The Ivy on the Square

The Ivy on the Square
6 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2BD
  • Telephone 0131 526 4777
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 8am–midnight; Sun 9am–10.30pm.
  • Bar open Mon–Sat 10am–11pm; Sun 11am–10pm.
  • Food served Mon–Sat 8am–10.30pm; Sun 9am–9.30pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Set lunch/early evening menu Mon–Fri 11.30am–6.30pm.
  • Pre-theatre price £16.50
  • Website theivyedinburgh.com
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The Ivy on the Square

Classic British brasserie with a substantial outdoor terrace, serving breakfast through brunch and afternoon tea to dinner.

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The interior of the glossy Ivy on the Square (St Andrew Square, to be exact) riffs pleasingly on a Parisienne/art deco vibe. There’s a huge outdoor terrace and the vibe is classic brasserie: bright, buzzy and busy. First impressions are of a slick, confident operation – as they should be, given that the Ivy on the Square’s parent company has opened over 20 similar venues across the UK in the past couple of years. Edinburgh’s version saw over 10,000 diners pour through the doors in its opening months – there is a lot to like here, although similar menus in all locations and an insistence on central sourcing lends a cookie-cutter air to the whole experience. Food runs from 8am breakfast via afternoon tea and a weekend brunch through to dinner, which features ‘Ivy classic’ items like steak, egg and chips. More elegant than the name suggests, this is a juicy, well-flavoured rump steak with thick-cut chips and frilly eggs. Starters feel a little lighter – there’s a meltingly tender tuna carpaccio with on-trend ponzu dressing and meaty wasabi prawns. The dessert menu is compact and it’s impossible to look beyond the chocolate bombe – a perfect chocolate dome which melts away as the waiter adds hot butterscotch sauce at the table.

The List's rating
7.2

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Jo Laidlaw visited The Ivy on the Square on 6 November 2017
  • High point: Life is lush in the Square
  • Low point: But this Square could be anywhere
  • Average price: £16.50 (set lunch); £25 (dinner)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 150
  • Largest group: 8
  • Open since: 2017
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £20 per bottle

Reviews & features

Best breakfast and brunch in Edinburgh

14 May 2018

The city's top places for tasty morning treats, from all-day breakfasts to a handy hair of the dog

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Edinburgh's Ivy on the Square serves up glossy and attentive brasserie culture

12 Mar 2018

With big name after big name opening, St Andrew Square has become a flashpoint for the city's food and drink offering

The interior of the glossy Ivy on the Square (St Andrew Square, to be exact) riffs pleasingly on a Parisienne/art deco vibe. High ceilings and picture windows blend with metallic accents, marble floors and statement booths with oversized leather sofas…