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47a Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DY, Scotland (New Town)
0131 220 2111
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Ranked #174 of 1,836 restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $43
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
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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
35 reviews 35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I came here with my husband and managed to get a great seat by the window. Service was professional and friendly. I had seabass en papillotte and my husband had Cod and both our dishes were fresh and had lovely balanced flavours. A lovely experience all in all and good value. I can't believe we haven't come before.

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Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I came here for my birthday the first time in April and we all loved it. It was so good I then recommended it for a works dinner. Great food, good atmosphere and amazing service. I had the scallops to start, followed by the lamb Wellington. Both cooked perfectly.

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Bathgate, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Was recommended by a friend of a friend. A Little Gem of a restaurant tucked away in Thistle St. Beautiful restaurant, lovely calm décor. Great lunch time menu up until 18.30!! 3 course for just under £17. Fantastic food, and excellent service. The young girl, can't remember her name, was just a delight. If you wish to get away from... More

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We enjoyed a two course meal her.Food was fab.The staff were very attentive and although the restaurant was busy they kept on top of orders and checked regularly if you needed anything.The only negative was we ordered a bottle of rose wine which came in a wine cooler however this had no ice or water in it so was clearly... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

There isn't a huge menu but what there is, is done well. The staff are friendly and attentive (without being in your face). Would recommend the rib-eye as a main but have it without the garlic fries.

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Rensselaer, New York, United States
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The 4 ladies took a trip to Scotland and on the first day in Edinburgh, we opted to have dinner at Iris. It didn't disappoint. I had a delicious Crispy Roast Salmon dish. The salmon was set upon giant couscous and it all was swimming in a tomato broth. The flavors were oh, so good. The fish was cooked to... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

A hidden jewel, from a group of fussy picky foodies this meal was excellent, 5 people, 3 courses each, 12 different plates of food all excellent, can't rate high enough to be honest, lovely waitresses, small misunderstanding with prosecco but sorted. I strongly advise a visit.

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