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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
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4.3

Overall rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasions (182)
Lunch (167)
Good for a Date (152)
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Good for Anniversaries (130)
Good for Birthdays (125)
People Watching (114)
Romance (100)
Brunch (99)
Fit for Foodies (93)
Creative Cuisine (80)
Business Meals (80)
Sunday Lunch (77)
Pre/post Theatre (75)
Casual (73)
Afternoon Tea (71)
Handcrafted Cocktails (61)
Hot Spot (60)
Comfort Food (55)
Fun (52)
Afternoon Coffee (51)
Group Bookings (49)
Scenic View (48)
Cosy (43)
Quiet Conversation (41)
Bar Seating (40)
Notable Wine List (38)
Authentic (35)
Worth the Drive (34)
Vibrant Bar Scene (30)
Seasonal (29)
Neighbourhood Gem (26)
Local Ingredients (25)
Quick Bite (19)
Healthy (17)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
Child Friendly (14)
Late-night Find (13)
Tasting Menu (11)
Outdoor Eating (9)
Disabled Access (7)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Great Beer (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Spicy (3)
Tapas (3)
Organic (2)
Vegan (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Very impressed , service excellent, food very good with a wide choice ...only complaint service was slow between starter & main but they spotted this & apologised before we could say anything ! And It didn’t spoil the night !

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

Food we very good and so was the ambience on the first floor upstairs. Would go back.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Delighted that the Ivy has opened in Edinburgh and embraced every aspect of their established excellence. Welcomed local and European excellent serving staff who provided an experience of the highest quality. The menu is something Edinburgh has lacked for many years - confidence in adding aspects of the best of European food to traditional recipes. The food was of the highest standards, service, linen table settings all reflected five star quality - but not at five star prices! Criticism? It's very hard to currently get a weekend table and sadly this review might encourage more diners - happy to live with that since will just book well ahead!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

When we told the driver our destination, he said very good choice sir. He was correct. We started with cocktails, several appetizers and wine, followed by more wine and a great tasting meal. We even had dessert, the "chocolate bomb" and it was very, very good. The service was friendly, but not familiar. Overall, a great place with great tasting meal. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Tasting Menu, People Watching, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic service and food for our sons Masters graduation celebration! So glad we booked here. The fact one of the party had a starter then another starter for main, and another member had a starter and side for a main course was not a problem! Only downside was the added service charge that we weren't aware of, but fantastic, shall return soon

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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 (Kent)·Dined 5 days ago

A first class meal where the food, staff and service were excellent. Informed staff who were friendly and efficient. a lovely evening out.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Great for Brunch, Spicy, Tasting Menu, Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Tapas, Casual, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Quick Bite
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·Dined 5 days ago

Overall a very good experience food and wine was excellent and the waitress Marta was very attentive to us . My only complaint is the service charge on the bill I only looked at the total payment and left a tip as which is normal in Scotland this is being to American. Service charge I can understand for large groups but 2 people

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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·Dined 5 days ago

In the words the the Strictly judge’FABULOUS’ wonderful food friendly efficient staff will definitely return the sooner the better

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Disabled Access
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·Dined 5 days ago

seriously great food, fab wine - superb attendance by our lovely waitress katarina x good atmosphere and super views - interesting artwork - all in all my friends and i had a fantastic surprise birthday lunch

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic, Healthy, Spicy, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined 6 days ago

Very good meal and efficient friendly service. We ate a la carte and there was a good choice of dishes. Table linen and napkins, good cutlery. Everything was presented very nicely. We didn't like the added 12.5% and that we were not asked if we agreed with that. But nonetheless we will be back because the food was delicious.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent, but discreet, service with lovely food. Thank you.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined 7 days ago

Just brilliant again.
As previously the team are first class, the food delicious and overall superb. Looking forward o our next visit.

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·Dined on 11 November 2017

My husband and I had a lovely meal at The Ivy on the Square. We had read reviews and some said small portions and the next said portions perfect! I would have to agree with the latter, of anything portions were generous. Food good quality and staff very attentive. We will be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 11 November 2017

Very popular place We were lucky and got an upstairs table. It is a bit quieter there.
My only gripe was the delay in taking our order. Otherwise the food was great and the service good. Not a gourmet dining place, just good honest grub. Wine is reasonably priced as well. I recommend you try it !

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 11 November 2017

Saturday 11th November reason for going my 13th anniversary, very impressed overall give 5 star, now I have been an realise that you can make it as expensive or inexpensive you want, can see me going more regularly.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Afternoon Tea, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Comfort Food, Fun, People Watching, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (London)·Dined on 11 November 2017

Excellent service, food and wine superb and very good value in a atmospheric restaurant.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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 (Glasgow)·Dined on 10 November 2017

Had a late lunch with a friend as a birthday treat. Food was delicious, service was great and the ambience was buzzy. A lovely experience. We will be back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 10 November 2017

Amazing food- just perfect, not overwhelming. I had a whole lobster which was cooked to perfection. My boyfriend had steak which was very nicely cooked. We had cocktails at the bar before sitting at the table which were very nice. Bartenders seemed to have extensive knowledge and skills making cocktails. We also enjoyed wine that complemented our dish really well. Dessert was ah-mazing.
Would totally recommend the chocolate bombe- it was an experience! Service definitely deserve 5 stars as well. Couldn’t be happier. A perfect place for a special birthday treat 😀

