice touch.

Will definitely be back!

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PJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delightful restaurant in alovely part of Edinburgh.
The sea bass was excellent. The Polish waiter was extremely professional.

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in all aspects !! Nice discovery
Good to have several wines offered by glass

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning food in a relaxed atmosphere, highly recommended

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IH
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely service, including a card and free prosecco for my birthday and delicious food

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M
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Great food and lovely evening . Staff were friendly.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely menu of beautifully prepared food. Really delicious

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E
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent, but we were sitting next to the entrance and it was rather chilly... nevertheless service and food to recommend!

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DC
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and a really nice little place. Well worth a stop and not remotely expensive

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LM
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very much enjoyed our dinner for my birthday. Excellent tasty food, beautfully presented by cheerful friendly staff. A free glass of prosecco and a birthday card made for a lovely evening. Would return and recommend.

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WD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been on my list for some time and it didn't disappoint - lovely selection of tasty, interesting dishes. Definitely be back.

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service, everything was cooked go perfection and the overall atmosphere was also great!

Would definitely recommend, 10/10.

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Interesting, creative menu using seasonal produce and a decent wine list with a good selection available by the glass. Everything we ordered was tasty and the flavours matched well. Very reasonable prices for the for the food and location - we had 3 courses, 4 different glasses of wine and 2 aperitifs for around £100 (for 2).

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Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Foodies delight in heart of The Old Town just off the Royal Mile. Excellent food flavours cooked to order. Portion size and taste perfection for me and look appetising. Good selection of wine served by glass, carafe or bottle so easy to match with food choices. All in all excellent value and attentive staff.

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Top quality fine dining at very reasonable prices.

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JP
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Unassuming spit you would never know was there but the interior is nice/minimal and the food is excellent. The hake was delicious. The service was a bit slow and our server seemed a bit aloof but overall it was a very nice evening and I would definitely go again.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Small but great place. Food was excellent. Servers were nice and overall OK. Would visit again as the food was amazing.

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S
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 1

The food was very, very good and I could have happily eaten anything from the menu. The atmosphere (on a weekday) was very quiet, no real buzz. Weirdly, by 8.30, they kept turning the lights up very brightly and it felt like they were desperate for us to leave. We kept asking them to turn them down but when they did, 5 minutes later they were turned back up again. It put us off having a pudding - we left and went elsewhere. It was peculiar. I would go back as the food was so good but they need to work on their approach to customers......and lighting!

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A bit expensive but worth it! Food very nice! We liked it a lot

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London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect hidden Edinburgh gem booking essential won’t disappoint.

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D
Aberdeen
5 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

A small restaurant with excellent food well served. Not overtly expensive for the quality

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Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food lived up to the reviews and was served in a friendly manner. Excellent quality in grdients and presentation. We would go back and recommend Love age.

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K
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant, relaxing. For really tasty and good quality. The staff is friendly and makes are customers feel important

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C
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovage was lovely! Simple and elegant decor, quiet comfortable seating, excellent attentive service, delicious food offerings - a very enjoyable dining experience

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AH
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The menu lacked detail but the food definitely didn't. Beef medallions and butternut squash soup starters were excellent. Lamb and hake mains equally excellent.

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Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a must vist place if you are staying in Edinburgh.

The portions are not over large and the quality is exceptional . The duck was melt in the mouth and the sea bass was a delight. Cheese platter to finish was perfect.
Table service was crisp and friendly.
Go there!

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