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The Ivy on the Square, Edinburgh, SCT

The Ivy on the Square

4.5
4.5
10137 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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 195 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

What 10,137 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

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  • Edinburgh

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    18 reviews

    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined today

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Standards dropped dirty glasses left on table in between courses toilets filthy food cold won’t be back again
  2. PW

    PatrickW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Felt very let down we were looking forward to our night out
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Leinster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All very good Only thing was that we felt it was a bit noisy. When the restaurant is full of people who are all talking and having a good time, do they really need to play music so loud to try and block out the noise? Everything
  4. TM

    TMack

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, lovely atmosphere, efficient service, friendly welcoming staff. Great meal thank you
  5. SL

    SimonL

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Anniversary meal - staff were very attentive and food was good - salt and pepper squid was brilliant.
  6. TP

    TraceyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The first time we had been to the ivy, the food was excellent and the restaurant was in a good location
  7. D

    Debs

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food well seasoned lots of flavours nicely presented lots of attentive staff good atmosphere in ding area highly recommend
  8. E

    Elaine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food and excellent service. We arrived early (our fault, we had the time wrong) but it was no hassle despite being busy, we were quickly settled at the bar and a table found as quickly as possible. Food was lovely, delicious fillet steaks and a special dessert for my husbands birthday which wasn’t at all expected. Highly recommend.
  9. ML

    MarkL

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service and really nice ambiance.
  10. H

    Heffalump

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff made you feel welcome and the table service was excellent. Wonderful location and staff. Food was wonderful and the waiter that served us should of been at the fringe! Great character.
  11. FA

    FraserA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Solid performance all round. Nice place to sit. Food goos but not mind-blowing. Quite loud with a couple of tables on the prosecco early doors. Would certainly return.
  12. AB

    A2Be

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    There was a hair strand in the food. The waiter had attitude when the case was presented to him. They could do far better than this.
  13. LA

    LAURAP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Really nice setting and decor, server was a bit green but nice, most of the food was great , one of the steaks had a very burnt acrid taste (cooked medium rare) mentioned it to the server who didn’t say anything..good cocktails great wine
  14. JB

    JodieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful venue and lovely staff. Thank you for being amazing hosts and helping us celebrate my sisters hen do :) will be back it back in Edinburgh!
  15. J

    James

    Glasgow

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience1
    Some of the food was cold , it was very noisy , service was slow , maybe that’s why the food was cold. Overall expensive for what you get would no go back. Table service person jacket was stained and grubby. Not what you would expect from a seemingly top notch establishment
  16. D

    Dally

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, excellent choice, well staffed and very friendly and efficient.
  17. R

    Ronnie

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Luckily we had plenty of time before our show - which is just as well as the starters took one hour to arrive. Had to ask for drinks but once the ball started rolling everything was great! The food was exceptional
  18. PB

    PaulB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Waited for menu for deserts so gave up paid for meal and left.
  19. MG

    MauriceG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Our server, Demitris, was absolutely outstanding on the day. He couldn’t have been more helpful, friendly, attentive and affable. Actual delivery of food was a bit on the slow side as others also commented.
  20. CO

    CaroleO

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fave place to have lunch with friends, good atmosphere without blaring music
  21. OT

    OkayTC

    London

    88 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    88 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    An ideal place to meet a friend for lunch on my day trip to Edinburgh as close to a few bars and the train station. The menu offers something for everyone and we enjoyed all the dishes we ate. Service was very good and we did not feel rushed - good atmosphere if music a little too loud for background. The damage £180 for 2 - we each had 2 courses, a glass of champagne and a reasonable bottle on New Zealand Sauvignon. We would happily go again.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and top service.
  23. IZ

    IZZIE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Set lunch was the best choice I have ever had and was delicious
  24. ES

    EileenS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience1
    Tables far, far, too close together, overcrowded. So much so the lady next to us had coffee spilt all over her due to waiter squeezing in between. Food was ok fish was not filleted full of bones. Chicken dish ok but was not breast as I had asked for.
  25. FM

    FionaM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Had lunch with my daughter for her birthday, lovely environment, good food, attentive waiters, service was slow but in such a nice environment who would want to be rushed
  26. W

    Wendy

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Lovely food but very slow service. Waited 1 hour after ordering breakfast before food arrived
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just great
  28. LM

    LizM

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food which was fairly priced but the wine was definitely overpriced. Service was prompt and friendly.
  29. SR

    SharonR

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food love Goats Cheese tart starter. The flat steak sauce was excellent. No room for dessert. Best chunky chips ever
  30. AA

    AAnderson

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Batter on fish was uncooked and plates were cold. Disappointing overall.
  31. JG

    JaneG

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service second to none, server very attentive. Drinks pricey but you expect that. Will visit again soon
  32. GE

    GailE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb as per with The Ivy Excellent customer care and service I am always happy to pay a bit more for an experience here and at the end of the day it’s not over the top for prices. Lovely staff and everything pristine, even the toilets smell beautiful! We always visit when exploring Edinburgh and have never had any issues
  33. CR

    ChristinaR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Service was ok, had a nice table upstairs, starter was good, mains, I had Monkfish and prawn was very tasty, but very little monkfish and a lot of sweet potato, my husband had fish and chips, had it have been my meal I would have sent it back, the batter was thicker than the fish and was very soggy, when we mentioned it to the waiter he was very dismissive, even though he had eaten very little of the batter, his reasoning was the hot fish was placed on a hot plate and that's why the batter was soggy
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As ever ; excellent
  35. F

    Furzeybear

    Glasgow

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Liked that we were seated upstairs as a bit quieter and nicer surroundings.
  36. GG

    GreenwichGranny

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our first visit back to the Ivy Edinburgh this year.
  37. EC

    EmmaC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food and fantastic staff! Would thoroughly recommend.
  38. C

    Cazza

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The Ivy is central and convenient for public transport. Plenty of staff but it took ages for one of the drinks to come (group of three) - apologies were made by the waiter. Food/ drink very nice - expensive for what you get but tasty. Had to ask for bill three times.
  39. Z

    Zandra55

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Lemon sole was overcooked. Salt bread was fabulous. Lobster linguine was dry and disappointing with very little lobster. Looked like the food had been sitting under hot lights. Overall the restaurant is lovely, the serving staff excellent. Food okayish but I would not be tempted to go back.
  40. CB

    CharlesB

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place food was unbelievable we had 3 courses and every course was superb we had a couple of fantastic Gins and will absolutely be going back

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The Ivy on the Square is rated 4.5 stars by 10137 OpenTable diners.

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Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 195 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

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