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“Great company, food and atmosphere!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Iris
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Ranked #119 of 2,438 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $23 - $31
Cuisines: European, British, Scottish
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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.
Bethesda, Maryland
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“Great company, food and atmosphere!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Back home visiting my sister with her two handsome sons for company. This restaurant had been recommended by several people and it lived up to expectations. We were on the more casual smaller side, by the wee bar and I think I preferrred that to the "posher side".
Service was friendly and knowledgeable and everyone enjoyed their food - to the extend that some sharing was demanded! The menu is not large but has plenty of great options. Wine prices are reasonable.

The bar next door is busy but an interesting and fun meeting place (for the non teenage crowd!)

  • Visited October 2013
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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“Lovely little place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

5 of us went here for lunch on a Saturday and although none of us had been before we all agreed we would go back. The service was extremely friendly and efficient and there was no problem choosing items from different menus. The choice was really good and we all struggled to decide on our main courses. In the end everyone was very happy with the food. I'm not a fish eater but even I could tell that the seafood was good quality. It has a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere and is really good value for money. I must also point out that even though our original choice of wine wasn't available the alternative was really nice and not out of the way expensive. Can't wait to go back.

  • Visited September 2013
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Edinburgh
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“Faultless service and delicious food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2013

Iris was recommended to me by a friend and visiting was a reason to meet another who I have not seen for a while.

1. The online booking process was easy and intuitive.
2. On arrival and throughout the evening the two ladies on duty were utterly charming and welcoming. The service was prompt without being rushed.
3. The food was quite simply superb.
4. The atmosphere was relaxed but smart.

In short, a really wonderful evening and I will definitely be going back. A great location for a first date!

  • Visited October 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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“Lovely staff with great food and a wonderful overall experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

A group of 7 of us went to Iris on a saturday night to celebrate a friends birthday.

The staff were extremely good and delivered exceptional service. The food was out of this world, everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals and we all left with a big smile on our faces.

When the waitress overheard that it was one of the party members birthdays, we were all happily surprised when his desert came with a big candle and a mighty cheer! The small attention to detail makes such a difference.

Will highly recommend and will be returning with family and friends! :)

A big thank you to our lovely waitress, whom I cannot remember her name, but do remember that she was from Poland about 3 hours outside of Krakow! :) What a gem!

  • Visited September 2013
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Bearsden
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“The best lunch in Edinburgh”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

Just home to Bearsden from Edinburgh after one of the best lunches we've had in Edinburgh!
Iris is tucked down A little cobbled lane called Thistle Street but whilst tucked away, it is in the centre of the city....perfect!
The two ladies had the menu of the day & it was fabulous. We even had dessert. The guys chose from the a la carte menu & not a complaint was to be heard. The variety of both menus was excellent, something for everyone. The wine list was very good. We were drinking white wine & it was perfectly chilled & perfectly served by our delightful server, Eva.
Iris has a delightful atmosphere & we had a delightful time there & will definitely go back!

  • Visited September 2013
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