The Ivy on the Square

4.4
2517 reviews
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Good for a Date
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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N
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my second visit and I have been impressed on both occasions, particularly this time,as I feel that the food has improved. The service was impeccable and I did not feel I was being rushed. The only disadvantage is the noise level, which rendered conversation difficult as the restaurant filled up, however, old age and fading hearing was possibly a contributor factor.

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SP
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit and already looking forward to our next. A birthday breakfast that was a delight. Lovely welcome from attentive and very professional staff who care about the customer and their experience. Always smiling and personable. Food excellent French style within a relaxing but stylish setting. Highly recommend for casual dining or a special occasion.

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

Had a lovely meal at the ivy. Food and service was excellent could not fault it definitely would go back.

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

My first time at the Ivy, St Andrew Square and very much enjoyed the food, service and overall experience.

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

Food and service was brilliant, however the only downside was the table. It was right next to the servers area and was very cramped. Felt more like an after thought then a genuine table. Granted we booked the table 2-3hrs before we arrived but we saw ample tables that were empty and set but no one was there the entire time we were there. Would have changed the entire experience. despite this the food was sublime and the service was top notch!

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

Great food. Great staff. ! Would definitely go back

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CT
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely food, service was a little slow but people where very nice

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

The welcome area needs to be altered (too small and uninviting).

The service is normally good but on this occasion it wasn't up to scratch.

Our starters arrived before our drinks?

Poor show on this occasion but we will try again soon.

Thank you

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

Very nice lunch, not cheap but better than average quality. Only slightly marred by volume of music being too high.

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

Food was really good. Excellent service. Would happily visit again.

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

The food was definitely not worth the price. A bowl of crab linguine was £17.95 & the quality was not great. The server was attentive but not welcoming, friendly or polite. We didn’t have the option to not tip her as it was included which I thought was uncalled for as we were only a table of 2.

The peach Bellinis were good.

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

We had a wonderful breakfast/brunch a the Ivy. Food cooked perfectly, service was fab, staff were courteous and attentive and got the balance right with being aware without 'hovering. Decor nice and breakfast served with silver tea pots etc. Felt like a lovely treat.

There is a service charge included but we were happy to pay it as we had such a lovely experience.

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

Yes I would recommend this restaurant, service was good and the location is very central. However the food is overpriced for what it was, I had lobster which I didn’t enjoy as it was quite over cooked.

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SC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal not so keen on our table it was downstairs at the window we dare usually upstairs
It was a bit chilly but had a great night

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OT
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food wasn’t as good as our last visit but still tasty. We were seated at the round tables as you come in the door way and although they have a curtain up to help stop the cold air the freezing breeze each time someone entered or left still made its way towards us which wasn’t ideal. Other than that it’s a lovely restaurant

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OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

This was bookend for anniversary weeks in advance. Was looking forward to it after all the hype when it opened.... completely overpriced for less than average food!

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

Great food and efficient service set in a fantastic interior. Food was very well priced which was a nice surprise. Only negative is the noise levels are quite high so if you’re looking for a relaxing atmosphere this may not be the place for you. However, there was a good atmospheric energy overall and we enjoyed our experience.

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SR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, amazing food and great ambience. Would recommend to anyone lol Are already planning to go back for my mum's birthday. The scallops and then the blackened cod are fantastic - especially with chips with parmesan and truffle 🥰😍

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RH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

I just felt there was a real air of smugness about the place as if the staff looked down on paying customers - the impression I got sadly was the staff thought the customers should consider them lucky for being there. The mindset seems to be let the staff show off instead of be invisible and totally focus on giving the customer such a fantastic experience that they can’t wait to return

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NJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Love The Ivy but would like a few more vegetarian choices.

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

I got the meal for a birthday present. The whole thing was great. Really good service, the staff were lovely and helpful. We had a seat up stairs which was lovely looking out the windows. We decided we will be back.

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S
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

It was just like being in an upmarket canteen. Pretentious. Half of red wine list not available.
Staff felt rushed. Pretty impersonal.
Food average. No better than pub food.
Disappointing.

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BH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Evening celebrating daughters birthday , great night good food great service particularly from Bogdan who really looked after us .

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OT
Ayrshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent food and great price. Overall however noise level was too high to have an enjoyable conversation.

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PB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent early evening dinner for 2, service was perfect and food lovely, looking forward our next visit.

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s
London
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch - menu is good (although more choice of salads would be appreciated) but something for everyone. Service was prompt & efficient

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AW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Ok so we enjoyed ourselves but there are a few buts.... far too much salt on the zucchini nibbles, yes I know they us to order more drinks but these were verging on inedible! The chips too were very salty and for the price of the steaks, which were very tasty, I think they should have been included. The restaurant was quiet so the ambience was not wonderful and again given the prices the table should have been bigger as we had to constantlyshift every thing around!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and atmosphere. Also loved the food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a joint birthday lunch . The restaurant surprised us with a complimentary dessert

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AM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a lovely meal at the Ivy. The service was excellent and the food delicious.

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LM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful meal for my daughters birthday. Staff were helpful and discrete when dealing with a member of our table who required assistance due to a leg injury.

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AR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reminds me of the service I received at the Ivy Covent Garden.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Ivy was a surprise. I’ve walked by it several times but have never been in. It was a great Sunday evening meal with a friend. The cocktails and food were good. The duck salad was delicious and a standout of the entire meal

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SL
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab food, beautifully presented, great service. Would highly recommend.

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LM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and great food for a lazy Sunday lunch. Would highly recommend

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was very good but we were really disappointed with the service. We were 30mins late in being allocated our table. When we did move from the bar to the table, the waiter explained that he would put our bottle of wine over in the wine cooler, but left my husband with an empty glass. He then didn’t bring my husband’s sauce for his steak, and at the end of our meal, we asked him twice if he could book a taxi for us - he didn’t. In the end, we went to the front desk ourselves and ended up standing at the front door waiting for around 20mins, still no taxi (even though 2 had come for other customers in the meantime). We ended up having to walk back to our hotel in the freezing cold, which really wasn’t a pleasant end to what we had expected to be a lovely evening.

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J
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the experience busy vibrant restaurant, starters excellent, my cod was over cooked , but the rest of the table throughly enjoyed . Sweets were great loved the theatre of the ice cream bomb and salted caramel sauce .
Cocktails brilliant

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M
Stuttgart Area
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening at the Ivy in Edinburgh. The food was amazing and the service was outstanding. We love to come back every time we are in Edinburgh and we highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys great food in a chic but also relaxed atmosphere.

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AH
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food; especially the Stilton salad starter - incredible! And that’s from someone who’s not a salad person!! Great service and atmosphere too! Thank you

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RK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Amazing experience will definitely be back

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