The Ivy on the Square

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£26 to £40
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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 4298 People Are Saying
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SusanH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening - the food was amazing and the service excellent.

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LesleyC
Glasgow
5 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, excellent service and the premises were attractive and spotless!

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MB200363
Aberdeen
3 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First visit to the Ivy
Service and food was excellent.
Waiters were so helpful explaining the menu.
We will certainly return.
Recommended 100%

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Abby
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for an early dinner with friends - very tasty food and great service. Would recommend!

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PamW
Angus
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From Service? Food? Atmosphere? The place to go! Thank you Team Ivy.

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SenzeniM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I had a lovely time at the ivy, we will be visiting it sometime soon.

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Cec243
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment of entering the service was exceptional. The food did not disappoint. It is on the higher end of the price scale but as the saying goes ‘ you get what you pay for’.
Would definitely revisit.

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ClaireK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attended The Ivy on the square for the first time to celebrate my birthday and I loved the experience from start to finish! I have told everyone about it since and to get book as soon as they can

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LewisT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely evening meal. The girl on the door greeting us had a face on though, very aloof! But everyone else was fine.

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NikiM
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Lovely setting food was nice only problem was bones in my fish cakes which put me off a little

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Paddylostkl
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely afternoon spent with convivial company with service that is nicely in the background serving high quality food in a sedate manner. Highly recommended.

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JosephineS
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As wonderful as our last visit .
Food very good & service excellent.
Been to a few The Ivy in various cities and this is still our favourite.

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Kaybee
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very relaxing atmosphere, good food and excellent service.

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ValW
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent although when paying £30 for a fillet steak I woul have expected vegetables with it. Paying extras for both vegetables added a further £8 to the main course. We were squeezed into a table close to the font door which was draughty and cold. The restraunt was very noisy. The final bill included a cover charge of £16 which I thought was excessive for two people. If I am honest I like to have a choice about whether I want to add gratuities. I would have expected it if there were six or more people. Overall I enjoyed the food but have to be honest and say that it was not really worth the £143 we had to pay.

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Vicky
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a special birthday meal with friends. As ever the Ivy didn’t disappoint. Service was attentive, food gorgeous and the atmosphere was just what we needed

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LouiseS
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, fantastic food and service. Look forward to dining there again.

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NicolaE
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive waiter, the food was delicious & the prices competitive, thank you!

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GilliesK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A perfect place to spend a morning, with the excellent cooking and friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, lovely table. Excellent experience! Booked for next week too.

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Shonz
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m sure we had the best table in the restaurant! 1st floor window corner - brilliant! Staff really friendly and helpful. There but not on top of you. Food exceeded my expectations. Highly recommend goats cheese salad and sweet potato curry. Will definitely be back and recommend to family and friends.

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Mikeegcam123
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From walking in the door to leaving we just loved the whole experience . Can’t wait to return

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JackieS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service as well as great food. It was my Mum’s first visit & an early treat for Mother’s Day. She is in her 80’s & loves the whole experience. We were very well looked after.
Always consistently great every visit.

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JaneG
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A delightful lunch had by all the service was excellent the vegetables were too al dente or wilted not good and I had a side of rice and the portion was tiny but as always you don’t complain as we were all having a good time .The main was good and the service was excellent from the entrance to the exit

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KaileyP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I’ve been here a few times now and it’s a lovely place but putting a service charge on is just a bit cheeky. It should be up to customer to decide if they want to leave a tip or if any

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LisaH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic visit. The staff were really friendly and attentive. Food was amazing

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MartinC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, no hassle great service and great setting

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Myself and my Partner made a booking here after much debating where to eat, and we don’t regret it one bit. We had a fantastic table, were looked after by the staff from the moment we walked in, and we’re treated to a fantastically placed table for 2 on the ground floor. The ambience was made even more fantastic by a group of ladies dining in 1920’s dress, who possibly fit into the restaurant more than anyone else! While clearly busy we never waited long for either drinks or food and at the end of the meal a manager came by to ask if we were happy with our meal which we were! It would be nice to be able to choose your own service charge, but it was well deserved on the night.

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HayleyC
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Beautiful restaurant and great service for the first five minutes then sat without drinks and waited an hour for our main . Fish and chips nice but the cheese burger was similar than a fast food place ... not a £19 burger. Real shame when we’d look firearms to it.

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WendyG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten at The Ivy in London and Winchester and was looking forward to trying out Edinburgh’s restaurant - we had a great lunch the food, service and atmosphere were all excellent- would definitely recommend.

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MrsO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, welcoming and attentive staff and a great 'buzz' to the atmosphere. Food options to suit all dietary requirements. The food was fresh, delicious and we'll presented.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

50th Birthday Special occasion
Very disappointed

We arrived at 9.00pm for a 9.30pm four people reservation
No space / room at the bar or seating area prior to meal
We were asked to leave and return at 9.30pm

Returned at 9.30pm and were seated at bar until our table was made available at 9.52pm
Seated and offering meal after 10.00pm

Food was very very average / poor
Mashed potato was purée and ran off the spoon and the waiter said lots of people had complained and took the potato from the bill
And agreed it was not acceptable

We had four fillet Stark’s and we needed to request the sauces we ordered which arrived approximately 10 minutes after the steak which started to go cold ? No explanation or excuse ?

This was a very special 50th birthday occasion which was ruined by a very bad experience

When the table was booked the 50th birthday was mentioned and the receptionist was made aware and kindly offered a.Birthday cake and a special occasion to remember

The Ivy definitely gave us an occasion to remember but the occasion is best forgotten

Very disappointing experience

Mr Gale

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LindaM
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A delicious meal with great service and a warm welcome.

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FrankD
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would certainly come again when we next visit Edinburgh.

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MichaelG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Really enjoyed a family meal at the Ivy. The highlight was the great service which is increasingly difficult to find and worth paying a little extra. It is a lovely dining room and the food was uniformly great without being spectacular. Only downside was the loud music. We couldn't hear the waiters or speak to anyone other than those directly beside us. The whole restaurant seemed to be shouting to compensate. Creating a buzzy atmosphere is one thing but this a notch too much especially as the place was packed. We asked if it could be turned down (waiter agreeing it was too loud) and it did go down a little bit but I am sure crept up again through the evening.

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MatthewR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The service was terrible, this is the third of the Ivy locations we have visited and the service at this one was terrible. In addition the quality of the deserts was poor. ☹️

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Ffull
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. service and atmosphere. Can’t wait to go back!

JB
JenB
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Very noisy, uncomfortable seating, ordered steak med-rare and came well done. Service was wonderful, staff really attentive

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Mariaw
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I reserved a table for a friend's anniversary a wk ago for an afternoon tea. I requested a table near the back of the restaurant as it was a special occasion . We arrived and was shown to a lovely table at the back as requested. The afternoon tea choices were great and delicious. The service from all staff were flawless. My only slight concern was the level of noise nearing the end of our visit as it was quite noisy at a bearable level. The music was turned up so people were speaking louder to be heard. We would definitely come back in the very near future. This has been my 3rd visit so far.

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CarolineW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food staff very attentive overall ambience very good. Thoroughly enjoyed time there. Will definitely be going back

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IslaA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Very cramped and food was average for prices. Wouldn’t come again