The Ivy on the Square

4.6
5276 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.
What 5276 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KarenS
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really beautiful food, nicely presented. Impeccable service from friendly staff. Would highly recommend.

LJ
LaurenJ
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous meal, great quick service. Lovely ambiance

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KarenH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, very professional staff, great food

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Pommy68
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, food delicious, will definitely be back.

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EvelynL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service in a lovely setting.We were very happy with our experience.

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NigelW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and excellent service. Great to find a restaurant that does not use the present covid crisis as an excuse for a poor customer experience.

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DavidC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Went for a birthday meal and the place radiated class!

LJ
LindaJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little treat for my mum. Food and service was very good.

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DavidG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent lunch - very friendly and attentive staff - only missing a Martini or two......hopefully soon!

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Gillian
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and a warm welcome from every single member of staff and there was an abundance of staff waiting to assist you. Food was delicious. Starters and deserts are a little pricey but it is lovely food and a really nice ambience.

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KarenS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Staff were lovely and work very hard to maintain a warm and happy atmosphere . Food was lovely . It’s just a pity we could not have a glass of wine ! No ones fault !

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Elaine
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our coffee and warm pastries - with three different jams to choose from.
The staff were lovely and very helpful. They were attentive and happy.
All Covid measures seem to be working well as we felt very comfortable. Thank you- we will be back.

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IleenS
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything you expect from The Ivy, anywhere. The service was particularly good......

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TomO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice place to meet, talk eat and drink, food is good although limited in choice.

Be aware that a service charge is included within the bill, nearly caught me out giving a tip on top.

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NicolaM
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and good and great atmosphere. The mocktails were lovely. The outside of the building is like a winter wonderland.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Leaving meal

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LindaC
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the Ivy for breakfast. A lovely table, excellent service and an acknowledgement of the occasion we were celebrating was first class. Thank you to all the staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service. All covid safety guidelines followed to the letter. The mocktails were delicious too.

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ElektraZ
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the Ivy, its everywhere and can always be relied on for a good meal in a glorious setting wherever you are. However the Edinburgh restaurant is one of the best. Meal was delicious, the tempura prawns and squid were perfectly cooked- so light and crispy. As always the sourdough bread is an irresistible piece of heaven. Staff were all lovely and friendly. Perfection!

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TonyD
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food; great service; excellent location. Highly recommended.

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Millie
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Love the decor and ambience here, staff are charming and the whole experience is a great treat. Avoid the lobster linguini though unless you like your pasta swimming in tomato sauce and no bread offered to mop it up.

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SylvAmy
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing walking thru winter wonderland to our table. Drinks and food ordered then served quickly. All tasted incredible - quinoa watermelon salad, broccoli tender & chunky chips. Perfect sized portions beautifully presented. Only downside - Lots of attentive waiters became slightly irritating throughout eating our food -being interrupted loads.
Amazing experience though. Definitely recommend highly!

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and made our birthday celebration so special

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StevenG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely meal . Excellent service . We will definitely be back .

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NewhavenResident
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and decor, highly recommend for any occasion

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Sujata
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
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 on 22 November 2020
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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Angus
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
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 on 21 November 2020
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 on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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NicoleD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
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 on 21 November 2020
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 on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant breakfast

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leem
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipShirleyB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal as always service exceptional under the current restrictions

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MollyM
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
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 on 20 November 2020
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 on 20 November 2020
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 on 20 November 2020
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 on 19 November 2020
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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The Ivy on the Square is rated 4.6 stars by 5276 OpenTable diners.

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