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The Ivy on the Square, Edinburgh, SCT

The Ivy on the Square

4.2
4.2
13047 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 135 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 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
  • 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
    Patio/Outdoor Dining

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

    £29.95 per person

    11 Oct 2022 - 8 Apr 2024
    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 - 28 Mar 2024
    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 13,047 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

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Most Booked

  • Edinburgh

    Most Booked

13,047 Reviews
  1. OurKate

    London

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Where to start?? Pre drinks arrived after main course arrived! Then we were asked if we still wanted the wine we’d ordered, this arrived after we’d finished main course. Desserts OK, then the coffee - black coffee was cold, latte was mediocre…replaced black coffee with slightly warm coffee - left as not acceptable. No real apology throughout!! Bill came to which they had removed the coffee, however, added the service charge…which I didn’t pay!!! Really disappointing as I was spending a voucher given to me for my special birthday - after that experience, I’ll be giving The Ivy a miss!! ☹️

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  2. MichP

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Dined at 3.15, lots of people having afternoon tea that looked amazing but we had lunch which was very good. We were celebrating a birthday and they gave my husband a free dessert with a candle in it which was a nice touch! Very busy when we were in but all staff very attentive to everyone

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  3. VictoriaM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My elderly parents visited for afternoon tea Sunday 3rd March using a voucher purchased for them for Christmas. I was horrified when they told me they received a bill at the end of the experience for a service charge. The service charge should be included on the value of the voucher. My parents always leave a tip and I know a service charge is not necessarily compulsory, however the whole point of the voucher is to send them to have a lovely afternoon without having to pay or feel obliged to pay anything. It is the first time I have ever heard of this in any establishment and I feel it wasted the experience. I would have had no issue at all paying more to cover the service charge when purchasing the voucher.

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  4. GemmaL

    Newcastle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overpriced for what you got, no beer on draught only bottles - veggie burger was decent though.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect and the staff were exceptional. Really recommend this restaurant if you want to be treated well and eat delicious food.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Had booked The Ivy for breakfast as a treat for a weekend in Edinburgh Absolutely beautiful food, great service and staff, my only complaint is we waited 1 hour for our food, I noticed people arrived after us and were served long before we were, no idea why we waited so long, no explanation or apology, it was almost lunchtime when we left

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff on front door cold and unwelcoming, bar staff really friendly and helpful. Watched another couple being given our table after complaining about theirs to then be offered their poorly situated table. We asked to be given different table and this was granted if we were happy to wait at bar which we were. We ordered fish and chips and the fish was very dry and overcooked or maybe left under kitchen lights for too long. My burger was just OK but definitely not worth the price. The waiter who served us was delightful. Quality of food does not match price point nor the expectation of what the name promises.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I visited the ladies bathroom just before we left and I was absolutely disgusted to see the blond (curly haired) server/waitress leave the bathroom and not wash her hands. Just disgusting!!!

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  9. StephenD

    Newcastle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu was varied and the food was of a high quality The staff were very attentive and made the occasion The decor and ambiance was very good
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded today
    Stephend, thank you so much for the positive review!

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  10. YasminS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked for lunch for my birthday, very efficient and friendly and the food was amazing. Sat upstairs as requested and the staff were extremely attentive. Can’t fault the food it was delicious.

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  11. JaneyMac

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have dined at The Ivy many times. Never disappointed
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded today
    Janeymac, we're so glad that we were able to go above and beyond your expectations!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    East Sussex

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Elegantly appointed and comfortable setting. Service was warm and attentive, the menu had a few classics and some interesting surprises. We will surely go back when we visit Edinburgh again.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 2 days ago
    Opentable Diner, thank you so much for your high rating!

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  13. AlessandraC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place, the food was very good and fulfilling. We loved the service of Giuseppe, who is a great Italian waiter that worked for us impeccably. The vibe in the restaurant was classy but friendly and we enjoyed the evening very much. It’s worth a try!
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 2 days ago
    Hi Alessandrac, 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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  14. JackieL

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a beautiful place. The service, food and wines were all reasonably priced.. but amazing quality and value… we saw this experience as a special treat… which it certainly was… but we’ll be doing it again soon. Great location and dining experience.Thankyou .

