About Lovage

We are like our food, one spoon local, one spoon European sprinkled with seasonal Scottish produce.
Located in the heart of Edinburgh, just a stones throw from The Royal Mile, Lovage Restaurant is the design of two chefs team Lukasz and Bartek Jedrejek.
Our aim is to offer the complete dining experience where unconventional food and incredible wines are accompanied by informal setting and relaxed friendly service.

Our philosophy starts in our kitchen, where we use quality seasonal produce combined with imagination and passion to create dishes that you want to talk about, you want more of and you will come back for.

38 St Mary Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1SX
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Scottish, Contemporary European, Modern European

Hours of operation:
Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00 - 14:30 and 18:00 - 22:00


Cross street:
The Royal Mile

Dress code:
Smart Casual

Price range:
£25 and under

Payment options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
0131 557 5754

Website:
http://www.lovagerestaurant.co.uk/

Public Transport:
8 minutes walk from Edinburgh Waverley Station

Executive Chef:
Lukasz and Bartek Jedrejek

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wine

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97% would recommend it to a friend

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Brilliant food, extremely tasty and pres ...

 
·Dined 2 days ago

Brilliant food, extremely tasty and presented beautifully.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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It's easy to rave about Lovage. Beautifu ...

 
·Dined 2 days ago

It's easy to rave about Lovage. Beautifully cooked and presented food and great value. Lovage has a a great start-up energy and is highly recommended.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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Excellent dining experience, service was ...

 
·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent dining experience, service was great and food was amazing

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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If you are visiting Edingburgh you must ...

 
·Dined 6 days ago

If you are visiting Edingburgh you must try this restaurant. It is situated near the Royal Mile. Limited lunch and supper menu but excellent value for money good selection of wine and great service. Use as a midweek treat at lunchtime or for a special occasion dinner and you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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Great food, great service. The food was ...

 
·Dined on 12 February 2017

Great food, great service. The food was fantastic, with some great touches, especially the monkfish and the sour rye soup. The service was very good and the kitchen were very accommodating with our special requests. Thank you Lovage.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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Lovage was a little disappointing given ...

 
·Dined on 10 February 2017

Lovage was a little disappointing given all the positive reviews. It's very nicely presented and the staff are perfectly nice, but the food on the whole was rather bland and anaemic. Artichokes are among my favourite things, but here they were undercooked and tasteless. Main courses looked nice, but in terms of flavour were very underwhelming.

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Interesting food, which looked and taste ...

 
·Dined on 9 February 2017

Interesting food, which looked and tasted great. Portions not too big, tho' there was more cheese than one person could eat - we shared a cheese and a pudding between two. Wine list interesting, and reasonably priced.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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First visit but would certainly be back! ...

 
·Dined on 4 February 2017

First visit but would certainly be back! Exceptional quality of ingredients, cooking and presentation. Staff very knowledgeable and courteous. Excellent wine also.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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3rd visit and the standard was as exquis ...

 
·Dined on 31 January 2017

3rd visit and the standard was as exquisite as ever. Friends were delighted with my choice and both said they would book again with their families. This is still my favourite Edinburgh restaurant.

Tags: Molecular Gastronomy, Good for Groups
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Found online with good reviews, tried it ...

 
·Dined on 7 January 2017

Found online with good reviews, tried it and it lived up to the best of these. Will certainly go back as the food was of high quality and the staff were knowledgeable and friendly, without being too intrusive. some may feel the short menu would be too limited but the quality of ingredients and standard of cooking confirmed out believe that you should do six dishes excellently rather than twenty badly. Couldn't fault the meal, the staff or the location.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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Excellent - my husband and I both loved ...

 
·Dined on 6 January 2017

Excellent - my husband and I both loved it! The food was creative, well presented and tasted wonderful. The wine menu was also good and well priced and the waiter was attentive and efficient. I would definitely eat there again and recommend it to anyone. To us, the portions were just right - a good balance of quality and quantity which enabled us to eat a three course meal without feeling stuffed. One of the best meals I've had in a long time.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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Food was absolutely delicious. I went j ...

