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Iglu

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Steakhouse, Organic, British, Pub, Gastropub, Scottish
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2b Jamaica St, Edinburgh EH3 6HH, Scotland
0131 476 5333
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5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Thu - Sun 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Located in a back street 10 mins walk from Princes Street away from the...
Located in a back street 10 mins walk from Princes Street away from the tourist prices. Award winning Scottish food with French and Italian influences. Iglu is famous for using wonderful local produce, much of it being organic and bought directly from artisan producers.We are rated as one of the best places to eat Scottish food in Edinburgh - and there is pretty tough competition - most of the others charge a lot more! Our food has featured in the Michelin guide, we won gastropub of the year, best sunday lunch and many other awards! We think it is great honest food maximizing the flavours of the high quality produce.Cosy and relaxed Iglu is in the historic World Heritage Site Edinburgh New Town. There is a street level bar with real stone walls, Black Isle organic beers on tap (Iglu was the first place in Edinburgh to put them on tap)hand crafted Scottish oak tables and bar tops. There are Oak holders for glass Demijohns contaning hand made Scottish fruit liquers.You can eat in the bar which can seat twenty people here or in the dining room upstairs which seats up to thirty people.Service for us is important - we try and be there for you but not overly attentative. I hope you enjoy your time at Iglu - and tell the world about us! Charlie
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Home food and homey atmosphere

If you want a cosy atmosphere and a home food feeling - this is your spot. I will say that the space is for cool natural (non fashion people). I love the little sentences written here and there on the wall. Menu was limited in choice but tasty. We had a polenta bases dish - mine was with cheddar... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
AlainGourmand
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Barcelona, Spain
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Disappointing experience , expensive and very average. I would not recommend this place to anyone in search of a good meal in Edinburgh .

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We booked a table for seven at Iglu on a Saturday night. We were in fact situated in the bar downstairs. I suppose we should have had a notion that things were going to be a bit strange when we were asked about three days before to chose our main courses (three different types of pies) in order to speed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

If you want a cosy atmosphere and a home food feeling - this is your spot. I will say that the space is for cool natural (non fashion people). I love the little sentences written here and there on the wall. Menu was limited in choice but tasty. We had a polenta bases dish - mine was with cheddar and... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 via mobile

Visited the bar at Iglu last night with three friends and had a couple of drinks. We asked for the bill and put £10 each on the plate and gave it to the waitress. She returned about 5 minutes later saying it was £20 short. Beginning by stating she wouldn't take any more money from us, she cleverly coerced, we... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Arranged Christmas work do on Thursday 18th with everyone looking forward to it as the menu looked very appetising. When we arrived it was pleasing to know that our party of twelve would have the whole upstairs. Sadly that feeling soon went when everyone realised that the room was freezing, with only two small radiators trying to heat the room... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We stopped off from our pub crawl on the route between the Cumberland Bar and Kay's on the off chance they had a free table, upstairs was closed and there were only two other people in the restaurant. The restaurant did fill up before we left which created a better atmosphere. Service was good and there were no appreciable delays.... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We love Iglu - it's on our doorstep. We go there when we're tired and don't want to cook for ourselves or if we have friends staying, (one visitor insisted we go back next night and have the Peelham Farm organic lamb all over again it was so good). Thoughtful ethos behind the menu, supports sustainable and organic producers, usually... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Nice ambience. Very pleasant staff. But main ingredient – the food - was sloppy, overcoked, undercooked, small portions, presented badly, I can think of anything good to say about the food at all.

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Charlie C, Owner at Iglu, responded to this review

I am so sorry that Iglu did not meet your expectations. We had a full change of staff in the kitchen a few months ago and feedback regarding the food it overwhelmingly positive since then. I am wondering if you came before then? We try really hard to provide great food and service. Without knowing when you came I can't... More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We decided to go to Iglu following a recommendation from a friend, but were extremely disappointed. The service was incredibly slow considering there weren't that many people there and once the food finally arrived it was mediocre to say the least. Definitely would not go back.

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Charlie C, Owner at Iglu, responded to this review

I am so sorry that Iglu did not live up to your expectations. We try really hard to provide great consistent food and service. We had a change of chef at the end of August so maybe that could explain the slow service. Best wishes, Charlie More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The food was slow, but it was so worth the wait! Fishcakes that melted in the mouth and Lamb so full of flavour. Worth every penny!

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Additional Information about Iglu

Address: 2b Jamaica St, Edinburgh EH3 6HH, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 476 5333
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: Steakhouse, Organic, British, Pub, Gastropub, Scottish

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2b Jamaica St, Edinburgh EH3 6HH, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighborhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: 0131 476 5333

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Organic, British, Pub, Gastropub, Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Dining on a budget, Doing business, Bar scene

Description

Located in a back street 10 mins walk from Princes Street away from the tourist prices. Award winning Scottish food with French and Italian influences. Iglu is famous for using wonderful local produce, much of it being organic and bought directly from artisan producers.We are rated as one of the best places to eat Scottish food in Edinburgh - and there is pretty tough competition - most of the others charge a lot more! Our food has featured in the Michelin guide, we won gastropub of the year, best sunday lunch and many other awards! We think it is great honest food maximizing the flavours of the high quality produce.Cosy and relaxed Iglu is in the historic World Heritage Site Edinburgh New Town. There is a street level bar with real stone walls, Black Isle organic beers on tap (Iglu was the first place in Edinburgh to put them on tap)hand crafted Scottish oak tables and bar tops. There are Oak holders for glass Demijohns contaning hand made Scottish fruit liquers.You can eat in the bar which can seat twenty people here or in the dining room upstairs which seats up to thirty people.Service for us is important - we try and be there for you but not overly attentative. I hope you enjoy your time at Iglu - and tell the world about us! Charlie
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighborhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.
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