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The Ivy Cardiff

4.6
4.6
6132 Reviews
£25 and under
Breakfast

The restaurant is situated across two floors with a large bar prominent on both floors, and beautiful private dining room on the first floor.

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Booked 321 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Breakfast, British, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 11:30–00:00

  • Phone number

    029 2233 8940

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Sean Burbidge

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What 6,132 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. KB

    KathrynB

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, service was excellent, adequate time between courses. Could not fault the experience

  2. JB

    JB96

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All staff were amazing, super friendly and helpful. The food had so much flavour. The only item that didn’t live up to expectation was the chocolate bomb, still tasty but after the bomb has melted it seemed to just be ice cream with chocolate. But other than that, outstanding

  3. PB

    PhillB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food5service4ambience4

    Had the set menu ordered duck as a main course but there was none left. Non alcoholic drinks were expensive.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Birthday celebration

  5. NY

    NYFoodie

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Lovely atmosphere in a beautiful setting. However, very noisy and so difficult to have a conversation.

  6. KS

    KayleighS

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The only disappointment, we ordered bread for the table, and didn’t get it with our starters - it came with our main course.

  7. TM

    TheresaM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    The ladies toilets were disgusting, broken toilet roll holder, overflowing bins, no toilet roll, I told a member of staff who did send someone in but first impressions already marred by then. Server listed numerous meals that were off the menu due to being so busy the previous night., one being sirloin steak which is a staple of most menus and 2 of our party of 4 had planned to have. This was my sister’s 60th birthday, which we informed the server of and mentioned when booking, we really wanted to make it a special experience, which it was not. We have been to several Ivy’s, most recently the Exeter restaurant and there is absolutely no comparison to our experience there. The main courses last night were below par, my main in particular (Asian salad) looked barely different from the duck salad that 2 of the party had picked for starters, and was extremely poor value for money. After paying the £207 bill we left the venue feeling extremely disappointed and underwhelmed.

  8. T

    Tyla

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a perfect evening. The waitress Olivia was very polite and attentive. The food was outstanding,and we even had a couple of cocktails from their new Halloween menu at the bar. Would 100% recommend.

  9. AM

    Ali1807Matt

    South Wales

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience1

    Good food good value for a special meal. Great decor & a lovely place to be. Let down by lack of attentative waiting staff & poor service. Disappointed. I’m sure it’s not like this all of the time, maybe just an off night? Or badly trained staff?

  10. SW

    StephanieW

    Dorset

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience1

    Having previously had a great experience at the ivy Cardiff, decided to go for my daughters 21st birthday celebration, we were a family of five and were seated on a very small table, which made having side orders and drinks very difficult, our appetizers didn’t come first so had to have the bread after 1st course, and then as soon as that arrived so did our main dishes.. different waiters/waitresses each time, no loo roll in any of the ladies toilets so had to find a member of staff to sort this… pretty disappointed this time, not sure I’ll visit again

  11. HM

    HelenM

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience5

    The Ivy in Cardiff has started to become sloppy - there has been a significant change in staff with a result of a certain loss of finesse - my cod was cold and was obviously just heated up - the shephards pie was also luke warm

  12. H

    Hoho

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Warm glasses for white wine Warm sauce boat for cold sauce to go on hot food! Frozen peas swimming in the water they were cooked in. Told our order was complicated. Staff reassuring each other that it had been a hard day! at six pm Felt we were an inconvenience for some staff members. A lot of staff but seemed to be a hectic service. Lot of plate passing across dinners to serve the two guest in the banquette

  13. K

    Kyle

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience5

    Poor service this evening which is the first time ever at the ivy!!!!

  14. HH

    HH2021

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely for something special with wonderful service. Food is exquisite.

  15. LP

    LaurenP

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Lovely food and ambiance but waitress was quite rude throughout and was rushing us to pay the bill which put a dampener on the mood and experience

  16. JA

    JacquelineA

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    We went for a celebration afternoon tea. It’s lovely but noisy and the glare from the upstairs window meant you couldn’t see half your party. The sandwiches were lovely, the scones and cakes were just average. I think the cakes should be more petite and varied- eg. we got a huge muffin each. The green drink was interesting, not particularly nice and none of us finished it.The table setting was very nice. The wonderland idea could have been developed more- chocolate white rabbit was really cute.

