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About The Ivy on the Square

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.

6 St. Andrew Square
Edinburgh, EH2 2BD
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
British, Afternoon Tea

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Saturday: 8am - midnight
Sunday & Bank Holidays: 9am - 11pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
£26 to £40

Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
0131 526 4777

Website:
http://www.theivyedinburgh.com/

Executive Chef:
Sean Burbidge

Additional:
Wheelchair Access

The Ivy on the Square Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasions (349)
Lunch (311)
Good for a Date (270)
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Good for Birthdays (251)
Good for Anniversaries (230)
Brunch (200)
People Watching (199)
Romance (181)
Sunday Lunch (158)
Fit for Foodies (152)
Afternoon Tea (149)
Business Meals (143)
Pre/post Theatre (143)
Creative Cuisine (142)
Casual (130)
Scenic View (116)
Cosy (114)
Hot Spot (108)
Handcrafted Cocktails (100)
Comfort Food (97)
Fun (95)
Group Bookings (89)
Afternoon Coffee (86)
Quiet Conversation (82)
Bar Seating (78)
Seasonal (67)
Authentic (60)
Notable Wine List (60)
Worth the Drive (58)
Vibrant Bar Scene (53)
Neighbourhood Gem (48)
Local Ingredients (44)
Quick Bite (43)
Healthy (41)
Good Vegetarian Options (40)
Late-night Find (23)
Child Friendly (21)
Tasting Menu (21)
Gluten Free Options (18)
Outdoor Eating (17)
Disabled Access (13)
Happy Hour (7)
Great Beer (6)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Spicy (3)
Tapas (3)
Vegan (3)
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·Dined a day ago

Very good food in lovely surroundings. However it was the staff at The Ivy that made our visit memorable. The were very attentive, without being intrusive, polite with smart attire. I will most definitely return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent all round, great food and service!! Not cheap but certainly value for money.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined 3 days ago

Having been to the original Ivy in London I knew what to hope for. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with slick front of house and simple food done very well. While the menus has been developed from the original there are still some old favourites just with a twist. For example the crispy duck starter was very good and like the fish cake not quite how the original Ivy do them.
Overall an excellent addition to the Edinburgh restaurant scene.
I had heard some initial mixed reviews so either they have finessed the service and food or we were lucky on the night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 3 days ago

Good casual dining with impeccable service lovely decor

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined 4 days ago

Food very tasty and well presented and good value. Service first class.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion
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·Dined 5 days ago

More casual than expected but very lovely inside. Great service, tasty food and better value than expected too. Not overly keen on the 17.5% service already added to the bill as I prefer to decide my own tip but paid it as we had a nice evening.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

Exceptional will definitely be back.
Highly recommend the Ivy G&T :)

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined 5 days ago

Met a friend for a birthday breakfast on a Sunday at 10am. We had a lovely table by the window. Our waitress was delightful, and offered to get us a drink as soon as we sat down. The breakfast menu is varied with healthy options and non-healthy! Good selection of juices and smoothies. I had the avocado on rye that came topped with pomegranate and lime. It was delicious, and a good portion. I hope they continue to maintain the high standards we experienced on this visit. I can see this being a regular restaurant for us.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Cozy
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·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and a super environment. Fabulous location on the square, good atmosphere in the room too.
Superb deserts....

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 6 days ago

Beautiful restaurant serving fabulously tasty food!

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined 6 days ago

Great service and friendly staff. Food was imaginative and delicious.
Will definitely visit again. Highly recommended.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined 7 days ago

Really enjoyed our visit, lovely food, very nice staff and a good choice of food on menu, all beautifully presented. I like real napkins and quality tablewear and this didn’t disappoint. A real treat!

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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·Dined on 12 January 2018

Post Christmas celebration.
Welcome, warm. Service could not be faulted, again friendly , informative and willing to request an alteration to a dish.
Favourite starter Truffle Arancini
Main Aromatic Unspicy(on request) Duck-delicious. My Husband loved his Burnt Cream pudding.
Loved this Restaurant, will return
Thank you all.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 12 January 2018

First visit for my birthday lunch and was not disappointed. Tasty food, great decor and friendly service.

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·Dined on 11 January 2018

First time in IVY, Edinburgh having visited London and hoping Edinburgh would be similar or equal. Definitely not disappointed with any of the main aspects. Only disappointment was that having arrived early there were no seats at the bar. Our table was ready, so we sat down, had a drink and shared a small starter while we waited for our friends. I am not usually a salad person, but tried the apple and stilton salad which was absolutely fantastic. The toasted hazelnuts and the apple and stilton together with the dressing made me very glad that I had chosen it. My wife had the duck salad and was equally delighted. The mains and wines were lovely, so we now know that edinburgh has an Ivy to match London's. Great.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on 11 January 2018

