The Ivy Buchanan Street

Afternoon tea, British, International, Modern European·
Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of The Ivy Buchanan Street

Bronze Award

Never knowingly under-glitzed, The Ivy’s Glasgow branch is no exception to the dressed-up ethos of the ever-expanding nationwide chain. The walls are covered in a compilation of artworks, while windowsills team with lush potted plants in worn terracotta pots. The bar is all art deco bevelled mirrors and polished marble, while the soft furnishings bring the sunshine even when Scotland’s weather isn’t playing ball, with bright jungle prints and clashing velvet patterns.

The globetrotting menu merrily dances its way around world, with burgers and steaks sitting alongside curries and lobster linguine. Sure, it’s a crowd-pleasing approach, but flavour is never sacrificed for the sake of being popular – (nearly) everything is well cooked, made with high-quality ingredients and attractively presented.

King prawn cocktail comes in a silver chalice with a muslin-wrapped lemon, all old-world elegance; asparagus is bright and fresh, rendered decadent by generous shavings of truffle shavings and enough hollandaise to allow for greedy levels of dipping.

To follow, crisp chicken Milanese is covered in a simple mix of rocket, Parmesan and cherry tomatoes. Only our pudding was a bit of a let-down. The idea of a chocolate bombe promises so much, but after the theatre of hot sauce melting a cloche of chocolate, it dissolves into a sweet, sticky puddle; not bad, but not great.

There’s a wide-ranging drinks list that caters for any eventuality, from eye-wateringly-priced bottles of Champagne to household-name soft drinks. The cocktails we tried were a strange mix of bitter and sweet, tasting slightly synthetic and making us wonder if pre-made mixers had been used.

On the other hand, affable staff are personable and professional and really go out of their way to make the experience feel special, indulging whims without a wince.

This isn’t a fine dining experience, and probably won’t be the best meal you ever have in your life, but that’s not what The Ivy brasseries are trying to achieve. They bring glamorous surroundings and silver-standard service within everyone’s reach, making you feel like the £15 main you’ve just eaten was some of the best value food you’ve treated yourself to in a long time.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Afternoon tea, British, International, Modern European
Fun, Glamorous, Lively
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+]


The ever-growing Ivy empire has added another site to its portfolio, this time on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street in the city centre. The iconic restaurant group has several outposts in London, but also Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and York, among other UK destinations. The Scottish edition of the quintessential British chain, is superbly located on of the main shopping areas in Glasgow, surrounded by upmarket shops and boutiques. 

The restaurant is an all-day dining affair and a big one at that, accommodating approximately 222 guests across two floors. In true Ivy style, there is a main dining room, but also a couple of fancy onyx bars, as well as a private dining room – The Morgan Room. With a 24-person capacity, the private dining room is the ideal place for private celebrations such as birthday parties, engagement parties and drinks receptions, but is also great for corporates wanting to host a smart business lunch, work drinks or other exclusive events.

On the all-day menu, familiar dishes such as fish and chips, native lobster linguine, and grilled sea bass fillet make up most of the mains offering, but there’s also a dedicated steak menu featuring cuts of sirloin, fillet and rib-eye on the bone, too. Starters include crispy duck salad, prawn cocktail and marinated yellowfin tuna. The signature chocolate bombe naturally features on the dessert menu, alongside whisky crème brulée and apple tarte fine.

Breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea are also available every day, which are all indulgent affairs on their own. Breakfast and brunch promote classic dishes such as smoked Scottish salmon and asparagus with truffle hollandaise, but also heartier dishes such as a roast beef sandwich, monkfish curry and hamburgers.

Great for the summer is the Parisian-styled outdoor seating area, which will have DJs and musicians entertaining Glaswegians and visitors alike.

The Ivy Buchanan Street is featured in


106 Buchanan Street, Merchant City, Glasgow, G1 2NB

014 1378 1200 014 1378 1200


Opening Times

All day
Mon 08:00-00:00
Tue 08:00-00:00
Wed 08:00-00:00
Thu 08:00-01:00
Fri 08:00-01:00
Sat 08:00-01:00
Sun 09:00-00:00


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8 Reviews 

Lorraine G

18 April 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3
Service 5
Atmosphere 3
Value 3

Atmosphere lovely, food really nice & waiter excellent however I do feel drinks are ridiculously overpriced.

Reshmy P

22 October 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4

Richard K

19 October 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Janet M

24 September 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4.5

Patricia S

10 August 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Deborah C

26 July 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Patricia G

09 December 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Service charge!

I eat at The Ivy fairly regularly. My husband and I love the atmosphere, the decor and of course the food which sometimes is good and other times  really good. Our visit yesterday was just like lovely with everything just splendid including the service. What a pity there is a service charge as our young waitress would have been all good he better off had we just given her the tip. I’m not sure where or who that goes to but I don’t feel happy about it. 

Moira S

18 July 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Our first time visiting the Ivy. Very impressed  with the whole experience.  Food was  outstanding,  staff very professional . I could not have had a better place to celebrate my Birthday. Will definitely  recommend  here and will definitely  be visiting again. Outstanding  food and service.. rounded off my Birthday perfectly. 

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