The Ivy on the Square

4.4
1917 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Good for a Date
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
Mon–Sat 08:00–22:00
Sun 09:00–21:00
Afternoon Tea
Daily 15:00–17:00
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Phone number
0131 526 4777
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Sean Burbidge
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Additional
Cocktails, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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VH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had relatives visiting from South Africa, they like us were very impressed by the attentive staff and food. I will certainly visit again when we are in Edinburgh next.

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r
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food good drinks nice atmosphere definitely worth a visit. Good for a date

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MP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

The restaurant had no food.
I had my sixth choice meal. My Daughter who was celebrating her birthday had her fifth choice and my older Daughter her second but she had to send it back as it was over cooked.
It also took 2 1/2 hours for two courses.
The manager responded next morning and offered us a another meal at a time of our choosing.
This was appreciated and he was most apologetic.
Good customer service in the end.

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JS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable evening at The Ivy, Edinburgh
Pleasant surroundings, great view and friendly service
We were seated upstairs which was very nice. Ordered sourdough bread to come out first which they forgot about so it came out later than we would have liked and perhaps the food could have been a little hotter but other than that it was an enjoyable evening

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CG
Cumbria
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been recommended this restaurant for a girls weekend in Edinburgh and we weren't disappointed. The meal was delicious. There was a great selection so something for everyone. They had run out of quite a few menu items but there was still plenty to pick from. We will definitely visit again.
Staff very attentive too

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JR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time visiting the restaurant and we were very impressed especially with the service which was outstanding. The restaurant is ideally situated and the ambiance is lovely. It was a lovely treat for my birthday

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

I was out with friends from Abu Dhabi who I had not seen for a long time. We were allocated a lovely table so that we were able to chat. The food was delicious and the service excellent
My friends loved it.
Thank you to all the staff

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FB
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We took my parents for the ‘ champagne afternoon tea’.

Although we’ve been here many times and throughly enjoyed the dinner, we always comment on how ridiculously small and awkward the entrance area is. Even just for 4 people arriving in a party, that’s without even thinking about if there are other people there, all jugging around to make space for each other and then trying to get coats off!.

Once seated (we had a lovely table!) we asked if we could change one glass of champagne for a glass of white wine and told no, this couldn’t be done, seems a little hard to believe there is no flexibility, especially as the glass of wine was cheaper! So we ordered it separately and had an extra glass of champagne!

The tea and coffee all arrived at the very start, we didn’t want a hot beverage with our champagne and expected it to arrive later or be asked when we would like it served.

The food was average, the clotted cream, jam and cut strawberries portion was minute, and we had to use very sparingly.
The desserts were bland and disappointing. We were given no teaspoon to use for the ‘flower pot’ dessert.

As soon as the last bit was eaten out table was completely cleared and the bill presented, we felt very embarrassed for our guests as we weren’t quite ready to leave but felt we had to. There were several free tables around us.

Unfortunately we would not come back for afternoon tea and would not recommend it to anyone.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely fresh food, amazing ambience and fantastic value

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DE
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food could not fault the restaurant at all would certainly recommend

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, food service and cost

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

This was our second visit to the Ivy. Food was lovely. Service was not on point and where our table was located it was very cold.

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

Food was excellent. Service was excellent too. We had an early dinner and we really enjoyed it.

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

My Miso chicken was fantastic but my friend had a steak sandwich and said it was average, it had no horse radish on it as per menu. It was very expensive but the atmosphere was pleasant.

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JH
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent service and food. Great view for people watching. Only criticism is the built in service charge - not a fan.

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JR
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We're great long-term fans of The Ivy and now that they've expanded, we don't have to travel into London to enjoy a meal there, which is great. The standards are just as good wherever we've dined. However, I have to say that I'm constantly disappointed at the incredibly poor vegetarian options available and have had to resort to making a meal up of side dishes on more than one occasion. I have spoken to many friends and family who have said exactly the same thing, so I know I'm not the only vegetarian dining at The Ivy restaurants!! It's sad that the chef seems to think if he includes one vegetarian dish on the menu then he's done the minimum of what he has to ....

