J Sheekey - The Restaurant

4.6
372 reviews
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£41 and over
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Seafood
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Josef Sheekey was a seafood stall holder who first opened an oyster bar on St Martin’s Court in 1896. The restaurant was restored to its former glory in 1998, its four inter-connecting rooms hung with original pictures of actors from throughout the 20th century that reflect its central position in the theatre world. Both casts and audiences flock here for immaculately sourced and perfectly prepared seafood.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday: 12 noon-3pm, 5pm-12 midnight
Saturday: 12 noon-3pm, 5.15pm-12 midnight
Sunday: 12 noon-3.30pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm
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Phone number
020 7240 2565
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Andrew McClay
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Public Transit
Leicester Square station
Additional
Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Outdoor dining , Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 372 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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H
London
52 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely dinner at J Sheekey - the service was impeccable. The food was lovely. Will come again.

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WG
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While I've been to the Atlantic Bar a few times before this was the first time in the restaurant. Everything was perfect, food and service was excellent. Very old school charm.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent meal at J Sheekey. Great ambience and service, and brilliant seafood. I had the scallops and Dover sole and my girlfriend had the grilled prawns and lobster thermidor. We shared some oysters to start too. None of it disappointed. Absolutely brilliant. Great place to celebrate my birthday.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was wonderful, as always. I highly recommend this restaurant. The service is extraordinary, the food delicious and the ambience sophisticated.

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MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Delicious food. Fun bustling atmosphere.
Good for any occasion.
Near theatre.

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MT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The oysters were outstanding as was the fish pie. The wine fitted the food perfectly
Mark

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TN
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always reliable for top notch seafood, and this visit no exception.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant. As always.

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AM
London
19 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good choice of food. Catered for nut allergy well.
I had the sea bream which was lovely, so was the tiger prawn starter!

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h
London
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Well worth the money

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service is good and the food is up to expectation. I ordered some seafood as starter. Oyster, shrimp and crab were good. Hot dishes fish pie and tiger prawn were a bit disappointed. Overall experience is good.

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New York Area
98 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We’ve been here before - this 2nd visit was ok - overall I thought it was all over priced - 14 pound drinks full of ice and very small, the food was ok but nothing special - in the end we paid 255 pounds ($340us) for what was a very average meal

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was a lovely meal but very overly priced...great experience though..!!

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F
London
30 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not been for a while and was not disappointed. Will try and not leave it for such a long time

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D
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a lovely atmosphere. Food lovely and staff fantastic. No rushing us and made our birthday celebrations very special. Best Negroni too!!

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TK
London
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another great pre-theatre dinner and birthday celebration - have been many times before both early and late and the service is always top drawer, always great food, great specials and attention to detail, particularly if you like fish/seafood.

Thank you again as this was my wife's birthday so had to be special !

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M
London
10 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very famous and understandably so.
I came for lunch with my daughter. A special day as she is almost due my first grandchild. Good service. Very busy and wonderful food. My one gripe is as she was due a week away, so, I rang up to ask for a table two days before to request comfortable seating . I was told that this would noted against our reservation. We were shown the worst seating; in the corner against the wall. Obviously this phone call had not been noted. On request we were moved.
Apart from that fabulous.

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SD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always, never a dull moment at J.Sheekeys

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was extremely slow. We were a party of 3 in a room with two larger groups and felt “invisible”. At this price point, the service should have. Even a “10”

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P
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place, seafood was amazing and perfect location before heading to the theatre. Bar seating recommended. Service prompt and courteous.

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KT
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time we have been to this lovely restaurant,it is classy and cosy with excellent seafood and service.

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RB
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, sublime - still the BEST fish restaurant in London by a long way....

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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ever a very high quality experience at J Sheekey. Great welcome - lovely banquette table for me and my daughter and great fresh fish. The prawn and soft shell crab burger is lovely and the haddock lovely and pearly fresh. Excellent service. Not cheap but worth it.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Class! Excellent food matched with excellent service

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We all loved it. And enjoyed the meal. The service was quite nice, polite and courteous.

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H
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit, lovely evening meal in this busy city centre specialist fish restaurant. The service was of a very high quality and the food was excellent. We will definitely return again in the future.

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PM
London
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great as always ... service was impeccable.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant meal in happy ambience. A treat in the middle of a busy day

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SP
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Disappointing on the very level. No sense of timing. Wrong food delivered. Had to keep asking for drinks to be topped up.

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F
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

We arrived spot on time and we were kept waiting for 15 minutes for the table. Herded into the small bar area. Not a good start. The food was fantastic. But the service unfortunately very slow. The ambience is completely wrong. Too many tables crushed into a tiny space and extremely loud (to the point of shouting at the top of their voices) and drunk diners went completely unchallenged by the staff. We will not return.

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PR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

Anniversary

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r
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service, as usual. A must any time we are in London.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal for my wife and I on her birthday, thank you for making it so special

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PB
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent menu and as always great fish - double cooked haddock souflee was not very hot but the rest was very good. Bit of a cheek that the bread is charged for regardless - in this day and age it seems unreasonable to charge when the place is not the cheapest. Regardless of this points we will come back and recommend - but they need to be aware of the competition and what they are offering!

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LC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine here on a regular basis, my Wife's Parents bright her here a a child back on the 1960's and we have dined here ever since. It is consistent, a god atmosphere and staff are very good. The experience is very good and the food is faultless. Try it I guarantee you so t be dissapoited.

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our youngest 21st birthday meal. Everybody was very attentive and a birthday plate was made up with her dessert. She had a lovely meal, and the whole occasion was memorable. We have been many times and it never fails to disappoint.

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RT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always from this restaurant everything was of a very high standard. We are very fond of good fish and this restaurant knows how to serve it to perfection.

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f
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good booking and confirmation service . Knew closing time of nearby show ‘moderate soprano’ (dreadful play don’t bother with it !) and recommended post theatre time to suit ,
Food service great , excellent quality . Nice post theatre lively ambiance .

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious fried sea bass preceded by burrata and tomato. Excellent and good natured waiter named Alex. Though staff work very much as team. Expensive but high quality food and experience.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent Birthday wxperience

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