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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:
Tuesday - Sunday: 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, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Wine

Lovage Ratings and Reviews

5
4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.7

Service

4.5

Ambience

4.3

Value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (70)
Creative Cuisine (69)
Special Occasions (68)
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Fit for Foodies (66)
Quiet Conversation (56)
Local Ingredients (50)
Good for Anniversaries (48)
Romance (44)
Seasonal (43)
Cosy (39)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Neighbourhood Gem (34)
Casual (32)
Lunch (28)
Authentic (22)
Healthy (18)
Notable Wine List (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Business Meals (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Worth the Drive (11)
Organic (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Fun (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Group Bookings (5)
Outstanding Value (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Brunch (3)
Great Beer (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Late-night Find (2)
High Tea (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Outdoor Eating (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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Food5
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 (London)·Dined 6 days ago

Delightful restaurant in alovely part of Edinburgh.
The sea bass was excellent. The Polish waiter was extremely professional.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on 2 December 2017

Excellent in all aspects !! Nice discovery
Good to have several wines offered by glass

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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Food5
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·Dined on 2 December 2017

Stunning food in a relaxed atmosphere, highly recommended

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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Food4
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Service5
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·Dined on 1 December 2017

Lovely service, including a card and free prosecco for my birthday and delicious food

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Food3
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Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on 25 November 2017

Great food and lovely evening . Staff were friendly.

Tags: Organic, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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Food5
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 (London)·Dined on 23 November 2017

Lovely menu of beautifully prepared food. Really delicious

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Food5
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 16 November 2017

The food was excellent, but we were sitting next to the entrance and it was rather chilly... nevertheless service and food to recommend!

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 (London)·Dined on 16 November 2017

Excellent food and a really nice little place. Well worth a stop and not remotely expensive

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on 11 November 2017

Very much enjoyed our dinner for my birthday. Excellent tasty food, beautfully presented by cheerful friendly staff. A free glass of prosecco and a birthday card made for a lovely evening. Would return and recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Casual
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Food5
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Service5
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·Dined on 10 November 2017

Been on my list for some time and it didn't disappoint - lovely selection of tasty, interesting dishes. Definitely be back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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Food5
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Value4

 
·Dined on 4 November 2017

Amazing food, great service, everything was cooked go perfection and the overall atmosphere was also great!

Would definitely recommend, 10/10.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Organic, Good for Anniversaries
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Food4
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Value5

 
·Dined on 3 November 2017

Interesting, creative menu using seasonal produce and a decent wine list with a good selection available by the glass. Everything we ordered was tasty and the flavours matched well. Very reasonable prices for the for the food and location - we had 3 courses, 4 different glasses of wine and 2 aperitifs for around £100 (for 2).

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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Food5
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·Dined on 1 November 2017

A Foodies delight in heart of The Old Town just off the Royal Mile. Excellent food flavours cooked to order. Portion size and taste perfection for me and look appetising. Good selection of wine served by glass, carafe or bottle so easy to match with food choices. All in all excellent value and attentive staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Cozy
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Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 29 October 2017

Top quality fine dining at very reasonable prices.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Casual
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Food5
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Service3
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 25 October 2017

Unassuming spit you would never know was there but the interior is nice/minimal and the food is excellent. The hake was delicious. The service was a bit slow and our server seemed a bit aloof but overall it was a very nice evening and I would definitely go again.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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Food5
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·Dined on 11 October 2017

Small but great place. Food was excellent. Servers were nice and overall OK. Would visit again as the food was amazing.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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Food5
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Service2
Value2

 
·Dined on 10 October 2017

The food was very, very good and I could have happily eaten anything from the menu. The atmosphere (on a weekday) was very quiet, no real buzz. Weirdly, by 8.30, they kept turning the lights up very brightly and it felt like they were desperate for us to leave. We kept asking them to turn them down but when they did, 5 minutes later they were turned back up again. It put us off having a pudding - we left and went elsewhere. It was peculiar. I would go back as the food was so good but they need to work on their approach to customers......and lighting!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on 7 October 2017

A bit expensive but worth it! Food very nice! We liked it a lot

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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Food5
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 (London)·Dined on 7 October 2017

Perfect hidden Edinburgh gem booking essential won’t disappoint.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Healthy, Seasonal, Cozy
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Food5
Ambience3
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Value4

 
 (Aberdeen)·Dined on 7 October 2017

A small restaurant with excellent food well served. Not overtly expensive for the quality

Tags: Casual
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Food5
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Service4
Value5

