We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Iglu

New Town
Steakhouse, Organic, British, Gastropub, Scottish
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
2b Jamaica St, Edinburgh EH3 6HH, Scotland
0131 476 5333
Website
Today
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Thu - Sun 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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
read more
Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 179 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 91
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
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
,
Barcelona, Spain
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
Add Photo Write a Review

179 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Edinburgh
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Barcelona, Spain
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
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 

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Food was fabulously cooked yet small and extremely over priced. We excused this cost due to quality and care of ingredients. The wine again good however the time taken between service made it apparent how hungry one was before leaving. There was a shock at the end of the meal as tax was added on to the full setting. I... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Charlie C, Owner at Iglu, responded to this review

Hi I am so sorry it was not a perfect evening for you - partly because of the TAX noted on the bill. The cash till is programmed incorrectly - this amount is actually included in the price on the menu - though it can look like you have been charged on top! We only charge exactly what is priced... More 

Travelers who viewed Iglu also viewed

 

Been to Iglu? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

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, Gastropub, Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Iglu staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?