 
·Dined on 3 January 2017

Food was absolutely delicious. I went just after New Years and it was very quiet. Good to take advantage of the quieter period!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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Me and my girlfriend went for dinner her ...

 
·Dined on 30 December 2016

Me and my girlfriend went for dinner here to start our Hogmanay weekend away, we weren't disappointed! The food was unbelievable and the wine choice was equally as good. Not only did the food look good it tasted amazing, we have both said it was the best meal we've ever had, the food was to die for! If we're ever back up in Edinburgh we wouldn't hesitate to book here again. Can't recommend Lovage enough!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date
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First class service and food. great ambi ...

 
·Dined on 28 December 2016

First class service and food.

great ambiance not tightly packed in, just right.

will definitely return

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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Me and my girlfriend went here for her b ...

 
·Dined on 27 December 2016

Me and my girlfriend went here for her birthday. Excellent food, excellent atmosphere and friendly staff. A little on the pricey side (wine) but i would definitely recommend overall

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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The best meal I've enjoyed in Edinburgh. ...

 
·Dined on 24 December 2016

The best meal I've enjoyed in Edinburgh. Inventive and delicious Scottish fare at reasonable prices. We cannot recommend Lovage too highly.

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Can't fault it - excellent food and exce ...

 
·Dined on 23 December 2016

Can't fault it - excellent food and excellent service. A lovely evening, will definitely be back

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy
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This is my new favourite restaurant. Hav ...

 
·Dined on 23 December 2016

This is my new favourite restaurant. Have been twice in the last month for lunch and quality of food has been excellent both times. First time I was with 4 others and everyone loved their lunch - delicious ravioli, succulent pork cheeks, gorgeous duck - every plate of food was fab!

Now, I like dining out and have eaten in many of Edinburgh s restaurants and there are a great many of decent dining options at reasonable prices - Lovage must be up there with the best.

The fixed price festive menu at c£25 is really good value and we had really nice Prosecco (nowadays that's unusual) and yummy red again at good prices.

I'd thoroughly recommend Lovage - it's really worth seeking it out - 10 mins walk from station - it really is a wee gem.

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From start to finish an excellent experi ...

 
·Dined on 23 December 2016

From start to finish an excellent experience. Good food and attentive service. Will definitely return

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Lovage, is one of the best restaurant in ...

 
·Dined on 23 December 2016

Lovage, is one of the best restaurant in Edinburgh, in my opinion, great food , good price, great staff

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Seasonal
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From start to finish the service was fri ...

 
·Dined on 18 December 2016

From start to finish the service was friendly and professional, the food was to the same standard. Struggled to find any faults. Great experience, will visit again.

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Friendly attentive staff, great delicate ...

 
·Dined on 17 December 2016

Friendly attentive staff, great delicate dishes. All delicious. Probably not for the kids thoughts

Tags: Special Occasion
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Great little cosy restaurant with fantas ...

 
·Dined on 17 December 2016

Great little cosy restaurant with fantastic food at a great price although I felt that the wine we had was overpriced. Service was great and would definitely visit again

Tags: Cozy
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This was the first time I visited Lovage ...

 
·Dined on 17 December 2016

This was the first time I visited Lovage restaurant, and I absolutely loved it. The food was very good quality, and the service was excellent. I will definitely be back!

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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We had a superb diner at Lovage in a ver ...

 
·Dined on 17 December 2016

We had a superb diner at Lovage in a very nice and friendly environment! The food was excellent and the service very good! Compliments from Belgium!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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We came for lunch with friends, the sett ...

 
·Dined on 17 December 2016

We came for lunch with friends, the setting, staff and service were excellent. With staff on hand but not intrusive. The food here is delicious and I would definitely recommend eating here.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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Outstanding !!!!!! Better than some Mich ...

 
·Dined on 16 December 2016

Outstanding !!!!!! Better than some Michelin star restaurants we've dined in & we will be back keep it up 👍🏻

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Outstanding Value, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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From the moment we entered the restauran ...

