The quest for the ultimate al fresco dining location in Edinburgh is over. In a city where green spaces can be a bit difficult to find, our outdoor dining spot at Black Ivy, located a short ten-minute walk from Edinburgh’s city centre, promises a retreat for your senses.

It’s a place where you can experience the vibrant energy of the city while enjoying the serenity of lush greenery. We provide an inviting retreat for those who crave a combination of delectable Scottish meals, the beauty of nature, and the joy of dining al fresco, not to mention our thirst-quenching drinks!

In this blog, we’ll explore the flora and design that create our natural oasis, highlight the outdoor amenities and activities that await you, and showcase guest testimonials that capture the essence of our outdoor experience.

By the end, we hope to inspire you to book a table with us to make the most of this captivating setting. Let’s get to it!

Exploring our enchanting gardens and outdoor sanctuaries

Situated in the charming Bruntsfield area, just a short ten-minute walk from Edinburgh’s city centre, Black Ivy welcomes you to our tranquil outdoor terrace – a hidden gem nestled next to the picturesque Links Park.

It’s the perfect oasis for those seeking a refreshing cocktail, a cold craft beer at our award-winning beer garden, or a delectable, freshly prepared meal in the heart of Edinburgh.

We offer the flexibility of walk-ins or reservations to secure your outdoor dining spot. If you’re one of our esteemed hotel guests, access to the outdoor terrace is just an elevator ride away, making it the ideal spot for your morning coffee as the city comes to life, or for an evening of mouthwatering drinks as the city’s vibrant nightlife unfolds. You can also explore our evening food menu to tease your taste buds.

Beyond being a stunning al fresco dining destination, Black Ivy is where people create memories. It’s a place where friends gather to celebrate small or big wins, where families come to bond and share quality time, and where couples mark milestones with love. We take pride in making those moments extra special.

Picture a birthday dinner under the stars, complete with laughter and delightful cuisine; a romantic proposal on our charming outdoor terrace, where the enchanting surroundings make it truly magical; or a cherished family reunion, where multi-generations come together to relish in each other’s company.

These heartfelt experiences are what make Black Ivy more than just a restaurant with beautiful gardens. It’s a place where life’s milestones become cherished memories. And we’re here to ensure that every occasion is memorable, no matter how big or small.

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Unveiling the beauty of nature of Black Ivy

Nature’s allure is undeniable, and we at Black Ivy have harnessed this power to create a unique outdoor haven. Lush greenery, vibrant blooms, and carefully curated design elements make our gardens a visual delight.

Black Ivy’s outdoor terrace offers a captivating blend of comfort and beauty. You can relish your outdoor meals or drinks while lounging amidst the charm of nature. Regardless of the weather, you’re guaranteed a cosy and inviting space, thanks to our strategically placed canopies and heaters. So, whether you’re sipping a fine Old Fashioned as the sun sets or enjoying your morning coffee with a light breakfast, our terrace has you covered.

For those who prefer early mornings, our terrace provides the perfect spot to ease into the day gently. And as the day unfolds, you can enjoy a wide selection of small-batch coffee and delicious meals. This is a place where you can unwind, watch the world go by, and let your worries melt away.

With an extensive drinks menu available, Black Ivy’s Terrace is your go-to location for outdoor drinking in Edinburgh. We offer an excellent selection of beers, wines, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages. If cocktails are your preference, you’re in for a treat with our impressive collection.

The terrace is open until 1 am every night of the week, so the party can go on into the early hours. It’s the ideal spot for those looking to enjoy outdoor drinks in Edinburgh and create lasting memories.

In our outdoor dining area, you’ll discover a diverse range of dining options. Whether you’re stopping by for breakfast as early as 8 am or seeking an al fresco dinner experience, we have something to suit every taste. Our food menus offer a delightful selection of culinary delights that promise to tantalise your taste buds.

Amenities and activities await at Black Ivy

Unforgettable moments

The outdoor area at Black Ivy is not just about dining; it’s about creating unforgettable moments. We’ve designed this space with the intention of making your visit a cherished memory.

Multi-occasion space

Whether you’re marking a special occasion, celebrating a milestone, or simply seeking a fun night out, our outdoor terrace caters to a variety of occasions. It’s a place where you can craft unique experiences with your loved ones.

Comfort in every season

The inclusion of canopies and heaters ensures that your outdoor experience is comfortable in any weather. Whether it’s a sunny afternoon or a breezy evening, we’ve got you covered.

Wake up to bliss

If you prefer early mornings, Black Ivy’s outdoor terrace is the perfect spot to ease into the day gently. Sip on your favourite small-batch coffee and savour a light breakfast meal as the city stirs to life around you.

Elevated culinary journey

Our sumptuous food menus are designed to tantalise your taste buds. With a selection of delectable meals on offer, you’re in for an exquisite culinary journey amidst the beauty of the outdoors. Explore the Black Ivy menu here.

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Stories from Black Ivy’s great outdoors: Real reviews from real guests

There’s no better way to capture the essence of an outdoor experience than through the words of our first time and returning guests. For our guests, Black Ivy’s outdoor terrace isn’t just a dining space, it’s also a place where memories have been crafted. Here are some reviews from those who have savoured our outdoor ambiance:

“With a view to the beautiful Bruntsfield Links, Black Ivy is ideally situated, a short walk to main bus routes to the city centre. An excellent and reasonably priced menu offers something for everyone. The option to sit outside beneath a retractable awning is ideal for the Scottish weather. The food was good, service equally good. Great atmosphere. I would recommend booking in advance. It gets busy

– Dave C., Five stars on Google Review

“Fantastic ambience and very cool decor. Felt intimate and interesting, cosy and boutique vibes all wrapped into one. Staff were informed and attentive without being to invasive. Food was to a high standard and at a good price point. Highly recommend.”

– Jamie G., Five stars on Google Review

“Wow, what a wonderful find and everything about this place smacks of style, class and quality. The menu had my taste buds tingling and I was not disappointed. The service was exceptional and both the decor and it sounds silly but the cutlery and glassware just felt really nice to hold and use. Stylish, sophisticated and brilliant on every level. Thumbs up everyone👍👍👍”

– Paul H., Five stars on Google Review

“Pretty great food and drink experience. Staff super friendly and helpful and the place has a classy but modern vibe. Great drink options and the menu is really decent, great atmosphere when sports are on the big screens and dog friendly as a bonus. Well worth a visit if you are having a walk in the Meadows.

– DE, Five stars on Google Review

These reviews resonate with the heartwarming experiences that we aim to create at our outdoor terrace. They underline the ambience, the quality of our service, the richness of our menu, and most of all, the special memories that guests take away with them.

Your guide to booking and enjoying our outdoor haven

Step into the world of Black Ivy’s stunning outdoor terrace and revel in the enchanting ambience.

Contact us today to secure your table. We can’t wait to welcome you to our charming spot where you can dine, drink, and celebrate life amidst the allure of nature!