The Ivy on the Square

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2246 reviews
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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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Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great dinner here, good food and wonderful service.

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

Great location in heart of Edinburgh and perfectly located to get around and about. Service excellent and attentive. Good value though not cheap. Food very good and “Ivy typical” though my one comment is that the Edinburgh menus seemed very fish biased (diff to previous ones experienced?) which is not so good if you prefer meat.

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RH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience. I've been before but first time for my wife and she loved it. Food was excellent, service outstanding and atmosphere wonderful. If we had to be critical (it's hard to be) it would be the use of plastic straws vs paper or even no straw. That aside it was first class.

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SL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Anazing service food well oresented and cooked recommend to anyone

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

Really nice restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere. Our table wasn’t ready when we arrived so we were seated at the bar and given a a complimentary glass of fizz. Staff were very friendly and helpful. We had afternoon tea which was very nice - and filling! Would highly recommend

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d
Edinburgh
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Despite being very busy, the service was very good and attentive, and the food was excellent, tasty and fresh
Will be back in the future !

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FF
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Poor disability awareness. Staff inattentive at door - didn’t at first notice me struggling with crutches. Asked to take my coat at door but I needed to get crutches off so they just led me to our table and left me. Didn’t help me off with my coat or offer to hang it, so it was left on my chair. No offer of a drink while waiting for my friends, only the tap water. Had to summon a waiter to ask what the fish of the day and specials were. Long wait to order. We really had to actively seek out waiters. Usually staff look for opportunities to sell us more drinks but we gave up on our server showing any interest in us. After paying, the staff again disappeared, no help to get coat on. Thankfully nearby diner stood up and moved his chair, helped me get out of area, and I struggled again with the door on the way out. Food was nice but pricy for what it was and service well below par. Spent £138 on lunch so I think some attentiveness should be expected. They were very busy but they had plenty of staff . I don’t see us returning.

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

Had a special birthday lunch experience recently with friends. Everything was lovely including the chocolate birthday cake. Highly recommend for a girls lunch.

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PW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choice for Dry January treat - loads of fancy kinds of tea, juices and coolers. Fabulous all round.

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

An excellent meal to celebrate a birthday with friends. Good service, and very good food. My guests enjoyed their first visit to the Ivy and it was all in all a fun, laughter filled evening. The starters were all very good, though one guest felt he did not get many prawns in his prawn cocktail ( they took it off the bill without us even asking which demonstrates what a good place it is). Mains were excellent and we recommend the apple tart tarting and chocolate bombe.

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NW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Excellently cooked steak. Don’t like having to order sides at a very expensive extra cost.
Waiter was polite and efficient
Table at the end of the row, directly in front of the bar made it noisy from cocktail shakers and busy with traffic. Darkly lit made reading the menu difficult so I used the torch on my phone.

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

Drink had to be sent back, not as described on menu. Food was bland and overpriced

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JL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Treated my husband to his birthday meal. I have visited several times before, this was his first visit and he was not disappointed.The staff were very pleasant and attentive without being overbearing. The food was delicious. I mentioned it was his birthday and he got a Happy Birthday raspberry tart. A great dining experience.

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N
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are regulars to The Ivy and it never fails to impress in all areas. Special mention to our waitress, who was superb

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RD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I had a lovely breakfast at the Ivy, the service was great! The waiters were very friendly, made sure our needs were met at all times and had a down to Earth approach. There was a lot of nice small touches as well such as the napkin being folded when you left the table for when you come back.

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MM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at the Ivy are always very friendly and attentive which makes the visit well worth it. The food is excellent and I would recommend going there for breakfast as this is the only meal I’ve had there on the occasions that I’ve been.

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IP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to an Ivy other than the original, which is our favourite and a must visit for us when in London. We were pleased to find some of the usual favourites from the original Ivy’s menu. In particular, my favourite dessert of the iced berries was available. In London now on request. Our other dessert , chocolate done/bombed extremely good. Waiting staff very attentive.

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c
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was at the restaurant for a 50th birthday treat. First time of being there and it was a great experience. The staff were very attentive and the food was lovely. Also a couple of nice touches of being wished a happy birthday by our waiter and the little happy birthday chocolate on the dessert. Will definitely be back.

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A
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening at the Ivy.
The service was excellent from all the waiting staff, especially Maitre de who was efficient and welcoming, I wish I could remember his name however I do recall he came from Malaga Spain.
We had delicious food and the atmosphere was elegant yet cosy.
All in all a very special evening, thank you.

