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The Ivy on the Square, Edinburgh, SCT

The Ivy on the Square

4.2
4.2
13147 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 100 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 13,147 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
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseEnergetic

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  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Most Booked

  • Edinburgh

    Most Booked

13,147 Reviews
  1. NikkiR

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service to compliment an excellent meal at a reasonable price😊. Lovely ambience

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, atmosphere, service all wonderful. In particular, Ludo was most attentive, advised on menu choices & a thoroughly pleasant chap.

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  3. ChrisM

    Glasgow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice place and the food was generally good. A bit pricey, the steak was over-cooked and a service charge was automatically applied for a table of two which were the only bad points.

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  4. Janen

    Minneapolis

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Disappointed. I was there alone for afternoon tea. I had been to The Ivy London and had a lovely experience. This time, I was nearly ignored. Had to ask for my tea multiple times. When it finally arrived, it was the wrong tea. Person who first took my order never came back to the table. A kind young man, another server, had to finish up with me. He was so kind and none of it was his fault. Truly disappointed in an event I was eagerly anticipated.

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  5. LeeS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The place itself is amazing. We got a full Scottish breakfast but we didn’t get our sausage. The hostess was lovely but there was a bit of a snobby man that didn’t really want to seem to help you in anyway. Had a lovely experience, but I don’t think I would ever go back

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  6. MarkW

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service in the city centre. We will return

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was absolutely excellent and a lovely atmosphere thank you so much. 😊

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  8. VSG26

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good choice of food. Reasonably priced. Nice ambiance

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  9. LorrF

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely lunch to celebrate my husband's birthday. Service first class. Please pass on our thanks to all the staff.

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  10. Imagine

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Lovely place for an experience however very overpriced and having service charge of 12.5% added to the bill was quite shocking as some of us cannot afford to have these treats and I always leave a tip within my means of affordability I don’t deny a tip but having it added is just a little off putting of the whole experience of dining out. Fair enough if you have a table of 6 and up as I used to waitress and I know you work hard especially for the larger tables. Also why is an establishment such as Ivy not paying their staff a decent wage? Plus adding it to the bill so it is taken by the establishment and not directly to the person who is serving you I have experienced first hand large establishments pocketing this and staff not getting the tip they worked for. So won’t be back I am afraid even though was lovely this just puts me right off.

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  11. Edinburgher

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Very slow service and underwhelming breakfast. The pastries were supermarket/busget hote breakfast buffet standard and the main breakfast was fair. We’ve always enjoyed going to the Ivy but will not be returning for breakfast and would seriously reconsider going back for lunch or dinner.

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  12. AmyB

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Nothing like the Ivy in London. Second time being turned away at door despite tables being empty and booking available on website and on open table?

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I was given a voucher for my birthday and this is the reason I went for afternoon tea. The fact I had to pay extra for a 2nd cup of coffee was a bit much seeing as it was just shy of £100 for two for the food and 2 glasses of “champagne” No complaints about the service as the staff were attentive and service was pretty quick. We got 2 small sandwiches and one small roll each. 4 small scones with cream&jam, 2 red velvet cakes, two small chocolate mousse type cups and 2 profiteroles.

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  14. HazelM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu, lovely ambiance, excellent staff who left us alone but also made us feel special.
    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. KarenC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We enjoyed our visit to The Ivy on the Square. Good choice of food, attentive staff and efficient service. Lovely starters - I had cured ham and celariac salad, my partner had salmon fish cake, the mains were fine, shepherd’s pie came with extra gravy, I found my steak very salty as were the chips, this would be my only criticism. It was my birthday and a decorated profiterole with a happy birthday message came with the bill which was a nice touch

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Newcastle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service lovely restaurant menu a bit basic and for the price there are better places to eat .
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 2 days ago
    Hello Opentable Diner, thank you; we appreciate your feedback!

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  17. TheIvyFan

    London

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Early dinner prior to train journey so timing and length of service was great. Food was good standard and usual to Ivy presentation. Service was very good, Sean dealt with all our requirements well and was open to conversation as well as being attentive during dining. As I had mentioned it was a birthday, we were presented with a lovely mini dessert in celebration of this. All in all a great experience.
    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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  18. Fatshone

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, very nice surroundings and pleasant staff. Service a little slow, coffee a little cold!

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  19. EdwardG

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service and food were fantastic however, we felt a little rushed as we didn't get to finish are starter before the mains arrived. Other than that it was beautiful. The waiter serving us was very polite. The poor lad was rushed of his feet the entire time we were there.

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  20. CesarT

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good option for a meal, the set menu ots ok and will find fancy cocktails
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 3 days ago
    Opentable Diner, we're so glad that we were able to go above and beyond your expectations!

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  21. ElaineS

    Edinburgh

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I took my granddaughter to celebrate her 14th birthday. Our food choice was excellent and it was lovely that the restaurant recognised her birthday with a cake and candle. It was a nice touch and a lovely surprise! The downside is the service charge added to the bill for a table of two! I find it disappointing that a restaurant adds a service charge. I feel a service charge should be discretionary and decided by the customer not the restaurant. I do feel The Ivy should reconsider an obligatory service charge and allow the customer to decide on the merits of service.

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  22. ClaudiaG

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Très bon accueil, serveur très agréable, cadre magnifique et nos plats étaient très goûteux.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 3 days ago
    Opentable Diner, thank you so much for the positive review!

