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The Ivy on the Square, Edinburgh, SCT

The Ivy on the Square

4.2
4.2
13245 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 130 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • 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

Experiences

  • Breakfast Set Menu

    £15.95 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Elevate your mornings with our £15.95 breakfast set menu. Begin your day with a choice of refreshing smoothies and a tempting selection of pastries to start, accompanied by The Ivy Breakfast featuring all the classics.
    Breakfast Set Menu photo
  • The Ivy On The Square Afternoon Tea

    £32.95 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Beautifully presented in a three-tied stand and served with your choice of tea or coffee, The Ivy Afternoon Tea includes an assortment of freshly baked scones with rich clotted cream and strawberry preserve, a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, and dainty cakes and tarts, crafted with the finest ingredients. *Prices are subject to change.
    The Ivy On The Square Afternoon Tea photo
  • £19.17 All-Day Set Menu

    £19.17 per person

    4 Jan - 8 Nov 2024
    Available Monday to Wednesday 11:30 to close and Thursday to Friday 11:30 to 6:30 pm. Elevate your dining experience with our £19.17 All-Day Set Menu. Embark on a culinary journey with our seasonal and classic dishes, and delight in two courses for £19.17 or three courses for £24.17 per person.
    £19.17 All-Day Set Menu photo

What 13,245 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseEnergetic

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  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Most Booked

  • Edinburgh

    Most Booked

13,245 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very welcoming, great service, food and setting. The Scent in the ladies loos is amazing!

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  2. TChappers

    Bedfordshire

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We were a party of 6 and had a table on the ground floor - be prepared to wait for food to arrive - 4 of our party were served and the others had to wait about 5 mins for their main meal and our sides

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lunch for husbands birthday, fabulous service and food outstanding.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful experience at the Ivy on the Square.

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  5. MarkE

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Saturday night dinner. Food and service was excellent with a great selection of dishes and wine to choose from.

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  6. AlisonJ

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good but service at times was slow especially drink service
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 2 days ago
    Hello Opentable Diner, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us this feedback. We will ensure these errors are not repeated.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall food was excellent, drinks were ok it champagne quite warm. Service atrocious!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Imaginative menu but also has classic dishes for less adventurous diners. Unobtrusive but efficient service.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 2 days ago
    Opentable Diner, thank you so much for the positive review!

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  9. KellyR

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience! Highly recommend asking for a table upstairs. The monkfish & prawn curry was amazing & the service was impeccable.

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  10. Nicnac

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Connor was very good and much better than previous experience of staff

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I booked the Ivy as it was my husband’s birthday,and we have been to the restaurant before and enjoyed it.Tables to close together.We could hear the two females on the next table conversations Also we could hear a drilling noise coming from below us After giving our drinks and food order to the waitress,we waited around 15 mins on our drinks which one of them wasn’t what we order,the waiter took the wrong one away,but never returned with the right drink The waitress noticed the waiter wasn’t returning with the other drink,so she went to the bar and brought it to us We thought the service was slow. I didn’t want to pay the service charge as I felt we didn’t really get one,but my husband didn’t want to make a fuss so he payed it

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Nottingham

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Extremely disappointing. Not what we were expecting. Staff very dour until it came to paying the bill. Service, food, ambiance not what we expected from such an iconic restaurant. They tried to add a £50 service charge to a bill of £128!! Would never visit again and couldn’t recommend

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    great atmosphere and good. drinks were also good but we had our appetisers before we got out drinks and they took about 45 mins to come
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 2 days ago
    Hello Opentable Diner, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us this feedback.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent birthday meal for my niece and her husband Food was delicious and service excellent
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 2 days ago
    We always strive to provide top quality service to every guest, and are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience here at The Ivy On The Square Edinburgh!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good but not great Edinburgh has other Restaurants that offer much more The Ivy for me is too pretentious a place to be seen.

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  16. JuneA

    Edinburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was our first visit and thoroughly enjoyed. Would definitely visit again and fully recommend.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 2 days ago
    Opentable Diner, we are very happy we could provide you with a positive experience!

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  17. WendyT

    Edinburgh

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had Champagne Afternoon Tea at the Ivy and it was lovely, just the right amount of savoury and sweet treats. Staff were very attentive and friendly.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great ambience but just a little noisy. Food is very good. Disappointingly two of the three desserts on the 1917 menu were unavailable.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 5 days ago
    Opentable diner, thank you for your review. We will ensure these errors are not repeated.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Angus

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Anticipation was high and whilst the afternoon tea was well presented, the scones were very poor and the tea was weak and tasteless. The sandwiches were lovely, as was the velvet cake. The glass of bubbly was very nice too. Although we were assured that the scones were freshly baked each day and were warmed up from the chiller, but perhaps a microwave was in the mix as the scone was hard and dry, like a two or three day old scone. The tea was served in a teapot, but was very weak and not piping hot. As I had taken along a friend, I didn't think it was appropriate to upset our day, so apart from commenting that the scones were not good, I left it at that. The ambience for afternoon tea was not to my taste, though perhaps at other Ivy establishments there is more of a "drawing room" atmosphere. I cannot comment on other meals served.

