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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 offers 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:
Wednesday - Thursday: 18:00 - 22:00
Friday - Sunday: 12:00 - 14:30 and 18:00 - 22:00


August Opening Hours
Monday - Sunday: 12:00 - 14:30 and 17:30 - 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, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Wine

Lovage Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (72)
Creative Cuisine (72)
Special Occasions (71)
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Good for a Date (68)
Local Ingredients (56)
Quiet Conversation (48)
Good for Anniversaries (45)
Romance (44)
Neighbourhood Gem (41)
Seasonal (41)
Cosy (37)
Lunch (34)
Casual (30)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Authentic (20)
Healthy (15)
Modern Decor (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Business Meals (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Outstanding Value (8)
Group Bookings (8)
Fun (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Organic (4)
Tasting Menu (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Private Room (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Historic (2)
Fireplace (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Family Style (2)
Molecular Gastronomy (2)
Brunch (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Outdoor Eating (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent Good and casual and relaxed atmosphere. Will definitely return!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic food and service. Very welcoming. Looking forward to our next visit. Highly recommended.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 3 days ago

Lovely food and ambience - but disappointing that a restaurant of this quality couldn't provide a Bloody Mary

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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·Dined 3 days ago

Lovely food, great service and nice atmosphere.

Would especially recommend the pork belly and sea bass.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

Beautifully presented delicious dishes, wonderful atmosphere, well decorated, great service. We will be back, highly recommended

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 4 days ago

Went to the restaurant following reading online reviews. I was impressed with the quality, appearance and taste of the food served. The servers knowledge about the dishes helped my friend chose suitable 'diet friendly' choices. Overall it was great. I have already recommended this restaurant to other friends, and will plan to revisit when in Edinburgh again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined 4 days ago

People have complained about small portions but we left feeling really satisfied after just two courses. My delicious starter arrived on an over-sized plate which looked a bit odd. Perhaps that's the reason why some people have said portions are tiny. Everything was delicious - well-cooked and seasoned sea bass and the beef starter was excellent. Good range of reasonably priced wines and service was friendly and competent. Thanks.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent meal relaxed unpressurised with great service. Food was first class

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (London)·Dined 5 days ago

The food here is outstanding. Our duck and lamb dishes were beautifully prepared and presented and superbly cooked. The service, however, was offhand. They wanted to charge £2!to provide more bread in addition to the two small pieces of reheated stale bread. One particularly uninterested waitress. The main dishes here cost £20 each so a higher standard should be achieved. The restaurant is also an awkward shape and atmosphere was non -existent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Montreal)·Dined 6 days ago

This was a dinner in Edinburgh with my wife , we had no expectation

We were pleasantly surprised , the food was excellent and the service outstanding, we would recommended this restaurant anytime

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined 7 days ago

Service and food excellent. We had eaten here before and intend to do so again. Well worth a visit.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on 14 August 2017

We loved everything about this Edinburgh gem. Can't wait to go back next year!

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 (London)·Dined on 14 August 2017

Plates were beautiful and amazingly good and tasty !! Meat was perfectly cooked and where I was fearing to be disappointed by the desert it was actually really positively surprised !!
Really loved it !!!
Thanks to the chef and the team (great service too)

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 14 August 2017

Always a treat to be here. Staff could not be more accommodating. Food is delicious and beautifully presented.

Tags: Authentic
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service5
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 (London)·Dined on 13 August 2017

We visited Lovage during the Festival and were very pleased with the combination of creative food and excellent service. The restaurant was not totally packed and so we had a relaxing evening, with the staff quite happy to leave us to drink wine and chat after the meal. Food is definitely a cut above the average, stylishly served. The house red wine, a Nero d'Avolo, is a bargain.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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food4
ambience3
service5
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 13 August 2017

Good food, friendly service with nothing to much trouble and situated in central location yet quiet location.

Tags: Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on 11 August 2017

The food and service in Lovage is always good. This trip Was as good as our other visits. Brilliant!

Honestly it's top notch. The guys change the menu often which keeps things interesting.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Supporting small restaurants is better than wasting your money in the bigger chain restaurants.

Enjoy when you go.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on 10 August 2017

Outstanding in every way from beginning to end. Highly recommended.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 10 August 2017

Outstanding !

