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The Ivy on the Square

4.3
1091 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 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British, Afternoon Tea
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Hours of Operation
Monday to Saturday: 8am - midnight
Sunday & Bank Holidays: 9am - 11pm
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Phone number
0131 526 4777
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Sean Burbidge
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Additional
Wheelchair Access
What 1091 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Had a lovely afternoon with friends, service was highlight, decor and ambience , lovely food, will be back

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

This is the second time we have been. Prawn cocktail NOT good and certainly not good value. Slow roast shoulder of lamb was good but not that special. Asparagus starter good. Shepherds pie excellent as was the two deserts, apple tart and panacotta with rhubarb. It is noisy but quite fun. Not a place to have a cosy chat as tables are close together. We do not live in Edinburgh but we are often there as a close relative still lives there. We enjoy going to restaurants mainly in London as we live near. The staff were helpful and efficient and I did mention that I did not feel prawn cocktail was good on leaving the restaurant. She said she would pass on the comments to the chef. Edinburgh is very lucky to have some excellent eateries and next time we are up we will probably try some of the others.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Loved the feel of the place. Loved the music. We were on the first floor with great view of St Andrew Square. Service was excellent as was the food.
Could possibly have been advised to order side dishes to go with our mains.
Excellent drinks menu.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Beautiful restaurant with excellent staff. Good was lovely and we'll presented. Cocktails were fabulous. Upstairs seating preferable, downstairs not as nice in my opinion.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

Was so looking forward to our dinner. table booked, arrived on time waited 10 mins in foyer, asked to go to bar, was told not allowed as sitting room only. Was left to wait in the cold drafty entrance, not good for a renowned chain.
The dinner was poor and expensive, fillet steak medium to well was rare, spoiled the night. My wife was delighted with her food.

be wary of 12.5 service charge, do not like this as i would prefer to leave a tip if justified. Would have to think twice about returning

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

We enjoyed a lovely meal on Saturday, the staff were amazing.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We booked this at the last minute and were really impressed with both service and food. Quite busy but with a good atmosphere

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We very much enjoyed our visit, but I can see from some reviews that we were lucky. Would certainly go back.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was great staff friendly .would be for a special occasion as thought quite expensive .only grumble I had was service charge was all ready added .Was leaving a tip anyway but apart from that would go back .small point limited choice off beer .

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

First time .... fantastic food and outstanding service...

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We chose The Ivy on the Square for Saturday lunch and were very impressed.
The food and service were both excellent and they also serve delicious cocktails.
We will be back!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Been waiting to book this resturant for months well worth the wait fabulous will definetly be back

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Really enjoyed our brunch. Service fantastic really relaxing.
With my husband and loved it. Been three times now and can’t wait to come back through from Glasgow again.
Service was great.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Lovely meal with friends. Great food and service was faultless. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Our overall experience was a positive one. However, right from the start I was aware of regular interruption of the staff to pick up the water container and automatically just keep filling glasses and an arm would just appear between us as we talked. Later, after visiting the toilet, I returned to the table to find that my wine glass had been cleared away. I would have preferred the chance to fill it again, not to mention the chance to make that decision, had I been asked. Whilst I know only too well that table service is important and is often the subject of criticism for being too slow, there has to be a happy medium. I think some actual conversation between table staff and customers might have prevented irritation. The food was very good though, so after all that’s been said, I would recommend it.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Fabulous evening with spot on service - can’t wait to go back

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Excellent all round, I am Coeliac and the waitress was very helpful. We had a lovely table at the window, which on a better day weather wise would’ve been great too!!!! We had three courses, drinks and coffee, could not find a fault with anything. Toilets were lovely too!!!

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2.0Dined on 12 April 2018

The staff were excellent, if I’m honest I was disappointed in the food, I ordered a steak from the set menu and it was minute steak about 1 cm thick , I was expecting a nice thick juicy steak, if I’d known it was going to be that thin I wouldn’t have ordered it . I heard really good things about the ivy , I felt it was expensive and very average

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4.0Dined on 12 April 2018

Service was impeccable. Environment very friendly. Great quality food.

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4.0Dined on 12 April 2018

First time we have been here. Came for an 18th birthday and we enjoyed the meal. Nice location with good views along Rose Street and St Andrew's Square. Ambience was good, not too busy but lively enough. Comfortable table except plant leaves sticking in hair was annoying. 3 out of the 4 meals served were deemed very good but I would say that my steak, egg and chips was disappointing. Deserts were very nice. Service friendly and efficient without being overbearing.
Would go back.

