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

Excellent customer service and attentiveness. Relaxed atmosphere. Would recommend

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

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

LP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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.

AK
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Lack of the usual service I have experienced at The Ivy. Staff were not very accommodating. Had booked a table for 2 people for afternoon tea. Upon arrival asked if 2 more could join us and they refused on the basis they were fully booked. There were at least two empty tables for our duration there.
Our table was not cleared when we finished eating. And we were made to feel like we were putting them out when we wanted our leftovers (that we were clearly paying for) bagged up to take away. Mainly because I’ve item was in a pot. And they didn’t want to give the pot away. That’s fine. Surely they have plastic containers. Table next to us were super loud as well. Didn’t enjoy the experience at all. Birmingham and Cheltenham are much better.

M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Excellent service, good food. Busy and quite loud. Not inexpensive but fair for city centre. Enjoyable meal and waitress was excellent.

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

Lovely restaurant, love the ambience and the staff and food are really good!

A
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have visited several Ivy restaurants over the last year but the Edinburgh restaurant was the best so far. First class service and first class food. It was a great place to eat.

SH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was do impressed with the ivy
The food is absolute divine
And the service absolutely outstanding
I can’t wait to return

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

The service from Sam was fantastic, she really helped make the day special. The food was delicious (I recommend the pumpkin tortellini!!) And there was a complimentary dessert as we were celebrating. It was a little pricey but definitely worth the cost for a wonderful evening!

JM
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fabulous restaurant- great food, service, ambience and location

H
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Prices far too high. Food good, portions small to very small.

Over fussy filling up of glasses

Took a while for Bill to arrive

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

A great find, good service, good food, a very good experience

GM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service, excellent food and very knowledgeable staff. Overall cannot recommend enough, will definitely be back.

S
Inverness
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was lovely apart from my partners poached eggs being slightly over done.

BC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So relaxed and friendly attentive staff and first class service so quick and efficient made you feel special

T
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Minute steak was drowned in a thin peppercorn sauce, not quite up to the standard of the last one I had at the Birmingham Ivy. Apple dessert was however very good and the service was also excellent. Overpriced for what I received on this particular occasion. Perhaps an off day in the kitchen?

BB
Angus
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed our first visit to The Ivy on the Square. The wide-ranging menu offers something for most tastes (and appetites) and the food was very enjoyable. If we had any criticism, it would simply be that the tables are too close together for comfort and the subtle, evening lighting was a little too subtle for all of our group, who had to juggle the menu to catch better light. We weren't the only ones with this problem- the man at the table adjacent to us used the torch on his phone when reading the menu. In spite of those reservations, we plan to return.

j
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Bill was wrong but was amended immediately when pointed out.

RJ
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely setting and attentative waiter, shame about the head waiter who appeared abrupt and ignored us when we arrived

S
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I regularly visit The Ivy around the country. It has been mine and my partner’s favourite restaurant since we found it. The Edinburgh Ivy was my least favourite, I didn’t like the table and mentioned this to the maitre d’. Food and service as always, outstanding.

ST
22 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had been to The Ivy before, including in other locations. We thought the food was actually better this time. There is a great 'suit all' menu. It is not Michelin. The Ivy is an upmarket brasserie with very friendly service and a great, sociable ambience, and is beautifully fitted out without being too formal. We sat upstairs this time with a wonderful view of St Andrews Square. It is and impressive establishment, perfect for special sociable occasions. It does what it says on the tin!

CQ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn't fault anything from my experience in this establishment. Keep up the excellent service and the staff need to be commended on their professionalism.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and meal.

SR
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My friend and I had a wonderful Afternoon Tea and it was excellent value for money. The service was great and the quality of food was superb. They even surprised me with a mini cake with a candle in it for my birthday and a chocolate saying happy birthday on it! (Like I needed more cake!!)
I would definitely recommend this place for quality and value for money.

SP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting for a great meal. Staff were really helpful and the food was great. Only thing I would say is on the day the music was quite loud adding a distraction to conversation. Thanks very much

R
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our table was on the lower level close to the bar. Very buzzy atmosphere and great fir people watching. Waiter very pleasant and welcoming. Food very good and nicely presented. A great lively restaurant to dives a Saturday evening at.

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

Lovely meal great service.
Thank you.
Susie Tannahill

JH
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was very good but the food was terrible. 3 of our party ordered sirloin steaks and they were over cooked, tasteless and cold. The side orders were also cold. The manager did rectify and offered us other steaks and deducted 2 steaks from the bill but it was not a great first impression. I’d have expected that charging £24.95 for a sirloin steak they would be able to cook it properly. You also get no sides or vegetables with it and have to pay extra for these. I’m afraid my expectations high and I was really disappointed, we won’t be back.

MD
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

. Underwhelmed in 1st visit, enjoyed 2nd visit but the 3rd visit was outstanding in every way from service to food.

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

Enjoyed my afternoon late lunch, especially the cocktail

JM
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I took my 12 year old niece for a special treat. The restaurant was beautiful; the staff were really helpful and attentive but in a balanced way. We felt looked after but not overwhelmed. Our waitress for the day was lovely. We really enjoyed our food; especially the Chocolate Bombe dessert. Well worth a visit and I will definitely visit again.

s
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service , felt not rushed out
Lovely atmosphere

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