47a Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DY
  • Telephone 0131 220 2111
  • Food served Sun–Thu noon–10.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–11pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun noon–6pm.
  • Pre-theatre price £16
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Now entering its second decade, Iris is firmly established as a dependable, quality bistro.

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2018 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £7.95 (+p&p).

Wandering tourists may not necessarily stumble across Iris but most informed locals will already be aware of its appeal. The interior has a clean, contemporary feel with mirrors creating an impression of spaciousness. The menu too feels crisp and current; try an excellent starter of smoked partridge salad with rosemary dressing and a deep-fried quail’s egg. There’s also a touch of theatre as half a dozen plump king prawns come piping hot to the table, sizzling with chilli, coriander and garlic. Mains include a tremendous whole seabass cooked en papillote, the delicate flesh infused with hints of ginger and lemongrass, and a special of chicken supreme stuffed with smoked salmon mousse sitting on a rich, comforting cheese and garlic cream – though in both cases some additional support from the side dishes is advised. A cast of regulars line up for dessert and a smartly presented crème caramel with two thin discs of shortbread won’t let you down. The wine list is concise but sufficiently varied, especially when you include the rotating red and white wines of the month.

The List's rating






Steve Morton visited Iris on 8 March 2018
  • High point: Consistently well-prepared and realistically priced
  • Low point: No under 6s – book a sitter if you have little ones
  • Notable dish: Lamb loin and haggis wrapped in puff pastry and coated in cracked pepper sauce.
  • Average price: £16 (set lunch); £25 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 20 covers
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Pre-theatre menu
  • Music on stereo: Eclectic light background music
  • Capacity: 64
  • Largest group: 64
  • Open since: 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £17 per bottle