Harden's says

The Ivy brand expansion reaches Edinburgh; in the group's first Scottish venture, Eric Garnier (former co-owner London's Racine) will oversee front of house at the New Town restaurant, which will open all day and boasts a mezzanine terrace and bar as well as 130-cover dining area.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Lots of ladies lunching” indicates that this branch of Richard Caring’s Ivy roll-out is hitting an important segment of its target market. With its “reliably slick service” and “stylish surroundings”, it “doesn’t let you down” on keeping up appearances, but there’s a familiar feeling that, beneath the gloss, “the food is just ordinary” – and “rather overpriced”.

Summary

£61
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Lots of ladies lunching” indicates that this branch of Richard Caring’s Ivy roll-out is hitting an important segment of its target market. With its “reliably slick service” and “stylish surroundings”, it “doesn’t let you down” on keeping up appearances, but there’s a familiar feeling that, beneath the gloss, “the food is just ordinary” – and “rather overpriced”.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Similar cooking and service to the London original – but don’t expect to spot any celebrities” at this glass-fronted outpost of what is nowadays a national chain (which enjoys “particularly good views from the first floor”). “The Ivy is aiming at ubiquity”, and generally meets expectations with its “consistent food”, “linen cloths and napkins” and “stylish surroundings”. “Prices seem a little steep for Edinburgh”, though.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

In a ‘roll-out’ that would do McDonald’s proud, this iconic brand has gone for it this year, opening virtually simultaneously in practically all of the UK’s top restaurant cities. The ambition is impressive: let’s hope standards hold up better than they did when, for example ‘Browns’ tried to pull off a similar trick.

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The Ivy on the Square Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Ivy on the Square Restaurant in EH2, Edinburgh by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Ivy on the Square restaurant.
Sylvia T
A good place for brunch - only spoilt by we...
Reviewed 11 months, 16 days ago

"A good place for brunch - only spoilt by weak and rather mean breakfast tea."

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£7.95 £17.95 £3.75 £7.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £19.95
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Bread £3.95
Service 12.50%
Opening hours
Monday8 am‑12:30 am
Tuesday8 am‑12:30 am
Wednesday8 am‑12:30 am
Thursday8 am‑12:30 am
Friday8 am‑12:30 am
Saturday8 am‑12:30 am
Sunday9 am‑12:30 am

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