J Sheekey - The Restaurant

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Seafood

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Pre/post Theatre
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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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food was disappointing

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Debster
London
27 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'd been waiting to come here for years but never got round to it until last week. What a mistake! My partner and I loved the atmosphere, the service, the food. I haven't stopped recommending it to friends since our meal. I will definitely return to sample different dishes.

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joanned
Hampshire
7 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience1

It was a disappointment. It was not the intimate descreet ambience that we had loved on our previous visit. Our waitress was rude and surly and not the usual Sheekey type of staff. We were sat adjacent to the servery despite booking well in advance which ruined the atmosphere as it felt manic. Food was AMAZING as always and we were completely unbothered by the delays in courses as we were not in a rush as it was a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing meal in a delightful setting with great service. J.Sheekey strikes the perfect balance of laid back refinement in a very traditional restaurant setting with thoughtful tweaks for social distancing.
The Parmesan truffle soufflé was genuinely one of the most delicious starters I’ve had in some time and the seafood is some of the best in London.

The prices are expensive but you are paying for the amazing quality of food and great experience.

I wish they would bring back the amazing chocolate sphere dessert that they used to do, but the creme brûlée almost makes up for that departing the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food amazing service would recommend to everyone

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vipHilly
London
17 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I can't fault it. The food was delicious and the service was great! Can't wait to go back again.

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vipSuchacritic
Bristol
34 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was good. With that lead, let me say it did not live up to the reputation or the price. We have had better fish several times in the last month around England at half or a third the price and without the pretension. I grant the London price premium in my calculation. We expected something memorable, and there was not a dish we will think about next year or next week. Maybe I set the bar too high. At any rate, the oysters were fresh and the fish was well-cooked. The ceviche was a letdown - it needed acid and seasoning. The service was a highlight. The ambiance was strange. The place was nearly empty, yet they sat us at what seemed to be the worst table available. Outside on a very windy day, right next to the servers' station. I cannot say I would go back.

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vipbeebee
London
10 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out to dinner since lockdown: a lovely evening! We felt pampered and safe!

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maxzinho
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Where to start. May as well have been at five guys or Mac Donald’s. I booked this to celebrate our engagement and it had come highly recommended by a friend. As someone who frequents many of Richard Carings establishments I thought it would be amazing. SO DISAPPOINTING, our starters arrived before the drinks we ordered and within 3 minutes of ordering (very odd). They then brought us the bread which was supposed to come before the starters. Within 5 minutes of clearing the starters, the main courses arrived before they’d even had a chance to open the bottle of wine we had ordered. Safe to say we sent it back and said there’s no point now. The whole thing seemed like they were trying to get us in and out as fast as possible. Not the sort of experience one would expect from an establishment such as J Sheeky. I’ve genuinely waited longer for my food in five guys. We mentioned to the server that it seemed like they wanted us gone and the whole thing was ridiculously quick, he didn’t seem to care whatsoever. We were in and out in 45 minutes. So disappointing as the food is delicious but the experience does not match the food and the prices. Would not go back. If you want a nice dinner with great seafood where they actually care about your experience rather go to Scott’s - same company - totally different experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious food! Very good quality!!

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kateh
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, perfect service, will definitely be back!

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vipAARd
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening- fantastic food and service!

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vipMarFer
London
159 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner.

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StevenN
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood in London

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vipBethanyBiscuits
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Disappointing service, really mucked up our food order, brought our mains before we’d finished our starters, didn’t know the menu, rushed overall. Shame, because the food was good but it left a bitter taste in the mouth.

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JerryD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourite restaurants. We used to come several times a year, usually taking a stool at the bar. Covid has changed all that. I think prices have gone up to help with their recovery. Nevertheless, it was really nice to be back. It was pretty busy, too, but everyone was well spaced out.

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vipbabs
London
13 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always come to J Sheekeys for pre theatre dinners but I thought I’d try a trip into London after 6 months (!!) since lockdown and chose J Sheekey’s to meet my son for lunch. It was his first time and he loved it, especially the oysters. We will be making it a regular event now.
Thank you to the staff for making it such an enjoyable experience in the present circumstances, nothing was too much trouble, and the food was outstanding as always!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overpriced

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vipTheAllens
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sheekey's is in a league of its own, alway has has been and I'm sure always will be.
The team has done a brilliant job of adapting to the current situation and made the experience as seamless as ever.

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vipTessa
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love Sheekys, but the staff were 'warming' up. We had to ask for quite a lot; salt, pepper, butter, mayo, wine was slow, toast came after the the dressed crab was finished. All forgivable because lovely to be back!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fabulous as always.

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londoneater01
London
9 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

beautiful seafood great service and well executed drinks!
thank you all for the warm welcome.
See you soon

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
28 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service, the shrimp and crab burger was very tasty, the lobster salad was fresh and full of flavour. Excellent oysters too so will definitely be back for those.

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Topaz
London
8 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great lunch on the terrace, fabulous service and food.

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Dominus
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Traditional, discreet service. Good wine list. Would return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Berkshire
33 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service. Were very conscientious regarding Covid-19 measures. Large outdoor space for dining.

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MissWong
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely restaurant!
We had a great time with amazing service and incredible food.
Despite everything going on (covid-19) the restaurant still held its delicate charm and made us feel 'normal' for the few hours we were there.
I'd highly recommend this place for either a casual date night or special occasion.
Looking forward to our return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great meal in great restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Long wait for the table and the food.
Most of the plates in the menù were not available.
Significant discount on the bill in exchange

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vipBarryboy
London
41 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Given the reduction in the number of diners service appeared all over the place. Staff forgot our wine, found it very difficult to catch anyone’s attention. Took ages to get the bill. It wasn’t a bad experience but for a restaurant that normally delivers such a high level of service it was unexpectedly chaotic.

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Markq3
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous place to eat and drink......great atmosphere very much of the moment.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing

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paulr
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice restaurant oysters a d prawns great haddock in batter was over cooked so fish was mushy. Great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I tried some dishes that I have not had before. A cheese soufflé and the fish stew. Both were amazing. Best cheese soufflé ever. And for desert I had the pear tart tartan which was amazing too.

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harveyvoices
London
14 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mums 70th birthday, best spot in London for a special fish supper.

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SteveRaz
London
10 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic and I would highly recommend. The service was impressive and the food amazing.

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mikedl
London
19 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here before going to the theatre the service was friendly,prompt and professional and the food was amazing.

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vipElizabeth
Sacramento
83 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great late-night, post-theater option - lots of people there after the play, so not empty or too quiet. We enjoyed the fish - Dover sole and mixed grill - also a very nice bottle of Chablis. The arugula and Parmesan salad was good, also the pear tarte tatin for dessert. We'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

There was a problem in the kitchen which led to a very long wait and they didn’t offer any discount or complimentary drink etc. It was my 40th birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Slips soles were stunning x

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