J Sheekey - The Restaurant

4.6
600 reviews
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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.
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London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I took my wife for a late lunch as we were going to the theatre next door. I didn't realise what I ordered was just an expensive fish and chips. The batter was very thick. My wife's choice was better. The couple next to us laboured through a mountain of fruit de mer, and clearly enjoyed it. We should have ordered that.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Birthday meal

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L
London
31 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A wonderful evening - Sheekeys at its best. Faultless food, good if expensive wine, mostly good service and a feeling of wellbeing soaking up the atmosphere. On my last visit (2 months ago) I felt some of the sparkle might have gone but our pre-theatre supper on 5 June proved it had not! I shall be back!

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a
London
17 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit. Very enjoyable evening, will go back.

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N
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For starters we had gravlax and tuna tartar and then the turbot for two. This restaurant is one of the best in Britain fir seafood.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

27th Wedding Anniversary and service was amazing. The pudding came with Happy 27th Wedding Anniversary. Nice touch!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. - great day out

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PP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sons birthday he loved it

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j
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

This restaurant seems to me to be coasting on its previous reputation. I visited with a companion. Her first course of smoked eal was good apparently. However the eal is bought in of course. Mine was overcooked scallops. No point in eating a scallop which is not perfectly cooked. Her main course of sea trout was good. I had rare tuna which was ok but accompanied by some of the smallest lentils ever seen and a white smear which was supposed to taste of coconut but didn’t. She lost out on the pudding course. A scandalous creme brûlée which probably had half an egg in it and very little sign of the brûlée. My pudding was indifferent. Total bill including carafe of house white, gin and tonic and glass of Ayala champagne: £188. Never again.

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D
London
25 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant! Great staff ,great food!

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice if you're going to theatre

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DR
New York Area
165 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We totally enjoyed out dinner at J. Sheekey. The dishes are creatively done, particularly the appetizers we had - razor clams and dressed crab. The service was excellent - anticipating what we wanted without being effusive. Hope to eat here again when I am in London.

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JC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. All dishes were delicious and the service was very good.

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GM
London
80 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I adore this place. Discreet but always on the ball. attention to detail is perfect just wish i could come here more often

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HB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous place for a special occasion with excellent food and service. Great menu for vegetarians/pescatarians too.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

The food at J Sheekey was excellent. There was a good range of tasty dishes which were well presented. However, there was a rush from the beginning to get us out because the table had 9.30pm deadline. We ordered cocktails and specifically asked for time to drink them before the food was served. Moments after we started the cocktails the first course arrived. The food had to go back to the kitchen. It was a shoddy start to the meal and diminished the overall experience. The staff were apologetic but it should not happen in a restaurant of this calibre. We left at about 9.45pm by which time we were surrounded by empty tables. Why the rush? It has put me off going back or recommending this restaurant.

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C
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Maybe....if theater is close by and you are wanting fish. Wouldn’t go out of my way to go there.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal fantastic wine

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l
London
15 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

If you love great seafood, great service and a special evening, then dinner at J Sheekeys is the perfect venue. We went pre-theatre and everything went perfectly but never felt rushed or forced. One of my favourite places

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j
Hamburg Area
22 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Place in London, even better than The Ivy. More original food,

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OT
London
48 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to this restaurant and I have always meant to try it. The experience was delightful as the staff are all very welcoming and attentive. The choice of food is extensive and the quality exceptional. The dessert menu is particularly tempting.

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CE
London
63 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An excellent place for dinner, especially if you are as much as fan of seafood as my wife is. We were there pre-theatre and the kitchen coped faultlessly with us ordering in dribs and drabs as various members of our party arrived late from work. The monkfish curry is always a winner, the stuffed courgette flower with asparagus was delicious, and the sole was also voted a success. Only the grilled tuna could have been a bit pinker. Service was excellent and accommodating. There's a reason this place is still going strong.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious, pretty food

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites. I did not sit in the room that I like which was disappointing .

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MJ
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I had been looking forward to eating here for such a long time, but was a little underwhelmed. The food was ok, but nothing special, so in my opinion is overpriced. Not sure that I would recommend, as there are plenty more fish restaurants in London that are doing a much better job. Perhaps J Sheekey have got a little too comfortable riding off their name. Must do better.

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WT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic lazy late Friday lunch. Great food and great service. In our London top 10.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Buzzy atmosphere. Really enjoyed the evening.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This is a great place for a friend's together very nice atmosphere.

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OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply stunning. Took my parents for a birthday lunch. Impeccable

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j
Hampshire
6 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FABULOUS! Superb food, lovely attentive professional staff, great ambience. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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LR
London
18 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch and great service.

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AY
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

All of the fish dishes were cooked perfectly; however the langoustine sauce with my cod tasted fine, but the vein was not removed so the sauce was gritty. Attention to this detail would have made our experience much better.

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M
London
13 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A return visit and usual champagne.
Staff were good until ignoring my having left all the salmon on my plate of grilled fish and pointing out it was very under cooked.
So a disappointing note, as the dish cost £58 plus 12.5% service!
I am also irritated that the cover charge also attracts an extra 'service' charge

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P
London
10 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My third visit this time with a friend who had not been before, he was well pleased saying he would return with his wife and daughter. I had smoked eel I love it and not often you get the chance to have it my friend crab with scrambled eggs said it was delicious to follow on my recommendation he had fish pie and was glad he did he said he would have the fish stew but I said the pie in my opinion is much better. I had lobster Thermidor first time in many years we both really enjoyed out mains . Dessert was Mille feulle 15 minute wait cooked to order delicious. Love this place expensive yes but you get what you pay for and the service was very good .

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GF
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve eaten at J Sheekey many times and again weren’t disappointed. Very good service and food was excellent.

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F
London
23 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Well the umpteenth time, but times have changed, tastes have changes. A former giant is out of step out of time. Change or face the facts.

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is always a favorite for us before a show when visiting London. Consistently great food and service.

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a
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner before the theatre. Fabulous experience at J. Sheekeys.. delicious food. Excellent service. Good ambience, perfect for any occasion.
Bill probably a little more than anticipated..

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal in a lovely restaurant. Sheekey’s do what they do and they do it well - superb.

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KB
London
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As we were early ,to enable us to go to the theatre, our waiter was not busy.I felt his constant attention to
filling our wine glass a little too frequent!Generally a very pleasant meal.A pity the restaurant doesn’t do a weekday pre-theatre menu as do other very good restaurants.A rather expensive wine list.

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