J Sheekey - The Restaurant

4.6
1139 reviews
£41 and over
Seafood
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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PaulB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant with excellent food and staff that go the extra mile to make your evening special
Will be back very soon

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AdeleS
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A great evening with great food. They accommodated us 30mins earlier than the booking and managed to squeeze us into the main restaurant rather than an outside table. They couldn't have been more helpful. Always a great atmostphere. Great night/meal!!

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OutAndAbout
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We dined on the terrace yesterday - it was really lovely up to the point when it got too cold because the waiter kept the front door open so all the heat escaped :-) Otherwise all great!

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SusanW
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service as ever. We went pre- theatre and did not feel rushed or stressed in any way. Could not fault the experience in any way

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vipMorog
London
51 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

A regular visitor to sheekeys but disappointed this time. Service was very poor. Waited half an hour before served a drink, asked for extra butter and then had to ask again as not given to us. Clearing the table slow ponderous not a good experience.
Food however delicious.

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AlisonC
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Every time.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience. We had a table for 3 and had lots of room. The staff were also very nice to our daughter (14 months)

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NickS
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent food and ambience but staff weren’t very attentive or welcoming. Had to search for a waiter to order a drink, later the wine and in the end the bill.

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JamesW
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall4food3service3ambience4

we had a fun evening and lovely food. wine way to expensive tho!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time I’ve booked this restaurant and what a superb experience. Can’t fault any aspect in any way. Can’t wait to book again 👍

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Gozzie
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Octopus dish disappointingly tough. Not up to usual standard

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Gaffer
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a family birthday meal and everything was marvellous. Great food, atmosphere and service. The extensive and interesting vegetarian options were a big hit.

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PatrickH
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was sublime highly recommended would definitely go back

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PatrickV
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect pre-theatre service: efficient service, excellent food, cosy atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal in comfortable surroundings. This is a top restaurant despite having a slightly limited menu given the difficulties with logistics at the moment.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall1food1service5ambience3

I can especially for the scallops, they we’re not available. Actually 30% of the whole menu wasn’t available. This restaurant claims to have a high quality, but it is nothing more than microwaved brasserie food.

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vipKirillB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was excellent!

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CallumO
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not as good as I remember: Waiting-on service was friendly, but not up to Sheeky’s usual high standard (having to chase them to take our order; waiter spilled water over our table). Really small lobsters (Thermidor), and chips were over-cooked. Starters were good.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful meal in our favourite restaurant with our three children.

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vipRobbieT
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

The food was mostly excellent. Great oysters though not properly shucked; lovely scallops and sticky prawns; great curry and sole, let down only by a pretty poor dish of rocket salad. It’s not cheap, but it is worth it. My only gripe was the table. A small side-by-side table next to the serving hatch, so we got a close-up view of buckets of dirty plates and non-stop waiters passing by: it felt like dining in the lobby. Also for a £300 dinner for two, there should be somewhere to put you coats rather than on the bench-seat next you you.
Will definitely be back, but will clarify the table location before arrival.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, brilliant as always

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The manager asked me to move the seat after appetiser, even he apologised and offered a wine I still feel disturbed and not comfortable for what they did.

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AndrewS
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always - definitely better than Scott’s

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice food and great service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Sheekeys is my favourite restaurant in London. My wife and I always come for lunch between Christmas and New Year. The food was superb as always but unfortunately the service was not at its usual high standard. However this must be due to the pandemic and the shortage of healthy experienced staff. This is entirely understandable in the circumstances and it was a pleasure to be able to return. Let’s hope that we can return to more normality soon.

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LesW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will be back - excellent food, atmosphere and staff.

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NickyTotti
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We were sat on a table that was for 4no people but there was 6 of us. After complaining we were moved.
When it was time to order they had no oysters left or lobster so we had to change our order.
The shell fish platters which should of had oysters had other bits added like mussels.
When it was time for desserts they had also no crème brûlée left.
I very rarely write reviews but this was a poor experience. A birthday meal ruined.

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DeniseM
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food, staff and service, we will return soon 🤩

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem down a side street in theater land. Great champagne list and really delicately prepared
Everyone should go there!

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DrJohn
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Staff- exceptional, polite, I asked them to surprise me with cocktails containing vodka of their choice and they made some very nice ones not on menu, they checked up on me and wanted to make sure my experience was great.

Drinks- very tasty.

Ambience- lovely decor, very pleasant and “posh” interior design, it was great.

Food- shellfish bisque was exceptional. Lobster was a bit disappointing due to the small size but this could be because of the time of the year. The chips that came with the lobster were great. The mousse was a bit hard (as if it was frozen).

Would I come again? Yes, I think I would in order to try the other dishes and because the people working behind the bar really put in effort without me asking (except for the drinks) to ensure I had a great experience.

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Eppy
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pre-theatre meal - a great start to Christmas

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KeithW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Today we felt a number of things were off, the table we were placed at looked like it had been shoe horned in to the space, we were very close to two other tables and could clearly hear conversation from both, additionally when the waitress was serving the other table wine etc, she was brushing past my wife. Not really what we would expect at a high end restaurant and especially in these covid times...
We should have asked to be moved at the start of the meal and I do regret not mentioning it.
Additionally we had a trainee waiter, I appreciate young staff need to learn however I dont see that reflected in the service charge so why am I paying for trainee service?
Food was very good, just need to smarten up on the basics...

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newmagx9
London
18 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Been going to J Sheekey for years - disappointed that service was a bit inattentive this evening, everything from taking our drinks order to topping up wine and clearing the plates. Can’t blame Covid as there were plenty around.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The food was excellent however the staff attitude was not! Not sure if they are understaff or not wanting to do their jobs but it didn’t leave a great impression

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vipSimon
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent location right in the heart of the west end

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Cravatekid
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our Christmas treat and what a treat it was. Fantastically cooked fish n chips, yes they are £21 a portion but so worth it. Service was very friendly and professional, wine chilled to perfection and delicious cocktails. Loved the old school ‘club’ vibe which added the ambiance of somewhere special.

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vipLaura
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service - a great evening with friends out on the terrace

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DonaldL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre Birthday celebration

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davida7
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Pre theatre meal, sooooo close to the theatre. The staff were amazing, simply excellent!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual fabulous meal and great atmosphere.

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J Sheekey - The Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 1139 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.