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 (Toronto)·Dined on 8 August 2017

My wife and 2 sons and myself enjoyed a wonderful dinner on our last night of our vacation. it was delicious! Furthermore, our one son is anaphylactic to peanuts and nut and they were very accommodating and allergy aware! We would highly recommend this Lovage to anyone.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on 6 August 2017

Lovage was very good. It's a small, quiet restaurant and all the dishes we ordered were cooked well. The lamb was cooked to perfection, flavorful and juicy. The duck was moist and tender. All the appetizers we ordered were delicious as well. The plating tries to be trendy, and it was a little over the top for me, but that's really a nitpick. Would definitely go back here again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on 6 August 2017

Meal was very good. Service was a bit slow, had to ask for things rather than them checking in occasionally.

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 (Manchester)·Dined on 6 August 2017

Excellent choice of interesting dishes on the menu and wines to match. Food was well prepared and presented on handmade crockery. I chose scallops to start which were fresh and cooked perfectly, the hake clearly fresh and again cooked well. The accompanying sauces were inventive and very tasty. Desserts were simple but well made and balanced in flavours. Atmosphere relaxed, friendly and intimate, clean well lit restaurant. Staff attentive but discrete.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 5 August 2017

A fabulous dinner - everything we ordered was top notch and we'll definitely return!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 5 August 2017

From the warm welcome to the last detail the staff at Lovage were excellent. The menu was really interesting and inviting and the food did not disappoint. It is not often that we have three courses for lunch - but were tempted this time.
the dishes were beautifully presented and were delicious. the wine we had complemented the food perfectly. The bill represented great value for money.
Lovely ambience and great location.
Will be returning!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Healthy, Seasonal, Fun
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 4 August 2017

Second time at Lovage. Excellent food - menu quite different to many places in down, tasty, presented well and great value for money.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Detroit)·Dined on 4 August 2017

Great food and service. My wife and I had the scallops and pork belly to start, which were amazing. I had the lamb and my wife had the Hake. Both were phenomenal. Desserts were very tasty as well. Definitely would return.

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food4
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 (London)·Dined on 4 August 2017

The food was of an excellent standard, well presented and tasty. We were warmly welcomed and would definitely go back next time we visit Edinburgh.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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food3
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on 3 August 2017

Nice place but our duck was overcooked.

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 2 August 2017

Unexpected hidden gem in the centre of Edinburgh with wonderful food and great service. Every dish was presented like a little painting and tasted superb. An absolute recommendation. Value for money.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Business Meals
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food5
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 1 August 2017

Surprisingly good. We had a wonderful dinner, creative cuisine, very good presentation, discreet service and reasonable check. Congratulations to the chef !

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·Dined on 29 July 2017

"My wife and I loved the relaxed feel of this place – nice and airy in the rear section where we were seated. The ambiance was friendly and the food well presented and of high quality although possibly a little limited in choice. The haggis entree was great as was the mushroom risotto. The chicken and lentil dish was wonderfully moist and very tasty. Service was well-timed and not intrusive, wines were affordable. Overall, well presented high quality food at a reasonable price. I definitely would return.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 27 July 2017

Lovely little restaurant, cosy without being on top of each other, background music quiet enough so that you could chat comfortably without having to shout but you couldn't hear any of your fellow diners.

And now the food.... absolutely lovely. We had the Pork Belly and Steak Medallions, followed by the Hake and Sea Bass, plus a side of asparagus. All cooked beautifully, we each had a taste of the others and neither could decide who 'won'. Then the chocolate fondant for both of us. There was a bit of a wait for this (as advised by the menu) but that was fine, we were quite happy for the mains to go down before the chocolate turned up.

We would very happily go back if we were in the area again, the other reviews are entirely correct!

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 23 July 2017

We had a lovely lunch with good service. As good as hoped for after reading reviews.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 21 July 2017

Outstanding food and great service. Highly recommended!

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 19 July 2017

Food was well prepared and tasted good but not particularly inspiring for the price. Service was inattentive and I would have expected better service for the price and market the restaurant is clearly aiming for.

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 (Aberdeen)·Dined on 15 July 2017

Second visit here and it was just as good! Food could not be faulted and staff were great. Especially loved my beef starter - amazingly tender . Will return soon!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 15 July 2017

this was another fabulous meal from Lovage. the risotto was delicious, definitely with more polish accents (think small bits of potatoes and the tang of sour cream) but it was a perfect comfort food. the duck is always exceptional. the place is small so you need to book ahead, but worth the extra planning.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 July 2017

Different European experience. First thing we were told at our table was we had 2 hours only because of next reservation, and then were rushed through out whole meal. Food was good, but service left a bad taste.

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 14 July 2017

Absolutely delicious food, great staff and lovely atmosphere. I will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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