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.

survey result

Summary

£68
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

As per its siblings, this Ivy spinoff combines a “lovely”, art-filled location (in this case overlooking St Andrew's Square), some “very good” if slightly ordinary food, and prices “on the expensive side” – but, like its siblings, no one seems to mind too much.

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£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”.

Summary

£61
  £££
2
Average
3
Good
4
Very Good
* 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

£56
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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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Restaurant details

No dress code

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £16.95 £21.50
Pretheatre £16.95 £21.50

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£9.70 £23.60 £4.25 £7.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £23.00
Filter Coffee £3.95
Extras  
Service 12.50%
Opening hours
Monday9 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Tuesday9 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday9 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Thursday9 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Friday9 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm
Saturday9 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm
Sunday9 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm

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