J Sheekey - The Restaurant

4.5
354 reviews
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£41 and over
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Seafood
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
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 354 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.4
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4.0
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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4.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Excellent menu and as always great fish - double cooked haddock souflee was not very hot but the rest was very good. Bit of a cheek that the bread is charged for regardless - in this day and age it seems unreasonable to charge when the place is not the cheapest. Regardless of this points we will come back and recommend - but they need to be aware of the competition and what they are offering!

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

We dine here on a regular basis, my Wife's Parents bright her here a a child back on the 1960's and we have dined here ever since. It is consistent, a god atmosphere and staff are very good. The experience is very good and the food is faultless. Try it I guarantee you so t be dissapoited.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

It was our youngest 21st birthday meal. Everybody was very attentive and a birthday plate was made up with her dessert. She had a lovely meal, and the whole occasion was memorable. We have been many times and it never fails to disappoint.

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5.0Dined on 11 May 2018

As always from this restaurant everything was of a very high standard. We are very fond of good fish and this restaurant knows how to serve it to perfection.

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5.0Dined on 10 May 2018

Very good booking and confirmation service . Knew closing time of nearby show ‘moderate soprano’ (dreadful play don’t bother with it !) and recommended post theatre time to suit ,
Food service great , excellent quality . Nice post theatre lively ambiance .

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5.0Dined on 9 May 2018

Delicious fried sea bass preceded by burrata and tomato. Excellent and good natured waiter named Alex. Though staff work very much as team. Expensive but high quality food and experience.

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5.0Dined on 7 May 2018

An excellent Birthday wxperience

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4.0Dined on 7 May 2018

Excellent food, very convenient for theatre and efficient service but it’s pricey.
OK we had Dover sole, oysters and wine but bill was over £100 per head

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4.0Dined on 4 May 2018

When I first visited J Sheekey in the early 80s, it was far more faded glory than trendy. It had been part of pre and post theatre tradition and a well established West End dining spot. The place is very much the same as it was some 30+ years ago - a spruced up version of its former self - and the menu isn't very different. It is far more fashionable in its current incarnation and the food - largely fish and shellfish - remains straightforward, uncomplicated and very good. It remains a perfect pre or post theatre dining spot.

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4.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Hi he evening was only marred by 2 loud and very drunk ladies at the next table who were with 2 guys they obviously they had only just met

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5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on 3 May 2018

Just the best mainly fish restaurant from all aspects. Superb.

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5.0Dined on 25 April 2018

Sheekey remains a favourite restaurant when we meet for one of our periodic “catch-up” lunches - Perfect mix of good food, service, and atmosphere ....

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5.0Dined on 23 April 2018

Second visit, standards are still high here. Service is good, fish selection awesome. We had the seafood platter as a starter (split one between 2 people as it’s huge) which was a great selection of crab, 3 sorts of oysters, prawns, crayfish, cockles, whelks, etc all beautifully served on crushed ice with about 4 different sauces and dips, very fresh excellent quality. Halibut for main course as no-one does halibut like J Sheekey, big fish steaks perfectly cooked, juicy, tasty.

Ambiance is great, feels busy and buzzy but not overcrowded or noisy. One of my favourite restaurants anywhere in the world.

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5.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Nice food in a lovely ambience attentive service and fair value.

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5.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Always a delight! I visit for at least one lunch every time I'm in London and always look forward to it. Extraordinarily civilized and understated ambience, welcoming and efficient service, and the freshest, tastiest seafood prepared with care. The Dover sole meuniere is not to be missed. This is one of my favorite restaurants in the world, without equal in my Manhattan home city.

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5.0Dined on 19 April 2018

As usual our meal was superb. I had the whole Cornish crab, possibly the biggest and best I have ever had. Great oysters and lobster too according to my fellow diners. One of the best seafood restaurants in London.

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5.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Excellent birthday treat. Sheekeys is a favourite Restaurant especially if you enjoy fish. My birthday guest was made to feel special with a chocolate plate as a treat. Potted shrimp, lobster bisque, sea trout, whole crab and a trio of deserts. All delightful accompanied by a bottle of Sancerre and some fizz. We did have our coffee outside on the Terrace as time allocated for the table beat us, fortunately the sun was shining so it did not matter. We also met Coco the dog, nice that the Terrace is dog friendly.

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4.0Dined on 14 April 2018

This is a traditional, high quality restaurant with a good menu, is very comfortable and good if you want to chat and relax. The food quality is very good and the only major reservation I have is it is somewhat over-priced-not so much for the basic meal but for add-ons and service costs. Overall, though, a good experience.

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4.0Dined on 13 April 2018

J Sheekeys never fails to tick all the boxes of Excellent British fish cooking and a great atmosphere. The staff are always charming and welcoming. It is a joy pre or post theatre.

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3.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Great food, lovely ambience. Just a shame about the service. We waited a good twenty minutes for our first drinks. Which I am prepared to forgive if the restaurant is busy but it was half empty. We then struggled to attract anyone’s attention when we wanted to reorder drinks and then again when we finally did we again had to wait too long to get them. Our food arrived without issue though.

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4.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Excellent quality fish and great ambience. Not cheap !

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3.0Dined on 8 April 2018

Got a cramped table by doorway. Not good. Wine list was not the best in terms of variety of mid level wines. Overall ‘just ok’

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