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#116 of 1,830 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
New Town
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47a Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DY, Scotland
+44 131 220 2111
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went for lunch one weekend with some friends and it was very good. Lovely food and very attentive staff.

Thank missminnie2
Huntington Beach, California
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30 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ate here on a short trip to Edinburgh. The food and service were excellent. I can not say enough about how much we enjoyed our meal there.

Thank JClark77
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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1,596 reviews
1,212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 823 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

.... I would have given you 5 stars. On arrival, 12.30pm Friday 7th April there were 8 customers in the restaurant including ourselves, the service was good. Less than half full an hour later and the service steadily transpired to dreadful! Attempting my next armagnac and macchiato I happened upon the waiting staff texting in their back room hideaway on... More 

Thank thefooddood
Bangkok, Thailand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered Roasted duck with raspberry and special menu on that day which are Chicken with apricot sauce and strawberry cheese cake. We totally love the food! Thank you for great food and lovely service. You can try special menu for the day, they create new menu everyday.

Thank Kbwaldorf
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to Iris about four years ago and it made such an impression on me that when I decided to invite a group of friends to Edinburgh for my birthday I chose to book a table for us. The service was wonderful and even though we were a big group they made us feel very welcome and not at... More 

Thank EMMA B
Kinross, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lunch here on a busy Saturday but a really nice experience. Good selection of choices for each course - difficult to choose but all very tasty. Staff friendly and helpful and restaurant has a nice, airy feel to it. Definitely recommend.

Thank MrsNP712
Bern, Switzerland
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place absolutely blew us away. We had some trouble finding it, but once we were inside we knew we had come to the right place! The place was full to the brim with locals - thankfully we were still given a table, as the food was nothing short of spectacular. Best salad I've ever tasted, Seafood and Meat were... More 

Thank Frasambu
Inverness, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chanced on this restaurant whilst scouting away from the main centre of town. Booked previous evening because everywhere was so busy. What a find, as good as any and better than a lot of others. Good menu choice nothing outlandishly expensive and good range of wines. Friendly staff and excellent service. Four of us came away having had a very... More 

Thank reed256
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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134 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This really is a fantastic restaurant. Visited on a busy Saturday night with friends - hadn't booked but luckily we got a table. Excellent, varied & interesting menu with lots of choice. Nice, relaxed atmosphere & friendly staff. The food was superb - really delicious & freshly prepared. Good wine list too & both food & drink reasonably priced. We... More 

Thank Charlie59_11
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

I think this is a superb little restaurant. The staff could not have been more polite, friendly & professional and the food was very good. Reasonably priced and very tasty. I had the Pig Cheek and Monkfish - both superbly presented and tasty. My wife had the Ricotta starter & the Pork Belly - both delicious. With an ok bottle... More 

Thank John N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$23 - US$32
European, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 47a Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DY, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighbourhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 220 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

Neighbourhood 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 neighbourhood, 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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