The Ivy on the Square

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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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YS
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Was left slightly disappointed. Service was decidedly slow, took a long time from ordering initial drinks to then ordering food. When I did order food, around 5 mins after ordering I was then told there was no fillet steak remaining. Meal was excellent, enjoyed the food in the end despite not getting my first choice. However to make matters worse, the bill was wrong and we were quoted approx £30 less than the actual amount. The bill then had to be re-printed, adding further delay.

SC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for girl friends Sunday afternoon get together!

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

Enjoyed sunday bruch with friends, everyone enjoyed wonderful food and those with dietary requirements said the food was fantastic.

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

Few little snags. Wrong drinks brought to the table but quickly sorted out. Cup was dirty, again speedily exchanged. Water was splashed on the table whilst server was pouring. Inspite of these snags the service was of a good standard.

JH
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from a first rate team at The Ivy on the Square Edinburgh! Fabulous food, company and ambience .

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

Excellent experience. Service outstanding. Food all good. Wine very good but disappointing that no Sauvignon Blanc on a Saturday night. Will be back.

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

Food and service were fantastic - please ensure the staff keep up the good work!!!!

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

Excellent overall. Food was delicious and service second to none. Would highly recommend.

CM
Edinburgh
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambience. Lovely meal with good service. Will be back.

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

Atmosphere great, attentive service, all food just right and with just something a little bit different to classic dishes

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

The Afternoon tea was absolutely fantastic. Great place

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

Amazing interior, amazing staff, amazing food & cocktails! We had the best time ever!

W
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pre Theatre treat for my mother's birthday. Lovely place, great service and good food!

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

Beautiful food, but not a great selection of deserts.

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

I checked out this place with a friend. We thought this place would be amazing, but the overall experience was average. I’ll explain this in details.

The food:
My friend and I really liked the fried zucchini, seared scallops and chocolate bombe. The smoked salmon, haggis, fish cake, lamb rump were ok but not amazing, and the quality did not match the price. We had some strong issues with the apple tart, because it has an excessively strong taste of alcohol and we did not expect that from a dessert.

The service:
The servers seemed polite, but they were not very attentive to our requests. My friend is not good with alcohol so only I ordered a glass of Prosecco. Instead, the server brought two glasses of Prosecco for both me and my friend. We did not want to be rude and point out the mistake but it was quite frustrating that the server messed up our order.

The environment:
The place looked neat and they had good furnishings. The only issue was the baby on the table next to us was screaming loudly. To be fair, we did not expect the restaurant to kick out the baby, but they could have arranged the seatings a bit differently so that the baby would not affect everyone too much.

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

Beautiful setting and amazing food. Service was perfect 👌🏼

HH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely lunch with my daughter - no complaints at all - practically perfect 👌

MA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fab meal as usual it was my friends first time she was very impressed with the food and service we will be back

ES
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely relaxing lunch....my first visit to the Ivy. Excellent food and service in a lovely setting. Very enjoyable and staff very helpful with my garlic allergy. Staff were very patient with us when we took a very long time to even look at the menu. My old school friend and I hadn’t met up for over 45 years so we were too busy catching up😀

AM
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met an old friend and we had a small breakfast and stayed for a long time. The staff were wonderful. So courteous and friendly. They didn’t mind that they had set tables for lunch and we were still chatting after a long breakfast. They couldn’t have been nicer. What a lovely experience. I would definitely recommend to others. Thank you.

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

Great experience spoiled slightly by the soup being a bit too cool.

L
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We ate upstairs which was a bit cold and draughty. Service was very good. Food good. We enjoyed it

JD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A most enjoyable and relaxing experience and the meal lovely.

AD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I found a fish bone in my shepherds pie. The staff tried to pass it off as something else but after discussion we agreed a discount.

AM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful surroundings, lovely atmosphere, impeccable service from Alessio. Food outstanding. We loved it thank you!

RS
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely place to meet up with friends - very attentive staff

TC
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I reserved a table for the afternoon tea. I arrived earlier than my reservation but was promptly seated. The service was impeccable, swift and welcoming. I enjoyed my meal immensely.

PG
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, good choice of dishes on (lunch) menu. Great atmosphere and efficient staff and service.

JH
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing birthday dinner with my boyfriend at the Ivy. As a returning customer, I was impressed yet again by the excellent customer service! My boyfriend had ordered a dish that he didn’t like and asked for it to be packed away and subsequently ordered a different dish. We assumed we would just pay for both dishes but the manager had taken the original dish off the bill! The waiters are really attentive to details as well and just made our whole experience so memorable and wonderful! Best customer service I’ve experienced here in Edinburgh ! Thank you!

ED
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, but even better service. Had a wonderful time, the staff treated us very very well and we have enjoyed every moment of our visit. Would definitely come back and recommend.

MP
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food ! Exceptionally pleasant ambience ! Very good service ! Very pleasant experience. Will visit again very soon.

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

Lovely setting for a lunch time bite to eat, the food was lovely, the staff very attentive, will definitely come back

r
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a lovely time celebrating my daughter's birthday with family (7 of us). It's a cool space and they had a DJ playing downstairs which was fun, although it made hearing conversation quite strained, particularly as we were upstairs and the noise was coming up from the ground floor too.

Our main waiter was very good but there were several "black jacket" types, hanging around chatting and not being very attentive.

I had scallops to start which were delicious, and then the minute steak with chunky chips and creamed spinach. I asked for the steak to be served pink which it wasn't but it was so thin, I understand this is difficult to achieve. Chips were lovely and spinach in dire need of seasoning.

Husband had fish curry which he said was excellent - very flavoursome. the smoked salmon looked great, the prawn cocktail looked fab, fishcake looked nice too.

All in all it was a lovely afternoon. A couple of small things precluded it from being top notch, but we would go back and I would have no problem recommending it.

JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service was friendly and efficient.

RO
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just had a great Saturday early evening meal. Service was faultless - loved the food and great building. Great place.

KH
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant . We booked to celebrate my son’s exam results and he picked the venue. Wonderful food and service. Lovely table upstairs with a view over St Andrews square. Couldn’t have been better.

IR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab meal with great service. The restaurant was busy but service but prompt and attentive. We felt very looked after - thanks to Maddie. Food was delicious as was the wine. It is pricey but worth it for a good meal out.

FR
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my Husband and I’s first visit to The Ivy and also our first time in Edinburgh. We were celebrating 10 years together and we chose The Ivy as we thought it would be a little more special than eating elsewhere. We definitely were not disappointed, the restaurant is amazing and the food was lovely! Our waiter even brought out a little happy anniversary dessert which added a special touch to our meal.

JK
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Initially we were left alone for about 15 minutes before a chap came over and offered water, then there was another 10 minutes before a very nice woman came over and thereafter she was very attentive. Food was great, as expected, and in my daughters case the steak one of the very best she’s eaten!

IH
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Was a special occasion & unfortunately my partner has food intolerances , i had assured her the ivy would have a chef & would be able to accommodate , unfortunately there was no-one in the kitchen who could make a mushroom sauce or gravy for my partners Lame ( hollandaise out a jar was all that was offered!! ) , we were told all sauces are bought in & used from the tubs , Very sad to hear ,
A high end restaurant & no skilled chef , Wow - even i who am unskilled at cooking can make a sauce with a little mushroom , cream & stock lol .

Very disappointing , small restaurants with a chef have all been accommodating , first time we have been let Down badly putting a damper on the special meal 🙁

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