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47a Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DY, Scotland (New Town)
0131 220 2111
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Ranked #204 of 1,858 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $29 - $41
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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Livingston, Scotland, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

A few minutes from the overcrowded bustling streets of central Edinburgh is Thistle Street, a small street running parallel with George and Queen Street. Iris had been recommended to us and due to its ideal location we booked a table. Small lovely homely restaurant with very attentive staff. We ate from the lunch menu which was a set menu, priced... More

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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Ensure you book !! wonderful restaurant, first class. This is our second visit and we would return again. Thank you very much.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Have visited Iris many times over the last few years and most recently with a friend I had not seen for a very long time. Thistle Street is ideal with it’s central location and was the ideal setting for catching up. The food was fabulous (sticky toffee pudding was amazing) as was the service - company wasn’t too bad either!... More

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north queensferry
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Lost count how many time we have been to the Iris. On this occasion, which was our 10th wedding anniversary, expected the same great food, services and atmosphere...it turned out we were pleasantly surprised....every mouth full of the wine and food nearly caused me to orgasm. The staff were amazing and most polite and down to earth young ladies by... More

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We rocked up early on a Saturday night and although offered a table for a limited time we were not rushed in any way. The food that arrived was excellent, extremely well cooked and very tasty. There was also a good wine selection too. The staff were attentive but not overly fussy. Overall an excellent meal, we'll definitely return and... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Go behind Princess Street to find the tiny Thistle Street, where Iris rests waiting for anyone wanting well-prepared food and great service at an affordable price.

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84 reviews 84 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

For some reason have always resisted going here when suggested.....no real idea why and now realise have missed a trick. Saturday night booking with friends, booked in advance, pleasant attitude on arrival and shown to a nice corner table by window. No issues at all re food choices. Excellent portion sizes and choices including daily specials. No complaints....starters included king... More

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We try to eat here every year when we come to the fringe.I think for about 7 years we have never had a less than excellent meal. Staff may have changed but the cooking and service is always consistently first class.We will be back.

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Durris, Scotland
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109 reviews 109 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We've been for lunch several times, and, on our most recent visit in August, we were as satisfied as ever. There is a good range of choice on the lunch menu, and the food is an attractive combination of interesting flavours with quality produce. Service is always pleasant and attentive, and the value for money is exceptional.

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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We are Fringe regulars and had been to this restaurant 3 years running on the recommendation of our B&B host. Food is still excellent., but despite arriving at 7pm we were placed on a table for 2 next to the toilets and a loud party of 8. We like buzzy atmospheres but we could see this was going to be... More

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