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The Ivy on the Square, Edinburgh, SCT

The Ivy on the Square

4.5
4.5
9791 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

23:00


Booked 186 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 9,791 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

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  1. NI

    NICOLAS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Very slow service. Every course took ages including the puddings, at which point the restaurant was almost empty. Our wine sat on the side for 15 minutes and we had to remind the staff to serve it. It was hard to get attention in order to order, etc. Our waiter was excellent and hard working but perhaps was overworked. The food was delicious when it arrived. Altogether not as good an experience as it could have been and would not recommend for a group of 8 as we were.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  3. EJ

    ElaineJ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food4service3ambience3
    Not a good visit this time..Service charge applied was not justified reflecting our experience
  4. AJ

    AllanJ

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Front of house phoned beforehand to confirm ( yet email sent by them), called me whilst in car spoiling surprise for my wife's 50th birthday , then swore at end of tel, call which I heard , then during , waitress dropped glasses at side of me exploding at my feet, were she swears also ( i see a theme here), I prob would have 1 more tier of sandwiches than cakes, bit to much sweetness, otherwise fine , but would make me hesitate for rebooting...I expected more from this establishment
  5. KA

    KeziaA

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    Value of food not worth what the quality is. Has gone down hill the last few visits. Preference of steak cook was complete off and has been on previous visit. Don’t think I will be back.
  6. g

    gwlo1

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Overall we had an ok time to celebrate may grandma's 90th birthday. The only unfortunate and lasting memory is that the service was very slow. We were well over 3 hours for lunch which in my opinion is unacceptable and my grandma became increasingly uncomfortable and frustrated as she continually checked her watch toward the 2nd half of our lunch. It wasn't the worst meal ever, but I certainly wouldn't tout it as a top class restaurant with a superb level of service. Unfortunately I wouldn't recommend The Ivy to anyone else, but of course this might just have been a one off occasion.
  7. SJ

    SarahJ

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant , you get what you pay for the service is excellent and so is the food. It was My birthday and they brought out a birthday dessert for me for free Which was really nice of them .
  8. AD

    ADiner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The service was great. The food was fine but for many dishes to have vegetables, chips or rice or some sauces you have to add these as sides which are relatively expensive meaning it is more expensive than you might anticipate.
  9. SH

    SandraH

    Aberdeen

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely meal, service very good. Only negative was that we ordered the small chocolate truffles to have with our coffee and they never appeared. Coffee finished, ….. too late so didn’t say anything.
  10. AM

    AileenM

    Inverness

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Food good but service was not as good as normal. All our sides didn’t come together. Some came after we had finished despite asking where they were and that no point bringing them if we were finished. Also desert did not come up to expectations.
  11. CW

    ClaireW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food was nice, however portions are small and many of the main dishes do not come with sides. My son fell asleep as serine was quite slow, then out of all the meals his was forgotten therefore by the time it did arrive, he barely eat food that I paid for.
  12. L

    Laurrra

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I mentioned we were there celebrating my friends engagement to the front of house staff as she seated us at table and she organised a lovely desert plate as a surprise which was really thoughtful and above and beyond service. Gorgeous meal as usual in a beautiful surrounding.
  13. KB

    KarenB

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We enjoyed a very nice dinner at the Ivy. The service was excellent, the waitress gave an honest recommendation & we were very impressed with the value for money. They surprised my friend with a special birthday dessert & we left very happy. Will definitely be back.
  14. CC

    CoreyC

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, atmosphere and amazing food. Can't find a single fault, loved my time with the Ivy and my girlfriend loved the cocktails too
  15. CG

    CarlG

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From entry to leaving the service from the team and the recommendations where brilliant, food was outstanding and presented lovely, drinks including cocktails where beautiful
  16. CN

    CarolN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was lovely,but the music was so loud , I couldn't hear what my husband was saying. It's so unnecessary to have the music ramped up that high . Not very relaxing
  17. JB

    JoyceB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    1st visit and it didn’t disappoint will definitely be back.
  18. KM

    KirstyM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at the Ivy on the square. Service was excellent and food superb.
  19. LN

