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New Town
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47A Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DY, Scotland
0131 220 2111
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had dinner during the festival. Staff made us feel very welcome. Efficient service and very enjoyable food. Well worth the effort finding the restaurant

Thank calmac259100
Warren, New Jersey
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is very good. Fresh and modern. Lovely fresh ingredients prepared expertly without being heavy. I had the duck finished with a lovely berry and bourbon sauce. My husband had the pork loin stuffed with haggis....excellent, earthy and very Scottish. Our lovely Polish waitress was excellent. It was an extremely busy night and we were served in a timely... More 

Thank MissMic
Scotland, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had lunch here on Saturday with s friend and we were both impressed with the quality of the food and also by the friendly, efficient staff. Will definitely be back.

Thank mysticmither
Cromwell, Connecticut
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106 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stumbled across this place and we were NOT disappointed. The food was wonderful, the staff exceptional. A cozy little place. So glad we found you!

Thank Lesley G
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have dined here on several occasions and have always had the pleasure of feeling I have had a very good French/Scottish style meal at a reasonable price for a central Edinburgh Restaurant.

Thank Billbonviveur
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There are so many good restaurants in Edinburgh that you are spoilt for choice and it is easy to stick with favourites. We decided to venture to somewhere new and were not disappointed. The food is amazing, well presented and is piping hot when served at the table. There is a good wine list and the service is friendly and... More 

Thank rosepetal_13
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Iris is a lovely restaurant located in Edinburgh's Old Town, where we had our first meal in Scotland. It was delicious. I particularly liked the mussels and the duck. Others ordered a nicely prepared sea bass, scallops and some salads and a nice plate of potato/vegetable sides. This was also the place where we had our first (and best) taste... More 

Thank John A
Aalborg, Denmark
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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had used TA to select the first restaurant of the trip but asked the driver for additional suggestions. Good choice. The three course was spectacular. The starter of mussels was right on the money. It came with bread and when the mussels were gone we needed more bread to soak up the broth that it was served in. The... More 

Thank RhodesPE
Dublin, Ireland
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194 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here on TA advice for early dinner. Excellent food and service, very reasonably priced, and really good Prosecco!

Thank Ajsper3001
Ghent, Belgium
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72 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At first you don't expect anything special. Because of a not special interior and the menu has classic dishes to wich they add a special feature. I didn 't expect a very good plate. But the taste of the mussels and of the ducks breast was just great. Nice staff as well.

Thank Hilde C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$24 - $33
European, Scottish, Gluten Free Options, British
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 47A Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DY, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighborhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: 0131 220 2111
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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Staying in New Town

Neighborhood Profile
New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighborhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.
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