J Sheekey - The Restaurant

4.6
565 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.

Special Offers

Set lunch menu: 2 Courses £25, 3 Courses £30

From a set menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 15 January 2019

Ends: 30 April 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-14:45

Late Supper Menu: 2 Courses £25, 3 Courses £30

Late Supper Menu: 2 Courses £25, 3 Courses £30
From a set menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 7 January 2019

Ends: 30 April 2019

Availability: Sun 21:00-22:45
Mon-Sat 22:00-23:45

What 565 People Are Saying
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M
London
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A return visit and usual champagne.
Staff were good until ignoring my having left all the salmon on my plate of grilled fish and pointing out it was very under cooked.
So a disappointing note, as the dish cost £58 plus 12.5% service!
I am also irritated that the cover charge also attracts an extra 'service' charge

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P
London
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My third visit this time with a friend who had not been before, he was well pleased saying he would return with his wife and daughter. I had smoked eel I love it and not often you get the chance to have it my friend crab with scrambled eggs said it was delicious to follow on my recommendation he had fish pie and was glad he did he said he would have the fish stew but I said the pie in my opinion is much better. I had lobster Thermidor first time in many years we both really enjoyed out mains . Dessert was Mille feulle 15 minute wait cooked to order delicious. Love this place expensive yes but you get what you pay for and the service was very good .

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GF
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve eaten at J Sheekey many times and again weren’t disappointed. Very good service and food was excellent.

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is always a favorite for us before a show when visiting London. Consistently great food and service.

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a
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner before the theatre. Fabulous experience at J. Sheekeys.. delicious food. Excellent service. Good ambience, perfect for any occasion.
Bill probably a little more than anticipated..

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KB
London
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As we were early ,to enable us to go to the theatre, our waiter was not busy.I felt his constant attention to
filling our wine glass a little too frequent!Generally a very pleasant meal.A pity the restaurant doesn’t do a weekday pre-theatre menu as do other very good restaurants.A rather expensive wine list.

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a
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place for Sunday supper with friends - fish pie all round and a glass of Sancerre!

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AK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service, we were very well looked after.

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J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A little cramped but well worth it for the quality of the food. My wife says she had the best halibut she has ever tasted, cooked to perfection.

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AC
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good!

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JM
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely live for their fish pie. Always try to stop here on my visits to London for either lunch or dinner.

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P
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had not been here for a couple of years but had always enjoyed in the past.
This visit was the best yet, wonderful food and great service made for a memorable evening, would highly recomend

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KE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing and special experience. Do not miss the fish pie!

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FH
London
12 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great fish restaurant - good selection & variety of traditional & modern dishes

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Y
London
12 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant for after theatre dining or a regular dinner if its not weekend with the drinkers out clogging up the streets. Good food ,particularly well cooked fish and a good wine list.Listen to the wine steward she has some good reccomendations.Very professionally run with excellent service. They have a gentleman who will get you a taxi for the ride home.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Awful experience ! Wanted to have a lovely meal for Mother’s Day. Very rushed and unhelpful waiters !

They kept filling our glasses up with water and we only realised at the end that they had charged us for 3 large bottle of still water without asking if wanted more bottles. The waiter got our order for coffee and tea wrong and then tried to blame us! They gave us an Americano and we had asked for flat white. And when they gave us the americano they said that’s all we do. But never actually told us they don’t do flat whites , poor communication. They gave us some awful tea when we asked for earl grey . It was not earl grey! . Awful experience will not be returning !!

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l
London
11 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We booked the fixed price set menu. The service and food was excellent with the exception of the pea soup which was served lukewarm but was readily replaced, although this didn’t happen until everyone else had finished. Apart from that small glitch an excellent meal and experience.

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A
Berkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Mrs H enjoyed her ‘surprise birthday’. Clearly she knew it was indeed her day, but the rest was a delightful shock!

