The Ivy on the Square

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£26 to £40
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British
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.
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M
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night at The Ivy, Edinburgh. Staff were friendly and attentive. Food was superb. The Shepherds Pie was delicious and husband thoroughly enjoyed his steak. The Chocolate Bomb for dessert is just the best.
Cocktails were great.
Really enjoyed the experience and will definitely return.

NS
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The best meal I’ve had a in a long time. The scallop starter was delicious, followed by the venison special and finished with the chocolate bombe! The ivy champagne is also a lovely treat! Great service and comfortable surroundings! Highly recommended!

BH
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A stunning evening of delicious food, beautiful surroundings and gorgeous company! Well done all at the ivy!

AI
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Nice enough spot, but service was very slow despite not being crazy busy.

MM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable afternoon tea.Beautiful surroundings and very attentive staff.Thank you.

HM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went in December, pleasantly surprised by the Christmas decorations. Staff were friendly and attentive. Food was delicious, fair portion sizes too. Great meal, thanks.

SW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

In general we enjoyed our dining experience but when I read hand cooked chunky fries on a menu that is what I expect not oven chips which we were all served with. A minor detail I know but we all commented on how disappointed we were with the fries .

SC
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ivy was very accommodating as the 4 adults were joined by a 2 month old baby in a pram. The table we were given was ideal and did not cause other diners any problems. A really enjoyable experience for all. Highly recommend for taking a child.

G
County Durham
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not the cheapest place to eat but serves delicious food. The staff are attentive and overall the is a lovely place to meet friends and eat.

MB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a great breakfast before our Christmas shopping we were a little early but we we’re taken right away even though it was busy the service was good there was a nice buzz in the room the food was good in general my full Scottish was very tasty my eggs were not quite fully cooked but it didn’t take away from the other ingredients my partners food was perfect

DG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, wonderful service food is fantastic couldn't knock the place ,had a great night out .

T
Kent
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly staff and great food.
Lovely decoration and atmosphere

MD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely fantastic and the staff were very professional and provided an excellent service! Could not find any fault with our evening, thank you very much!

J
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish was a very good experience
Staff so friendly and attentive throughout meal without overkill
Steaks were cooked to perfection and Mash was to die for!
Was the first visit but certainly won’t b the last !

C
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience4

I love the atmosphere in The Ivy, it is vibrant but laid back at the same time. The menu is a good mix of home comfort food and classic dishes, with prices reflective of location and the name. The only disappointment was that we were seated next to the main entrance door, so had a constant flow of people coming and going next to us.

LM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

First time we have dined at the ivy, and was so disappointed to be seated right next to the cash register Our meal was spoilt by waiters and waitresses constantly back and forth to the till, clanking cutlery , and crockery/filling napkins, and too close to us for comfort. We couldn’t be moved as it was busy for the festive season. The food was nice enough, but nothing special. Unfortunately we left disappointed

IC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time at the Ivy on Saturday evening (7th). It was pouring outside but the Ivy was an oasis of comfort and sophistication.
We liked our corner table.
Our waiter was outstanding both attentive and friendly. We all enjoyed our meals and we are already planning another visit in the future.

FO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Not the cheapest but the quality of the food was outstanding. Wait staff were very good.
A real treat.

L
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The location and restaurant were great.
The food was so disappointing. I had the lamb, the potatoes raw.....I could not even put my fork in them.

I said the waiter...I will tell the kitchen...not sorry....really not what I was expecting.

ES
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience1

The awful awful music which was loud, and tacky Xmas decorations ruined what could be a nice place to go. Food ok and service good in spite of it being so loud we had to shout our orders. I would not recommend this place. Calling it The Ivy is misleading. The London Ivy is SO much better.

F
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic meal. Food was delicious and generously portioned. Great service with particular mention of Yulia who was really friendly and helpful. The Christmas decorations are beautiful and the overall atmosphere was great.

JL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovey meal. Third year now for our annual catch up never fails. Thank you

CA
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely ambience. Delicious food. Extensive menu. Lovely drinks available too. Reasonably priced.