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  23. RitchardB

    New York City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Inflexible over the set menu, tried to charge us for something we didn’t have

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  24. Mazy

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good welcome, excellent table service, varied menu & extremely tasty food
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 3 days ago
    Opentable Diner, reviews like this give us motivation and help us ensure we provide high-quality care.

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  25. GFDiner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    This is the first time I've had a disappointing experience at The Ivy. There was no record of my notification that I was GF, despite the website promising that advance warning would help them accommodate special requirements. No GF charts as promised either. The wine didn't arrive until after my companion had finished their food! We were given the wrong dessert menus, so my choice was unavailable. When I got my dessert, the server went off to get the sauce but dealt with several other customers first. By the time she came back, my companion had finished eating. The food was great, the ambience lovely, but they really need to organise the service better.

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  26. fine2dine

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an afternoon tea for 3… wonderful selection of sandwiches, scone’s, cakes and tea. Very light and tasty and could take away anything we didn’t manage. Great service and wonderful ambiance. Would def recommend to anyone as it didn’t break the bank either.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 3 days ago
    Opentable Diner, thank you so much for the positive review!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    County Durham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I ordered the flat iron chicken mexican (not sure what it is in the menu) It was my least favourite dish from many visits to different Ivy settings. Some of the chicken looked undercooked.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 2 days ago
    Hello Opentable Diner, thank you; we appreciate your feedback!

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  28. GillJ

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, food, staff, the whole evening was excellent
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 6 days ago
    Opentable Diner, reviews like this give us motivation and help us ensure we provide high-quality care.

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  29. RussellM

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    At first they said they couldn’t add another person onto a table. But they did however there was empty tables the whole time we was there. But can’t fault the staff they made it happen. Well done Service was great. A small issue with drinks being served but we were not in a hurry.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 6 days ago
    Opentable Diner, thank you so much for the positive review!

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  30. Gemma

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Afternoon tea was delicious, sandwiches and cakes were delightful! The cocktails were fab too! However the service was slightly disappointing. We waited nearly 10 minutes to be asked if we would like some water and coffee/teas. When we told the waiter we would like to order a drink instead he told us this was fine and promptly walked away. It took us several attempts in the end to order a drink as he kept asking if we would like coffee and then not taking our drinks order. When we were half way through our afternoon tea the waiter then started clearing away some plates off the food stand. This felt unnecessary and was slightly awkward as he was moving plates, cups etc around on the table to make space for the plates that were left, he was also touching some of our food when he was trying to downsize the amount of plates we had. We felt his intentions were to help and to clear space but unfortunately it felt quite disruptive. We really enjoyed the food and drink though and hope this was a one off experience.

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  31. DieKleine

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were very good but the wait time was too long. We arrived at 6.45 and did not receive our starters until 7.45, then the mains at 8.15. A portion of chips was forgotten and by the time it arrived my son had finished his main. The chips were then added twice to our bill when I would have thought they should be complimentary in fact.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice setting and attentive staff along with great food.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on 5 April 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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  33. Melanie

    Bristol

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The venue and service are superb. All the staff are very friendly and the vibe is so relaxed and enjoyable. The food at lunch is a little disappointing but still worth a visit for the overall experience.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on 5 April 2024
    Hello Opentable Diner, thank you; we appreciate your feedback!

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  34. JulieW

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our whole experience at The Ivy. The food was delicious and the service on point. Would definitely recommend.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on 5 April 2024
    Opentable Diner, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to The Ivy On The Square Edinburgh!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Just had dinner at the Ivy in Edinburgh with family. Appalling service. We may as well have gone to Macdonalds for all the care we received. Rude disinterested and bored staff and no attention given to our experience. Given I paid close to 100 for two it was a joke. Giordano Mila served us and looked like he would have preferred to have been anywhere but at his place of work. I have had many fabulous meals at the glasgow and London ivy's. What a shame.

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  36. Steve

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We attended to have afternoon tea with a couple of friends to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We had been given vouchers for afternoon tea and used these for payment. There were a few issues. When redbush tea was requested we were informed that although it was normally available there was none available today and it could not be procured at short notice. At the end of the meal we were brought a single profiterole with chocolate and toffee sauce ostensibly because we were celebrating an anniversary. Given that we had already consumed our maximum of sweet things, and there were four of us, this was not particularly welcome. A beverage refill might have been better. At the end of the meal we were surprised to receive a bill for the service charge, assuming that it would have been included in the voucher price for the afternoon tea. I am sure that those who had given us the voucher would be disappointed to find that it was not included. The service received was adequate but not exceptional. Thankfully we were intending to leave a tip in any case, and this covered the charge. Perhaps I am being unreasonable but I expected more from such an apparently prestigious establishment.

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  37. AlineP

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the whole experience. Staff were so helpful and friendly. Food was good. My only concern was that it was a wee bit cooler than I like. But I’m a cold person!! We’ll be back!
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on 5 April 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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  38. PeterAM

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food good, staff very friendly and surroundings very nice. But - service was slow and hefty service charge was included without having any choice!
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on 4 April 2024
    Hello Opentable Diner, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us this feedback.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice quiet breakfast- very friendly and attentive staff. Food was lovely and the coffee perfect. Well done guys. Second cup option would have made it 5.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on 4 April 2024
    We sincerely thank you for the positive review, and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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  40. ClareM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Location, service, ambience and food all excellent. Busy and bustling yet friendly.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on 4 April 2024
    Opentable Diner, we are very happy we could provide you with a positive experience!

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FAQs

The Ivy on the Square is rated 4.2 stars by 13147 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 100 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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