J Sheekey - The Restaurant

4.6
379 reviews
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£41 and over
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Seafood
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
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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Payment Options
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
What 379 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.4
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

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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4.0Dined 6 days ago

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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3.0Dined on 4 August 2018

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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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

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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5.0Dined on 2 August 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 24 July 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 20 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 14 July 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

While I've been to the Atlantic Bar a few times before this was the first time in the restaurant. Everything was perfect, food and service was excellent. Very old school charm.

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5.0Dined on 13 July 2018

Another excellent meal at J Sheekey. Great ambience and service, and brilliant seafood. I had the scallops and Dover sole and my girlfriend had the grilled prawns and lobster thermidor. We shared some oysters to start too. None of it disappointed. Absolutely brilliant. Great place to celebrate my birthday.

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5.0Dined on 12 July 2018

Our meal was wonderful, as always. I highly recommend this restaurant. The service is extraordinary, the food delicious and the ambience sophisticated.

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5.0Dined on 11 July 2018

Excellent service. Delicious food. Fun bustling atmosphere.
Good for any occasion.
Near theatre.

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5.0Dined on 10 July 2018

The oysters were outstanding as was the fish pie. The wine fitted the food perfectly
Mark

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5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

Always reliable for top notch seafood, and this visit no exception.

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5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

Brilliant. As always.

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4.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Good choice of food. Catered for nut allergy well.
I had the sea bream which was lovely, so was the tiger prawn starter!

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5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Great food and service. Well worth the money

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5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

The service is good and the food is up to expectation. I ordered some seafood as starter. Oyster, shrimp and crab were good. Hot dishes fish pie and tiger prawn were a bit disappointed. Overall experience is good.

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3.0Dined on 29 June 2018

We’ve been here before - this 2nd visit was ok - overall I thought it was all over priced - 14 pound drinks full of ice and very small, the food was ok but nothing special - in the end we paid 255 pounds ($340us) for what was a very average meal

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4.0Dined on 29 June 2018

Was a lovely meal but very overly priced...great experience though..!!

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5.0Dined on 27 June 2018

Not been for a while and was not disappointed. Will try and not leave it for such a long time

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5.0Dined on 25 June 2018

Always a lovely atmosphere. Food lovely and staff fantastic. No rushing us and made our birthday celebrations very special. Best Negroni too!!

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5.0Dined on 25 June 2018

Another great pre-theatre dinner and birthday celebration - have been many times before both early and late and the service is always top drawer, always great food, great specials and attention to detail, particularly if you like fish/seafood.

Thank you again as this was my wife's birthday so had to be special !

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4.0Dined on 19 June 2018

Very famous and understandably so.
I came for lunch with my daughter. A special day as she is almost due my first grandchild. Good service. Very busy and wonderful food. My one gripe is as she was due a week away, so, I rang up to ask for a table two days before to request comfortable seating . I was told that this would noted against our reservation. We were shown the worst seating; in the corner against the wall. Obviously this phone call had not been noted. On request we were moved.
Apart from that fabulous.

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5.0Dined on 18 June 2018

Fantastic as always, never a dull moment at J.Sheekeys

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3.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Service was extremely slow. We were a party of 3 in a room with two larger groups and felt “invisible”. At this price point, the service should have. Even a “10”

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Awesome place, seafood was amazing and perfect location before heading to the theatre. Bar seating recommended. Service prompt and courteous.

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4.0Dined on 3 June 2018

Second time we have been to this lovely restaurant,it is classy and cosy with excellent seafood and service.

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Excellent, sublime - still the BEST fish restaurant in London by a long way....

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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

As ever a very high quality experience at J Sheekey. Great welcome - lovely banquette table for me and my daughter and great fresh fish. The prawn and soft shell crab burger is lovely and the haddock lovely and pearly fresh. Excellent service. Not cheap but worth it.

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5.0Dined on 31 May 2018

Class! Excellent food matched with excellent service

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5.0Dined on 28 May 2018

We all loved it. And enjoyed the meal. The service was quite nice, polite and courteous.

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

First visit, lovely evening meal in this busy city centre specialist fish restaurant. The service was of a very high quality and the food was excellent. We will definitely return again in the future.

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5.0Dined on 24 May 2018

Food was great as always ... service was impeccable.

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4.0Dined on 24 May 2018

Pleasant meal in happy ambience. A treat in the middle of a busy day

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1.0Dined on 17 May 2018

Disappointing on the very level. No sense of timing. Wrong food delivered. Had to keep asking for drinks to be topped up.

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4.0Dined on 17 May 2018

We arrived spot on time and we were kept waiting for 15 minutes for the table. Herded into the small bar area. Not a good start. The food was fantastic. But the service unfortunately very slow. The ambience is completely wrong. Too many tables crushed into a tiny space and extremely loud (to the point of shouting at the top of their voices) and drunk diners went completely unchallenged by the staff. We will not return.

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1.0Dined on 15 May 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on 15 May 2018

Great food and service, as usual. A must any time we are in London.

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5.0Dined on 14 May 2018

Fabulous meal for my wife and I on her birthday, thank you for making it so special

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