The Ivy on the Square

4.4
1396 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Good for Birthdays
Located in the prestigious St. Andrew Square, in the heart of Edinburgh, The Ivy on the Square is an all-day brasserie with an all-encompassing menu serving modern British and international Ivy-inspired classics from dawn until dusk, seven days a week.

The restaurant will also feature a Parisian-style outdoor terrace and a bar, offering tranquil relaxed yet sophisticated dining just a stone’s throw from Princes Street.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British, Afternoon Tea
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 8am-12.30am
(Last food order 10pm)
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 9am-12am
(Last food order 9pm)
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Phone number
0131 526 4777
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Sean Burbidge
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Additional
Wheelchair Access
What 1396 People Are Saying
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4.3
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

As regulars at the Ivy and the Ivy Club in London we were very pleased that the Ivy followed us to Edinburgh. When we had friends up from London the Ivy on St Andrews Square was the obvious choice and we had a great evening

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C
4.0Dined 2 days ago

The only disappointment was the quality of the main course. Food was very disappointing.

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OT
5.0Dined 3 days ago

Could not fault anything had a lovely meal, food was perfection. 😀

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BB
4.0Dined 3 days ago

Great meal and desserts to die for. Main menu won't be a regular option for us as a little pricey but fixed price looks good value for our next visit.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We changed time at short notice and they were very flexible and accomadating. Staff were great - waiter in particular.

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JB
4.0Dined 4 days ago

Attentive staff. Good quality food. Only slight criticism: portions smaller than expected.
Comfortable seating.
Great place for a family/group or couples experience.

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D
5.0Dined 4 days ago

1st timehere and will be back was an anniversary event and the staff treated us well

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j
5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was very well presented and tasted great, all the servers were very friendly and engaging and possibly the best fragranced restaurant bathroom I have encountered!

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PW
5.0Dined 5 days ago

Loved our dinner here. The Ivy Gin and Tonic was refreshing and the Shepard’s Pie is a must try!

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JM
4.0Dined 6 days ago

My friend and enjoyed our first visit at the Ivy and will certainly recommend it to family and friends. the food was lovely and we had excellent service from the young chap.

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SH
5.0Dined 6 days ago

I had quite a seafood evening, firstly trying the salt and pepper squid/ prawns which were outstanding. Then I opted for the Crab Linguine, this was the first time I had tried crab and it is safe to say it is now a favourite - the whole dish was truly amazing.

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OT
4.0Dined 7 days ago

I usually have nothing negative to say so I was very disappointed when I ordered the creme brûlée for dessert which had split and looked like scrambled eggs .Even after I pointed this out to the server who agreed with me I was still charged for the dessert . It did not spoil my evening at all but this is not the service that I’ve come to expect from the Ivy

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D
5.0Dined 7 days ago

very impressed with the level of service and the food. We had a lovely table upstairs.

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DN
3.0Dined 7 days ago

We went for brunch on Monday with three of us all ordering eggs

They were all over cooked and the toast was dry. We complained and to be fair they immediately refunded all three hot meals wit the comment that they had served a multiple of the number they would normally do. That said consistency is important and this is the first time I’ve visited an Ivy and been disappointed

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AL
3.0Dined 7 days ago

It's a real pity that staff feel they have to be rude and miserable to work in a place like the Ivy - actually, their attitude spoils everything else!

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SR
4.0Dined on 8 July 2018

The service was exceptional and food well presented and cooked to a high standard

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C
4.0Dined on 8 July 2018

The ivy was a lovely place to have dinner. The service was excellent and the food was great. The staff were very friendly and catered to all needs. Would definitely recommend.

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VB
4.0Dined on 8 July 2018

Poor vegetarian selection on the menu. Only 2 mains which were both salads. Excellent service. I think our waitress was called Kirsty and she was great. Really professional and patient with my elderly grandfather.

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KC
5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

The lamb was delicious, we are from Canada and have never had such a delicious meal.

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NW
4.0Dined on 8 July 2018

We had a wonderful late lunch at the Ivy to celebrate my daughters birthday. Food was delicious! Staff were friendly and appropriately attentive. I had noted on the booking that we were celebrating a special birthday and it would have been appreciated if my daughter had been wished a Happy Birthday. We ordered bread for the table which didn’t arrive but neither of these things affected our enjoyment of the delicious food and relaxed ambiance.

