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The Ivy on the Square, Edinburgh, SCT
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The Ivy on the Square

4.4
4.4
10879 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

7:00 PM


Booked 164 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British, British, Breakfast

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 8:30 am–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 8:30 am–11:00 pm Sun 8:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    0131 526 4777

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Sean Burbidge

  • Neighborhood

    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

  • Taste of Ivy Classics Set Menu

    £22.50 per person

    Jan 5 - Feb 5, 2023
    Explore a taste of The Ivy classics from our enticing evening set menu. Choose two or three courses including The Ivy Shepherd’s Pie, Salt and Pepper Squid or Profiteroles with Warm Chocolate Sauce. Two courses for £22.50, three courses for £27.50, available Sunday to Thursday, from 6pm.
  • The Ivy On The Square Afternoon Tea

    £26.95 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Experience a British tradition at The Ivy Collection with our famous Afternoon Tea, perfect for any occasion. Give in to the comforting smell of freshly baked, light & fluffy scones paired with clotted cream and strawberry preserve. Then, sink your teeth into soft, crustless sandwiches bursting with traditional British fillings, before concluding your dining experience by indulging in a selection of sweet and decadent petit fours. To make your occasion extra special, upgrade to our Champagne Afternoon Tea by adding a glass of The Ivy Collection Champagne. Birthdays, special occasions; whatever the reason or season, The Ivy on the square is your destination for the perfect Afternoon Tea. *Prices are subject to change
  • It Must Be Love This Valentine's Day

    £75.00 per person

    Feb 10 - Feb 19, 2023
    Fall truly, madly, and deeply in love with our three-course set menu this Valentine’s Day. Receive a glass of Veuve Cliquot Rosé Champagne on arrival, and choose from a selection of culinary delights including our exclusive Raspberry Heart Mille Feuille dessert. Set menu is £75 per person. Available all day, February 10 – February 19.

What 10,879 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

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  • Edinburgh

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  1. JL

    JaneL

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time at The Ivy on the Square, it was fabulous, we both had the ribeye which was superb. Our drinks waiter was the best, very freindly and knowledgeable. Will definitely return, highly recommend
  2. JS

    JackieS

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a fabulous evening . Food was excellent, service was excellent. We sat upstairs. The music was a bit loud and asked to turn it down slightly it made such a difference. I would definitely go back to Ivy on the Square. Great restaurant. Jackie
  3. FS

    FionaS

    Edinburgh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great off the cuff lunch. All the staff were very pleasant and made the occasion even more special.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Breakfast lovely although the toast came cold , mix up with the drinks but quickly sorted out.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff as always so helpful and efficient. Food tasted especially fresh and a real bargain to boot (big brother paying)! Thank you TIOTS
  6. EO

    EleanorO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a lovely breakfast with colleagues. Very well looked after by Dimitris. Few other diners but it was an early midweek morning. Have been in when much busier. Staff learned we were celebrating a milestone for one of my coworkers and brought out a complimentary special dessert - we were surprised and delighted!
  7. AM

    AdeleM

    Edinburgh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and drink with excellent service although, unusually, was a bit disappointed with my main course on this visit. Had the smoked haddock and salmon fishcake. To be honest, it could be half the size. Was too big and I found the texture a bit claggy/dry. The flavour was lovely but not a winner, sadly.

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 5 days agoThank you again for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day and hope to see you soon.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was excellent however waiter was patronising at best and borderline misogynistic.

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 5 days agoOpentable Diner, thank you for your valuable feedback.

  9. FF

    FriendlyFM

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First class table service and excellent meal with impromptu surprise 80th birthday cake and candle given as a special gesture. Good experience znd would highly recommend tge restaurant.
  10. N

    Nadiab1

    Newcastle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful meal - Tempura prawns cooked to perfection as the truffle mushrooms. Mains the cod was lovely and meaty fillet very tasty and flavoursome. The ambience was good the service and attention from Brodie was excellent! Oh and the toilets smelt fabulous!!
  11. AM

    AnitaM

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly and attentive staff. Great food. Wine a bit overpriced

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 5 days agoAnitam, thank you so much for the positive review!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our second time visiting in the few days we were in Edinburgh and the team looked after us amazingly! Thank you to Andrea and the team for keeping us happy!
  13. CD

    ChristineD

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Although a mistake was made with our food order. Apologies were made and everybody was attentive and apologetic. Handled in a professional manner.

