J Sheekey - The Restaurant

4.6
412 reviews
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£41 and over
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Seafood
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  • Pre/post Theatre
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday: 12 noon-3pm, 5pm-12 midnight
Saturday: 12 noon-3pm, 5.15pm-12 midnight
Sunday: 12 noon-3.30pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm
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Phone number
020 7240 2565
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Andrew McClay
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Public Transit
Leicester Square station
Additional
Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Outdoor dining , Wheelchair Access, Wine
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SD
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my partener to sheekys for lunch on her birthday.The food and service was second to none. Great value for money.We will be going back.

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PM
London
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I am a fan of Sheekey's, but this was an off-night. A pre-theatre booking was noted on arrival (once the reception staff deigned to notice us), but it didn't prevent a last-minute rush to settle up and leave an hour and a half later. Service ok but unengaged. Gravadlax starter was good; crab bisque tasted over-diluted and was tepid. A shared fish platter saw salmon and tuna well-cooked, but bream and sea bass overdone. No desserts, and mint tea/coffee to finish, two glasses of house champagne at the outset and a bottle of New Zealand chardonnay (not cool enough) produced a bill of £230. The eyes watered a little, not least when noting that a restaurant of this distinction and ambition has the audacity to levy a cover charge of £2 a head. Teacher's note: could do considerably better - and has done in the past. PerM

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service amazing! It was my husband's 70th and we were treated like royalty! A discreet birthday plate made it extra spy. Thank you Sheekeys for another wonderful dining experience.

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AW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great dining experience. Superior food with an extensive wine list--something for everyone. Impeccable service, very attentive but never over bearing. On my return to London we shall make a point of visiting again.

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MN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the dinner. Perfect for after theatre dinner.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful fish, perfectly cooked.

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CP
London
11 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is sublime - every dining experience at J Sheekey is such a gastro pleasure.
I so wish some diners could muster the manners to turn off / silence their mobiles and either leave the dining room or moderate their volume during calls
That said - the restaurant is all about the food drink and service and they excel

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C
London
30 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been going to J Sheekey for nearly 40 years and I proposed to my wife here 36 years ago this month.

It's now bigger than it was with the addition of the (excellent) Atlantic Bar. The layout is different in parts as a consequence. It is also now owned by Richard Caring as part of his larger restaurant group.

However, the lovely thing is that the ambience is still wonderful and service superb and it retains its quiet glamour and air of effortless luxury. The food still follows the original style and typical range with a few welcome updates. Fish is always well-cooked and fresh and shellfish (particularly oysters and razor clams) superb. Their Fish Pie remains a reliable standard, ditto potted shrimps which are nicely spicy. Welsh rarebit as a savoury to finish is still one of my favourites - beautifully old-fashioned and spicy.

A good wine list too and you don't have to spend a fortune (but you can if you like!). Their Picpoul de Pinet is a good choice with most white fish and shellfish

We come here for the same reason that we go back time and again to the Colombe d'Or in St Paul de Vence: it's not achingly hip or perfect modern cooking but it is good, reliable, luxurious with great service and is simply itself - a constant and comforting rock in a world of change.

Our Italian (and there have always been a lot of excellent Italian waiters) waiter was superb and at the age of only 36 - born in the year I proposed which amused him (!) - he had skills and customer service that most restaurants would kill for.

You will also see the occasional celeb which is nice: we have seen loads over the years (Jonathan Miller, Piers Brosnan, Helen Shapiro amongst many others. Katherine Ryan who is appearing in Glitter Room at the nearby Garrick has been recently and so will many other performers at local theatres like the Wyndham (opposite). It's fun and glamorous.

We will of course keep coming just as long as it remains J Sheekey....

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PC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been going to Sheekeys for over thirty years and it never fails to satisfy...wonderful service and atmosphere...good food and great location..an institution...

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PE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and atmosphere. The staff were attentive but not overbearing. Thoroughly recommend.

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DM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent seafood,service was spot on,loved it.

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VS
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambience, great professional and very friendly service, top quality food. We spent six days in London, and we had a pleasure dining at Sheekey for three nights

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good start to finish

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AK
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cosy restaurant with a fantastic traditional British atmosphere. Excellent fish and seafood. Perfect location for a Friday night dinner.

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w
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is an ideal location in the London Theater district. When booking they inquire which theater and make sure you are there on time. Great seafood, done to perfection. If not going to theater, it is great for a leisurely dinner. Staff are attentive and are checking each table without interrupting. Always enjoy the experience.

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D
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent as always. Good food, good, efficient service.