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5.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Great food and great service and very good value . The ambience was just right with a real buzz in the restaurant. Will be back for sure .

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5.0Dined on 10 April 2018

Fabulous atmosphere but normal background noise, so great for conversation.
Service was fabulous and always checking with each course that we have enjoyed.
Sign of a good restaurant!
Food was perfect ..
About time we have a quality restaurant in Edinburgh with amazing service, but quirky at the same time. Not stayed, The Ivy has got it right..
Have been 5 times now and each time as good as the other. One other thing that impressed me was the manners of the Staff impeccable!
My favourite place in Edinburgh now..
Can't wait till the next time.
Love the Decor..

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5.0Dined on 10 April 2018

We really enjoyed our trip. As our Meetup Group our visit went very well. Very helpful and we all enjoyed our food.

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5.0Dined on 10 April 2018

The perfect venue for a special occasion. Lovely atmosphere welcome with attentive service throughout. Superb food, have tried several dishes and always excellent. Will be back as soon as we find an excuse!

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5.0Dined on 10 April 2018

It was my first visit to the Ivy and it definitely won’t be the last. The staff were excellent, both attentive and helpful . The menu was interesting and appealing and the food was superb , interesting and delicious. The surroundings were attractive on a very cold and wet Edinburgh day and overall it was an excellent first experience.

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5.0Dined on 10 April 2018

The Steak Sandwich and French Dip...melts in your mouth...simply to die for...Delicious 😋

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5.0Dined on 9 April 2018

Absolutely gorgeous restaurant, lovely atmosphere, airy yet luxurious, pleasant staff and excellent food

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5.0Dined on 9 April 2018

Great new addition to Edinburgh, lovely food, cocktails & staff.

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5.0Dined on 9 April 2018

We all had an absolutely exceptional meal and hopefully return very soon

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5.0Dined on 9 April 2018

Super unfussy service but very good service. They seem be a very nice Bacardi and coke. Food was lovely. Good range of choice.
I have been two or three times and really enjoyed it.
I don’t feel there is a need to charge a 12.5% service charge as folks would leave a tip anyway.

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4.0Dined on 8 April 2018

Nice restaurant in a nice location with great service
Afternoon Tea was very good

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4.0Dined on 8 April 2018

Staff were very helpful and friendly. We arrived at the resturant for brunch with cases as some of our party were flying home after brunch, staff kindly took the bags and issued tickets so we didn't have to sit surrounded by bags. Food was delicious and well served, staff were friendly and attentive. My friend had a veil on as it was her hen party so staff gave her salted caramels with a congratulations chocolate. Would highly recommend the Ivy, this is my first experience of the resturant chain and I would certainly return and like to try try others down the country.

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5.0Dined on 8 April 2018

Excellent location and wonderful food with really knowledgable and friendly staff. My guest, a vegan, did comment about the lack of choice for him but when mentioned to the receptionist, she did agree to pass on his comments.

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4.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Crispy duck starter gorgeous. Soggy fish skin on mains. Strawberry Sunday the best. Very friendly and helpful waiting staff. Nice decor. A bit noisy. Chips side was forgotten and by the time we had reminded them, the Main course was half way through.

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4.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Food was excellent, service ok. A good variety of dishes to choose from. It was very busy and i felt given its reputation that they should consider making more space between the tables to allow for a more individual experience.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Menu was different but really enjoyed the food on the Brunch menu.

Good atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Fabulous in every way - as always!

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1.0Dined on 6 April 2018

We were initially seated upstairs but asked to move because of the noise from the air conditioning. It was incredibly loud, like being on a very noisy aircraft. We were moved downstairs to a new table which was a bit cramped but at least slightly less noisy. However, it was still difficult to have a conversation due to the background noise in the restaurant. We found the service abrupt to say the least. Food was OK but nothing special. There are so many nicer places to eat in Edinburgh that are far better than the Ivy. I really don’t understand why it appears to be so popular, perhaps because of the name. We won’t be back.

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3.0Dined on 6 April 2018

The ambience and the service was excellent. The food was tasty but there was not much duck in my duck salad, or crab in my crab linguine, the apple tart was thin. The wine was grossly over-priced at £38 for a bottle of wine that costs £8 in the supermarkets.

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4.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Very nice location and staff great - menu quite limited and by 6pmon Friday the special fish was off as was the sea bass on the main menu which left very little fish options available

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