The Ivy on The Square Edinburgh

British, Modern European·

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
British, Modern European
Fun, Glamorous, Lively
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Celebrations, Dates, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Overlooking the beautiful St Andrew’s square in the heart of Edinburgh’s new town is The Ivy on the square. It is the only Ivy Collection restaurant in Scotland’s capital and maintains the feeling of smartness that has become associated with the Caprice Holdings chain.

From the outside it looks the part, with the huge glass front allowing passers-by to see right into the colourful restaurants. There is also a small outdoor area where you can sit during the warmer months to enjoy your food or drinks.

Once you enter the restaurant you are greeted by a wave of colour – all the seating is upholstered in green, yellow or orange material giving an old-school feel to the place. Huge art deco lamps hang from the ceiling and the walls are covered in pieces of modern art. At the far end there is a gleaming gold bar where you can also sit.

When it comes to the food, the various different menus all offer modern British dishes with some classic Scottish influences. The Breakfast menu varies from a selection of pastries to a lengthy eggs section including hot buttermilk pancakes. The vast all day menu encompasses everything from yellowfin tuna carpaccio to a classic shepherd’s pie meaning that there will be something for everyone.

There is also a decent sandwich menu if you’re feeling like something a little lighter or afternoon tea if you’re wanting something a little classy, whilst the three course set menu for £21 offers brilliant value for such a prime location. There is also a separate vegan and vegetarian menu available.

In terms of drinks, there is a solid wine list with which has wines by the bottles, carafes and also by the glass at all price points. There is also a separate cocktail menu offering some unique takes on all the classics.


Are there gluten-free options on the menu at The Ivy on The Square Edinburgh?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu at The Ivy on The Square Edinburgh.

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6 St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2BD

0131 526 4777 0131 526 4777


Opening Times

All day
Mon 08:00-00:30
Tue 08:00-00:30
Wed 08:00-00:30
Thu 08:00-00:30
Fri 08:00-00:30
Sat 08:00-00:30
Sun 09:00-00:00


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5 Reviews 


26 January 2024  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
I loved it

The food was delicious and we were served way faster than any other restaurant I've been to.

Leanne E

12 December 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Leanne review

The most beautiful food and the best service I've ever had. I can't say with words how incredible the food is I would recommend to anyone to visit 5 stars from me. 

Maria F

11 October 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Our visit yesterday was for a very special birthday lunch, and the staff made us feel very welcome.

The service was without fault, and the food was delicious. The Ivy on The Square has a special ambiance, where diners are made to feel comfortable and at ease. Without doubt my favourite restaurant in Edinburgh.

James T

05 May 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Top service and great food

Really enjoyed our time at the Ivy. Staff were incredibly friendly and attentive. The food was also great. Would highly reccomend. 

James T

04 May 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Worth visiting!

Booked a table with my partner after work one day. The service was quick and the food fabulous. I had the rabbit pie and my partner the Korean chicken. Really would reccomend. 

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