The Ivy Cafe Blackheath

4.3
1337 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Good for Birthdays
Relaxed yet sophisticated all-day dining in the heart of Blackheath. The restaurant makes for an ideal spot to enjoy an accessible all-encompassing menu, serving British classics from dawn until dusk, including breakfast, elevenses, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks, dinner and cocktails.
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TL
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good vibes. Made a late booking but accommodated.

CR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a most enjoyable evening and a kind gestures to celebrate our anniversary!

PW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A welcoming atmosphere and a well structured menu. Very good, friendly and attentive service.
The only criticism would be about the air conditioning - throughout our meal the ambient temperature was uncomfortable and downright chilly, with a constant blast of cold air down my neck.

SF
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Starters not finished before mains were brought down. Burger over cooked. Chaotic service overall. Curry brought down with no rice and not informed whether it would be following. For starters we had to wait for butter and olives to arrive. Other food was fine. For dessert ordered bomb. Hot sauce wasn’t hot and didn’t melt the dome. Waiter usually pours. Not on this occasion. Very poor overall

A
London
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a booking for 1830. We arrived at 1745 and we shown to a table. There were 3 tables taken inside and we were shown to one next to another couple so close that we could hear the conversation that was going on between the diner and the other party. I am not sure why we were seated there and we should have moved but didn’t. The Ivy is a great option for us and we have eaten there half a dozen times this year so it’s a regular. But.... it’s one of the few restaurants we use where we are told that we have a 2 hour slot and we are asked to acknowledge that. Again on Thursday despite arriving 45 minutes early we are told the slot time starts now. Ok well it’s empty so what do we do. Aside from that the service was good as always, the food excellent and reasonably prices but whether we will continue to use it as Ofer as we do I am not sure. But it’s always worth a visit - just don’t take too long over your meal!!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We ordered a drink in between our main & dessert.
By the time the dessert came there was still no drink.
So we asked again & was told "oh sorry one moment".
It never came so a member of staff was clearing the table next to us so we asked again, but nothing came.
After a total of 28 minutes I got up went to the bar & ordered it myself & told them what table I was on.
Then I got the bill & saw that money had been added to my bill as a service charge, after I ordered a drink in total 4 times & in the end had to go get it myself anyway!
Which as you can see I'm not very happy about.
Complained to the restaurant but 5 days later still no reply.

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

Lovely Art Deco decor, great attentive service, food was lovely and courses came out with reasonable time in between, set menu is good price and value for money. Would recommend for specials occasion or just want to go to catch up with friends.

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

Lovely as always

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely night with my husband

SK
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Main courses arrived too quickly after.our starters, it was a special occasion & we felt we should have been given more time between courses. We had to ask for our wine three times & the table was not completely cleared off between starters & mains. We were asked at least twice about desserts when we had made it clear that we wanted to finish our wine before looking at our options. We did feel like we were being rushed a little. Our waitress however was lovely & the food excellently presented & tasty.

A
London
19 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A beautiful location to have a nice brunch with calm ambiance and interesting views. Menu good although inside is very crowded I think they need to review table densities but outside was beautiful

JR
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We lunched at the 'Ivy', Blackheath on Saturday. The menu and the service was impeccably impressive!! My son enjoyed the 'fish and chips' and so we will definitely return.

P
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Very noisy and if you have special dietary requirements they have no flexibility.

PM
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful inside, really great food and brilliant service.

SC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely breakfast at The Ivy for my husbands birthday. The service was great as was the food. Would definitely recommend.

h
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Although the food was lovely the evening was spoilt by the poor service we received. We had ordered a bottle of Whispering Angel Rose which was very expensive but as the table was so small there was no room for it. The waiter put the wine in a bucket halfway across the room near the bar so we couldn't access it ourselves - this would have been fine if we hadn't kept running out of wine and had to wait for the waiter to notice so he could fill our glasses. If you are going to move the bottle out of the way then you should make sure that customers don't go empty! Pretty poor service and puts us off returning.

N
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed afternoon tea at the Ivy Blackheath- the scones were delicious and we had plenty to eat. Would definitely go back

TS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the Ivy Cafe in Blackheath lived up to its reputation. Unusually it wasn't completely rammed so was a little quieter than usual.

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We unfortunately had terrible service this time. I've been before and it was ok, but this time our experience was really spoilt by very bad service which is a shame as the food was nice.

NE
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to this restaurant several times now and it has never disappointed. Great service, excellent food, drinks are a little pricey but it's a lovely place to go for a nice occasion. Would recommend it.

RC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

My table was not dressed.
I had to wait until after 4 pm to order the special house sea bass, was given a filet instead.
I don't think I will go back again.

TL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, always first class food and service.

AB
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is excellent and always freshly cooked. We were sitting under an aircon outlet and it was slightly chilly; I'll take long sleeves next time. This is only a minor complaint. The Ivy Cafe is an excellent restaurant.

S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent as always

MM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was the highlight of our visit - really nice menu cooked well.
Service was disappointing - reception was confused as our booking was misplaced, drinks waiter rather abrupt and unwelcoming eye contact in rather short supply
My dining companion thought it might be because we were not spending enough to matter which was a sad thought
Our table for 2 was next to a rather boisterous birthday group who were having a good time but the tables are too near together for comfort
Disappointed as I went prepared to find my new go- to local eatery.
Bravo to the kitchen staff and chef though

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our wedding anniversary meal didn’t disappoint us. Once again The Ivy’s relaxing atmosphere provided a great dining experience for us. The service is fantastic and all the staff made us feel special and served us with great care and attention. Both me and my husband had delicious expertly cooked food. We thoroughly enjoyed our special evening.

S
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, lovely atmosphere and delicious food! Highly recommended

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Brunch for my Husbands birthday. Normally I go to the Tower Bridge Cafe, but decided to go local this time and it didn’t disappoint. It’s small in comparison to others but both the food and service was excellent. Would thoroughly recommend

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

Value for money, welcoming service, good atmosphere

JA
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My fifth visit to the Ivy Blackheath. As always good food, excellent service and great value for money. a little bit slow this time on getting the main course. Usually go of an evening but this was a Saturday afternoon so this may have been the difference but a very enjoyable experience.

MC
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I’ve been to a number of The Ivy’s and on several occasions as I’ve always had a wonderful evening. At least once a month visitor to Tunbridge Wells and Covent Garden (for many years at the Market Grill). However, this was my first time in The Blackheath restaurant and is my least favourite of the restaurants. If it had been a first time visit to the chain I probably wouldn’t return. Service was fine. The wine was warm. It was extremely loud in the restaurant to the point we had raised voices in order to hear each other. The duck starter lacked a lot of meat, creamed spinach was really bland and our last plate arrived almost 5mins after the first 3 mains without explanation.

MH
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal with my family. Waiter was the perfect host.

w
London
32 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really fantastic service. The Pie was delicious, cosy intimate atmosphere.

OT
London
33 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

One of the nicest meals I’ve ever had - great place

GB
London
28 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent. Perfect from start to finish. :-) :-) :-)

t
East Sussex
35 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

10/10 out of the park as usual so good. look forward to next visit

LE
London
18 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiters great, fast service, nice ambience. Good for the area

S
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was my daughters 21st birthday. The restaurant is lovely and has a nice feel about it. The service was not great as we got our mains but had to wait for our sides. Our steaks were all over cooked. I asked for a cake with a candle as it was her birthday and it was just placed in front of her no happy birthday or anything. We had to keep asking for our wine to be topped up as well.

OT
London
13 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and very friendly/helpful staff

OT
London
27 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

brilliant service and great atmosphere, all the food was great

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