The Ivy Cardiff

4.6
3517 reviews
£26 to £40
British
The Ivy Cardiff is an all-day British brasserie with an all-encompassing menu serving modern British and international Ivy-inspired classics from dawn until dusk, seven days a week. The restaurant is situated across two floors with a large bar prominent on both floors, and a beautiful private dining room on the first floor. The Ivy Cardiff will offer residents, businesses, and shoppers a relaxed yet sophisticated dining experience.
What 3517 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice food good service and fabulous decor. Over
priced for what you get.

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KatieJ
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In these Covid days the staff at The Ivy were amazing. The food was superb as usual,just missed having my favourite cocktail,hopefully we will have that drink in 2021.

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OpenTable Diner
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was fantastic Service was good
Did think that although smart casual was the order of the day some people looked very scruffy to be in your beautiful restaurant Surprised they were not challenged at the door

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Lamzie1960
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have only had a cocktail at The Ivy previously, but were very impressed with both the quality of the food and the excellent service we received.
It is a little pricey and is a restaurant we’d only visit for a special occasion.
We will definitely return for a birthday, anniversary etc.

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FrancesP
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal as always. Can’t wait to return.

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AnneS
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely lunch time experience beautiful dining area
Staff very good

CH
CleHJ
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted with a friendly and very professional smile.
Shown to our seating area once all the necessary Covid procedures were taken.
Our server was with immediately offering drink while we browsed the menu. She helped with all the questions we had about the menu.
The food was exceptional as usual.

JG
JonesG
France
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant accompanied by very attentive staff. The food was superb. Even cake and candle for my birthday.

JR
JudeR
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So sad they’ve got to close. We will definitely be back, we absolutely loved it. Such lovely staff, very efficient but very friendly and unobtrusive. Wonderful decor - a lady was taking photos of the loo 😂😂. Can’t wait for things to get back to normal and we will taking the whole family as a treat

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AnnJ
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time I’ve been to The Ivy, Cardiff. Lovely food.

TM
TraceyM
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and surroundings, great safety measures in place. Made to feel special.

MM
MrandMrsRiley
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had decided to treat ourselves mums to breakfast as our plans for last years Christmas present had been cancelled so we thought breakfast at the Ivy would be something nice for us all to enjoy.
They haven't been before so was lovely for them to be treated and to experience the lovely surroundings and wonderful food.

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LynP
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Lovley venue, great food and service, not to much ambience I think due to all the restrictions.

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LuSh
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really friendly staff, especially given the current circumstances, adhered to all safety guidelines whilst still providing an amazing service, excellent food and a lovely environment!
Hope you guys can open again soon!

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LesL
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Will definitely be visiting again.

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IanB
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastically cooked food, served perfectly. Even the fact that it wasn’t accompanied by a nice bottle of wine and cocktails didn’t take away from the experience.
Will definitely revisit.

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Lisabell8
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food in a lovely sophisticated setting with 5* service.

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Parfy123
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food once again. Missed the cocktails this time.

MB
MandyB
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

In the past couple of years there’s been a move to highly spiced , Asian type food that is not what I’d associate the Ivy with . You’ve removed the veg. Shepherds pie too which is a shame but that aside , as always the ambience and occasion was great

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SamM
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall1food3service5ambience4

Over priced for what you get. Will not be returning anytime soon.

LT
LisaT
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Brought my granddaughter for a birthday treat she is 6 years old and we felt very special staff were wonderful and very attentive

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tracyevs
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely breakfast menu, excellent service, very child friendly too.

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JonathanO
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked it the was fantastic. From the service to food it was 1st class. We will be back as soon as we can.

TM
TraceyM
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely morning spent having breakfast. We will definitely be back to do it again.

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Bruncher
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent breakfast - smoked salmon and eggs were amazing

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Alex
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the portion sizes were good. Well worth the price. The service was excellent and the restaurant itself was lovely. I look forward to my next visit.

