The Ivy on the Square

4.5
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4523 reviews
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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.
What 4523 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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NickM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant, staff and meal were exceptional. We had fantastic experience and the service was matched only by the quality of the food. Got more than we paid for in terms of overall value for money so would highly recommend to anyone.
Our waiter Danielé was superb and a credit to your establishment.

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LucyD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish the service and food was amazing! Great vegetarian and vegan options.

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JamilaM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Myself and my husband were delighted with service from start to finish and glad we chose The Ivy to celebrate our Anniversary would highly recommend for any occasion

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Johnboy
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite restaurant and I love taking friends there
The food is great and delicious
I love the cocktails
The staff are very professional and so helpful and polite

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food from start to finish.

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Francesm
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely anniversary meal on Sunday. The food was amazing and first class service. I don’t mind paying a bit mor for good quality. I will be back again😄

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JillR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I ordered a burger with no bun as I require gluten free. The burger was provided with gluten free bread - a burger sandwich essentially. It would have been nice to have a toasted gluten free bun.

The food was delicious but a point to consider for future.

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LeithR
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food a bit disappointing - ribeye narly and tough sirloin medium rare came well done

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StephenM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good experience here. Food very nice, we ate here on Sunday lunchtime with the kids who also enjoyed the food. There were a number of measures for Covid implemented which was reassuring.

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RobynKS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food and service was excellent. Couldn’t fault anything!

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Meiling
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service. Overall a very comfortable dining experience.

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ToniA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very poor burger served to my husband which was a shame, seems like a meal that should be easy to get right. Burnt and not great tasting anyway. Cocktails were also decidedly average. My bang bang salad and main meal of cod were delicious but overall this place does not live up to its reputation. The service was efficient and polite though, and it was nice to be out again after so many months!

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LeeL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food never disappoints. Very impressed as always. Food is outstanding, we’ve never had a bad meal there.

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LouiseB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food was good however was very disappointed with 20% service charge added to a table of 2 people.

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SophieM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very tasty and nice and hot when it came out. Portion sizes very good. Service couldn’t be faulted from the moment we were greeted. Drinks slightly expensive but about the price you expect to pay in central Edinburgh. The staff were doing everything they could to ensure social distancing guidelines were adhered too without compromising on the service. Thoroughly enjoyable meal and would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic service in a lovely restaurant Food was great also

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IMHO
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Temperature taken on arrival, staff wearing PPE & hand sanitizers on each table.
Food delicious & staff very professional & friendly.
Highly recommend.

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MartinW
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our Sons 21st birthday and the service was exceptional. The young waitress was brilliant.

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sureshs
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere and lovely food. Celebrated my birthday here and would really recommend it.

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ND345
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience3

More social distancing restrictions would be great to see.

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SteveN
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to this Ivy before. It is always great, the food is of a very high standard and the service is excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We were pleased that the atmosphere was still mostly as it always was pre COVID. We were surprised to be given menus which were used by others. We have found that most places use disposable menus or QR CODES. The choice was as good as ever. The waiter was very attentive. We are used to being given glasses etc and then left to serve our own wine which involves less possible contamination. The bottle of hand sanitiser on the table was a good idea, as was the cleaning of tables and chairs between guests. All is all we enjoyed our celebration and will return.

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SaraG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team made our experience very memorable and gave us fantastic service. The food was amazing and enjoyed by all! Would definitely recommend.

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MA123
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and really friendly staff. We were celebrating a birthday and the staff really went the extra mile. We’ve been a few times now and will definitely be coming again.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , great atmosphere

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HelenM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always great food, excellent service and really nice atmosphere. Would definitely recommend.

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Coffcake
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the Ivy, the atmosphere was great, the staff were very pleasant and the food was amazing. I would definitely recommend the Ivy on the square to all my friends visiting Edinburgh.

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GillC
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have great dining experience at The Ivy! Food and service is first class and the cocktails are amazing.

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HeatherZ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit and it did not disappoint. Great food, great service and great evening celebrating our anniversary.

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RobertD
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good, the service was excellent, the covid measures were discreet but appropriate, the drink prices were only to be expected but overall an enjoyable evening out. The courses felt a bit rushed but sadly that is par for the course these days when restaurants are keen to have as many sittings as possible.

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CarenM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening, great food and made to feel very special by staff.

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RobertA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely place but the food is over priced and service charge added without any customer consent.

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CaitlinM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food and amazing service !

Only thing was we weren’t carrying cash and didn’t have the option to leave tip on the card machine which we were disappointed about

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LisaM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ivy is such a lovely place would def recommend. Food is amazing

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karens
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food not as expensive as I though it would be. Will definitely go again

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DeborahH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service, attentive but not over bearing. Food delicious

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JamieN
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, fantastic food. Best meal I have had ever probably! The waitress who served us and other waiters were fantastic. So quick!!

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EmmaA
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a brilliant evening in The Ivy on the Square! Perfect table, food amazing and service top notch! Can not wait to return!!

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SteveB
Manchester
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Nice restaurant, food was ok, server wasn’t the most friendly!

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ANNS
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always food was fantastic, as were the cocktails and great friendly service too. Mum and I loved our Ivy experience. Thank you

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The Ivy on the Square is rated 4.5 stars by 4523 OpenTable diners.

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