This was our second meal and it lived up to the first. We had a good table, it was not too noisy which meant we could hear ourselves talk. Our server, Alessio (?) was excellent. We rated our starters as excellent (tuna carpaccio and the wild mushroom brioche), we both chose the chicken Milanese which was very good with various vegetable sides. The Gavi went well with the meal. We both had the apple tart which was wonderful. Finished off with two decaf espresso. Overall a great birthday meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Fun
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·Dined on 10 January 2018

Enjoyed the experience of dining in
The Ivy for my 60th birthday lunch. The staff were very attentive and having a one year old with us was not a problem. Food was good and service excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Perthshire)·Dined on 9 January 2018

We ate here when it opened and loved it. Then last week we were in London & ate at the Ivy Cafe Marleybone which was also great. As this was a birthday we booked to ensure a table - the restaurant was very busy at 1pm but it quietened down later.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on 9 January 2018

We visited for a friend's birthday. Our table was upstairs and the atmosphere was very nice.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 7 January 2018

This is the second time in a month we have visited the Ivy. First time it was a very pleasant discovery. We fine out regularly and to find a place of character, class and interesting Brunch cuisine is special. The second visit confirmed that. The Ivy will now be one of a select number of places regularly.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on 6 January 2018

Once again we enjoyed great service and delicious food. Perfect end to the festive period for my husband and I.

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·Dined on 6 January 2018

Very nice restaurant. Service was amazing and the food was fantastic. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 6 January 2018

My friend and I had a lovely lunch. The Ivy was amazing. Great food and service. Only one thing we noticed was people with vapours on the stairs! Probably after they have visited the ladies. Apart from that we had a great afternoon. Thank you x

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Sunday Lunch
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 5 January 2018

We had an evening with friends who hadn't been to The Ivy on the Square before. They absolutely loved the whole experience, as did we. The food was delicious but unpretentious with a good variety of choice. Just as important as the food, the staff provide just the right amount of attention without being overbearing or fussy. The atmosphere is friendly and lively but not too noisy. All in all this is a great addition to the Edinburgh dining scene.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on 5 January 2018

Great atmosphere and the staff are always very pleasant. We have had afternoon tea a couple of times, it would be good if the cake options were 3 of a choice of 5 as they have been the same each time, just to change it up, but a small gripe as it is a wonderful treat and experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, People Watching, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on 5 January 2018

Our waitress was extremely helpful and friendly. The duck curry was recommended and I decided to try it. It was amazing! Good wine selection too.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Romantic, Casual
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·Dined on 5 January 2018

The Ivy is an excellent restaurant with a wonderful varied menu. The food is delicious, the service is excellent and the ambiance is perfect. I fully intend to go back there again soon!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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·Dined on 4 January 2018

First visit, certainly won't be the last. Everything was perfect. Cocktails reasonably priced, food delicious and beautifully presented. Easy to book online too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Cozy
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·Dined on 4 January 2018

Had breakfast here. Something different. A bit expensive but worth it for a special treat. Will definitely be back and absolutely recommend it. Food staff service and setting all fabulous.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (London)·Dined on 3 January 2018

I live in France but was visiting the UK for the Christmas break. I had already had a lovely Christmas Eve lunch with a friend at the Ivy ne Chelsea Green and then I wanted to have a nice birthday lunch with my two son son when I was in Edinburgh. It's often a problem to find somewhere with a lovely atmosphere but welcoming to children and where I am eat nicely prepared and healthy food and they can indulge too. The Ivy on the Square fitted the bill perfectly. I would like to see more vegan options on the menu but the combination of tradition, classics, local and seasonal fayre does give a wide selection to choose from that suits almost everyone. I choose to eat vegan if I can find a healthy (and original) dish but otherwise i will occasionally eat fish. I had a lovely crab linguine, with a special side of wilted winter greens, and fantastic sourdough bread. My sons had shepherd's pie and steak, eggs and chips. We shared two desserts; a perfect apple tart with flambeed Calvados and a big ice-cream cherry sundae. The service was friendly and helpful. The place was buzzing and we had a great view over the square.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Casual, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on 2 January 2018

Second time I've been had excellent meals both times it's my new Edinburgh favourite!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 2 January 2018

I love the ambience and discreet service. The food is good too

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·Dined on 1 January 2018

The Ivy never fails to impress, good quality food and excellent service combined with a great ambience

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 1 January 2018

Decor, ambiance and food were all excellent, highly recommended.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on 1 January 2018

Second visit food great service perfect sat downstairs not so good as upper level, lipstick on glass but changed immediately

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 31 December 2017

We booked in for new year’s eve dinner. It was busy with a good ambience as the street party was kicking off outside. Great food and generous desserts!!! Turning to be my current favorite.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on 31 December 2017

We had been looking forward to our experience and we're not disappointed

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined on 31 December 2017

Great food & service.

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·Dined on 30 December 2017

Celebrated my husbands 60th birthday, had an amazing 3 course meal with cocktails, followed by coffee. The setting is perfect, with very tentative staff being very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on 30 December 2017

1st visit and totally blown away by taste of food. 1st ever time eating venison and the braised dish was amazing. Well worth 5 star review and will be back to try breakfast for a change and a repeat dinner experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy
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