Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Edinburgh/Midlothian
  4. Edinburgh
  5. Old Town
The Ivy on the Square, Edinburgh, SCT

The Ivy on the Square

4.6
4.6
9394 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British

Located in the heart of Edinburgh, The Ivy on the Square is an all-day British brasserie serving modern British and international Ivy-inspired classics.

Make a booking

2 people

May 2022
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
19:00


Booked 141 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British, British, Breakfast

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 08:30–22:30 Fri, Sat 08:30–23:00 Sun 08:30–22:00

  • Phone number

    0131 526 4777

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Sean Burbidge

  • Area

    Old Town

  • Parking Details

    Nearest parking is situated at Edinburgh Waverley train station.

  • Public Transit

    Edinburgh Waverley station, 5 min walk from the station.

  • Additional

    Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, High Tea, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 9,394 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Most Booked

  • Edinburgh

    Most Booked

Sort by

Filters

  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had an amazing time today having a cream tea at The Ivy in Edinburgh. Particular shout out to Sara who was excellent and very attentive! Also the cream tea was definitely the best I've had and the Espresso Martini was AMAZING!

  2. SL

    SaraL

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Lovely venue with very friendly staff. Food quality was a disappointment and the food was pricey to its quality.

  3. MC

    MartynC

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great setting and fantastic decor. Food was amazing and service impeccable

  4. HC

    HarryC

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    The food I thought was expensive for what it was, around £15 for a fishcake on a bed of pea puree. Extra for sides I went for the Ivy chips, disappointing, overcooked with a number of them were hard. Having dined here in the past I was disappointed. Not a great choice on the set menu and the specials menu, which were also on the A La Carte menu so not really specials. For a midweek evening it was busy. The service though was very good and attentive. Suggest check the on line menus before booking.

  5. C

    Caza

    Liverpool

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This was our first visit to the Ivy, Edinburgh, and it was recommended to us by a friend. We were impressed with our greeting and immediate seating. Tables a little closer than expected, but didn’t effect our evening. We had two courses from The set menu and the food was excellent. The staff were excellent very focused and constantly attentive. We had booked our table in advance which I would highly recommend, as I’m sure all tables were occupied in our area. We were on holiday in Edinburgh , however we will certainly try one nearer home in Manchester.

  6. JH

    JamesH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Starters I must say we really enjoyed, came quick and excellent quality all round. Main courses took an age to arrive making us late for our next reservation and could not have been more different to the starters. Very underwhelmed by the mains, 1 had to be sent back as did not taste right at all. Also a branded lager for clientele to drink should be offered, not everyone wants to drink craft/fruity ales/lagers.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    Lovely meal and catch up with friends very attentive waiting staff....

  8. MS

    MannyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful restaurant with great food. We enjoyed celebrating a family birthday and the service was exceptional. The duck was really my favorite! Thanks for making it special.

  9. BM

    BarbaraM

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very friendly staff, food was delicious and not too pricey.

  10. JG

    JenniferG

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely service , chilled ambience , delicious food

  11. h

    haroldw

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food1service5ambience3

    The gluton free curry was v/good. others were so/so. The chips were the worst chips that I have ever had in my life !!

  12. HS

    HelenS

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Service was excellent. Food was lovely As we were sitting near the bar it was not easy to have a conversation with our friends. Next time I go I will ask for a quieter area I am usually in a wheelchair but fortunately I decided to bring my crutches instead, there was not a lot of space to move around for a wheelchair.

  13. B

    Broony

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service2ambience4

    We came here for a birthday meal and overall had a lovely time. We had arancini and Haggis Bon bons to start. We enjoyed the arancini but The Haggis bon bons weren’t our favourite, we felt as if the sauce that came with them didn’t really pair well. We both went for steak for our main and they came out perfectly cooked. We were a little let down by the truffle chips we ordered as a side as we felt they weren’t that fresh. We were given a birthday plate at the end which was a lovely end to the meal and was really appreciated. Overall the only negatives I would say is our server didn’t really seem like he wanted to serve us but we still had a lovely meal.

  14. PA

    PATp

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great decor,friendly staff .very clean and tidy . Food was nice .

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Delighted with everything

  16. BH

    BenH

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and some lovely food on the menu, waiter was very attentive.

  17. WT

    WalidT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Great cocktails, mood and food choice. Definitely recommended :)

  18. DL

    DominiqueL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience2

    They are understaffed and kitchen cannot follow. We had to wait more than one hour to get some bread that we had to ask for. They offered us the bottle of wine in compensation but this doesn’t compensate the frustration. Food was ok. But they should limit the number of guests they accept in order to ensure a nicer hospitality. Our evening was ruined.

