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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
3
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.7

Service

4.5

Ambience

4.3

Value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (72)
Fit for Foodies (71)
Good for a Date (71)
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Special Occasions (69)
Local Ingredients (55)
Quiet Conversation (51)
Good for Anniversaries (47)
Seasonal (46)
Romance (45)
Cosy (42)
Neighbourhood Gem (37)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Lunch (31)
Casual (30)
Authentic (23)
Healthy (18)
Notable Wine List (18)
Business Meals (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Worth the Drive (11)
Group Bookings (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Outstanding Value (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Fun (6)
Organic (6)
Gluten Free Options (4)
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
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·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
Ambience1
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
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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
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (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
Service4
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
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·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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Value5

vip
 (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
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·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
Ambience4
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
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·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
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·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
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·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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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·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
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (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
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

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
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·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
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (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
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·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
Ambience4
Service5
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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Service5
Value5

 
·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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Service5
Value5

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on 28 August 2017

Friendly & attentive staff. Welcoming environment. Delicious meal!

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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·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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Food5
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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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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 25 August 2017

Amazing food & fantastic service. 1st time we have been to this restaurant and will definitely be back. Loved it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on 25 August 2017

My sister and I had three courses, each of which was excellent. I found the menu different from the places I usually go and a little more expensive but, as it was a birthday treat, I felt it was a little more special. The waiting staff were friendly and responded to requests quickly and pleasantly. Overall, a very pleasing experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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Food5
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·Dined on 24 August 2017

This place is a find, worth going out of your way for. Creative cuisine with seasonal produce, beautifully presented. A small but well-chosen and reasonably-priced wine list. The service is prompt, helpful and quiet (a joy). We will definitely be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 22 August 2017

We have been there twice and on both occasions the food and service were excellent. It is one of the best meals I have had in the city - and that is saying something in Edinburgh. I advise you to go now, because once word gets around it might not be so easy to get a table....

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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Food5
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Value5

 
·Dined on 20 August 2017

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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Food5
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 20 August 2017

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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Food4
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Service4
Value5

 
·Dined on 19 August 2017

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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Food5
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Service5
Value5

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 (New York Area)·Dined on 19 August 2017

Attractive decor, excellnt service. The meal was well prepared. For appetizer, I was impressed with the smoked mackrel. My wife loved the pork belly. The lamb dish was beast described as a deconstructed mousakka. It was wonderful. Overal, a very pleasant evening

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Food5
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·Dined on 19 August 2017

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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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 19 August 2017

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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Food5
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Value5

 
·Dined on 18 August 2017

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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Food5
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Service4
Value4

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 18 August 2017

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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Food5
Ambience4
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 18 August 2017

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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Food5
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Service2
Value1

 
 (London)·Dined on 17 August 2017

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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Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Perth / WA)·Dined on 17 August 2017

This is a lovely restaurant to visit, as it is relatively quiet. The food and service are very good. This is my second visit, and both times the food has impressed

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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Food5
Ambience4
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Value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 17 August 2017

This was only my second visit to Lovage - my first was quite soon after it opened - and I was so impressed by my first visit that I've told lots of people about it. I was a bit nervous returning as I was with a friend who can be quite fussy and I hoped that it wouldn't be a disappointment and it wasn't. He was immediately converted and then made a point of telling our other friends who arrived from England the following day what they had missed. It's now on our list for our visit to the Festival next year - although I expect we'll probably make a return visit before then. The quality of the food and it's presentation was excellent and the set lunch menu was very good value.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Casual
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