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Seasonal, Afternoon Tea
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 (Perthshire)·Dined on 9 November 2017

Excellent experience will definitely be back soon. Food, Service and Drinks all of a high standard.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on 9 November 2017

Great food, outstanding service. I would not hesitate to recommend The Ivy in Edinburgh.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Seasonal, People Watching, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 8 November 2017

Great location, lovely food and very attentive staff.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on 7 November 2017

A Wonderful experience from beginning to end. We dined on a Tuesday evening to celebrate a birthday and from the minute we were lead through the curtains to our table it felt like we were in a very special place. The restaurant was busy and you could feel there was a general excitement from fellow diners knowing they were in a soecial establishment with beautiful decor. There is so much to take in - stunning art decor details and perfect lighting. We were worried the food might not live up to expectations but everything ordered was superb from the apple & Stilton salad, to the blackened cod and then the apple tart - which had been decorated with a chocolate Happy Birthday sign - a lovely touch. All the staff were brilliant - very attentive without making if feel stuffy. We had a table upstairs which had great views. We both have been talking about what a fantastic time we had here and almost want to keep the Ivy to ourselves as I imagine it will be booked out - we want to go back again asap. It's our new favourite restaurant in Edinburgh. Well done The Ivy and thank you for choosing Edinburgh!

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 5 November 2017

I love The Ivy in London and have always wanted to take my daughter so I was a bit nervous about it not living up to my wonderful memories. But it did! Great to have it on our doorstep.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 5 November 2017

Outstanding dining experience - lovely ambience about the place and the staff, especially the male receptionist (Ronan) made us feel very welcome the moment we stepped inside. Will defo go back soon.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on 5 November 2017

Lovely restaurant, friendly & attentive staff, amazing food & cocktails. You can either have a reasonably priced afternoon out or if you are looking to indulge that is also very possible. Would highly recommend & will definitely be rebooking.

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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·Dined on 4 November 2017

My partner and I had a great date night at The Ivy. As soon as you slip through the heavy curtain at the front reception area you’re taken back by the grandeur of the place.
We had the liveliest French waitress who was always available should we need her. The food was delicious, our white wine was fabulous.
We can’t fault The Ivy, it will be a staple date night in the years ahead I’m sure

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 4 November 2017

I had a lovely meal on Saturday evening. Service was attentive although a bit fast to start with. We asked to have a break before dessert and this made the meal more leisurely and enjoyable. The food was delicious. We had the steak with chips and fried eggs. There were so many things to choose from. We also really enjoyed the theatricality of the chocolate bomb. Cocktails and coffee were lovely too. We will be back!

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on 4 November 2017

Delicious food and wine from a varied menu. The service is very good from polite and attentive staff.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Fun, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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·Dined on 4 November 2017

Brilliant service and superb food. The staff were very attentive and catered for all our needs. I would fully recommend the Ivy

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on 4 November 2017

Second visit for weekend brunch. Simply can’t fault the service or food, might seem slightly overpriced but it’s a city centre restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (London)·Dined on 3 November 2017

We came for a birthday and it was just fabulous. Great food, atmosphere and the staff were excellent.

Loved the fact only dinners were allowed access which meant it was not rammed at the bar, which is typical in central Edinburgh.

We had dinner and a few drinks at the bar before leaving. A great addition to Edinburgh....we will be back!

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined on 3 November 2017

First visit to to the restaurant and we had a great dining experience. The food was delicious and great value for money with the set meal menu a great option. The service was faultless, so friendly and attentive without pretention which can often be how restaurants of this caliber are perceived.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Comfort Food, Cozy, Fun
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 3 November 2017

After having dinner at the Ivy in London I had high expectations and it did not disappoint. Looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on 3 November 2017

Great food and service. Would rather that the service charge had not been added to the bill but left to the bill payers discretion.

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on 3 November 2017

Visited twice in one day whilst having a Christmas shopping day. It was perfect! Staff great and food heavenly, so tasty and good! They couldn't make me a piña colada but maybe next time? Caught the train home by the skin of our teeth thanks to super fast checkout by staff when I looked at the time and realised we had been there far too long...sprint to Waverley! Worth it though, will be back again. Thank you The Ivy.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Fun, Afternoon Tea, Casual, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 3 November 2017

This is my second visit to the Ivy.
The food,wine service and atmosphere are 1st class.

Great theatre and great fun!!

Would highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 2 November 2017

Nice looking place, food was fine, but will have to go back and try again

Tags: Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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·Dined on 2 November 2017

we really enjoyed our leisurely lunch at the Ivy on the Square, so much so we are ready to go back anytime soon! It was also reasonable, at 16.50 for two courses (all we could manage!), or 21.50 for three The place itself is gorgeous and waiting staff all extremely polite and helpful.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Casual, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on 2 November 2017

Had a great lunch at The Ivy. Delicious food, great choice on menu. Wine & Cocktails were lovely. Staff and service were excellent. 5 stars!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Healthy, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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·Dined on 2 November 2017

My daughter and I wanted to have lunch somewhere special to celebrate her birthday and her recent graduation. The staff were friendly and attentive especially our waitress Ursula. The sun was streaming through the window and a blind was lowered without asking. The food was exceptional, finishing with the chocolate bomb pudding, which was very theatrically presented. All in all a wonderful experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Vegan, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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