J Sheekey - The Restaurant

4.5
855 reviews
£41 and over
Seafood

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Pre/post Theatre
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Last lunch before Tier 3 restrictions. The food here is consistent with any high quality British fish restaurant. The dressed Dorset crab is delicious. The service is good, but perfunctory.

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Jumagoo
London
16 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The fish was lovely but although the restaurant was rather quiet because of covid restrictions- the staff seemed rather distracted and at one point we were forgotten at the bar.
Food was extremely expensive- £259 for two.
It was really nice but the vegetables were way to oily. Great if you like butter!

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vipCrouchEnders56
London
72 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My client loves fish but had never been here. He has now declared it to be his favourite London restaurant. J Sheekey somehow manages to combine old-fashioned levels of service and top quality fish with a relaxed atmosphere that makes for a convivial evening. I very much hope they survive the current situation and I will be back a soon as they reopen.

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vipAmyC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of our favourite seafood restaurants in central London. Fantastic service and amazing shelfish.

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BiancaC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service even with face masks friendly staff, food was amazing. Great time

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viptombola
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere and felt very Covid safe with naturally partitioned alcoves and glass panels at the round bar. Excellent starters the cheddar soufflé and stone bass cerviche were delicious and mains of fish stew was lacking a bit in fish but the plaice schnitzel was great. Wine expensive there’s little great under £60 a bottle so with cocktails and dessert and service not much change in £300 for 2. A great destination restaurant though

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vipgrazeman
London
51 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant that reminds you how dining out can be a joyous and special occasion. It's been a few years since I've been to Sheekey, but the moment you walk in the door the familiarity embraces you like an old friend. This is still the classiest, most effortless service in London. The food continues to be what you want from a fish restaurant - a showcase for the fish, just that, no need to add Michelin frills. The oysters are superb, and the wine list just begs you to go for something a bit special. Happy lunch, happy days.

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vipRACHEL
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing service, beautiful food and a perfect atmosphere. Such a treat! Thankyou Ludo and team 😘

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GavinS
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very well attended to and that made it a memorable special occasion. The food was delicious and the gentle ambience just right - the attention to guidelines in such an intimate space must be really hard to manage but the staff did so admirably. Thank you.

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GeorgeC
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Dover Sole and crab burger. Well spaced tables. Superb food.

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vipSylvanusUrban
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Great service and sense of occasion and a very good value set lunch. The roscoff onion pie with truffles was a gentle revelation. Thank you.

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vipNono28
London
20 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

It was the second time we came here. But this experience was not as good as the first time.
First the service was poor. Our table was not ready on time. They asked us to wait at the bar. We waited for 30 minutes and they didn’t offer us a glass nor any snack to apologize for the wait...When seated, a waitress asked us if we wanted water. We asked for a sparkling one... she never came back. A second waiter came to ask us again and finally brought us water. After 20 minutes in front of the menu we had to call a waiter to take our order. Food came fast but I have been really disappointed with the quality of food. The stone bass ceviche had been replaced by salmon ceviche which was good but basic... salmon, lime and avocado. Anyone can do it at home. Nothing special, no restaurant twist.... the dressed crab was good. Then we had thermidor lobster which was small and average but it was served with chips...which was Mc Donald quality... so disappointing! I think they were straight from the freezer. My husband had a cod which was good. Dessert we shared an apple pie, which was basic. Nothing special. But the bill was special!!! Over 220£!!!!!
Really disappointed from this restaurant... I won’t come back soon....

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PAULN
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing night, great food and service. Can't wait to go back.

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AndrewJ
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb standards as always. Carlingford oysters were fabulous with a glass of Ruinart. The gravadlax starter and the cheese soufflé were delicious. The main of the whole turbot for two was beautifully cooked.
Tip. There is a magnificent Puligny Montrachet on the menu by the glass which is just perfect with white fish.

Despite booking ahead only an outside table was available, which shows the continuing popularity of J Sheeky, in the face of some tough competition. Given the consistent quality of the food and the high service standards I am not at all surprised.

Pure class.

If I could give this 6 stars I would.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked an outdoor and couldn’t honour it! Serious issue given Covid restrictions

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vipWeegee
London
30 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with great staff. One of my favourites.

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markC
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

a great evening
would recommend
look forward to going back

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viplewis
London
20 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a good restaurant with great food good service and a nice atmosphere

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vipKandA
London
90 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding! A total pleasure

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vipJbk8979
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience4

All a bit of a disaster last night (4/11/2020) At no fault of the front of house team at J Sheekey but I suspect Caprice Holdings the restaurant was hugely overbooked given the mad dash for a final pre lock down supper and just couldn’t cope.

Large queues to enter the restaurant even with a reservation. We had to wait 45 minutes for our table and despite ordering straight away there was a long wait on our food.

