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Lovage, Edinburgh,

Lovage

4.6
4.6
287 Reviews
£26 to £40
Scottish

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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Scottish, Contemporary European, Modern European

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 18:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    0131 557 5754

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Lukasz and Bartek Jedrejek

  • Area

    The Royal Mile

  • Cross Street

    The Royal Mile

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    8 minutes walk from Edinburgh Waverley Station

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Wine

Menu

Starters

  • Gazpacho£6.95

    (V) cherry tomatoes, cucumber, smoked ricotta, fennel

    • Smoked Mackerel£7.95

      parfait, beetroot, lemon mayo, goat cheese shortbread

      • Pork Belly£8.95

        kimchi, smoked tofu, girolles, pear

        • Scallops£11.95

          broccoli, pickled daikon, chorizo, fig chutney

          • Steak Medallions£9.95

            beef, spring veg, ponzu, preserved lemon, crowdie

            Mains

            • Pearl Barley£16.95

              broad beans, pecorino, tomatoes, peas, girolles, walnuts (vegetarian option available)

              • Hake£17.95

                lentil, Romanesco, curry hollandaise, kale, lemon

                • Duck£19.95

                  carrots, spring roll, honey, black berries, buckwheat

                  • Lamb£20.95

                    moussaka, aubergine, watermelon, almonds, potato gratin

                    • Sea Bass£18.95

                      cullen skink, smoked mussels, prosciutto, broad beans

                      Desserts

                      • Pancake£6.95

                        apple pancake, granola, vanilla ice cream

                        • Chocolate Parfait£6.95

                          rhubarb, vanilla espuma, chocolate buckwheat cookie

                          • Chocolate Cremeux£6.95

                            orange, sesame, banana ice cream

                            • Cheese£9.95

                              selection of Scottish and continental cheese with oatcakes, chutney and autumn fruits

                              • Sides

                                Sides available for £3 each.

                                Desserts

                                • Hot Chocolate Mousse£6.95

                                  almond crumble, mango sorbet, dark chocolate

                                  • Eton Mess£6.95

                                    custard, summer berries, meringue, lemon verbena sorbet

                                    • Chocolate Fondant£7.95

                                      raspberries, chocolate, pine sorbet (waiting time 15 minutes)

                                      • Cheese£9.95

                                        selection of Scottish and continental cheese with oatcakes, chutney and summer fruits

                                        What 287 people are saying

                                        Overall ratings and reviews

                                        4.6
                                        4.6 based on all time ratings
                                        • 4.7Food
                                        • 4.6Service
                                        • 4.3Ambience
                                        • 4.4Value

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                                        1. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Edinburgh

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 23 February 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Lovely food and great service! The menu offers something a bit different.

                                        2. VF

                                          VeggieFoodLover

                                          Edinburgh

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 22 February 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Really love it, so sad it’s closing! Hopefully we were nice last customers. All the best in your future endeavours!

                                        3. DO

                                          DOUGLASD

                                          London

                                          3 reviews

                                          3.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on 16 February 2019

                                          overall3food2service3ambience4

                                          Having eaten at Loveage before, I booked to bring my sisters and my friend for a Post Theatre meal. My meal and my friends was excellent - my two sisters ordered the Steak which was horrifically tough frankly inedible. My younger sister politely told our server she just couldn't eat it and ordered an alternative. I have to say the reaction wasn't good that she had spoken up. My older sister didn't change hers - it was very tough - she did mention this. When the bill came, there was no reduction or apology. Very very unimpressed - I won't go there again.

                                        4. CS

                                          CharlestonS

                                          Edinburgh

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on 14 February 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          We had an amazing Valentine’s Day dinner!! We loved the special tasting menu, every course was cooked to perfection. Couldn’t have asked for anything better.

                                        5. RR

                                          RussellR

                                          Manchester

                                          4 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on 9 February 2019

                                          overall4food5service5ambience4

                                          Great little restaurant, just need to turn up the heating!

                                        6. KD

                                          KirstyDC

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 2 February 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Couldn’t fault it! Food was superb, staff were friendly and it was great value for money. Cute wee place!

                                        7. m

                                          mynickname

                                          Columbus

                                          9 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          9 reviews

                                          Dined on 26 January 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We had the best dinner at Lovage this week. Service was great, food was great, atmosphere was great! We'll definitely be back!

                                        8. VB

                                          ViktoriaB

                                          London

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 18 January 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          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!

                                        9. g

                                          garethd

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 18 January 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                        10. BR

                                          BenR

                                          Yorkshire

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on 12 January 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          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!

