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2 courses £14.95

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Details

...from a set menu (3 courses £18.95) No children under 5.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 People

Starts: 7 April 2017

Ends: 7 June 2017

Availability: Sun 12:00-14:00
Wed-Sat 12:00-14:00

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 - 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

Lovage Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasions (75)
Fit for Foodies (70)
Creative Cuisine (46)
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Romance (46)
Good for a Date (40)
Local Ingredients (38)
Quiet Conversation (31)
Neighbourhood Gem (29)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Seasonal (25)
Business Meals (23)
Cosy (22)
Lunch (22)
Outstanding Value (21)
Group Bookings (20)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Good Vegetarian Options (18)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Modern Decor (16)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Casual (13)
Authentic (12)
Notable Wine List (8)
Healthy (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Brunch (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Private Room (3)
Organic (2)
Child Friendly (2)
Fun (2)
Great Beer (2)
Fireplace (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Family Style (2)
Historic (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Molecular Gastronomy (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
High Tea (1)
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food5
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value5

 
 (London)·Dined 6 days ago

What a wonderful little gem! We were thrilled to find lovage at moments notice- the lunchtime set menu was impressively good, and impressively good value. Would definitely come again and have already recommended to friends. Highly recommend you give it a go for a twist on traditional Scottish ingredients and dishes

Tags: Business Meals, Modern Decor, Organic, Great Beer, Historic, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasions, Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on 16 April 2017

Great little gem with new, innovative fresh touch on traditional foods, really delicious, exciting and interesting.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Cosy, Group Bookings, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighbourhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Modern Decor, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Casual, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options
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food5
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service5
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 14 April 2017

Best restaurante in Town.
Amazing food !!!
Will recomand this place .

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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food5
ambience4
service5
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 14 April 2017

The food and service both excellent. This was my second visit and will definitely not be my last. Thoroughly recommend it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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food3
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service4
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on 25 March 2017

Food was tasty but over sauced. Seemed like everything was cooked sous vide as it was all kind of mush - especially the herring. They tried to counter this by using crisps to add texture but it fell short. Overall very tasty but I wouldn't go farther than that. Service was excellent.

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food4
ambience3
service2
value4

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 23 March 2017

Split into two distinct dining areas, Lovage's space is intimate without sacrificing comfortable seating and large tables. Nutty parsnip and rich curry united in a wonderfully smooth velouté, poured over intensely sharp, smoky curd cheese. Adding microscopic pieces of curd to each mouthful elevated the velouté's complexity significantly. For mains, "fish pie," a fillet of hake topped with great quantities of mashed potato and a poached egg, resting on a runny interpretation of pie mixture consisting of diced vegetables, hot tartare sauce and peas, was divisive. The hake itself was cooked very well, even presenting a crisp skin once excavated from the mashed potato. However, the poached egg was littered with transparent, uncooked regions, making its consistency unpleasant. Below, the hot tartare sauce was unconvincing; overall the fish was unnecessarily quelled by the other elements. The waiter carried out the duties you would expect, but methodically and distantly. Both seasonal lunch and dinner menus include simple, stylish food (the velouté in particular) at excellent value.

Tags: Lunch, Casual, Local Ingredients
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food5
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service5
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 17 March 2017

Really excellent food. Was recommended by a friend and did not disappoint . It was very quiet on the night we went but it has only recently opened and I'm sure will get a lot busier as delicious food that was beautifully presented

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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food5
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service5
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 17 March 2017

Great find. Food was very good - well seasoned and executed. Service was perfect. Chef is very creative. Prices reasonable. Better then many of the big name restaurants in Edinburgh.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Modern Decor, Neighbourhood Gem, Seasonal, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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food5
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 11 March 2017

This was our second visit to the lovage and again they didn't disappoint us with the new menu
Everything was perfection starters, mains and service
All for a excellent price

Tags: Group Bookings, Casual, Fireplace, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Family Style, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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service5
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 (Inverness)·Dined on 4 March 2017

Fantastic food, beautifully presented, unobtrusive service - and even an anniversary card to help us celebrate last night. I can see why Lovage is one of Edinburgh's best restaurants! We will be back

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 4 March 2017

Really good service, excellent food, and good music. Very accommodating to guests with dietary restrictions. Great place for dinner. Thank you to all the staff for a lovely evening.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasions, Neighbourhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Business Meals
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food3
ambience1
service1
value1

 
 (Glasgow)·Dined on 3 March 2017

Terrible service, presented with a 2 or 3 course selection menu, we said we just wanted the one course. We were not told you could not select a single dish. We were them told after requesting the bill that we had no option to have one course and we must select another. After discussion we were charged 24 pounds for a small portion of lamb. The only justification we were given was that lamb is 'expensive' . It was incredibly overpriced for such a small portion in a very quiet restaurant. We were given rude, uninformative service. Food tasted fine but wholly unaccomodating service.

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food5
ambience3
service5
value4

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 26 February 2017

Second visit to Lovage and, again, the food was excellent

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Lunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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food4
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service4
value5

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 25 February 2017

We had a very enjoyable meal here. Great food cooked and presented beautifully for a very reasonable price. Lovely house champagne only £40 per bottle.

A little quiet the evening we went but will definitely return.

Tags: Neighbourhood Gem, Special Occasions, Outstanding Value, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 24 February 2017

Food and service were fantastic. Everyone loved their food. Highly recommend.

Tags: Cosy, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Special Occasions, Modern Decor, Neighbourhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Romance, Group Bookings, Good for a Date
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (Cheshire)·Dined on 18 February 2017

Brilliant food, extremely tasty and presented beautifully.

Tags: Good for a Date, Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (Cumbria)·Dined on 18 February 2017

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, Neighbourhood Gem, Authentic
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food5
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 18 February 2017

Excellent food and good value for money with the fixed price menu. A nice place for a date night.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 15 February 2017

Excellent dining experience, service was great and food was amazing

Tags: Special Occasions, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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food5
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service4
value5

 
 (Oxford)·Dined on 14 February 2017

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: Neighbourhood Gem, Healthy
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food4
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service4
value4

 
 (London)·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: Romance, Lunch, Cosy, Neighbourhood Gem, Good for a Date
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food3
ambience5
service4
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vip
 (Edinburgh)·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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food5
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 (Edinburgh)·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: Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Cosy
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value4

 
 (Edinburgh)·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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 (Edinburgh)·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, Group Bookings
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food5
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 (Glasgow)·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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 (Edinburgh)·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, Romance, Special Occasions, Neighbourhood Gem
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food5
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 (Edinburgh)·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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 (Manchester)·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, Cosy, Special Occasions, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Romance, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Edinburgh)·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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food5
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 (Edinburgh)·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 Occasions, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romance
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vip
 (London)·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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 (London)·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, Cosy
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 (Edinburgh)·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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vip
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 23 December 2016

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

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 (Edinburgh)·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 Occasions, Lunch, Seasonal
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 (Edinburgh)·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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 (Manchester)·Dined on 17 December 2016

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

Tags: Special Occasions
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 (Edinburgh)·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: Cosy
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 (Edinburgh)·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, Romance, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasions, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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