The Ivy on the Square

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£26 to £40
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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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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Isle of Wight
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a last minute booking and we had no expectations aside from looking at the menu online and deciding that it catered well for our group (3 vegetarians, I pescatarian and one meat eater). The service was extremely good without being obtrusive. The food was thoroughly lovely, we all had something different and all enjoyed it very much. Next time we are in Edinburgh we will look forward to returning, and dressing up a bit more! All in all, a real treat of an evening.

KW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely time at the ivy table service was excellence nice treat for our girly weekend

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

As ever an excellent experience from being met at the door and shown to our seat ,through to leaving after a great meal.
Superb service from the waitress,sorry did not get her name,very knowledgeable on menu which is always appreciated.
Looking forward to our next visit

MB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

Well its certainly not like the london branch. Expensive poor quality food. The Salmon was very plain and the burger very dry. Just a burger not even a tomato on it!! Very sad and sorry looking in deed. I would skip the Ivy and head to just about any other restaurant in Edinburgh for a better meal.

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

Service was good. Food was nothing special. Cost is expensive when compared to the good quality. Have eaten in much better places for less money. Don’t like the added service charge on the bill. Tipping should be discretionary. We are not American.

BH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not fault the service from the staff - they could not do enough for you and I really liked how we were not rushed when we finished our meal. Instead we were left to enjoy our drinks and chat.
The food was stunning - I had the fish cake for main and the scallops to start, both delicious.
Noise level I marked as 3 however this is not a complaint - it was a busy Saturday afternoon and the chatter of other diners added to the vibe.
Will definitely be back!

MF
Perthshire
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have visited a few times and never been disappointed!

j
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food and Fabulous service, excellent venue to catch up with friends for lunch

LB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic first time experience at The Ivy. Service tremendous, food and drink fantastic. A lovely relaxing lunch with no pressure. Will be back for sure 😊

L
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such lovely staff and delicious food. Some of our party were running late due a delayed flight and they could not have been more understanding.

AG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent and the food was delicious, the restaurant had a lovely relaxed atmosphere, I will definitely return so I can try more of the menu selection

DP
London
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as ever. Menu changes seasonally and great service. Perfect Friday wind down.

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

Overcrowded and tables too close together. I felt like I was sitting on next table - hearing there conversations.

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

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal and drinks, our server was lovely and friendly. The only downside was that we were sat near front door and it was pretty draughty

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

Very overpriced for quality. Food was good but average. Out for a meal with the kids (2 of who are adults and one 12 year old). Bill wag £316. 4 people had 2 courses and 1 person had 3 courses. 4 people had 2 alcoholic drinks and the child had 2 glasses of juice. Steak was £29 + £3 sauce + £4 chips totalling £36. Steak was ok but had much better elsewhere for cheaper. Tuna steak comes in at £27. Service was excellent from food waiter but waited an age for drinks waiter. Overall enjoyed our evening but nothing exceptional for an exceptional price.

TB
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Waitress was fabulous very attentive caring and friendly and food was very good

LW
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service . The entrance / cloakroom is a little small and disorganised - especially on a rainy evening but otherwise an excellent experience .

LJ
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly welcome, perfect waiter! Even brought my guest a complimentary raspberry tartlet with a candle in it when he heard it was a birthday treat. A lovely touch!! Excellent pescatarian afternoon tea.

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

Lovely place to eat or for drinks.
Only complaint was that it was quite dark and service could have been quicker but I understand it was busy.
All food was lovely and would be back.

JH
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fabulous food,brilliant service ,second time there will be back.

RO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

had a meal here with my wife as a treat from my family for my 70th birthday. super meal and service - was even given a small pastry with a candle in it when the after dinner cocktails were brought to our table

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful place one may not even notice. Plush comfortable dining room and bar with a beer garden. Josh, our, waiter did an excellent job. My wife enjoyed the vegetarian cauliflower steak with a Moroccan Spice. I enjoyed the roast Cod w sausages and peppers. The chenin blanc by the glass was nice. Highly recommend.

C
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FABULOUS. CAN'T RECOMMEND ENOUGH. FOOD WAS TO DIE FOR AND SERVICE SECOND TO NONE. STAFF ARE WONDERFUL FROM FRONT DESK TO SERVERS.

S
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always

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

So good I’m going again on Friday with my sister. Excellent service. Food delicious and coffee great. Particularly enjoyed my second coffee which was complimentary.

P
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lekker eten, mooi kader, heerlijke wijn en super vriendelijk!

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B
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The ivy is an exceptional place to go I always have a great time when I'm there and the food and cocktails are outstanding

JM
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Nice place - but the food is very poor quality for the price charged.

RG
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent customer service and attentiveness. Relaxed atmosphere. Would recommend

FG
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food with excellent and informed service at dinner. Great ambience and will continue to visit

JM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable . Good food and good service . Perhaps the DJ not required as the background music a bit irritating but we would certainly go again .

H
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my friend’s birthday as a surprise brunch and asked for the staff to bring some Prosecco to the table on arrival which they did without even being prompted. They were really accommodating and even brought her a little cake and candle at the end which was a really nice extra touch. Service was great and we all really enjoyed the food. Will definitely visit again!

CR
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Heard so much about the Ivy but found it rather disappointing. The food was ok, but the service was patchy at best.

GH
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded our expectations, the manage went above and beyond for us. Food was excellent as was the service. Even a little cake as a surprise for my auntie.

e
Edinburgh
15 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here. Lovely meal, great service, great location. Very buzzy atmosphere. Will definitely be back and highly recommend.

BF
Liverpool
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with good portion size, great service and good atmosphere. Highly recommended.

LP
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food excellent. Fantastic location. Nice touch as complimentary dessert to celebrate our anniversary. Service was amazing.

KB
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and great service.

Beautiful decor and we were upgraded to a nice table as we were celebrating our Anniversary. Nice touch.

M
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

As usual, it was a very high standard and you never cease to impress, particularly re your exemplary staff and absolutely delicious menu, catering for vegans and vegetarians.
The only slight negative (but obviously outwith your control), was the very high level of noise but perhaps this is because on this occasion, we were upstairs where it seemed to be more amplified than usual so we required to almost have to shout at each other. Having said this, however, it gave us more privacy to talk and, after all, it was a busy Saturday night, a very happy background noise, full of laughter and innocent fun plus the other diners were merely out having a good time, so this is not really a complaint but only an observation. Thank you once again to you all. Rock on!

TR
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Didnt like the entry system, all a bit tight. Staff all nice. Table a bit tight for such an upmarket place. Service was very good. Food was OK but not particularly impressive.

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