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SM
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal in relaxed but attentive atmosphere. Had a buzz as it is a beautiful place and was busy, though not overcrowded.
Delicious food. Great service. Would definitely do again for special occasions or when I wanted something just a bit nicer than bar meal.

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

Second time at the Ivy for brunch. Lovely menu with lots of choice, the food is amazing. The staff are very friendly and the ambiance is great. Expensive for wine by the glass as they do not offer 1/2 bottles of wine on the menu. Would highly recommend.

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PF
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good old fashioned high quality customer experience and service - Along with really great food

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A
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

1 of the dishes was fine and the service was excellent! However 3 of us ordered a steak and we were really disappinted as it was served rare without even being told beforehand. We did not even eat it :/

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

Food was fabulous and the restaurant itself is beautiful. However we we’re less than impressed with the service, pretty poor for an upmarket restaurant! Would possibly return as the food was great but the service needs some serious improvement.

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AT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

8 pm booking on a Friday night for 6 people . Waiter informed us the special was fillet steak with duck parfait 4 of us ordered this and the other 2 wanted sirloin , only to be told after placing the order that there was only 1 sirloin steak left and all the specials were finished. We still could order fillet but not as a special . Very disappointed with overall food. This is a over priced and over rated restaurant .

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P
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come to the ivy every time we are in Edinburgh it's always been amazing

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TM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with great service. Highley recommended

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p
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely cosy place with attentive service food was great

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S
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Table next to us was really noisy two girls chatting above one another. Very distracting

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

Great meal for sons birthday. Lovely food. Good service. Little birthday tart at the end was a lovely touch

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OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful evening

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

Excellent starters and deserts but the mains were disappointing. Wines overpriced.

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

Very relaxed and friendly.
One of the hostess who took us to our table needs to remember she is meant to welcome the guests.She was very unfriendly and her face didn’t crack a smile once .This not the norm for the staff here .They are usually very friendly and nothing is too much problem.

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j
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had heard positive things about the Ivy on the square and I'm glad to confirm them. A very pleasant atmosphere and lovely view of the square from our window table.
The service feature was prompt and polite. We kept the same waiter for the duration of our meal, which is a real plus point for me, and he looked after us very well.
The food was excellent, not over complicated but some lovely flavour combinations and classic dishes executed exceptionally well.
I will certainly be going again.

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KM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I honestly don’t feel we would go back. Food was fine when it actually arrived but the service was unbelievably slow.

We received our first course approx 1 hour after arriving.

Most of the table were drinking wine but one was enjoying some craft beer. When we finally got their attention to order a 2nd beer, 15 minutes later it hadn’t arrived.

The bottle neck of even trying to get into the ivy needs completely re designed.

Several half 7 sittings arrived at once and we all were forced in a huddle at the front entrance with one lady confirming our bookings, taking coats, hanging them etc

It was outrageous

Not a great experience for a birthday get together

Wouldn’t recommend sadly

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

Fourth visit here and all have been of a high standard, food was excellent and well presented, all courses arrived together and the service was excellent. Only criticism is the 15% service charge for a table of three, I don’t believe the waiters get the full 15% so tipped him as well, hopefully new laws will ensure service charges are given to staff who deserve them.

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J
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Would highly recommend!

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MD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Warm and comfortable. The service and food outstanding. Will definitely recommend and we will return

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g
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Lunch at The Ivy in August first class with excellent service. Second visit on Monday, early evening not so good. Service slow and food disappointing, lacked taste and poorly presented.

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GS
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat, delicious food with great service. Highly recommended.

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JW
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal yet again. Been for dinner but this time treated my hubby to brunch. It’s the best brunch we have experienced, food and service combined. Beautiful atmosphere.

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CM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for breakfast last Sunday and was very pleased that I did.Service was outstanding,attentive but not overbearing.Food was delicious and presented well.Overall an excellent experience definitely worth a visit.

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SD
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, relaxed and great food - what more do you want!

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