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Iris

#101 of 1,975 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
New Town
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47a Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DY, Scotland
0131 220 2111
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Description: Tucked away on Thistle Street, Iris has been a welcome addition to the...
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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  • 116
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 14
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
30th birthday celebrations

We at here last night as a party of 10 for a friends 30th birthday and had a great meal. They had 2 menus on offer, a 2 or 3 course set price menu or the normal dinner menu. I chose the 3 course menu for just under £20 which was superb value for money and the food was delicious.... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Hannah B
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We at here last night as a party of 10 for a friends 30th birthday and had a great meal. They had 2 menus on offer, a 2 or 3 course set price menu or the normal dinner menu. I chose the 3 course menu for just under £20 which was superb value for money and the food was delicious.... More 

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Thank Hannah B
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We finished up with dinner and drinks after a long day shopping in Edinburgh. The service was great and the food was absolutely delicious. My husband had the chorizo to start and the chicken for main and I had the scallops and the duck. The food was very very scrummy :) will definitely go back.

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Thank TravelHodge
Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

really liked this place....went over xmas with friends, good wine and nice selection of menu items, enjoyed everything we had. service was helpful and attentive without being too much. food was well cooked and presented, nice size portions. would definitely come back, and recommend

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Thank Macdub1
Boston
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Welcomed on time and shown to our table in this small and quite intimate restaurant. An imaginative menu and specials met the tastes of all the party. Slick service and excellent food with wide selection of reasonably priced wines. We were last to leave but were not pressured to go! Great fun great food, Highly recommended

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Thank Stewag
Bristol, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Iris on a saturday night the restauarant was very busy, but we were seated quickly with a lovely polite waitress ! The menu was amazing and really struggled on what to choose ! The mussels which i had for starter were to die for ! And my partners king prawns also blew me away absolutely delicious ! The... More 

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Thank TheFoodie1989
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I celebrated our first year wedding anniversary here. Food and service is excellent in a warm and friendly atmosphere. We both loved our first experience of Iris and will be back. Highly recommend.

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Thank Peter A
West Lothian
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Myself and two friends had lunch here on a Saturday afternoon. Restaurant was busy and had nice atmosphere. We chose from the set lunch menu, good value at 18.95 for three courses. My choices of tiger prawn and mussels starter was lovely, as was my main of chicken Supreme. We were given a basket of fresh bread and butter on... More 

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Thank numbnads
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've eaten here on a number of occasions and have never been disappointed. The service is attentive, the food is lovely, and is very good value for money. The restaurant is very central, and just a stone's throw from George Street, but it is in a lovely quiet spot. I'd highly recommend it.

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Thank Marmitefiend
Edinburgh
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149 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for a pre-Christmas lunch with a large group of friends. Food was delicious, service was very corteous but the food arrived rather slowly, possibly because the kitchen was busy. Certainly worth a re-visit, perhaps at a quieter time.

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Thank Edinburghgrecofile
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Undoubtedly one of the best meals we've had in Edinburgh. Pleasant staff, lovely ambiance and outstanding food. Very happy, would recommend and will definitely be returning. Thanks

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 26 - 36
  • Cuisine: European, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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