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SuzanneT
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food in a safe environment- highly recommend The Ivy Cardiff

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OpenTable Diner
South Wales
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love The Ivy, such a shame we will not be able to dine there for quite sometime due to the lockdown 🥺

MP
MariaP
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The waitress was rude. I could not hear anything she said as she mumbled through her mask. There was a code on the table and neither myself or my friend had an iphone so we were given a paper menu. The waitress did not introduced herself and was unfriendly. She asked if I wanted water and brought water to the table in a bottle, only to find out that cost £3.95. It was not even chilled. The waitress did not offer a jug of tap water with ice cubes in, which is what I would expect. My friend has the vegetarian option. I had prawn and lobster cocktail, which was nice, but way over priced. The waitress mumbled that our main would be a further 15 minutes, which was fine, only as she was saying it the mains came, which was confusing. I ordered the sword fish , which was not very nice as it was all tiny bones!! Well over priced at £23.95. My friend and I were surprised that there were no vegetables with the main course. We ordered some chips, which came soon after. They were over-cooked and frozen and must have cost £1 a chip. The waitress put the bill on our table, announcing that it was the bill. No time for a desert then. The waitress service was diabolical and when we were splitting the bill we found that almost nine pounds had been added for service charge. We did not pay it and personally believe that my friend and I should have been paid for such an horrendous experience. I had been so excited to get a booking at The Ivy and so looking forward to the lovely menu. How disappointing the whole experience was!!

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Lucy
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was a lovely restaurant, however I felt the value for money was very poor. The steak was £26 just for a sirloin and had to pay extra for sides and sauces.

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IanO
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely venue and beautiful food. Would 100% recommend. Hopefully there will be no alcohol restrictions on our next visit, the cocktails looked awesome.

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FionaO
South Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Table too small for 4 dinners
Mock tails overpriced Tap water requested never arrived

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AdamD
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my friend came here for lunch yesterday (17th December) and we weren't disappointed. We both enjoyed the experience from the minute we stepped in to the restaurant, we both really enjoyed the food and the restaurant itself was very beautiful. Also well done to Sophie the lovely waitress who served us very good service we will definitely be back very soon

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ChrisD
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

The shepherds pie could have been made months ago. I was served with tepid chips whist my friend didn't get any chips. Eventually we were both served with chips, thats not good enough. We were asked why we were eating togetherabout the and we explained it was a double birthda. We were brought a small cake topped with a candle, a very nice touch, but the cake was inedible.

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Gwen
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent breakfast. Staff were very accommodating and the food was delicious!

KC
KaranC
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday breakfast was delicious. The service was excellent from the greeting to ensure we were COVID safe to the staff taking orders and delivering food and drink. The individual cake was a lovely surprise. We look forward to returning for a dinner in 2021

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LucyS
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time , this was a surprise for my daughter ,

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DeborahD
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service throughout we were greeted at the door, all Covid check measures in place, service was excellent, food arrived quite quickly, waitress was really friendly, food was lovely, highly recommend it and will certainly return.

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Helen
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special experience! We had brunch before Christmas shopping at it really was a perfect start to the day. The waitress was very accommodating and lovely to speak to and the setting is so amazing.

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StephanieP
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I was excited for our first trip to the Ivy Cardiff and had booked this for date night in advance. We completely understand the covid controls for entry, however this process could have been swifter and after being 'checked in' by a staff member whilst outside we still we made to wait before entering, despite staff being available at the hostess stand. We were taken to a table on the first floor and the venue is decorated beautifully- the visuals did not disappoint. However, the atmosphere and service did not quite compare to these same standards. Our server, not in the slightest friendly, compared to other staff experienced and on a number of times during our meal came across quite rude. The atmosphere, there was none, which I was surprised at and perhaps if we had been seated in the ground floor area this may have been different as this was busier? The food was pretty good quality (my duck aromatic curry was delicious) but my partner had fish and chips and this was not as good with the chips being overcooked. For the prices we didn't deem it value for money. To top it off, after finishing our meal within an hour, a service charge was automatically added to the bill, which as you can imagine we refused to pay. I had high expectations for this venue but won't be in a hurry to return unfortunately.

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The Ivy Cardiff is rated 4.6 stars by 3517 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.