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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


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

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasions (82)
Fit for Foodies (75)
Creative Cuisine (53)
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Romance (50)
Good for a Date (47)
Local Ingredients (42)
Quiet Conversation (35)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Neighbourhood Gem (33)
Seasonal (31)
Lunch (25)
Cosy (24)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Outstanding Value (21)
Business Meals (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Group Bookings (18)
Casual (17)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
Modern Decor (16)
Authentic (15)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Notable Wine List (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Healthy (7)
Hot Spot (5)
Brunch (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Private Room (3)
Organic (3)
Great Beer (3)
Fun (2)
Child Friendly (2)
Fireplace (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Family Style (2)
Historic (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Molecular Gastronomy (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 17 June 2017

The restaurants food was absolutely gorgeous. The restaurants decor was very modern and clean.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Romance, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 10 June 2017

Our first visit based on a friends recommendation.

The food was excellent and the ambiance muted (not bling) and tasteful. Excellent friendly service without being invasive!

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Special Occasions, Organic, Brunch, Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 8 June 2017

Lovely food

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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food5
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service5
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 8 June 2017

It was great. Friendly service, excellent food, really enjoyed it. Will definitely go back, and thoroughly recommended.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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food4
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service4
value3

 
 (London)·Dined on 7 June 2017

A little gem of a restaurant. Innovative food nicely presented and very tasty.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Casual, Special Occasions, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighbourhood Gem
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 3 June 2017

Fantastic restaurant in Edinburgh!

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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 3 June 2017

One of our friends had suggested that we go to Lovage and I must admit that I hadn't heard of it before but after reading reviews we were intrigued. We were certainly not disappointed. The food was exceptional. The dishes were pieces of artwork and every mouthful was absolutely delicious. We had 3 courses and enjoyed every one of them. The service was perfect as well. All in all it was a marvellous experience and have already started recommending to friends and work colleagues.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 27 May 2017

This little restaurant seems to be less well known than it should be. The food was classy fine dining without the stuffiness and half the price tag. Excellent meal and faultless service throughout

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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food5
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service5
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vip
 (Bath)·Dined on 26 May 2017

Based on other reviews I made a reservation and found the food, service, wine selection and whole experience to be first class. The flavours and presentation of the food was excellent. The wines decently priced and whole experience was great - definitely going back.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Special Occasions
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food5
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service5
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on 20 May 2017

Great food and presentation.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on 20 May 2017

A not to be missed while in Edinburgh. A hidden gem...wonderful chef, attentive staff...you will enjoy.

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food5
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 19 May 2017

Spectacular food for the money, highly recommend a visit

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasions
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food5
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service5
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 (Glasgow)·Dined on 18 May 2017

Tout était très bien accueil gentillesse des serveurs la décoration rapidité du service les plats étaient succulents presque un Resto gastronomique desserts divins présentation des plats originale
A recommander vivement

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Romance, Quiet Conversation, Molecular Gastronomy
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 18 May 2017

Lovage is a wonderful place just off the Royal Mile. The food was excellent. We will definitely be back.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasions, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Lunch
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food5
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service5
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on 14 May 2017

Great service. Good food, well presented.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 12 May 2017

I've dined on some of the city's best restaurants including Kitchin. Castle Terrace, St Honoré, Witchery and never had better food. It was early so there weren't that many people but the service was friendly and helpful, the food was exquisite it was great value for money. The first of many visits methinks

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Modern Decor, Special Occasions
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food4
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service4
value4

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 28 April 2017

very good meal and attentive staff - would recommend

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Special Occasions
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food4
ambience3
service2
value3

 
 (Phoenix)·Dined on 28 April 2017

Service is a problem at this restaurant. Making a reservation turned out to require four phone calls following an online selection, which wasn't a good start. When we arrived they tried to give us the table by the door, their worst table, and only cleaned off another table after we were close to apologizing and choosing another restaurant - that table by the door was never filled. Food was good but would need to be spectacular to make up for the nonchalance of the service.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Casual
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food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (Aberdeen)·Dined on 28 April 2017

Lovely little restaurant.We were very impressed with all our food . Presentation and taste were excellent. We will be back!

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romance
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food5
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service5
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 (New England)·Dined on 21 April 2017

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

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Business Meals, Modern Decor, Organic, Great Beer, Historic, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasions, Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 16 April 2017

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

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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
value5

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 14 April 2017

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

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (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.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Creative Cuisine
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food3
ambience4
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.

Dining Occasion:Date
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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.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Lunch, Casual, Local Ingredients
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food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (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

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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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.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Group Bookings, Casual, Fireplace, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Family Style, Creative Cuisine
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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

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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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.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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
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 (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.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
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food5
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service5
value4

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 26 February 2017

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

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Lunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (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.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
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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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 24 February 2017

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

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
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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 (Cheshire)·Dined on 18 February 2017

Brilliant food, extremely tasty and presented beautifully.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Good for a Date, Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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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.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Creative Cuisine, Outstanding Value, Neighbourhood Gem, Authentic
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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.

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

Excellent dining experience, service was great and food was amazing

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Special Occasions, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (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.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Neighbourhood Gem, Healthy
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 (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.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Romance, Lunch, Cosy, Neighbourhood Gem, Good for a Date
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