The Ivy on the Square

4.6
5252 reviews
£26 to £40
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.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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NewhavenResident
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and decor, highly recommend for any occasion

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Sujata
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Lady at front door was very rude. Lovely restaurant inside however food was a major let down. Prices were very high for poor quality food. The latte was lovely though. I would only come back for tea/coffee & dessert

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GordonM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice way to have breakfast on a Sunday morning. Very civilised and in current covid world, felt like a little bit of normal. Thank you, thoroughly enjoyed it!

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OpenTable Diner
Angus
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for breakfast as we loved having lunch here a couple month ago. Great variety or breakfast options, it was so hard to pick!...

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ScottH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Maybe it's all just a little too strange to be eating out during the current climate, never mind eating out at somewhere like The Ivy.
We tried to enjoy ourselves, then realized we were trying and failing. The staff are great and were all trying too, okay maybe just a little too hard. The food was fine, but reads better on the menu, than it tastes off the plate - never a good thing.
It's all 'nice' but you don't go to to a restaurant like the Ivy, to pay prices like you pay at The Ivy, for it to be 'nice'.
Maybe, it's meant for the tourists on a one-off visit, rather than locals seeking a regular destination. If it's not, then it should change the approach, as this local won't be planning a trip back anytime soon.

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DelphineE
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant in a lovely location. Complimented by a great menu and fantastic service.

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NicoleD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, the staff were very attentive and soo nice and willing to go above and beyond. I will defiantly be coming back. The food was amazing too will great portion sizes and the taste was delicious.

Even despite the no alcohol restrictions the mocktails were lush, it almost felt the same.

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ElizC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Everything was brilliant and the staff were lovely but maybe a bit too attentive at times - I think we were checked on at least 5 times during our meal! Everything else was brilliant.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant breakfast

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leem
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great lunch ,, felt very safe , staff lovely great food

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vipShirleyB
London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal as always service exceptional under the current restrictions

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MollyM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were very impressed with The Ivy on the Square
all Covid 19 policy and practices were adhered to at a high level and the staff were friendly and attentive .The food was very good with a wide variety of choice we were 1 vegetarian who was very Impressed and one of our party suggested that her meat dish was a little over cooked, the kitchen replaced her whole meal with no qualms ,an apology and a smile !

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JollyJ
London
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I ordered the fish cakes and whatever the flavours in the pea and herb puree, they didn't work. Plus I had an upset stomach when I got home, but appreciate that might have been totally unrelated. The service and ambiance was, as always, great.

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KennethA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to a number of ‘Ivy’ restaurants in London and Bristol but the service at the Edinburgh version was beyond expectations. We came in contact with at least 8 members of staff and in each case their customer service was superb. We were there for a very special occasion and the staff here made it extra special. Well done!

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LindaR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Well worth the money. Temperature taken before being shown to our table.

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GaynorT
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a special treat with my eldest son and enjoyed every bite. I had crispy duck salad and he had yellow fin tuna carpaccio for starter then I have blackened cod and he had monkfish and prawn curry for mains. All were absolutely delicious. the service was excellent and it is lockdown here so there were no alcoholic drinks available but they do have a very good selection of mock-tails that meant we could toast the special occasion.

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VickyS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant during strange times. The food was very good if on the small side. Both fillet steak and halloumi salad were delicious. The service was excellent. It was a shame we couldn’t get a glass of champagne as we were celebrating our anniversary but these are strange times!

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ArleneM
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our 1st time at The Ivy, and it was excellent. Lunch was fantastic, food was so lovely, we can't fault it.

The only non-plus point we had, was that it was a bit chilly where we were sitting, but otherwise fabulous. Waiters were amazing and nothing was any trouble. Will definitely be back! Thank you!

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AmyA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The venue and the service was excellent. The food was good value for money.

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SusanneS
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A delicious lunchtime celebration for my daughters birthday
All staff were attentive and wearing masks our table was appropriately distanced from others.
A nice touch at the end of the meal when the birthday girl received a cake and candle, no singing of course!

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CaroleH
London
15 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely breakfast welcoming staff

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AnnaS
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Excellent service and the atmosphere but the food wasn't what you pay for, the steak we've ordered wasn't cooked well but we didn't have time to complain as had limited amount of time for lunch, the bill was quite high but it wasn't worth it

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SimonH
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely experience as usual. Food and service was excellent.

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AndyL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering the restrictions that are in place we had a wonderful meal and experience at the ivy, food was fantastic and service brilliant will definitely be back after lockdown

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LeanneK
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch service was great all Covid regulation met and felt safe

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AndyH
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

2nd visit to this beautiful restaurant and it never disappoints. Staff are amazing and the food great.
Would go back numerous times.

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EllenM
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I celebrated our engagement with dinner at the Ivy and it was amazing. The service and food were incredible and our waiter even bought us a wee treat to congratulate us on our engagement!

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KamilM
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place in Edinburgh , good food and really nice people working in this place

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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AlisterC
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked The Ivy for lunch to celebrate my wife's birthday. The staff were very friendly and efficient. Although the restaurant was very busy, the service was first class.
There was an excellent selection on the menu and the quality of the food was superb.
We were most impressed with the standard of cleanliness in the restaurant. As soon as people vacated their table, the staff removed the table cloth, thoroughly wiped the table and the chairs and put on a clean tablecloth. Will definitely return.

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MichelleW
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service there is amazing! Our waiter was so welcoming and took great care of us over lunch.

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EmmaN
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent as has always been my experience at the Ivy. Happened to be at a bit of an odd table this time. Staff walking past all the time. Asked to move but no other table available. Other than that, was a lovely lunch.

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Julie
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked this restaurant for breakfast and it didnt disappoint. We had our temperature took at the door then took to the table all well spaced out with hand sanitiser at the table so all very COVID safe. The drinks came very promptly followed by the food which was lovely, well presented and tasted. Nothing was to much trouble. Highly recommended

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NicolaW
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting for my daughters birthday breakfast! Staff most helpful,, food delicious would definitely recommend.

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GraceE
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Lovely vibe with amazing food and service. Loved it

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HAROLDF
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had requested a round table but when we entered the restaurant we were advised it was not possible – this was unfortunate. It seems round tables are only offered to parties of two or four?

However, we enjoyed the afternoon and particularly liked the food, service & atmosphere all of which were very good - we’ll come again.

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HLScotland
Edinburgh
8 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great meal, excellent service and good ambiance even without wine and music. Great buzz and will definitely return. 👍😊

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GG07
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really lovely birthday lunch. Food was excellent, service was very good. Atmosphere not quite the usual buzz but was still a lovely dining experience.

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AmandaW
London
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

Loved the vegan menu and our waiter was very attentive also

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Pauwed
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really lovely setting the staff were attentive and friendly.
Food was all first class everyone enjoyed their dishes.
Would definitely return and would recommend.

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The Ivy on the Square is rated 4.6 stars by 5252 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.