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S
London
39 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Fabulous venue, full of character in the heart of London. Nice welcome and good table. Service was a little haphazard and chaotic- perhaps folks taking their eye off the ball. I wouldn’t normally expect to have to ask for top-ups of fizzy water!
The food was lovely and we had a great pretheatre supper.
Fabulous touch was to ask us which show we were seeing so they could tell us how long it would take to reach the theatre after supper. As it happens we were going to the nearest theatre 1 minute walk away!

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D
Glasgow
10 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Hit and miss..tasty starter of mackerel but it wasn't really hot just lukewarm...main course of sole...very tasty veg with it just ok...starter of squid very good..main course of mixed roasted shellfish very good...all wine very expensive.... seated next to the waiters service area...possibly in the worst area ....overall perhaps paying for location of restaurant. Pretty good not excellent

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DG
London
8 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious meal in lovely surroundings with excellent service. Also gave us lovely chocolates as it was our 39th wedding anniversary which was a lovely touch. Highly recommend this restaurant. The fish pie was the best I have ever tasted!

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MT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a pre-theatre dinner and, when confirming the reservation, we were asked which theatre. They immediately told us the start time of the show and what time we would need to leave.

On the day the service was incredible and we had a very enjoyable meal. Great seafood and wine excellent. Only minor negative - no chocs or petit four with coffee.

We have already rebooked for our next theatre trip.

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K
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic seafood thanks
Also made the effort for my wife who onlt eats a vegan diet.

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i
London
19 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for any occasion. Thank you to everybody for making my evening special.

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DD
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with a fantastic menu! Loved everything that was served to us. On top of helping us understand some of the items on the menu that we normally don't eat, he even helped with recommendations that were less about a special and more about giving us something that we would enjoy! Helped make our anniversary even more special.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience but not happy about coverage charge to sit in the restaurant when the food is quite pricey, but the food is lovely and staff are lovely

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T
London
61 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good here. I first came in 1969!when the Dover Sole was 15 shillings ( 75 pence ) !!!

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MF
London
134 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely lunch at Sheekey’s. It was not too busy. Good service and the fish was fantastic

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BT
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on friend's recommendation. Excellent in every way. Went back the following night!

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PC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food, will be going again! Great service and atmosphere.. loved it

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MF
London
134 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely lunch at Sheekeys. Good food and wine

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JM
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Good food, bad service.
We had a reservation for four persons at 9:00 PM, we got 15 minutes early, after 30 minutes waiting we got the table. It was a table for two where they put four places. It was very uncomfortable. Adit too all, there was a very noisy table, which was besides our table. We could not had a conversation. It was very uncomfortable. About the food, the only plate that was real good was the Dover sole (extremely expensive though). The other plates were average or poor.

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PM
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

J. Sheekey continues to be a very assured haven for good dining in the theatre district. The pace of service is well-judged, the food well-cooked and reliable without too many irritating frills and furbelows. The wine list is polished and well-matched. Prices, however, need to be watched. PerM

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JS
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Post theatre meal - appreciate the traditional style of the restaurant but felt it just a little dated/cramped for the wow factor to accompany the great food

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RS
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Had a great time at J Sheekey. Lovely buzz ambiance with great choice of wines and seafood.
We had Smoked Haddock soufflé and the Seared Tiger Prawns for starters which were both delicious.
For main we had the Chargrilled Mixed Fish for 2. Really good value for money as it's enough to 3 people. Unfortunately because the main was so big we couldn't find room for dessert which was a real shame. It was my Birthday so they sent us some lovely chocolate truffles. Nice touch.
We just found the service rushed. The waiters kept pouring and spilling wine.
Will definitely be back and would recommend to anyone.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Messed up our order - I had a starter and a main whereas my friend had a starter only. They brought her main within approx 5 mins of bringing me my starter (while I was still eating my starter) and told me my main was ready! Our champagne took an age to arrive. And the waitress seemed to have little understanding of the menu, the history of the restaurant or service. At one point she even forgot we had our ordered bottle of Evian lying on our table and put tap water into our water glasses!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time, from the moment we walked in, till we left 3hrs later. Thank you for great service with a smile and superb tasting food.

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S
London
57 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you like fish- a great place. A favourite of mine which never disappoints. Great service with fantastic food.

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E
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always delicious food and attentive service at this lovely restaurant. Highly recommend

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P
London
21 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our first visit to J Sheeky did not disappoint. Great food, attentive service and for a pre-theatre meal very conveniently located.

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YD
Essex
42 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ITs not my first review of J Sheekey. I find myself having dinner here quite a bit. The food and service is always excellent and they remember you when you go back. Nothing bad to say about this restaurant except that sometimes it is fully booked and I can't get a reservation!

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H
London
64 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely dinner at J Sheekey - the service was impeccable. The food was lovely. Will come again.

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