B
Aberdeen
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I went for Saturday Brunch in December and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had a duck salad and a jackfruit salad to start both unusual and delicious, for main course we had avocado Benedict and the Royale Salmon both were excellent. We had a bottle of Prosecco and shared a chocolate bomb dessert. Cost just over £100. Our waitress was lovely, very chatty and attentive, even apologising when there was a slight delay with the food. The decor and atmosphere were great and the Christmas decorations made it feel magical. My friend had been in the Ivy in Winchester and she felt that the Edinburgh one compared favourably. The only negative was a delay in getting in the door as the Hostess seemed to be serving someone with gift cards so the queue was piling up outside.

t
Glasgow
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant table was pre booked for 7pm on a Friday, and was very busy as we head towards Christmas. The food and service were very good. Atmosphere was good although a few tables were definitely getting into the Christmas spirit !! This was the first time though a restaurant we've booked enforced the 2 hour maximum booking restriction, which is mentioned in the confirmation email. Appreciate they are busy but it did detract for our evening and broke up out gathering.

JT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was first class from walking in the door our coats were taken and we were shown to our table the waiters were excellent very attentive to our needs food was lovely will visit again on our next visit to Edinburgh

AW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant with a lovely vibe. Both the food and service was outstanding with no faults from both of us.

Would definitely recommend to everyone, an amazing place to relax and dine with family or friends.

PG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect place to eat drink and have fun. My idea of heaven.

PO
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made to feel special was decorated lovely for Christmas. My party of six really enjoyed themselves

LC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very nice time - waitress was from Russia and we had a very interesting chat with her. She was polite and friendly.

DC
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good experience staff very friendly made a point of our wedding anniversary being reason for visit

M
Angus
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time we have been here with the same company for lunch and it was as good if not better than our previous visit. You are made feel welcome from the moment you arrive to the time you leave. Staff are friendly and look after you. Very attentive and at hand if required and ask if everything is okay. What made me return to the Ivy is that one of the people in our company requires special dietary requirements. When I phoned up to enquire the girl who took my booking said it was no problem at all and advised that most of the dishes on the menu can be adapted to suit a gluten free diet. I was also impressed that the waitress mentioned it when handing out the menus. Now for the dishes well presented and delicious. Both of us went for the crab cakes to start would highly recommend also the lamb 3 off us had it just beautiful. The other dishes were the cream of onion soup, shepherds pie and chocolate mousse for dessert all said the dishes were lovely. We each had a cocktail very nice. Decor is stunning lovely ambience. Their set menu is great value especially for the city. Overall excellent will definately return. Many thanks.

MM
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely lunch, food was very good. Restaurant very busy, but it was just a few weeks before Christmas so only to be expected. Only negative was we were seated close to the door and we kept getting a draught when customers entered or left......when I complained, the heater above the door was turned up and reduced the problem (although didn’t totally eradicate it).

B
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a lovely meal for my husbands birthday. Very friendly staff and helpful with my 2 year old. Would definitely recommend :)

C
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and lovely set up, specially for getting in the Xmas spirit.

SJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Air-freshener Smell in the men’s toilets was so strong couldn’t breath. Very slow on drink and food orders. Food was ok but small portions. Was no outstanding service and just felt like a number. Wouldn’t go back or recommend

AB
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table for 2 for lunch, very enjoyable and service was excellent, would definitely go again
Be prepared to have to spend

m
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely lunch for a special day, 5 stars on everything. It also great wheelchair access.

D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food fabulous and great service. A really lovely atmosphere and beautiful Christmas decorations

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and myself had come to Edinburgh for a few days and as we had been to the ivy for cocktails the last time we came we decided to have dinner there on on 3/12/2019.
We were not disappointed . The food was excellent and the ambience was lovely. The attention to detail was second to none. Our waiter was friendly, and very professional and made our evening even more enjoyable. He was knowledgeable,charming and had an excellent sense of humour. We did not discover his name only that he was Spanish and had come to work here in the UK from Seville.
We will definitely dine here again.