J Sheekey - The Restaurant

4.6
619 reviews
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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.
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D
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service only matched by dining on the Queen Mary 2. Food extraordinary.

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NA
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food great, tasty and beautifully presented. The staff very attentive..we visited the restaurant for our anniversary and was pleasantly surprised that our desert plates they wrote happy anniversary which we had not requested...we will be returning to the restaurant again.

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I
London
12 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

They can’t break their habit of rushing you through your meal. Otherwise an excellent restaurant as ever

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Great seafood, booked here for a team dinner and everyone loved it. Including a French member of the team who is a food snob!

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BL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best seafood I've ever had, as always. It had been a few years since dining at J. Sheekey, and it was my first time to do so in the formal dining room versus the bar area so it was wonderful to see nothing has changed. It's always been on my list of recommended restaurants in London when friends ask and it will continue to be at the top for the quality of food, service, ambiance, history and location. Thank you!

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CP
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant because quite simply the food is always superb. The ambiance and the service is fantastic as well but the food is awesome !

Enough said!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Lesson learned: Don’t go here when everyone is flooding the place in a hurry to get to the theater. It’s packed, very loud, severs can’t keep up, and the food is all over cooked.

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c
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was average. Not very attentive and took forever to get a final check. No coffee refill. Cover charge? C’mon.

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DA
London
28 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quality seafood and excellent service. My only issue was that it was a bit noisy as out table was directly in front of the mini kitchen area.

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BA
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

food was excellent but the service felt a bit rushed

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JB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

J Sheekey is my favourite restaurant & has been for many years.
I always feel very at home

Thsnk you

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WI
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Great food. Felt very well looked after!
Thank you.

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MA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Quite disappointed by our first visit here. The service was too slow given it was a 5:45pm pre-theatre booking and the restaurant was not that busy. The food was OK but not good enough to make us want to return in a hurry. The whole experience smacked of style over substance.

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CS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most sublime and memorable dining experiences of my life. You will not find better seafood anywhere in the world the dressed crab is a must as are the prawns and the sole do not pass go do not collect 200 just eat here

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LB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food & perfect service.

Sheekeys remains my favourite restaurant

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LC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovey fish and side dishes
Excellent stuff and nice environment

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CJ
London
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I took a friend here as a birthday treat and overall I would recommend it. The service is good and strikes the right balance of looking after your needs, but not being over-attentive. I did have to ask one waiter not to do something that is a personal bugbear of mine, which is to top up the wine after only a couple of tips. We had a carafe of wine and I wanted to keep it out of the glass and chilling in the ice bucket for as long as possible. The waiter quickly apologised and took my feedback on board immediately. The food was excellent and our two fish dishes were perfectly cooked and the portion sizes were very good. I couldn't fault it. My brother and I are intending to bring my Dad as an 80th birthday treat next month. He used to love J Sheekey when he ran a business in the area. I think he will enjoy the experience and find that very little has changed since he used to go there in the 80s and 90s. It's not cheap, but very worthwhile for a special occasion.

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w
London
32 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love this place, its consistently good food and fun, especially right before a show in the Westend.

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W
London
41 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always superb. I usually go to the other side of the restaurant which is far cheaper so decided to treat myself on this occasion and was not disappointed. The service, ambience and food was superb. Will definitely recommend.

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TF
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I took my wife for a late lunch as we were going to the theatre next door. I didn't realise what I ordered was just an expensive fish and chips. The batter was very thick. My wife's choice was better. The couple next to us laboured through a mountain of fruit de mer, and clearly enjoyed it. We should have ordered that.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Birthday meal

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L
London
31 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A wonderful evening - Sheekeys at its best. Faultless food, good if expensive wine, mostly good service and a feeling of wellbeing soaking up the atmosphere. On my last visit (2 months ago) I felt some of the sparkle might have gone but our pre-theatre supper on 5 June proved it had not! I shall be back!

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a
London
17 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit. Very enjoyable evening, will go back.

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N
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For starters we had gravlax and tuna tartar and then the turbot for two. This restaurant is one of the best in Britain fir seafood.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

27th Wedding Anniversary and service was amazing. The pudding came with Happy 27th Wedding Anniversary. Nice touch!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. - great day out

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PP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sons birthday he loved it

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j
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

This restaurant seems to me to be coasting on its previous reputation. I visited with a companion. Her first course of smoked eal was good apparently. However the eal is bought in of course. Mine was overcooked scallops. No point in eating a scallop which is not perfectly cooked. Her main course of sea trout was good. I had rare tuna which was ok but accompanied by some of the smallest lentils ever seen and a white smear which was supposed to taste of coconut but didn’t. She lost out on the pudding course. A scandalous creme brûlée which probably had half an egg in it and very little sign of the brûlée. My pudding was indifferent. Total bill including carafe of house white, gin and tonic and glass of Ayala champagne: £188. Never again.

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D
London
26 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant! Great staff ,great food!

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice if you're going to theatre

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DR
New York Area
167 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We totally enjoyed out dinner at J. Sheekey. The dishes are creatively done, particularly the appetizers we had - razor clams and dressed crab. The service was excellent - anticipating what we wanted without being effusive. Hope to eat here again when I am in London.

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JC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. All dishes were delicious and the service was very good.

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GM
London
81 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I adore this place. Discreet but always on the ball. attention to detail is perfect just wish i could come here more often

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HB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous place for a special occasion with excellent food and service. Great menu for vegetarians/pescatarians too.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

The food at J Sheekey was excellent. There was a good range of tasty dishes which were well presented. However, there was a rush from the beginning to get us out because the table had 9.30pm deadline. We ordered cocktails and specifically asked for time to drink them before the food was served. Moments after we started the cocktails the first course arrived. The food had to go back to the kitchen. It was a shoddy start to the meal and diminished the overall experience. The staff were apologetic but it should not happen in a restaurant of this calibre. We left at about 9.45pm by which time we were surrounded by empty tables. Why the rush? It has put me off going back or recommending this restaurant.

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C
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Maybe....if theater is close by and you are wanting fish. Wouldn’t go out of my way to go there.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal fantastic wine

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l
London
16 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

If you love great seafood, great service and a special evening, then dinner at J Sheekeys is the perfect venue. We went pre-theatre and everything went perfectly but never felt rushed or forced. One of my favourite places

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j
Hamburg Area
23 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Place in London, even better than The Ivy. More original food,

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OT
London
48 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to this restaurant and I have always meant to try it. The experience was delightful as the staff are all very welcoming and attentive. The choice of food is extensive and the quality exceptional. The dessert menu is particularly tempting.

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