J Sheekey - The Restaurant

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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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J
London
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful venue. Lovely bustling traditional setting. Fabulous fish. Great event

DJ
London
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

A busy restaurant well-situated for the Theatre and West End
A little pricey but good for a treat

e
Kent
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here a few times now at the bar side and the restaurant, pre-show.
The service is impeccable, efficient and delivered with charm. It was a nice touch to be thanked for coming again when leaving.
We shared a whole turbot, my favourite fish. This was perfectly cooked.
We really should be more adventurous but when you find a restaurant that delivers what we want this remains our first choice when in theatreland.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A birthday lunch for my wife. Staff were friendly and very professional, food was beautiful and service great. On a wet and cold day it was a very special meal.

f
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we have eaten here we are impressed by the service, food, ambiance and, for a crowded restaurant, the lack of defining noise. There us a buzz as a result of the usually full house but it’s never too noisy for a pleasant chat. This is our default London restaurant.

C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was incredible from start to finish. Loved the sea bream and all the sides. The Oysters were out of this world. Really enjoyed the whole experience. The Apple
Crumble Dessert was superb. Will definitely come
Again and highly recommend.

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

Wedding anniversary

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience...staff were friendly and really nice...atmosphere was good seemed very busy but all staff kept an eye out on who they were servicing...Food was also really good. The fish was cooked to perfection and the squid was to die for as well as the Monkfish and prawn curry.

EL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best fish restaurant in town, superbly cooked food fantastic service great surroundings come the revolution everyone will have to eat there

K
London
18 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We have been there for few times. Good foods and service. I like the most is the whole crab

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our 17th wedding birthday. The settings and ambiance was great and the food was fantastic. There was items on the menu that was ideal for me as I follow ketogenic diet . The service was excellent and found the staff very helpful with wine choices.
Overall a fantastic night and I would recommend this place to my friends and family.

OT
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brilliant birthday meal for Tom and Evan

JF
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasurable experience, attentive staff, and fabulous food

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was taking a friend to the Royal Opera for the first time today and decided to take him to experience the excellence of J Sheekey at lunchtime. With a great choice for the set menu and great lunch was had.

The best service and food in London in my opinion and be using this fabulous restaurant for ten years now. Not as often as I’d like to , but whenever I’m in London I’ll always eat there if I can

MF
London
153 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner at Sheekeys. The squid was mouth watering as was the cod

AK
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood which is good value for money with an extensive wine list

s
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here. Never fails to disappoint.

D
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

As usual, the quality of the food and its preparation were outstanding, I think everyone was pleased with their selections. Typically the service is excellent at Sheekey, but tonight was a definite off night:- waiter never returned to take a pre-dinner cocktail order we had requested in the bar area; at the table, the cocktails took a long time to order; one person had wine, but was only given a tasting quantity; most dishes were served to the wrong guests and had to be switched; refreshing wine glasses required a specific request; and then as we were finishing dessert we were asked if we wanted another bottle of wine (definitely would have been better to have been asked earlier). It just seemed the waiters etc were very inexperienced - we all have to learn, but some oversight or supervision would help.

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything’s great — except I didn’t realize that tasty tomato soup is served cold when I was ordering.

S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very special meal for a very special anniversary- the whole experience was exceptional from the charming maitre d to the food to the service to the surprise truffles. Thank you to the whole J Sheekey team.

D
London
125 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal at J Sheekey. All the dishes each of us chose were amazing and very tasty and cooked to perfection. Can’t wait to be back to try the other dishes on the menu. The staff were very friendly and attentive but not overbearing.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

What a lovely lunch. Food very good. Staff warm and attentive. Birthday chocolates at the end of the meal was a lovely gesture. Thank you.

FA
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I say?! Eating seafood until knockdown. Outstanding experience as always. Thank you

l
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely pre theatre meal. We had to ask for the set lunch menu as it wasn’t offered in the end we opted for a la carte. Food was really good but slightly pricey

U
Hertfordshire
89 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed my lunch at Sheekeys. I thought the solettes with shrimps and capers were outstanding, and enjoyed the Herbert Hall sparkling wine. Unfortunately, my choice of rose was not available.
The only down side was that they did not bring the set lunch menu as a matter of course: a bit naughty, I thought.

LL
London
21 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jolly good

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was very tasty.
Service was satisfactory.
It is in Convent Gardens which is a lovely section of town.
Unfortunately we were overcharged for our martinis, which were very small, probably 2 ounces only, and not even served in a proper martini glass. Additionally there was an 8 dollar service charge for, get this, our tablecloth and bread basket. We’ve never heard of such a thing! Also my husband ordered the grilled fish combo and it was served to him with the bone still in one of the fishes. The waiter did not tell him to watch out for bones. And he served the grilled fish to him with a spoon. How do you eat grilled fish with a spoon? These are little things, I know and easily corrected but for the price of the food, everything should have been excellent. Don’t waste your time here.

CH
London
11 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and great service.

OT
London
64 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

A late supper after seeing Tina Turner the musical. J Sheekey did not disappoint - it is a relaxed music free adult place to enjoy a late night meal. Our mains of Sole and Monkfish and Prawn curry were both very good. Service was fine if lacking a little in warmth though I guess it was late. My only (perennial) gripe is the wine mark up which is 3x 3.5x and the list climbs very quickly. For fish this is one of the best places in London and the dining room is lovely. Being a West End stalwart it is not cheap and our supper of 2 courses + shared pudding with one bottle of Chinon came to £198 for 2. Yes! It is very good though and for us a special treat.

GB
London
96 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my brother here for his belated birthday. We looked at other seafood restaurants but always end up going back to JS for the seafood platter. I had the warm seafood platter though l think it could do with just a few more pieces of shellfish. They did a special dessert for my brother. I ordered a dessert called Fish Bowl which looked amazing. A jelly shaped fish, very creative and of course was delicious. Service was impeccable as usual.

T
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful fish dinner prior to seeing a West End show nearby. Gracious staff. Excellent food. Will definitely return.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

Pre-show meals

SW
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and venue and amazing service and attention to detail

H
London
16 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There is a reason this restaurant has been around forever. It's excellent. The food is always excellent. The service is attentive but not too in your face. The layout of the restaurant means it doesn't fell big and allows for a level of intimacy. It's not cheap but offers excellent value for a special night out.

p
London
9 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Average but reliable

SM
Yorkshire
8 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful seafood, delivered by polite and helpful staff.

J
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration, which was booked last minute due to plan changes. The food was lovely but it was the staff who made the evening.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The staff were efficient but not very friendly or warm

O
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at J Sheekey is always very enjoyable and the service very attentive.

OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We hadn’t been here for years but standards haven’t slipped. Excellent meal and great service.

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