The Ivy on the Square

4.4
1671 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 British brasserie with an all-encompassing menu serving modern British and international Ivy-inspired classics from dawn until dusk, seven days a week.

The restaurant features 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 1671 People Are Saying
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AS
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The bread was amazing but overall the food was average which was disappointing. This was my 3rd visit to The Ivy but I must say the service was really good but the food could be so much better.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service. A Great experience.

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CE
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the new Ivy. Had a great time here with my parents and family. They gave us a special table by the window. Food and wine was delicious and they treated us very well.

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RC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good choices on menu. Food was great not big portions but delicious.

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d
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been visiting Edinburgh for a few days and booked lunch before returning home. We were greeted warmly at our arrival and shown to our table. All staff were very polite and courteous. Service was very good and food was excellent. It was a superb way to complete our trip. We would highly recommend it.

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KS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my daughter for her birthday and the meal exceeded our expectations. Service was outstanding (it’s now her favourite restaurant in Edinburgh).

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a
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Took my friend for birthday treat hoping for something special, it was fine nothing exceptional to be honest. The food was different, staff attentive, restaurant busy, a few very noisy children (I know restaurant not responsible) but it did ruin our lunch as it was a special occasion.

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AE
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Always check the bill.Was charged £65 for wine instead of £23.Was it a mistake?We will never know.

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DM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good menu selection and good service. Good atmosphere for a weeknight.

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JW
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Just excellent all round. A well managed establishment.

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B
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

It was lovely place to eat with excellent service...but pricey at £40 per head with no starter or pudd. Inc not many drinks.

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OT
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed this meal. Food and service were excellent.

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BE
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was really good and so was the service. The staff were attentive without feeling as though they were overly so. Seemed to have a good selection of drinks as well as some delicious non alcoholic ones for the designated driver. Definitely not a cheap place to eat but I felt as if they backed it up with good size portions. Will definitely be back.

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BC
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

We booked this restaurant well in advance as our party had a number of dietary requirements.

We rang the Ivy to check they were aware of our dietary requirements and also rang them a second time in the weeks leading up to the booking, to confirm they were able to cater for these with their afternoon tea menu.
They called us two days before our booking to confirm our table and discuss our dietary requirements.

They then told us, after serving our teas, that they could not cater for coeliac or dairy-free diets with their afternoon tea menu. They were apologetic and also gave us our beverages on the House. We were celebrating a friend’s birthday and had made a four hour and five hour journey, respectively, to have afternoon tea together. We weren’t able to find another place to book at such short notice so we sadly had to go our separate ways after a quick bite to eat elsewhere.

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SA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service is good. The food is nice but I expected more about pancake which was not hot.

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Manchester
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place. Couple of dishes serve great. But some of the dishes. Mainly the pancakes were awesome. 9/10 overall

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SH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, well cooked. Staff were very attentive. Perfect for a special occasion.

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D
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our meal at ivy good and good drinks menu busy better booking I booked online we were visiting edinburgh for the day to do some shopping second visit will be back

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JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing as always and service second to none, just love The Ivy in Edinburgh

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J
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely lunch. Magda our waitress was perfect. My friend who has a hearing problem requested a different table. Staff gave us the the option of a further 2. On a busy Saturday lunch service - amazing

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VB
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is the second time I have been to The Ivy. The service was very good. We had fish and chips which was nice. The house red wine was well priced and very good. A nice experience overall.

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Y
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff, polite. Food was amazing, overall very enjoyable experience

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R
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and staff. We had a lovely brunch and will be returning again.

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

this was the second time I have been to the Ivy on the Square - and will definitely be back!

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RL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service in a lovely venue. Thoroughly recommended.

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

"We are not open yet but please come in from out of the rain"
"Can I get you a drink while you are waiting for your guests to arrive"
"One of your guests is lactose intolerant and only eats gluten free, not a problem"
I could go on, but suffice to say all my guests were delighted.

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MC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, food and drink. Staff very attentive but never intrusive. Worth the journey from Northern Ireland just for the chocolate bombe!!

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RS
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very welcoming. Stafffriendly and attentive. Food always good and interesting.

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L
London
7 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and lovely staff! Excellent early evening menu, but limited options. Not sure how often they change that menu.

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AC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch. Celebrating my Mum's birthday. Staff were very attentive and professional. Food presentation was superb. This birthday treat was much appreciated. Thankyou.

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MR
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent venue. Delicious food beautifully presented. Nice view, nice toilets. Suits most age groups.
Plenty of atmosphere but not too noisy. Very attentive and professional staff.

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B
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Meal for long time ,well trained chef,and waiters ,you wuold have to go far to beat this restaurant first class,very enjoyable thanks to all the staff 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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DE
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch and can’t wait to go back for dinner! Even all the way from Perthshire!
Staff were lovely and the decor beautiful. Wonderful scent in the restrooms!
Brilliant addition to Edinburgh.

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S
Berlin
5 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Class act. Very much an Ivy experience.
Good tuna carpaccio and fab olives
Great staff
Good ambience but tables by bar poorly lit.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We'd been to the Ivy on the Square a couple of times before for afternoon food, generally just on impulse. I decided to book it again to celebrate my wife's 65th birthday. It was excellent.
We arrived early and were seated at a nice corner table immediately on arrival. The menu was varied and service very attentive and friendly. The pricing was great value. The Ivy gets an unfair reputation as being expensive and I suspect that this will put a number of potential customers off. However the mains and wine in particular are surprisingly inexpensive compared to central Edinburgh bars and restaurants I generally visit. I would suggest that the starters can be expensive.
All in all however I was very impressed and will visit again soon.

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M
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all had a lovely meal. Really enjoyed it. Would recommend.

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JA
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was really spot on - there when needed but not constantly.
The food was really delicious - especially the wasabi prawns and calamari starter. YUM.
We arrived at 6pm and it was still quite empty - but even as it filled up we could carry on a conversation without having to raise our voices.

The music is in the background as well as very well chosen jazz. Such a nice change from all the places with music louder than patrons or that suits the staff vs the diners.

Will definitely return!

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AM
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We ate here prior to a theatre visit at the playhouse. The service, ambiance and food were all of very high standard and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. I would recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

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MH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent Sunday Brunch at lunchtime. Great ambience, very pleasant staff. would recommend,

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super brunch place and lovely food. Some great tables upstairs

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