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L
4.0Dined on 8 July 2018

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We ate from the brunch menu- not particularly innovative but all our brunch favourites well presented and cooked. Friendly very professional service. Great value.

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AL
3.0Dined on 8 July 2018

This does not live up to the hype. It's selling a name and a place to be seen only.

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EE
4.0Dined on 8 July 2018

Sunday brunch food and service excellent. Only one comment, the brunch menu was no different to the regular all day menu!

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M
5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

Great brunch menu and fantastic service

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RT
5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

The breakfasts here are excellent and very reasonably priced - it compares very well with other popular breakfast options in the city. Unbeatable service in a calm atmosphere, with really great food.

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OT
5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

I was dining alone and visiting from London. My waitress was so sweet and attentive. Great food. The smoked salmon and crab was divine!

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SW
5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Food, service and ambiance fabulous. Just a bit off that they allow scruffy shorts in the evening when the dress code is smart casual.
Come on guys, just send them home to change. Some of us make an effort.

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DL
5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Great meal, great service , super ambiance varied and diverse menu choice
Staff friendly and helpful

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C
5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

My husband and I chose the Ivy as an anniversary treat, we were not disappointed. From the moment we arrived we had excellent service, or waiter Danielle, hope I've spelled his name right! was very attentive ,our meal was excellent . The chocolate bombs are fab ! Would recommend a visit !

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l
5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Amazing decor, ambience. Excellent service. Amazing food, my new favourite restaurant!!

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A
5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

This was a gift from our son so we combine it with a show at the theatre.The meal was excellent.The staff were all very friendly.We also thought there was a very nice relax atmosphere too.Only thing I
did not like is they had service charge on the bill,there was only 2 of us dining!!!!

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CS
5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

First visit and very impressed. Fabulous views overlooking St Andrew's Square, clear days even reveal Fife & sea in distance. Lovely food and great service. Will visit again.

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J
5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

My partner and I had an incredible evening here. The food was superb and they couldn’t do enough to cater for my allergy (coeliac disease). I would highly recommend.

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LT
5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Our table was lovely as it was oval and allowed us to sit beside each other. The waitress was really lovely and attentive. The food was excellent and the wine was delicious. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who will listen.

Such a treat!

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IS
3.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Food was fine but objected to the service charge of £19+.
I like to tip personally and I rate it on service.
As pensioners it was a treat but service charge was way too much.
You should ask the customer if they agree to the service charge before the issuing of the bill and the way you just add it automatically it goes unnoticed! Sneaky!!
We booked the table for 5.15 and due to the long wait between courses we missed the start of the show at the Playhouse and had to ask the waiter to hurry up the dessert.
Service slow!
Waiter was friendly and helpful and had no complaints regarding his service.

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LH
5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

I visited Ivy on the Square on Friday for a catch up with my friend, and we treated ourselves to their wonderful afternoon tea. The staff couldn't have been more accommodating, even making me different sandwiches to suit my dietary requirements and allergies. The food was delicious (as were the cocktails!) and it was great value for money. Will definitely be back!

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SW
4.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Service was quite exceptional considerimg how poor it can in so called high class places. Waiting and managerial staff made us very welcome, always around but not intrusive. A very long, languid and enjoyable lunch. Will certainly return.

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5.0Dined on 5 July 2018

Went for birthday and had never been before. Food was excellent as was the service- attentive without being in your face.
Would recommend.

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FS
5.0Dined on 5 July 2018

Overall, the experience was fantastic. Service was exemplary, attentive yet unobtrusive - exactly what you would want. Food was of a very high standard, well cooked and presented without being overly fussy. Restaurant was very busy giving it an nice ambience - we sat upstairs which seemed a little quieter and more conducive to a good meal than the downstairs section.
All though the restaurant is certainly not cheap, the cost seemed perfectly acceptable given the standard of food, service and location on St. Andrew’s Square. All things considered we thoroughly enjoyed our meal and would certainly return in the future.

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JH
5.0Dined on 5 July 2018

Fantastic meal, great service and atmosphere. Our waiter was brilliant, made our experience perfect

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