The Ivy on the Square

4.4
2875 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.
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LM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not good value for money. Food was ok, but not for what we paid.

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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for afternoon tea but needed more than a tea menu for some in our group. Ivy on the Square has that option. Tea was well done and tasty, as were the other menu items. Service was good and views from the upstairs seating were nice. Interesting decor and seating options. Had a DJ while we were there, which was unexpected. Would visit again.

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

Service was outstanding. Food delicious. Had steak sandwich which was fabulous. Definitely going back. All of us enjoyed our food.

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KM
Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible and the restaurant had such a cool vibe. We had our best meal in Edinburgh here.

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

Excellent place for a well deserved treat. Slightly more pricey than most places in Edinburgh but absolutely worth it when the outstanding service, staff, food, drink and surroundings are taken into account. A warm welcome was offered on our arrival, and our waiter for breakfast was absolutely impeccable - thanks Oleg!

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K
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The surroundings are beautiful and the happy buzz surrounds you as soon as you walk in. The service was impeccable and the food outstanding.

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Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and the staff made the evening feel very special for us.

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

After hearing so much about The Ivy I decided to take my boyfriend for dinner as we were in Edinburgh on a surprise trip for his birthday. The service we received was great - we were made to feel special - which is always nice. However we were let down by the food - it did not live up to our expectations of 'The Ivy'. I ordered the salt & pepper squid & prawns - to which the only thing I found salt & pepper about it was the few slices of chillies that were included. It was also advertised as tempura batter - to which again disappointed me when it arrived as it certainly was a lot thicker than tempura. I made the waiter who collected our plates aware of my thoughts to which he advised he would check with the chef and come back to me - but having seen him walk out of the kitchen a few moments after he walked in - I have very little faith the conversation actually happened. I ordered the minute steak for my main and was offered the choice of either pink or well done - I chose pink - again disappointed when it arrived to not see any pink/rare bits left in the steak at all. Why give me the option if it isn't going to be delivered? My boyfriend ordered the chicken salad for his main and found the chicken dry and the overall salad a little boring with not much to it at all. Both of us love our food, trying new things and eating out at different places and so were looking forward to our experience at the much talked about 'Ivy' but we left very much disappointed and will not be returning to any of your sites. We have also since advised people of our bad experience to which their response has been equivalent to ours.

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AM
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely decor, tasty food and good service. Hope to be back soon.

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

Wonderful lunch, lovely staff, delicious food, l've also been to the Ivy on Kings Rd and at the West End they're all fantastic love The Ivy 5 *

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RM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food lovely, liked having table upstairs. Music a bit loud

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GC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the bar. The bartenders were hospitable and engaging. Great service and Great Shepherd’s Pie. The hostess held a seat at the bar as there were no slots open for an earlier reservation.

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

Service very good, staff attentive and helpful. Lovely atmosphere.

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GB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Everything was satisfactory with our food, and we had a great meal. However, the waitress was rather rude and made the meal somewhat uncomfortable at times. It was as if the waitress was trying to rush us out the door towards the end, when we weren’t finished our meal.

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

The food was good the interior was fine , but the noise level was way too high and made conversation difficult. We were told we had 25 minutes to vacate the table , which I found , not good , but understand they needed to get more people in , but I didn't like it ,and will not be in a hurry to go back.

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

On the pricey side but Good food & service and very good location

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MS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked the table for a celebratory meal with my husband having never dined at The Ivy before. We had a dining experience that has left us longing to return. Everything from the decor, the service, the food was exceptional. The service we had from Simon was professional and not intrusive. We don't live in Edinburgh but we will definitely book to return to The Ivy on our next visit.

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C
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had lunch here on a Friday and it was great! Service was good and so was the food. They do a good value set menu which was delicious - also good for gluten free.

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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Loud. Food fair. No sides.

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E
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food poor to average (dishes and cooking seem stuck in the 1970s), pleasant enough service and atmosphere. Overall the poor quality of the dishes combined with unjustifiably high prices mean I won’t go back

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MP
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service, setting and great meal. Worth paying ‘a bit more’ for.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service great too! 2nd visit and already planning the 3rd.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely breakfast for my daughters birthday. Service was excellent. Will visit for lunch. Very nice touch with bringing 3 lovely cream and raspberry tart with a candle for her.

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J
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Good restaurant, setting was lovely & the food was good but nothing to shout home about. The pate to start was delicious, my partner had the rib eye which was good but not a patch on the Hawksmore across the road. The creamed spinach was poor. A nice meal but not memorable and probably wouldn’t return in a hurry.

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Nuremberg
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Food is very good quality. Except spinach is horrible. So weird that it was recommended by our waitress. She also never heard of a Moscow Mule.
Made the reservation 10 days ago but were seated next to the entrance. Had to ask my coat because the draft was ice-cold. Look elsewhere, it seems there are so many nice restaurants. This one is just ice-cold.

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LP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed
Service was very attentive
Would recommend

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London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely meal the decor the service the food the cocktails EVERYTHING WAS AMAZING cNt wait to come back and sample more delights!!!!!

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JR
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful breakfast and extremely good value for money, highly recommend!

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DM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and service was very good. However the restaurant was very cold.

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AH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We visited The Ivy Edinburgh for a date night on Sat 8 June. The food was tasty but lacking finesse on the presentation side. I assumed the chefs had to follow the chains standards but a small personal touch would make a difference. All the flavours were amazing and the crab linguine was well executed. My husband had veal steak with mushroom sauce and he enjoyed it a lot. He's a fine dining chef very hard to please! I'd personally say the food is quite overpriced. Service was excellent. Special shout to Marta with short hair, very pleasant and attentive, great customer service and the conversation at the right level. Also, the manager on duty was lovely too,very polite and gracious. The restaurant was very noisy but we loved it. The interiors are beautiful.

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CO
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved our meal on Saturday was so relaxed & chilled food was outstanding service was amazing we sat for a good few hours having food and drink didn’t feel rushed at all was absolutely amazing couldn’t fault a single thing

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LC
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was extremely attentive but not in a way that was disturbing. Fabulous and wish I lived in Edinburgh to go more

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CB
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Have been to the Ivy in Edinburgh a few times, each time has been excellent, this time, the waiter did not smell very nice (obvious BO) and I asked for condiments that never arrived. The food was good and because we’ve had great experiences previously, we probably will be back but this time, it was a disappointment.

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RM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful food and the service was very attentive.

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday treat for my mother in law
Exceptional food outstanding service will definitely book again

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HW
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Overall we had a lovely time - great atmosphere, lovely surroundings and attentive staff.
Our food order had quite a few mistakes but were rectified quite quickly.
I would recommend to others.

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Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Lipstick on wine glass - food okay, but nothing to rave about.
Pleasing service.

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l
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazin wonderful food table was fab rite next to window service was fast and delightful.

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WS
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were well welcomed into the restaurant and service was great.

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ES
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had afternoon tea at The Ivy and highly recommended it! The food was delicious and the atmosphere was great!

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