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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JamesB
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a lovely lunch sitting at the counter. Definitely a little quiet due to COVID etc., but the staff did their most to still make it a lovely experience. Amazing seafood - it’s not cheap but hopefully you know that before you reserve ;)

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Star
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Daisy was excellent and exceptional ,food was amazing ,wine 🥰

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can safely say after my dressed crab as a starter, lobster Thermidor for main and honeycomb ice cream for dessert; it was the best meal I’ve ever had.

And even though I wouldn’t say the meal is cheap, I can say I’ve payed over £100 more and not been full, and I am very full from that lovely meal

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Mikejp
London
26 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

J Sheekey is a slick COVID safe operation. Seamless temperature checks (no gun to the head here!) on entry and staff masked and well versed in distancing meant the pandemic didn’t get in the way of dining and socialising. (Boring but necessary part of review done)

J Sheekey remains one of the best restaurants in the world. Everything was perfect; my Amex bill testament to the fact we had a lot of great food and wine! Plaice schnitzel, lemon sole, squid, crab, oysters were all amazing. Service exceptional .

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PaulP
London
11 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great night at J Sheekeys with friends for dinner, great location and excellent food.

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vipDavidE
London
12 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wednesday evening dinner. Lovely food and good service but a little on the £££ side for what it was

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PBrow
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants in London, the food is always spot on. Attentive service, as one would expect, a thoroughly pleasant way to spend a lunchtime.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Covid safety measures and clarity was very good.
Our table was poor - 2 feet from the buckets/trays where uneaten food was cleared into (left until filled before being moved).
Service staff were pleasant however our bread came after our starters and our drinks as we were finishing our starters.
Starters (squid dish and mozzarella dish) were OK.
My wife’s steak was unevenly cooked - veering from med/rare to barely blue.
My lemon sole was decent but again, the final quarter of one half was very mushy/poorly cooked.
Average enough stuff for the price

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vipRichardG
London
20 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate dinner for two in one of the West End's most iconic restaurants. The fish pie was as good as previous reviews suggest and the oysters and plaice were delicious. Nice to have properly prepared oysters for once ! As for ambience, sitting in a corner table were famous names have dined just added to the experience. J Sheekey is simply one of those timeless and faultless jewels on London's culinary scene.

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vipmarkb
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We left the restaurant very full with the finest seafood plater really went well with the Nytimber English sparkling wine
Definitely back in December

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vipWeegee
London
25 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, great food - a great experience.

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teacakesmalloy
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just never disappoints. Love this old school but fab London restaurant.

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DisajanM
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful dining experience. The staff are incredibly respectful and attentive. The food arrived quickly and was delicious. My only regret was that I could only choose one main course. My eyes are far bigger than my stomach!! As for the wine delicious!! And the dessert - Creme brûlée was like food of the gods. Thank you very much fir a wonderful dinner.

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vipHansL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Knowledgeable staff, good food well prepared. I had oysters from Ireland (delicious) and the ‘must have’ fish pie (yum!). As most timeless restaurants it’s perfect for any occasion.

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vipJeremyD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, ambience and service, as usual. Highly recommended for a special meal.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always - the wine is but more expensive than it should be perhaps but you get what you pay for here. Everything is cooked to perfection and there is something for everyone.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
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
20 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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farmfoodie
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Just love everything about Sheekey’s.

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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
160 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
14 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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J Sheekey - The Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 824 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.