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d
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

we realise we had reached our allotted 2 hour time limit but felt we could have been offered somewhere else to sit and relax over drink or coffee rather than to be told twice (in matter of minutes) that our table was needed. Upstairs had no customers so we would have been happy to sit and enjoy remainder of night rather than have to find hotel. It was reasonably cold evening out and as our table was by large window did not feel it was comfortably warm.

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

Birthday gathering with a very tasty set lunch with a cocktail.

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JJ
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely lunch. Good menu choices, excellent service and great ambience.

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

Great food, service & ambiance. We loved our afternoon tea and will be back.

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r
Edinburgh
17 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We sat upstairs this time and enjoyed the view. Although there are many tables, a degree of intimacy is possible, especially in the booths in the centre of the room. As ever, the menu is so enticing I could work my way through it. This time we had the set lunch choices and the three of us enjoyed what we had very much indeed. The attention to detail in flavours and garnishes is outstanding and try as I might, I can never get past the white onion soup as a starter. Smooth and creamy, served with a bit of style. Try it.

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W
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is the second time I that been to The Ivy on the Square for lunch and again I have been very impressed. The food is delicious and the ambiance smart and comfortable. It’s a very very nice place to go for a meal without being outrageously expensive. I couldn’t recommend it more.

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RS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We had a very good meal. Unfortunately there was no sea bass which my guest was particularly looking forward to. Light also very poor for seeing the menu. Waiters too much in your face for no reason e.g. Folding napkins for no reason and taking away glasses too quickly. Apart from that a very good experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and service was excellent. There were 5 in our party and we all really enjoyed our meals. Would recommend and will return

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Daughters 18th, very special dinner for her! No Happy Birthday greeting, disappointing! No photos permitted, so no memory. Extremely overpriced.
Sorry.

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AD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I booked a table for lunch time and had a great dining experience from start to finish. The staff were friendly and attentive throughout, however we both felt slightly ignored after being given our main courses. We were evidently finished and had been for a while and our plates were not lifted for quite a while. However, this is such a minor thing due to the quality of the overall experience!
The food was delicious, the drinks - particularly the cocktails - were fab as well.
Will be returning for sure.

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AB
Aberdeen
5 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent meal at this very nice restaurant. Smart but but not too posh. Friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere, and very nice food. Good value for what you get.

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E
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food and drinks, and the service was great

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AJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food expensive when you have to add on veggies etc to your main meal. Wine list not that great.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Restaurant situated in a great position though we were unfortunately facing a wall. The food was average tasting and one of the main courses ordered Shepherds pie was the size of a starter. As you might of expected the alcohol was quite expensive. The waiter service was excellent and could not be faulted. We thought the food should have been better. We will try again if the menu changes.

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MK
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Although the food was very tasty, I could have done with a couple more prawns (there were two prawns in my prawn and monkfish curry) and a couple more small chunks of monkfish. I also consider 9.75 pounds for a gin a tonic to be well overpriced. Otherwise is was a good meal.

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j
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal service and ambience on 5th January. Have already highly recommend ed to friends and family

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J
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Beautiful afternoon tea in the most luxurious surroundings. Just what what was needed to celebrate a family members retirement.

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SN
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time. We had messed up the booking and had got our time wrong for afternoon tea. The lady who welcomed us Julia, spoke to her manager and sorted it for us which was above and beyond. It was very special, the service superb and the food fantastic, would recommend it.

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CR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Our waitress was unenthusiastic unengaged and uncommunicative. The duty manager was aloof and equally disconnected. We left 45 minutes after arriving while still awaiting our food.
We have previously enjoyed eating at London branches of The Ivy but this Edinburgh branch of the restaurant has a reputation for poor service, which from this experience appears to be entirely justified.

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RM
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our table was tucked behind a curtain and screen protecting the dining area from cold January draughts. Some draught was felt when the outside door opened but overall it was fine and there was a good view via giant glazing to St Andrew Square and the ice rink.
The menus have very small writing and the lighting level in this area was very low. We asked whether they supplied table torches as found elsewhere but none are provided so we used the torch on our mobile phones instead.
The food service , however , was very good and prompt with just the right amount of attention. the food was all of a very good standard apart from the portion of chips which were a tad burnt .
The cost of the chips was deducted from the bill with no resistance.
Aside from as mentioned above , the only issue I have is the London practice of adding 12.5% service charge to the bill. I would prefer not to be managed in this way.
Overall though a very good meal and we will return.

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V
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Went for afternoon tea for a friends birthday. Chicken rolls and fruit scones were delicious. Cucumber and salmon sandwiches were cold and bread not the freshest. Tasted as if they had been made for a while and sat in the fridge.

Service to a high standard. However on previous occasion my mum got birthday truffles.

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