                                        11. D

                                          rufusD

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 4 January 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                        12. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Yorkshire

                                          1 review

                                          3.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 31 December 2018

                                          overall3food5service2ambience3

                                          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.

                                        13. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          London

                                          2 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 31 December 2018

                                          overall4food4service5ambience3

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

                                        14. AT

                                          AimeeT

                                          London

                                          11 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          11 reviews

                                          Dined on 30 December 2018

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Delicious food, attentive service and good value for money. Would definitely eat here again!

                                        15. NS

                                          NikkiS

                                          London

                                          3 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on 29 December 2018

                                          overall4food4service5ambience5

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

                                        16. DT

                                          DaveT

                                          Washington DC

                                          16 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          16 reviews

                                          Dined on 28 December 2018

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                        17. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Edinburgh

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 15 December 2018

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We loved everything. It was perfect.

                                        18. PS

                                          PatriciaS

                                          Edinburgh

                                          26 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          26 reviews

                                          Dined on 14 December 2018

                                          overall4food5service5ambience5

                                          Very nice meal - a little different, and well presented. Not the cheapest but worth it. Staff very friendly and helpful, meeting special requests on ingredients. Good vegetarian choice. Would recommend.

                                        19. n

                                          nuppu

                                          London

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 8 December 2018

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          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.

                                        20. DS

                                          DSwn

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 2 December 2018

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          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.

                                        21. G

                                          Geordie09

                                          Manchester

                                          5 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined on 1 December 2018

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

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

                                        22. VB

                                          VanessaB

                                          London

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 30 November 2018

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                        23. YW

                                          YunW

                                          San Francisco

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on 21 November 2018

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                        24. AA

                                          AlexandraA

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 17 November 2018

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                          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!

                                        25. PJ

                                          PamelaJ

                                          London

                                          6 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          6 reviews

                                          Dined on 5 December 2017

                                          overall4food5service5ambience4

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

                                        26. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Edinburgh

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 2 December 2017

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                        27. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Edinburgh

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 2 December 2017

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Stunning food in a relaxed atmosphere, highly recommended

                                        28. IH

                                          IsabelleH

                                          London

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 1 December 2017

                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

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

                                        29. M

                                          Marshmallow

                                          Edinburgh

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 25 November 2017

                                          overall4food3service4ambience3

                                          Great food and lovely evening . Staff were friendly.

                                        30. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          London

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 23 November 2017

                                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                                          Lovely menu of beautifully prepared food. Really delicious

                                        31. E

                                          Elsi801

                                          Edinburgh

                                          2 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 16 November 2017

                                          overall4food5service5ambience3

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

                                        32. DC

                                          DavidC

                                          London

                                          8 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          8 reviews

                                          Dined on 16 November 2017

                                          overall5food5service4ambience4

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

                                        33. LM

                                          LynnM

                                          Edinburgh

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on 11 November 2017

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          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.

                                        34. WD

                                          WendyD

                                          New York Area

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on 10 November 2017

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                        35. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Edinburgh

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 4 November 2017

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Amazing food, great service, everything was cooked go perfection and the overall atmosphere was also great! Would definitely recommend, 10/10.

                                        36. N

                                          Nikki

                                          Edinburgh

                                          3 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on 3 November 2017

                                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                                          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).

                                        37. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Aberdeen

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 1 November 2017

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          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.

                                        38. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Edinburgh

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 29 October 2017

                                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                                          Top quality fine dining at very reasonable prices.

                                        39. JP

                                          JPATL

                                          Edinburgh

                                          8 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          8 reviews

                                          Dined on 25 October 2017

                                          overall4food5service3ambience4

                                          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.

                                        40. C

                                          Csreview

                                          San Francisco

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 11 October 2017

                                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                                          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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                                        Lovage is rated 4.6 stars by 287 OpenTable diners.

                                        Not available on OpenTable

                                        Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable booking network.

                                        If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


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                                        Additional information

                                        • Cross Street

                                          The Royal Mile

                                        • Area

                                          The Royal Mile

                                        • Hours of Operation

                                          Wed–Sat 18:00–22:00

                                        • Cuisines

                                          Scottish, Contemporary European, Modern European

                                        • Dining style

                                          Casual Dining

                                        • Dress Code

                                          Smart Casual

                                        • Parking Details

                                          Street Parking

                                        • Public Transit

                                          8 minutes walk from Edinburgh Waverley Station

                                        • Payment Options

                                          AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                        • Executive Chef

                                          Lukasz and Bartek Jedrejek

                                        • Additional

                                          Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Wine

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