 
·Dined on 16 December 2016

From the moment we entered the restaurant to leaving everything was 100%fantastic, could not fault in anyway, waiters, food, atmosphere, definitely going back a little gem.

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We were new to Edinburgh and chose Lovag ...

 
·Dined on 14 December 2016

We were new to Edinburgh and chose Lovage after reading good reviews of it. We were right to go for it. The festive menu included a glass of wine and bread with a dip which includes lovage! Each course had a choice of about 6 dishes to form a set menu of 2 or 3 courses. Attentive and friendly service. Food was presented beautifully and tasted good. All of it!

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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We had an excellent meal - fine foods ve ...

 
·Dined on 13 December 2016

We had an excellent meal - fine foods very well cooked and presented, great service, lovely wine. Quiet and friendly, a real treat.

Tags: Special Occasion
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Lovely relaxing atmosphere. Friendly st ...

 
·Dined on 13 December 2016

Lovely relaxing atmosphere. Friendly staff, i would certainly eat here again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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Attentive and friendly staff without bei ...

 
·Dined on 13 December 2016

Attentive and friendly staff without being overpowering. Quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Lovely festive menu, ingredients beautifully plated especially the duck mains. Overall an excellent meal. Definitely returning!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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A surprise weekend away saw us strugglin ...

 
·Dined on 11 December 2016

A surprise weekend away saw us struggling to get into the better known restaurants at short notice for a Sunday evening so near to Christmas. I booked a table here going on the reviews I had read online. From our first step in to our last step out everything was superb. The beautiful bread and pea based dip was a refreshing change through the beautiful starters, egg yolk raviolo and Cullen skink. Not looking like your usual chunky bowl of soup but a beautiful sophisticated presentation of a smooth tasty dish. The mains of duck and steak were delicious, the cheeseboard was well chosen and the creme brulee exquisite. Portions are of a sensible size and the wine reasonable. Service was excellent and restrained. All in all we were delighted with our entire experience here. We will be back but unfortunately it may be difficult to get a booking at short notice here in the future!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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We found Lovage on TripAdvisor and weren ...

 
·Dined on 11 December 2016

We found Lovage on TripAdvisor and weren't disappointed. The staff are courteous and friendly. The menu is imaginative and enticing.. I could have chosen anything on it.

Loved the atmosphere and the food was truly delicious and well presented. We will be back.

Tags: Modern Decor, Good for a Date, Cozy
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Booked for catch up lunch with a friend. ...

 
·Dined on 10 December 2016

Booked for catch up lunch with a friend. Didn't realise that it was only the Christmas menu on offer - though it was good. Duck for mains was lovely. Cullen skink for starters had a bit of flair for presentation - large lipped bowl with fish in place then 'soup' poured around. Nice touch but plate was cold so liquid cooled down too quickly. Very tasty though.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Historic
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So pleased I booked , my friend and I fe ...

 
·Dined on 3 December 2016

So pleased I booked , my friend and I felt as though we'd found a real little gem of a restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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Great restaurant, each course was superb ...

 
·Dined on 3 December 2016

Great restaurant, each course was superb, would definitely use again when next in Edinburgh :)

Tags: Special Occasion
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Heard from a friend that Lovage was one ...

 
·Dined on 3 December 2016

Heard from a friend that Lovage was one of her new favourite places to eat in Edinburgh and decided to take my parents who were in Edinburgh for the weekend. All of us had the best experience possible, service was faultless, food was incredible - an overall delight. The steak was perfection, the cullen skink was extremely well done and the cheese board to finish topped it all of. As I work in hospitality myself it was the first thing I spoke about when I went into work the next day. Could not recommend it enough.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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Probably the best restaurant in Edinburg ...

 
·Dined on 2 December 2016

Probably the best restaurant in Edinburgh for dates. Romantic, great food and overall just a warm atmosphere. Recommended.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy
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Excellent variety on the menu; good food ...

 
·Dined on 1 December 2016

Excellent variety on the menu; good food well cooked with terrific service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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