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The Ivy on the Square, Edinburgh, SCT

The Ivy on the Square

4.5
4.5
10156 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 194 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 10,156 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. LS

    LynneS

    Norfolk

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Terrible experience prawn cocktail starter was awful … Starters lost in kitchen waited over an hour. Was a birthday 65th meal totally ruined our night
  2. AR

    AldaR

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, as always and my favourite crispy duck salad was delicious!
  3. LP

    LloydP

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for our Wedding Anniversary, staff made it special for us and enjoyed a bit of banter. Everything arrived on time and tasted just wonderful.
  4. LG

    LewisG

    Manchester

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    We go for lunch most Mondays . We hadn’t been for 5 weeks . Regular staff have left and lots of new recruits . Nice people but still training . Service was very slow . Lunch took 2 hours 45 minutes . Took 3 Asks to get milk for tea . We will return in a few weeks and hope to see improvement .
  5. LG

    LindseyG

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Food quality not good given the cost. A very long wait for starter and mains to come. Waiter lovely but it appeared that the kitchen wasn’t coping.
  6. JR

    JojoR

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Disappointing experience - service was poor, food was nice but didn’t blow me away! Have eaten in the Glasgow Ivy on several occasions, it feels like a poor relation. It was supposed to be a special lunch too for our daughters 21st birthday. The staff were very nice and it was busy, but overall disappointing.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    18 reviews

    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

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

    tommys

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely meal for four, starters and mains were lovely and our chocolate bomb dessert outstanding. Staff very attentive throughout.
  9. D

    Donna

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and excellent food. We were running a bit late for our table but the staff were lovely and super friendly when we arrived. The table was as requested downstairs for my mum and they even brought a surprise birthday cake with a Candle at the end. Lovely surprise. Just beautiful from start to finish.
  10. SR

    SarahR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely food Great service Table upstairs is best place to sit due to ambience - light and airy.
  11. VA

    VALERIEg

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great value. Food always amazing. What’s not to like. Fantastic & caters for all dietary requirements
  12. HE

    HughE

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Missed breakfast but great choice for brunch. Great views over St Andrews Sq, as we had a table upstairs. Will be back for breakfast next time though.
  13. AM

    ApacheMal

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    Excellent setting and service from the staff. The breakfast was very poor though, Rick solid bacon and a ‘school dinner’ sausage. Glad I finally got to the Ivy, but I wouldn’t return for food.
  14. PW

    PatrickW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Leinster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days 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
  16. TM

    TMack

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    SimonL

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    TraceyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    Debs

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    AndrewJ

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The Ivy is a good place to meet people - not too noisy and service is very good. Do not be in a rush however. Pricing is as you would expect from a restaurant based in the city centre.
  21. E

    Elaine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days 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.
  22. ML

    MarkL

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    Heffalump

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days 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.
  24. FA

    FraserA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days 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.
  25. AB

    A2Be

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days 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.
  26. LA

    LAURAP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 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
  27. SS

    SharonS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a lovely restaurant. Would highly recommend. Food delicious, service excellent and servers very friendly and helpful. Would definitely visit again
  28. JB

    JodieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 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!
  29. MB

    MaryBerry

    Gloucestershire

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The food was tasty but unfortunately our food came out luke warm.
  30. MC

    MichaelC

    Edinburgh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great one course meal at The Ivy. We called to say we were running late due to yet another no-show Edinburgh bus. They moved things around so we could be accommodated and then we’re super efficient at smoothing our mealtime from arrival to exit. We both had the fish n chips, a simple enough dish but in the wrong hands it could be disappointing. The fish was great and accompanied by a generous helping of very good chips. Everything was on point, from the food to the excellent service from our waiter. The Ivy team turned what could have been a bit of a disaster into a very enjoyable experience. We will certainly be back.
  31. J

    James

    Glasgow

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 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
  32. D

    Dally

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    Ronnie

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 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
  34. PB

    PaulB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    MauriceG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 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.
  36. CO

    CaroleO

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    OkayTC

    London

    88 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    88 reviews

    Dined 4 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.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and top service.
  39. IZ

    IZZIE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    EileenS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 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.

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The Ivy on the Square is rated 4.5 stars by 10156 OpenTable diners.

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Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 194 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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