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 5 days agoHi Christined, 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!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really nice atmosphere with amazing food and service. 10/10

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on January 13, 2023Opentable Diner, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to The Ivy On The Square Edinburgh!

  15. TH

    TinyH

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the food We’ve been a few times This time was great - the Aussie waiter Tom was great craic with my mum It was her birthday and she was in a mischievous mood and he was fun with her haha Really enjoyed the meal One thing that’s annoying is having to use QR code to get allergen menus but still a great experience

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on January 13, 2023Tinyh, thank you so much for your high rating!

  16. J

    Jessica

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Food was lovely, but the service didn’t make us feel welcome or special, which was a real shame as we were there for a special birthday. Overall we had a nice time, but I wouldn’t visit that Ivy restaurant again if in Edinburgh.
  17. MH

    MarkH

    Edinburgh

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Booked a champagne afternoon cream tea. Of these four words, the champagne was good. It was the afternoon. The tea was very nice and served in wonderful tea pots. The cream was the let down. The highlight of any CREAM tea is the clotted cream, jam and scones. It forms the backbone of the experience. Sadly, the cream offered here was not clotted cream. After some time we were offered whipped cream or butter. I appreciate that this is not the end of the world, but it would have been nice if we had been told at the beginning that they have run out of clotted cream. Service as usual is impeccable, with Andrea a constant highlight of our visits to the Ivy. Just a shame that this time the cream issue ruined the whole experience.

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on January 10, 2023Markh, thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback about your experience with us. However we are pleased to read you enjoy our consistent service. We will make sure this is passed on to our chefs team to deliver better next time.

  18. LV

    LynneV

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal, service first class. Look forward to our next visit.

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on January 10, 2023Lynnev, thank you for the high star rating!

  19. HB

    HonorB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal, nice atmosphere and service outstanding!

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on January 10, 2023Honorb, we are very happy we could provide you with a positive experience!

  20. JM

    JiMB

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Good food but small portions. Reduced in size since we were last there so a bit disappointing. The vegetarian Asian salad, which is very tasty, was just not big enough to justify being called a main, more like a big starter.

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on January 10, 2023Hello Jimb, thank you; we appreciate your feedback and hope we can welcome you back soon.

  21. JB

    JohnB

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We had to chivvy up the waiter to bring our main course which had clearly been sitting waiting as it was tepid and the fishcakes were heavy.

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on January 10, 2023Johnb, it is disappointing for us to hear that your experience was anything less than great.

  22. f

    fleurm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favourite place for breakfast in edinburgh great food, service and gorgeous venue design.

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on January 10, 2023Hello Fleurm, thank you; we appreciate your feedback! See you soon back for breakfast.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just simply Wow

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on January 10, 2023Opentable Diner, reviews like this give us motivation and help us ensure we provide high-quality care.

  24. EL

    EwaL

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    The service was rude, and terrible. I’m a regular at the Ivy Marylebone and Edinburgh, and have always loved it-this time it was AWFUL in Edinburgh. The children’s food arrived before our starter snack of courgette fritti. When the fritti DID arrive at the end of the meal (along with my dish), it was burnt. My Ivy hamburger (always a fav) was served with onion peel still on the onion and also burnt. The head of house lady was incredibly surly, and the waitress was Rude to my daughter. At the end my £20 open table voucher wasn’t accepted, and I paid £67 for a positively awful experience. Dare say, it’s the last time I visit the Ivy on the Square. Really letting the brand down.
  25. CM

    ColM

    Edinburgh

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Too much cutlery on the table - would prefer each set of cutlery to be brought with each dish. Table could have been bigger. Asked too many times if everything was Okay. Food could have been hotter. I would recommend once these considerations have been met.