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I had a lovely meal  for my birthday on Tuesday.We were surprised how busy the restaurant was, but it still had the usual lovely ambience. Service and food were excellent. 

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  16. MogensB

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Ivy was highly recommended to me by sister whilst she and her husband were visiting the UK, Oxford and Bristol restaurants and in turn I am very happy to recommend the Edinburgh Ivy to everyone. Excellent food, wine and service by extremely friendly and knowledgeable staff. All five of us agreed it was a perfect evening.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 2 days ago
    Jackiel, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to The Ivy On The Square Edinburgh!

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  17. JoeI

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice food was good , service was excellent value for money and certainly would come back .
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 4 days ago
    Joei, thank you so much for your high rating!

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  18. TimR

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent value lunch. Perfectly cooked main course and delicious Viognier.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 4 days ago
    Timr, thank you so much for the positive review!

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  19. SharonM

    Cheshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have been here a few times.This time breakfast was a bit off. The food could have been hotter, and the toast was cold and hard. They were busy, so maybe it was just an odd day for me. Ordinarily it's always been great
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 4 days ago
    Hello Sharonm, thank you; we appreciate your feedback!

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  20. ShaunaW

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was but unfortunately chips were cold which spoiled meal
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 4 days ago
    Shaunaw, it is disappointing for us to hear that your experience was anything less than great. We will ensure these errors are not repeated.

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  21. PamF

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The views are lovely. Service very friendly and knowledgeable. Seating in the upper floor our favourite. Great choice of food. Excellent wine. Atmosphere is uplifting and inclusive. Decor very elegant. We dine at The Ivy in Edinburgh on a regular basis as it offers everything we enjoy. Pamela.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 4 days ago
    Pamf, thank you for sharing your positive experience!

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  22. SarahK

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The Ivy is always a safe bet for great food, service and fantastic atmosphere. It is a family favourite when we visit Edinburgh and we will definitely be back.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First experience of the Ivy in Edinburgh, have to say the food was very good, service was first class. They made it extra special for anniversary meal. Will definitely be returning soon.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 4 days ago
    Opentable Diner, we're so glad that we were able to go above and beyond your expectations!

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  24. KatyM

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dinner at The Ivy-the food was well prepared, the ambience was enjoyable, and what took our evening over the top from great to excellent was our server Mateusz. Mateusz is attentive, kind, and gives wonderful recommendations. I felt spoiled leaving the restaurant, he is truly an asset to The Ivy team and I look forward to returning to dine the next time we are in Edinburgh.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 5 days ago
    Katym, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to The Ivy On The Square Edinburgh!

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  25. RodM

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food and service at the IVY (again). This was our third visit. Staff were very helpful and made some good suggestions. It was reasonably quiet when we arrived at 17.15 but got a bit more "excited" as more customers arrived. Wasnt ever an issue though.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 5 days ago
    Rodm, thank you so much for your high rating!

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  26. RB75

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food & drinks were good but very expensive so not good value for money. Service was fair but they forgot some of our order and slow to rectify this. I wouldn't recommend as other places serving similar food, much better value for money.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 5 days ago
    Rb75, we regret to hear that you had this experience with us.

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  27. NM65

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Very disappointed in the service as it was extremely slow and the waitress didn’t seem engaged in her role. I have been once before and the service was great but sadly not this time. Will not be returning.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 5 days ago
    Hi Nm65 thank you for taking the time to leave us your honest feedback.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Had to continually tell the waiter to get our drinks from the bar which we could see were ready for 15 minutes each time. The food was cold and to be fair wasn’t overly great. Disappointed as last time couldn’t fault it.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 5 days ago
    Opentable Diner, we regret to hear that you had this experience with us. We would like the opportunity to make this up to you. Please contact our manager at 0131 526 4777 so we can make your experience a positive one.

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  29. PilarZ

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place, highly recommend it. We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere :)
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 4 days ago
    Pilarz, thank you so much for the positive review!