    LorraineN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining at The Ivy on the Square and it certainly won’t be our last We had a lovely day celebrating our wedding anniversary from start to finish The service, food, setting and value for money was first class All of the staff are a credit to the restaurant We’ll be back soon From Lorraine and Archie Newbigging
  20. LR

    LibbyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    lovely experience due to the fabulous staff, so friendly and professional ( hard to find these days) loved the decor and the food was delicious! cannot fault a thing. Will definitely return for sure.
  21. FL

    FLH1

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and friendly staff. My definite go to in Edinburgh.
  22. LH

    LouiseH

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    Service was incredibly slow. Missed a special occasion notification that was requested at booking.
  23. C

    Crawfy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Lovely restaurant and staff. Food was good when we eventually got it, waited 35 mins. The table next to ours waited even longer. They were still waiting when we left for their breakfast.
  24. EH

    EricH

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Everything was great except we had the table near the door and the cold was continually coming in as customers came and went
  25. D

    Dogsandcats3

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed it .. varied menu great service and space between tables . Quality of food very good with exception of the chips which were ok but not the best .. gins are very expensive but otherwise it's well worth a visit
  26. LR

    LizR

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Found the Ivy restaurant very busy ….good atmosphere…staff friendly & helpful…Service quick…food & wine really good 👍
  27. DS

    DawnS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This was for my friends birthday. The waiter was extremely tentative making sure the allergies be friend has were met. There was no rush for us to leave. The only negative was when there was a change of waiter we waited 20 minutes for the bill.
  28. SS

    SimoneS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Beautiful restaurant but very noisy. Waited 55 minutes for our starter of Luke warm soup, tasted beautiful but only warm/cold. Main was ok, nothing special and same for the dessert. I don’t think I will be rushing back.
  29. E

    Euanv

    London

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely celebration lunch
  30. DK

    DiamondK

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect lunch. Perfect service and staff made a fuss of my son who had just attended Hollyrood palace to receive his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. All asked him what we were celebrating. Friendly attentive staff (as always). A lovely lunch. Thank you x
  31. HM

    HeatherM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was excellent.Very attentive,without being intrusive.Food was very nice. Only comment was that wine is rather expensive Will be back.Probably for my 70th birthday in September to celebrate with friends.
  32. AB

    AilsaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Couldn’t fault a thing, staff lovely especially the young Italian girl. Food was amazing, desserts to die for. Toilets were clean and nice decor.
  33. I

    Isobel

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We went to the Ivy for brunch which was amazing. The food was amazing quality and good value for money, also loved the vibe to the restaurant
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was very mediocre and certainly overpriced We were sat in front of the bar which was where people and staff were walking up and down all of the time I have eaten at others and been very happy, hence booking here But sadly most disappointed Too polite to complain
  35. JB

    JohnB

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    3 course lunch - main course was disappointing Notwithstanding that - our visit was most enjoyable
  36. JD

    JaqD

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful celebration at The Ivy. The food was outstanding and we were pleasantly surprised by the vegetarian/vegan menu. There was lots to choose from not your token one thing on the menu that is the usual for most restaurants. So that was greatly appreciated. The wine was to die for, the decor was luxurious and Laurie who waited on us was the icing on the cake. She was remarkable, so friendly and interesting and definitely made our time at The Ivy more special. Thank you Laurie you made our day. We would both thoroughly recommend The Ivy Edinburgh.
  37. P

    jackP

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Reception desk was ready for us and immediately showed us to our table. Staff quickly gave us menus and drinks. Food and service was good and we were quickly attended to when we asked for the bill. J F Paton
  38. A

    Anon

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service charge should be an option not compulsory.
  39. M

    Maisie

    Newcastle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal with Best friend Staff attentive Great menu as always Lovely ambience and surroundings Clean and tidy and efficient
  40. L

    Lizbeth

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent value, had 3 course set menu which was absolutely delicious! Our waitress (Loiise?) was so helpful, took time to chat even though clearly busy. She made an excellent meal even more memorable! Definitely will be back on next trip to Edinburgh and will be recommending as brilliant place to eat in Edinburgh!

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The Ivy on the Square is rated 4.5 stars by 9791 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

23:00


Booked 186 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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