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AB
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seafood was amazing and so fresh, there was so much of it we were spoilt for choice v

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l
London
15 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another enjoyable pre-theatre meal at J Sheekey. They don't offer a set menu like some of the other Le Caprice restaurants but its proximity to the theatre's is just perfect. My husband and I shared the seared tiger prawns (five) and they were delicious, just the right amount of chilli and garlic! We mopped the sauce up with the yummy bread. I then had the signature fish pie which was excellent, although surprisingly not pipping hot which you would expect. I had some spring greens as a side dish. My husband opted for the miso salmon and thoroughly enjoyed it. For dessert we had the golden pineapple (perfectly refreshing) and the banoffee profiteroles - the waiter massively undersold these, they were heavenly, choux buns filled with chocolate, topped with chocolate, with glazed bananas and banana ice-cream! It was my husband's birthday so they kindly provided a plate with some little truffles. We were full but managed to find a little space. The bill came to just under £150 for two including service, we shared a carafe of wine, a bottle of sparkling water and one glass of dessert wine. Would highly recommend and will return. The staff were friendly and helpful, and the restaurant had a good atmosphere, busy but not too loud you couldn't hear yourself.

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A
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely food, efficient service and lively atmosphere.

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JR
London
31 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food at J Sheekey was very good, an excellent nettle and something(?) soup, the iconic fish pie, and an option of honeycomb ice cream replacing the clotted cream on bakewell tart which was just slightly burnt. My friend enjoyed his gurnard, and tart with clotted cream - I can't remember what starter he had - and he seems impressed with my ability to find good places for lunch. It was really noisy though, and it's interesting that the noise level has been added as a rating criterion, while the room was slightly lacking in atmosphere.

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G
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and staff! I wish they had offered their lunch special menue which was advertised but then not offered.

The rest an absolute wonderful experience!

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RE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic seafood in the heart of London. Still one of the top places for oysters. Fantastic dressed crab, too.

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M
London
12 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

FIRST VISIT FOR OVER A YEAR, BUT UP TO THE USUAL HIGH STANDARDS IN BOTH FOOD AND SERVICE

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MK
London
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Too noisy for conversation although we had asked for a quiet table. Food very average. Service was OK but the waiter forgot a drink that was ordered. Nice ambience and good place to take visitors to London.

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AF
London
9 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The ambience it’s nice. But the food is not perfect. Good deserts.

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y
London
66 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Surrounded by photos of stars and paintings we were wonderfully served but the staff

All the food was delicious on the set meal and the cheese soufflé with cheese sauce was outstanding

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KB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, faultless service that was friendly, attentive but not intrusive.
It isn’t a cheap venue but it is a beautiful restaurant and worth every penny.

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LK
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Packed and noisy restaurant; we were six people sitting at a table more suited to four. Although the staff were all pleasant, service was very slow. The food was OK but not as good as expected; a little disappointing. Wouldn't eat here again.

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E
London
127 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Iconic seafood restaurant set in the middle of theatre land. The staff were attentive and discrete. There is a separate vegan/vegetarian menu upon request which was varied and interesting. Recommend for quality seafood. There organised a birthday plate for my friend with truffles so that was a really nice touch. Will definite return.

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Very tight fit, noisy and too much of other people’s conversations. Not a place for any kind of intimate conversation, be it romantic or business.

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C
London
54 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed the set lunch which was good value, however the wine and beers are expensive. Service was excellent but the tables are pretty close together so definitely not romantic.

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PM
London
10 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Since our last disappointing visit, a return to something approaching top form. The discreditable cover charge is still in place, and the service a little cavalier and unengaged at times, but the welcome on arrival was back in place, the restaurant hummed like a well-organised beehive, and the kitchens did ample justice to crab bisque, gravadlax, halibut on the bone, and tuna alike. Prices are still high, but overall the restaurant is doing what it is well-known for: classic fish dishes well conceived, well cooked and well presented. PerM

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a
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We love this iconic restaurant,where you can always be assured of a great dining experience.
Yesterday we enjoyed the set menu, fabulously fresh ingredients, huge mussels and prawns , great green veg.
We shared a beautiful creme caramel, an excellent finish.
Our experience was spoilt sadly by the staff, normally they are very welcoming and chatty.
Our waiter was practically monosyllabic, in fact we wondered if he actually understood us !

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A great lunch but the room was extremely noisy. Service excellent

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M
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, outstanding service. A bit pricey, but hey - you're in J Sheekey in Covent Garden.

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P
Hertfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Scallops were overdone and service was slow for a quiet slot. Was definitely better when I went previously. That said, they were very accommodating for my toddler. Was expensive for what we received

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic location and ambience, wonderful wonderful food, stylish interior and all great fun. Really good wine list.

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LL
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food as ever and excellent unobtrusive service. Not sure about the ambience right by the door but it was only lunch.

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