  19. RP

    RobertP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Was busy when we arrived, took more than half and hour before taking food order. Hence an hour and a quarter before first course served. Table staff good but would of could of been better if food served sooner. Quality of food excellent, cost not prohibitive. Overall good but could of been excellent if delay had been attended too. We found it very noisy due to both conversation of fellow customers but also due to background music which we found too loud.

  20. GB

    GillianB

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Really enjoyed our starters, the twice baked soufflé was very good. Burger was dry and bland really disappointing.

  21. GR

    GeoffreyR

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent service and ambiance. Good menu with individual touches, wide range of wines etc. Prices were slightly above average for us, but worth it.

  22. JT

    JanetT

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience2

    Staff very attentive when first arrived, but as it got busier they didn’t seem over bothered with you, left with empty plates on table for over 45 minutes when we had finished our meal before clearing them

  23. DF

    DawnF

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Ambience superb as was the food. Our waiter Andrea De Luc was excellent and really friendly and patient. Definitely will visit again when back in Edinburgh

  24. MJ

    MaryJ

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Tables are to close together. Waiters struggle between the tables. At one point when I turned I had the waiters bottom literally in my face. Not enough room on the table for all the afternoon tea plates,cups etc. Service and waiters very pleasant. Not a lot of atmosphere.

  25. S

    Scotslass

    Yorkshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful service and very nice and courteous staff Food outstanding!

  26. K

    Kazza

    Edinburgh

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Very enjoyable lunch. Service and food were very good

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Definitely fine dining. It can be expensive but worth it. Can’t wait to return and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone looking for somewhere to eat in. BLACK BEE HONEY AND WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE was la bella.

  28. SR

    SharonR

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic service & food was very tasty Went the extra mile by providing a lovely birthday treat also

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    The Ivy in Glasgow’s food was much better . We ordered the same entry’s in both places .

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience4

    Service was excellent very busy restaurant food was great

  31. PB

    PeterB

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food4service2ambience5

    Great atmosphere, nice menu and super attentive waiter. But issues with serving dishes at different times for our group of 6 people, some of the food being cold and still charging for an extra dish when it had been reheated. Then when correcting the bill (without any issues) selling the correction as doing us a favor. A shame on an otherwise really nice evening out

  32. ER

    ERL123

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wide ranging menu with delicious options, served in a beautifully colorful setting with great energy and excellent service (thank you Kevin!)

  33. DM

    DonM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, pleasing service. Food was piping hot and tasty.

  34. EF

    EvelynF

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Our first visit to the Ivy and it was for the cream tea - this is the smaller afternoon offering and nothing is large/ grand as the afternoon tea. The room is delightful and we enjoyed a corner with views on both sides. It was busy and the noise was unfortunate but of course that made it lively too. Staff were attentive but not overly so and we had a top up of our tea choices. The food was just right - beautifully presented and delicious small warmed scones with jam, cream and sliced strawberries. It was just enough for us. I'd go again and highly recommend.

  35. A

    Al01

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely Sunday brunch. Attentive service. Highly recommend

  36. ER

    ElizabethR

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Although we enjoyed the food, it was expensive for what it was. Being stuck in a corner meant that we didn’t experience the atmosphere in the restaurant.

  37. LR

    LisanneR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    The food was ok but I think I expected the quality to be better than it was given the restaurant’s reputation. The team serving was lovely and very attentive. It was a nice restaurant and it was good for Sunday brunch.

  38. A

    Allison

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a lovely family brunch at The Ivy, can’t recommend it highly enough. Thank you to the wonderful staff who were so attentive and kind.

  39. JP

    JayneP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Bit of a wait to get in. Lots of walk in’s causing a queue. Once inside the receptionist apologised for our wait. Taken to our table and asked if would like a pot of tea to warm us up, very much appreciated. Orders taken promptly by a lovely friendly waitress and our food was served to us within a acceptable time frame. Our breakfasts was beautifully presented and was delicious. Throughly enjoy our visit.

  40. AA

    AngelaAndJared

    Memphis

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our favorite restaurant while visiting Edinburg! The cheese soufflé starter was the best thing I’ve ever had!

FAQs

The Ivy on the Square is rated 4.6 stars by 9394 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

May 2022
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
19:00


Booked 141 times today
Google Map for The Ivy on the Square

6 St. Andrew Square Edinburgh, SCT EH2 2BD

Additional information

  • Area

    Old Town

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 08:30–22:30 Fri, Sat 08:30–23:00 Sun 08:30–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British, British, Breakfast

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Nearest parking is situated at Edinburgh Waverley train station.

  • Public Transit

    Edinburgh Waverley station, 5 min walk from the station.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Sean Burbidge

  • Additional

    Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, High Tea, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Copyright © 2022 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo