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47a Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DY, Scotland (New Town)
0131 220 2111
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Ranked #193 of 1,855 restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $42
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: New Town
Description: Tucked away on Thistle Street, Iris has been a welcome addition to the Edinburgh restaurant scene. This chic little bistro - with its designer wallpaper, banquette seating and rough stone walls – has an intimate, cosmopolitan vibe, and is popular with a discreet and sophisticated creative crowd. The modern European menu is guaranteed to impress, we love the roast duck breast with fresh raspberries and Drambuie; chicken supreme stuffed with langoustines served with a garlic and herb buerre blanc; and the roasted quail with spicy potatoes served with an orange and rocket salad. Ideal for stylish working lunches, and informal evening meals, Iris also has an extensive wine list with up to 17 bottles for under £20.
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85% Recommend
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English first
Sackville, Canada
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I happened upon this little restaurant without knowing anything about it beforehand. I was pleased with my lunch there. The restaurant offers a good set price lunch menu (2 courses for about 14 pound) and I thought there was good variety in the choices. Service was also good.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The food was very different but exciting combinations which worked well. Not much from the outside, but good atmosphere

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
215 reviews 215 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Ate here today for the first time after hearing lots of good reports about it. What an impressive lunch spot offering great value for money & delicious food. We ate off the lunch menu & enjoyed 2 courses for £13.90. Delightful pork spring rolls & salmon with mousse as starters then both had the chicken with tomato, manchego cheese &... More

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Edmonds, WA
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We had a fine experience at Iris, arriving at 17:30 pm for dinner. The restaurant still had their smaller portion three course prix fixe lunch menu available, so we ordered from that. We had a scallops starter, roast pork main, and then dark chocolate brownie for dessert. In addition, we had a nice bottle of Spanish Rioja wine and two... More

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Stratford-Upon-Avon, England
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Have eaten here a few times, usually lunch and the reason I keep coming back is all in the title of the review. Scallops starter was a standard recipe but well executed with no scrimping on the scallops. Salmon main course also good.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Children not allowed. I made an on-line booking for a table of 6 and explained it was for 4 adults and 2 children. The booking was accepted. I was surprised when I arrived to be told that the restaurant does not allow children. So avoid this restaurant if you have children as they are not allowed. I think the web... More

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Loughborough, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The location of this lovely understated restaurant was great, in a quieter street just a few minutes away from the city centre. We were actually on our way to another restaurant when we chanced upon this one and decided to change our plans. We were not disappointed. The menu was very interesting - the sort where there were several choices... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

When in Edinburgh we always try to eat in this Resturant, the quality of the food is excellent ( Mussels as a starter to die for), main courses are equally as good lamb, or chicken or the fish everything in this Resturant is top quality.

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N. Ireland
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We discovered this place 2 years ago on a wet August evening, the staff were great about seating us despite having no booking. We couldn't wait to return again the following year, the ribeye is that good! Lovely atmosphere & friendly staff.

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Philadelphia, PA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Wandered in on a busy Saturday night. We're were greeted warmly and received great service. I had the sea bass and my wife had salmon. Both were very good. Topped off with a traditional sticky toffee pudding. Nice atmosphere.

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