Our starters were cancelled without telling us given the fast approaching 10pm curfew. Constant chasing / asking for bread, water. Call me fussy but I don’t expect to pour my own wine when. I’ve paid £180 for a bottle of burgundy (my 4th choice as so many had sold out resulting in being considerably up sold).

The staff were clearly stressed out knowing that they were delivering a much below par service.

Our fellow diners appeared to be experiencing the same thing with food being served cold, not at all, no drinks. It felt a bit like a Fawlty Towers sketch.

I’ve been coming to JS for almost 20 years so I do know this is a one off and it won’t put us off coming again but it really was a bit of a disappointment on this occasion.

The food we did get served, as usual was excellent and as a gesture of goodwill the GM did comp a number of drinks and service charge (which was appreciated) but I’d rather have paid in the full and had the usual JS experience.

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KatS
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food was great but the service was really poor, had to try and track down a waiter anytime we wanted anything, and were left waiting for ages at almost every stage of the meal.

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TEEDEEBEE
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A standard in London but feels like it is trading on its reputation and really needs an upgrade - food quality is good but not exceptional and they could definitely present it in a more professional way eg. net on the lemons, posher plates, more luxurious decor (the oak panels are nice). Seems expensive for what it is.

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vipChallb
London
8 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Poor service from such an established institution.
Understand it was the night before lockdown #2, but I don't expect to spend £500 and experience this cold, amateur service.
From an unfriendly greeting to missing eating utensils, incorrect food and drinks orders to food continually being served to the wrong diners, this was a comedy of errors, without the humour.
To top it off this was a special occasion (which wasn't acknowledged despite being clear on the booking) and the maitre d' seemed disinterested when raised during the meal and afterwards - he did say he'd be in contact so this is his aide-memoire.
Such as shame as the food was top notch as always.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Nice food but not worth the money. Very poor service at bar. Not even asked if we wanted a drink. Saw waiter twice. Won't go back

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vipSruthanach
London
87 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and immaculate service in a classic fish restaurant. Eye wateringly expensive but there is no doubt you can see what you are paying for. All in all a lovely evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service - just could use a little less salt in the dishes!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing, lovely welcoming staff and the food is incredible, two of us had the skate special which was brilliant

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JamesB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a lovely lunch sitting at the counter. Definitely a little quiet due to COVID etc., but the staff did their most to still make it a lovely experience. Amazing seafood - it’s not cheap but hopefully you know that before you reserve ;)

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Star
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Daisy was excellent and exceptional ,food was amazing ,wine 🥰

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can safely say after my dressed crab as a starter, lobster Thermidor for main and honeycomb ice cream for dessert; it was the best meal I’ve ever had.

And even though I wouldn’t say the meal is cheap, I can say I’ve payed over £100 more and not been full, and I am very full from that lovely meal

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Mikejp
London
28 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

J Sheekey is a slick COVID safe operation. Seamless temperature checks (no gun to the head here!) on entry and staff masked and well versed in distancing meant the pandemic didn’t get in the way of dining and socialising. (Boring but necessary part of review done)

J Sheekey remains one of the best restaurants in the world. Everything was perfect; my Amex bill testament to the fact we had a lot of great food and wine! Plaice schnitzel, lemon sole, squid, crab, oysters were all amazing. Service exceptional .

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Timeless classic! Great food and service as always. Highly recommended.

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PaulP
London
11 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great night at J Sheekeys with friends for dinner, great location and excellent food.

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vipDavidE
London
12 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wednesday evening dinner. Lovely food and good service but a little on the £££ side for what it was

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PBrow
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants in London, the food is always spot on. Attentive service, as one would expect, a thoroughly pleasant way to spend a lunchtime.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Covid safety measures and clarity was very good.
Our table was poor - 2 feet from the buckets/trays where uneaten food was cleared into (left until filled before being moved).
Service staff were pleasant however our bread came after our starters and our drinks as we were finishing our starters.
Starters (squid dish and mozzarella dish) were OK.
My wife’s steak was unevenly cooked - veering from med/rare to barely blue.
My lemon sole was decent but again, the final quarter of one half was very mushy/poorly cooked.
Average enough stuff for the price

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vipRichardG
London
20 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate dinner for two in one of the West End's most iconic restaurants. The fish pie was as good as previous reviews suggest and the oysters and plaice were delicious. Nice to have properly prepared oysters for once ! As for ambience, sitting in a corner table were famous names have dined just added to the experience. J Sheekey is simply one of those timeless and faultless jewels on London's culinary scene.

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vipmarkb
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We left the restaurant very full with the finest seafood plater really went well with the Nytimber English sparkling wine
Definitely back in December

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vipWeegee
London
30 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, great food - a great experience.

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J Sheekey - The Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 855 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.