 
 (Glasgow)·Dined on 6 October 2017

The food lived up to the reviews and was served in a friendly manner. Excellent quality in grdients and presentation. We would go back and recommend Love age.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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Food5
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·Dined on 3 October 2017

Nice restaurant, relaxing. For really tasty and good quality. The staff is friendly and makes are customers feel important

Tags: Good for a Date, Vegan, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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Food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 30 September 2017

Lovage was lovely! Simple and elegant decor, quiet comfortable seating, excellent attentive service, delicious food offerings - a very enjoyable dining experience

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 29 September 2017

The menu lacked detail but the food definitely didn't. Beef medallions and butternut squash soup starters were excellent. Lamb and hake mains equally excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Healthy
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Food5
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·Dined on 29 September 2017

This restaurant is a must vist place if you are staying in Edinburgh.

The portions are not over large and the quality is exceptional . The duck was melt in the mouth and the sea bass was a delight. Cheese platter to finish was perfect.
Table service was crisp and friendly.
Go there!

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Food3
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Service4
Value2

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 29 September 2017

Nice cooking and loved the quiet atmosphere so we could talk. Good wine too. I thought the prices were a bit on the high side and perhaps some of our dishes were a bit over fussy. But our group enjoyed the evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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Food5
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·Dined on 23 September 2017

Outstanding food for all 6 of us - a sensory delight for the eyes and taste buds. With all of us having three courses and different dishes we were all wowed with the skill level and detail that each dish was given! A must visit for your next fine dining experience.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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Food5
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·Dined on 23 September 2017

Great restaurant. Excellent food and very good value for money. Would definitely recommend if you want a relaxed and informal atmosphere, but still want top-notch food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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Food4
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·Dined on 20 September 2017

Enjoyed a gorgeous meal for my birthday ,I had scallops and the hake,my husband's had a new addition to their starter menu and the lamb which he really Enjoyed,it was all washed down with a good rose wine

Tags: Cozy, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on 20 September 2017

My husband and I dined here twice while in Edinburgh traveling from the United States. It was pure joy from the moment we were seated until we left. The waiter was a gentleman and the chef outstanding in preparing our meals. I was even given a menu as a keepsake of our evening. I will include it in my memory book of our trip to England/Scotland.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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Food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 9 September 2017

We thought the food was fantastic. Very flavorful and interesting use of ingredients. We did not leave hungry.

Unfortunately, the main memory of our dinner at Lovage has to do with the guests at the table next to us. The restaurant is small so we were seated close to the next table. The room was half full at the time. The table manners of the man seated next to us were disgusting. I don't know if it was a cultural thing but he shoveled food into his mouth, loudly smacked his lips with every bite and kept on reaching over and taking food off the plate from the person he was dining with (who didn't appear to be bothered). It was very annoying to us. My husband is very tolerant and even he was appalled.

I want to emphasize this clearly was not the restaurant's fault!! Just be aware the restaurant is small so seating is close. If the rooms aren't bustling with conversation you may hear things that you don't like. There was music playing softly in the background. Not enough to drown out the lip smacking.

If we visit Edinburgh again we would return to Lovage.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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Food5
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on 9 September 2017

One of the best meals I've had in a very long time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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Food5
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·Dined on 2 September 2017

Great food, great service, great decor, great night!

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, People Watching, Local Ingredients
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Food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 1 September 2017

Nicely tucked away, excellent quiet space. Great food . Not touristy. Sort of like knowing a secret...

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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Food5
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·Dined on 1 September 2017

The food was interesting and very tasty although the menu is rather limited. Some interesting flavour combinations which made for a unique evening. A nice place to go for a special occasion.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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Food5
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Value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on 31 August 2017

Excellent food in Edinburgh. Exciting dishes with beautifully prepared components that work really well together. I was impressed. and will be going back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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Food5
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·Dined on 28 August 2017

All a restaurant should be....easy to find, a welcome with a smile, clean and elegant but not OTT, an intelligent menu, delicious food accompanied with good, affordable wines and professional service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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Food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on 28 August 2017

Friendly & attentive staff. Welcoming environment. Delicious meal!

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·Dined on 28 August 2017

Lunch menu had a great choice. Excellent presentation and flavours in both the starter and main were outstanding. Can't recommend enough.

Tags: Cozy, Organic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on 26 August 2017

A bit of a 'hidden gem' - a small but cosy restaurant, although not too cramped. The food was gorgeous - beautifully presented and full of interesting flavours. Service was friendly and unobtrusive, and quietly efficient. A lucky choice from our point of view, we hope to be back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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