J Sheekey - The Restaurant

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639 reviews
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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.
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

Pre-show meals

SW
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and venue and amazing service and attention to detail

H
London
16 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There is a reason this restaurant has been around forever. It's excellent. The food is always excellent. The service is attentive but not too in your face. The layout of the restaurant means it doesn't fell big and allows for a level of intimacy. It's not cheap but offers excellent value for a special night out.

SM
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful seafood, delivered by polite and helpful staff.

J
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration, which was booked last minute due to plan changes. The food was lovely but it was the staff who made the evening.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The staff were efficient but not very friendly or warm

O
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at J Sheekey is always very enjoyable and the service very attentive.

OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We hadn’t been here for years but standards haven’t slipped. Excellent meal and great service.

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The Dover sole which is supposed to awesome was only mediocre. The environment was fun- great location

T
London
18 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

J Sheekey’s never fails to impress. From the moment you enter, you know that your every need will be catered for.

I have been eating here for several years, the friend I visit most with always spots a well known actress or politician.

The food is the yummiest, feel good food. I had the seam bream which was perfectly cooked and seasoned and my dining partner had the sea trout. He had never eaten trout before and was slightly reluctant to go along with the waiter’s suggestion to have it slightly pink. I encouraged him to take a risk as that’s how I like it and he loved it. We had the Parmesan courgettes and summer vegetables, the latter were really outstanding.

For desert I hade the chocolate mouse which was slightly different to the norm and delicious. My friend had the black cherry dessert which was a fun take with a deconstruction. I wished I had gone for that after seeing and tasting it.

I’ll be returning again and if you love fish this is definitely not to be missed.

f
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service and a great location close to west end theatres.

GB
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Faultless, everything was perfect.
We had the seafood platter for two, and it was fantastic.
Excellent service, very attentive, ambience was spot on, would highly recommend.
You get what you pay for.

SM
London
19 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An all time favorite which just keeps delivering, lovely wine list great food and service

v
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Average food average service in crowded place. Vine selection is good. Will never come next.

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

We went here after the theatre and it was fabulous. If you love fish you do not want to miss this place. Their mains and their specials were both delicious. I would definitely recommend the sole - superb. The wine list is interesting but not too extensive with some gems to be found. The place just feels like a throwback to older times - we sat at a table not at the bar and you just felt like you were taking a step back in time. The place is classy and intimate.

CM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Ambience in the restaurant behind the reception desk was not great. Our waiter was attentive and pleasant but value for money was poor. We are at Le Caprice at lunch time and the food was much better and a similar price. The restaurant looks dated, as was the menu. It was just OK. We will not return, there are simply too many other amazing seafood restaurants in London. It clearly just trades on its history and this is simply not good enough any more. The amazing reviews must be from tourists who are wowed by its legacy or who have never experienced Michelin starred food.

p
London
62 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent meal, great service too from a large efficient team - well done. Sometimes famous places don't live to the hype - this did.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Post theatre dinner. Food was delicious as always and fish was super fresh. Service was a bit patchy but the place was super busy so that’s probably why. It’s usually pretty good.

SM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were treated with care and wonderful service. The food was delicious and the atmosphere quietly and unostentatiously elegant. I would absolutely recommend it. (We went on a friend’s recommendation.)

D
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service only matched by dining on the Queen Mary 2. Food extraordinary.

DG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A traditional London restaurant. Sleek and sophisticated. Excellent food and service

NA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food great, tasty and beautifully presented. The staff very attentive..we visited the restaurant for our anniversary and was pleasantly surprised that our desert plates they wrote happy anniversary which we had not requested...we will be returning to the restaurant again.

I
London
12 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

They can’t break their habit of rushing you through your meal. Otherwise an excellent restaurant as ever

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Great seafood, booked here for a team dinner and everyone loved it. Including a French member of the team who is a food snob!

BL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best seafood I've ever had, as always. It had been a few years since dining at J. Sheekey, and it was my first time to do so in the formal dining room versus the bar area so it was wonderful to see nothing has changed. It's always been on my list of recommended restaurants in London when friends ask and it will continue to be at the top for the quality of food, service, ambiance, history and location. Thank you!

CP
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant because quite simply the food is always superb. The ambiance and the service is fantastic as well but the food is awesome !

Enough said!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Lesson learned: Don’t go here when everyone is flooding the place in a hurry to get to the theater. It’s packed, very loud, severs can’t keep up, and the food is all over cooked.

c
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was average. Not very attentive and took forever to get a final check. No coffee refill. Cover charge? C’mon.

DA
London
30 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quality seafood and excellent service. My only issue was that it was a bit noisy as out table was directly in front of the mini kitchen area.

BA
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

food was excellent but the service felt a bit rushed

JB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

J Sheekey is my favourite restaurant & has been for many years.
I always feel very at home

Thsnk you

WI
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Great food. Felt very well looked after!
Thank you.

MA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Quite disappointed by our first visit here. The service was too slow given it was a 5:45pm pre-theatre booking and the restaurant was not that busy. The food was OK but not good enough to make us want to return in a hurry. The whole experience smacked of style over substance.

CS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most sublime and memorable dining experiences of my life. You will not find better seafood anywhere in the world the dressed crab is a must as are the prawns and the sole do not pass go do not collect 200 just eat here

LB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food & perfect service.

Sheekeys remains my favourite restaurant

LC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovey fish and side dishes
Excellent stuff and nice environment

CJ
London
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I took a friend here as a birthday treat and overall I would recommend it. The service is good and strikes the right balance of looking after your needs, but not being over-attentive. I did have to ask one waiter not to do something that is a personal bugbear of mine, which is to top up the wine after only a couple of tips. We had a carafe of wine and I wanted to keep it out of the glass and chilling in the ice bucket for as long as possible. The waiter quickly apologised and took my feedback on board immediately. The food was excellent and our two fish dishes were perfectly cooked and the portion sizes were very good. I couldn't fault it. My brother and I are intending to bring my Dad as an 80th birthday treat next month. He used to love J Sheekey when he ran a business in the area. I think he will enjoy the experience and find that very little has changed since he used to go there in the 80s and 90s. It's not cheap, but very worthwhile for a special occasion.

w
London
32 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love this place, its consistently good food and fun, especially right before a show in the Westend.

W
London
41 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always superb. I usually go to the other side of the restaurant which is far cheaper so decided to treat myself on this occasion and was not disappointed. The service, ambience and food was superb. Will definitely recommend.

TF
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
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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