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on January 10, 2023Hi Colm thank you for taking the time to leave us your honest feedback.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food excellent service

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on January 10, 2023Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day!

  27. JB

    JennyB

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Full vegetarian menu and vegan options as well. Food was superb. I have recommended to my sister when she visits and hope to be back myself.

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on January 10, 2023Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day!

  28. s

    silviam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Totalmente recomendable el ambiente fue muy bonito

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on January 10, 2023Silviam, thank you so much for the positive review!

  29. MR

    MathieuR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It was a great place to have dinner, but due to new year’s eve there were a lot of tables booked and we did not expect to be « asked » to leave our table and pay so soon. Next time we will book a table later so that we will be celebrating midnight in the restaurant :) But the place is stunning and food was great!

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on January 10, 2023Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Hogmanay dinner with a good atmosphere

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on January 10, 2023Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We had a bit of a shaky start when we arrived about 15 minutes early and were asked to leave by the hostesses and come back, we appreciate that it’s a busy place but think they could have been more accommodating and given us a place to wait by the bar (where there was plenty space) before our table was ready, particularly as it was very cold outside and we had a child with us. I could understand if we were ridiculously early but by a few minutes (we left the house early given the many Hogmanay road closures and bus diversions) think they could have handled it better. Better than being 15 minutes late surely? Once inside the waiting staff were fantastic and the food sublime. One waiter told us they had 300 covers which explained how busy they were and we appreciate that the hostesses were under a lot of pressure juggling bookings, arrivals departures etc. So maybe as a company they need to manage it a bit better and not overbook so much, but in any event the hostesses could still have been a bit more welcoming and they were a bit sullen/non engaging when we left

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on January 10, 2023Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day.

  32. S

    Susie

    Glasgow

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Managed to get a last minute table for myself and my grown up children … great ambience , lovely meal for Hogmanay ..

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on January 10, 2023Susie, thank you so much for the positive review!

  33. ET

    ElizabethT

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu choice, for both of us. I don’t eat meat. Drinks menu was good. The Ivy really does have something for everyone, all ages and dietary requirements.

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on January 10, 2023Elizabetht, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to The Ivy On The Square Edinburgh!

  34. C

    Clare

    Kent

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    We love the Ivy group and try to visit one wherever we are. I didn’t feel this was the best. The staff were very polite but service was slow. The restaurant felt a bit crammed and not as luxurious as others we had visited. The music was also so loud I could barely hear my partner speak. It truly felt like a chain restaurant and it lacked something The cocktails didn’t leave me wanting more. I’ve had the French Garden in Leeds, Marlow and Tunbridge Wells and couldn’t get enough. At this Ivy I felt it was too ‘limey’ and struggled to get through it. We booked this for our last night in Edinburgh and I think there are better places to eat.
  35. LG

    LouiseG

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous lunch. We we taken care of from the moment we stepped into the Ivy. Our waiter was attentive and informative.
  36. G

    Grumpy

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Was there for afternoon tea which had already been paid for, it was a present. Although we enjoyed it overall, I object to the fact that the service charge was high. I don't mind payment a service charge but we were charged on the full bill, half of which was already paid for upfront, and therefore the service charge was the same for 2 people, whilst the table next to us had 4 people and paid less!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Christmas Day out

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on December 31, 2022OpenTable Diner, thank you so much for the positive review!

  38. SN

    SteveN

    Edinburgh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our go-to special occasion restaurant. Its always great, good food, amazing service and the atmosphere is just right, lively but well mannered.

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on December 31, 2022Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas Eve

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on December 31, 2022Opentable Diner, thank you for the high star rating!

  40. CW

    CristinaW

    San Francisco

    114 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious dining on Christmas Eve! Salmon and peas were very memorable. Great service in a nicely decorated dining room.

    The Ivy on the SquareResponded on December 31, 2022Hello Cristinaw, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us this feedback.

FAQs

The Ivy on the Square is rated 4.4 stars by 10879 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 164 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Ivy on the Square

6 St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh, SCT EH2 2BD

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 8:30 am–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 8:30 am–11:00 pm Sun 8:30 am–10:00 pm

  • 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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