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  30. RegularDiner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was fine when it arrived but it took a really long time to come. The waitress apologised but it would have been nice to offer free top ups of our hot drinks. It’s a shame the lobby is crammed full of suitcases and feels like a bus station.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 5 days ago
    Hello Regulardiner, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us this feedback.

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  31. DavidS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had some English relatives staying for the rugby match, and although they are well travelled and accustomed to good eating none of them had ever been to any IVY restaurant. My wife and I like all the ones we have been to (especially the original) and so were delighted to bring them to The Ivy on the Square. We all enjoyed it, and thought the food, service and general ambience were really good, even though we were a little later (9.00pm) than we would have liked.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 7 days ago
    Davids, thank you for the high star rating!

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  32. ChrisH

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very good, we recommend the chateaubriand however the service was at best underwhelming and more of a nonentity. We are not over fussy at all but performance in this vital area was seriously lacking. The seating was very close together table to table and there was nothing that made one think “wow” what a great eating out experience. Mind you we had only been previously to the Manchester Ivy Spinningfields in this prolific chain and clearly they set an exceptional standard that Edinburgh was not attaining. We enjoyed our food but won’t dine there again.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was great but the service was poor. 30 minutes to be seated and the front of house didn’t give us the warmest welcome which is why service has scored so poorly unfortunately.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 6 days ago
    Opentable Diner, we regret to hear that you had this experience with us. If you'd be willing to provide more feedback, please reach out to us at 0131 526 4777 so we can assist you further.

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  34. IanT

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    First time at The Ivy on The Square. Food was excellent but the service was slow, possibly linked to it being the Scotland England rugby at Murrayfield. Far too many tables crammed in for what we anticipated was an upmarket venue. Diners were so close together it could have been McDonalds. For that kind of ambience it was too expensive. A dining experience is not just about the food, it’s the atmosphere, the service and the whole theatre of the occasion so I’m afraid The Ivy disappointed somewhat. For the money there are better experiences in Edinburgh.

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  35. AlistairM

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Don’t agree with gratuities being added to the bill automatically but other than that we had a fabulous experience.

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  36. Chris

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, an issue with our order was rectified as quick as possible
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 7 days ago
    Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day!

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  37. StevenG

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and excellent service. My only negative comment relates to reception. We arrived 30 minutes before our meal and planned to have a drink at the bar but this was refused. We had to walk a distance to another bar and wait. I don’t understand why we were turned away.

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  38. Broadstone

    Edinburgh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the first time my husband and I had experienced The Ivy in Edinburgh and were delighted with the service we received and the main meal was hot and excellent. I received a complimentary delightful dessert with a candle for my birthday which was a lovely surprise.

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  39. JUDITHD

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a really enjoyable meal. We were given the afternoon tea menu and had to ask for the normal menu. It was good value. It was a bit noisy when we went in but was busy, however once a lot of people went it was a nice noise volume. Impresses that we were able to change the time of our booking. We were shown to the bar and once our table was free we were shown to it. Very enjoyable evening.

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  40. SH986

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The Ivy afternoon tea was a little disappointing compared to meals we’ve had there previously. We had the smallest table that was a struggle to fit the food & drinks on and we were practically dining with the table next to us it was so close. Food wasn’t great. Sandwiches were dry like they’d been made up in the fridge uncovered ahead of time and sweet treats were mostly all chocolate based with a chocolate milkshake. Very random! Scones were really tasty & the highlight of the meal. Sadly I don’t think we’ll be back again any time soon as wasn’t worth the money.
    The Ivy on the SquareResponded 6 days ago
    Here at The Ivy On The Square Edinburgh, we are always looking for ways to improve; we appreciate your input. If you would be willing, we would like to reach us out at 0131 526 4777 to discuss ways we can better serve you in the future.

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FAQs

The Ivy on the Square is rated 4.2 stars by 13047 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 135 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 8:30 am–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 8:30 am–11:00 pm Sun 8:30 am–10:00 pm
  • 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
    Patio/Outdoor Dining
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