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  20. MichaelL

    St. Louis

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, good service, convenient location on the square
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on 13 May 2024
    Opentable Diner, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to The Ivy On The Square Edinburgh!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely meal at The Ivy on the Square yesterday. The food and service from waiting and reception staff was excellent.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on 13 May 2024
    Hi Opentable Diner, thank you for taking the time to leave a review for us at The Ivy On The Square Edinburgh. We're happy we could meet your expectations!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Sadly on this visit to the Ivy we were disappointed in the service, having to wait 25 minutes for drinks & then one was missing . Service was slow all evening & the waiter did keep leaning across other guests at the table to serve & clear away.

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  23. BobGee

    Edinburgh

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We arrived promptly for our 7.15 booking but it was at least 30 minutes before we were even asked for a drinks order and and after our wine was served, we had to ask again for a Diet Coke which was ordered when we sat down but did not appear until after our wine was served. We then had to ask another staff member if we could order our food and that was nearly an hour after we arrived. The food was good but the service was way below what we'd expect in The Ivy, having eaten there many times. We think the young servers were very inexperienced and an older man apologised for our wait but it was not a good experience. Might be a while before we're back.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We usually go to the Ivy down in London and we love it there . We went to the Ivy Edinburgh but were left a bit under whelmed by our food, the quality wasn’t up to the usual standard we were used to. Not sure we would rush back. Staff very friendly and attentive.

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  25. FionaJean

    Glasgow

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Took a point off because my husband ordered arancini balls as starter. He wanted chicken skewers and a side of truffle fries for his main, but received a different chicken dish by mistake. The waiter apologised for his mistake. The food was delicious and the service was fine, apart from the mistake I highlighted.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on 13 May 2024
    Hello Opentable Diner, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us this feedback.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Poor service- had to ask for water, napkins, added 12%service charge on top of VAT. Oily food.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated our anniversary lunching at The Ivy, it was fabulous. Excellent surroundings, service and food. We will be back.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on 13 May 2024
    Thanks again for the recommendation, and have an amazing day!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent dining experience at the Ivy. The staff could not have been more welcoming, engaging and genial. The food was delicious. Will certainly be back.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on 13 May 2024
    Opentable Diner, reviews like this give us motivation and help us ensure we provide high-quality care.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant with both excellent food and service. 10/10
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on 10 May 2024
    Opentable Diner, reviews like this give us motivation and help us ensure we provide high-quality care.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Inverness

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location, ambience, service and even better food.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on 10 May 2024
    Opentable Diner, thank you so much for the positive review!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food served by friendly, attentive and knowledgeable staff. Great surroundings. Thought wine was a bit on the pricey side. Will return
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on 10 May 2024
    Opentable Diner, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to The Ivy On The Square Edinburgh!

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  32. LoriH

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the atmosphere was very amazing. Our server was fantastic and very attentive.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on 13 May 2024
    Opentable Diner, we're so glad that we were able to go above and beyond your expectations!

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  33. DanM

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice meal Usman was excellent at table service
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 5 days ago
    Opentable Diner, thank you for your kind review; we are happy to pass along your comments to the team here at The Ivy On The Square Edinburgh! Usman will be delighted. Thank you:)

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Leicestershire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and service was excellent . Waiter was very attentive. Toilets disappointing (compared to ones in Brighton), not as nice as the rest of the restaurant. Highly recommend the truffle arancini balls….a truffle risotto would be a fab addition to the menu!
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on 10 May 2024
    Hello Opentable Diner, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us this feedback. All noted.

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  35. tome

    London

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food. Loved the May special paella type dish
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on 10 May 2024
    Opentable Diner, we are very happy we could provide you with a positive experience!

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  36. MarkD

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Great service, friendly staff and lovely food but the restaurant lacks the wow factor that other Ivy's I have visited at Winchester & Brighton.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food. Very beatiful restaurant in the city center, elegant surroundings. The Steak Tartar was brilliant, the same with the blackened cod. Squid and scallops as starters was also very good. Overall a very good experience!
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on 10 May 2024
    We always strive to provide top quality service to every guest, and are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience here at The Ivy On The Square Edinburgh!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Came here with my girlfriend for afternoon tea, and unfortunately though the food was good, the service definitely wasn't. We were seated almost immediately, and yet it took twenty minutes for anyone to take orders for drinks, and another five minutes to get water for the table. The first waiter was disinterested and hardly spoke a word, then disappeared across the room to attend to other diners instead. Another waiter brought drinks but didn't say a word and couldn't leave fast enough. The food didn't appear for almost an hour after being seated - despite the fact that a table who arrived at roughly the same time were served over twenty minutes earlier. When I queried this it was brushed off with 'the kitchen is busy' - and yet tables arriving later than we did were being served in good time. It was only once I decided to pay for drinks and leave to find somewhere with better service that surprisingly our food arrived - with yet another staff member. All in all a disappointing experience - and I can't help but wonder if it was like this as we were the only gay couple there. Wouldn't recommend.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    This was the first time we have had a bad experience at any Ivy Restaurant. Food was excellent as always. Service however was terrible/non existant. We had no idea who our server was and had to chase anyone who was passing about drinks etc. Very disappointing.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as usual Big fan of the vibe food and service 5 stars

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FAQs

The Ivy on the Square is rated 4.2 stars by 13245 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 130 times today
Experiences are available.
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
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • 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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