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Iglu

2b Jamaica St, Edinburgh EH3 6HH, Scotland (New Town)
0131 476 5333
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Ranked #625 of 1,858 Restaurants in Edinburgh
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Cuisines: Steakhouse, Scottish, British, Gastropub, Organic
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: New Town
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
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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.

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London, United Kingdom
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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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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

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

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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

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Pleasant waitress who had no idea what some of the dishes on the menu were so just made it up! The hot smoked salmon and one scallop salad starter consisted of oily salad, two minute pieces of salmon and one very sad slice scallop drowning in more oil - for £ 7.00. The other starter (chicken and dunsyre cheese) was... More

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Charlie C, Owner at Iglu, responded to this review

Dear Hazel I am really sorry to year that you did not enjoy your food here. It is the only negative feedback since a change of team here a few months ago so it come as a bit of a shock. I have to listen and take it seriously because it is important to me that we do get feedback... More

London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Small comfy restaurant. Interesting menu using mainly Scottish ingredients. Delicious venison, gooseberry fool and yummy chocolates with thyme. Charming and friendly service.

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Randalstown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

What an enjoyable evening. Excellent food and friendly service meant that we had a really good time when we dined here with friends. The menu offered great options and and we were delighted with the wine we chose. The really outstanding part was the warm welcome and the comfortable atmosphere. We will definitely return.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Iglu's been on the radar for a long time, promoting 'ethical eating' and plain, good-quality food. We went here on a Groupon voucher, out-of-date, but honoured (to the credit of the management). The food was excellent; potato pakoras which were really spicy rosti and coli a soft batter; followed by fish & chips and the 'pie of the day' (beef... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We visited this place as part of a whisky tasting we decided to do. The staff was welcoming from the beginning. They were incredibly nice. We had dinner and all of their options were organic, which I thought was great! I ordered the carrot, lemon, and thyme soup, lamb chop, and lemon cake for dessert. It all was wonderful! I... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I booked this restaurant because they offer a private scotch tasting after dinner. The restaurant is charming and intimate and how excited was I to find out that their menu is not only organic, but gluten-free! I was finally able to get my fish and chips! Hooray! Their food is amazing, service impeccable and the evening was completed with a... More

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