  17. M

    Murph

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cream tea delicious. Our service was excellent thank you 😋

  18. YL

    YvonneL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Wonderful interior, great atmosphere quite loud - one of the party us a bit deaf so struggled to hear us. Food delicious if a little pricey. The steak comes with nothing -sauce, chips, salad all extra which was a bit annoying - another £10.00 on top. I had sea bass which came with veg and a lovely sauce, which was perfect as i didnt want potatoes or chips. Chocolate bomb thing for dessert was delicious. Didn't think I'd manage it all but surprise , surprise I managed! Overall very good. £180.00 for 3 incl. House wine.

  19. JJ

    JemmaJ

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    I would have appreciated some complementary bread on the table. Otherwise it was perfect.

  20. SM

    SamM

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely experience. Helpful polite staff. A real treat

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food3service4ambience5

    The ambience was really good. However the good was ok

  22. RD

    RichardD

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time here and we was there for the breakfast .food was excellent tea was served in silver tea pots which added to the great atmosphere and decore of the place service was fast and excellent,definitely will be going here again

  23. MG

    MikeG

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great for a celebration breakfast of brunch. Excellent food and attentive service. Book early to secure a table.

  24. DC

    DanielC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food4service1ambience1

    When we arrived for our pre booked table it wasn’t ready. The email confirmation confirmed you only had the table for a set time. No reason for ours not to be ready. After our drink order was taken. Took about 20 minutes to arrive, we were approx 20feet from the bar so not long to go. Food was lovely and 0 complaints there. Waitress was nice but feel had too many tables, as all around us full and there at similar times so hard for her to give any one table the time they deserve. Asked to have service charge removed from bill and manager practically threw the bill at us once he had removed it. Expect a lot more from the ivy. It was a special occasion for my partner an I as we had got engaged before dining. The overall experience put a damper on the whole day which is a shame. Would actively tell family and friends to avoid especially on a weekend. Manager behaviour and late table inexcusable , either you need to book less tables or have better time management. Manager needs to have a think on the way they behave towards paying customers. Oliwia I believed served us, did her very best and considering the pressures on her did what she could

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food3service2ambience1

    It was my friends birthday which we mentioned to Ivy beforehand but were not treated as such at all! We arrived 30 mins early to find out there is no space at the bar to have a drink. When we finally made it to the bar area we overheard a loud complain from the barman that people sitting in bar stools opposite (read us) were distracting his working space! No one would serve us so after 15 mins waiting we asked if we could order something?! What’s the point of the bar area If no one takes notice of you. We were then sat in the table next to a couple with a screaming 2 year old (it was 8pm booking - shouldn’t the child be in bed?!) my friends minute steak was bloody red not pink so we had to send it back and my creme brûlée was fridge cold and tasteless. Thank god for the (expensive) wine! My friends obviously did not receive anything from Ivy for her birthday (I have seen people in the past with small dessert &candle) and we were asked to leave after 2h as someone else was waiting for the table. No one offered we could stay for a drink after at the bar…

  26. RH

    RogerH

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience3

    Overall a good experience with fantastic food, however very disappointing to arrive for a 8pm booking at 755, and like many other guests be placed in an outside holding area for 30 mins. Fortunately it was dry and mild, but could have been a very different experience in different weather. I'd also make the observation that at no point was it communicated what was going on or hospitality offered. We have another booking in December - I don't think that next time we would wait.

  27. KL

    KateL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Lovely setting good food, a little slow on service this time but the current climate of low staff reflects this. And we complained about the chips. But I expected a better standard of chip in there. Should be home made proper chips 🤷🏻‍♀️

  28. GJ

    GwenanJ

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    A wonderful experience from start to finish would definitely return

  29. NO

    NicholasO

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience2

    Wonderful service and good food. Nice interior but music was too loud and utterly out of place. Not sure eating and listening to dance music is a good idea.

  30. KC

    KellyC

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful food and surroundings and excellent service

  31. JJ

    JoJo

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday surprise!

  32. G

    Grannyg

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Excellent venue giving lovely choice of food which catered for 3 generations ranging from 19 to 75. Superb service food and ambience. Would highly recommend

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A wonderful experience the service was superb and the food and cocktails are delicious will definitely come again

  34. F

    Fantastic

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    A great atmosphere in the ivy. Our waitress was fantastic I am unsure of her name but she was from Greece. Couldn’t have done more for us. Very good knowledge of the wine and cocktail list as well. Only issue was there was no table ready for us so kept us waiting in the entrance, when they did get us to the bar to wait for our table it took the servers 10 mins to take our drink order. Our food was cooked to perfection.

  35. JD

    JulieD

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Food was lovely as was the service and ambiance We sat at the counter but it was still a good seat

  36. AL

    AlisonL

    South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Stunning decor, excellent service throughout. Beautiful menu with lots of choice, staff were welcoming, attentive and friendly. The food was beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. It’s my 5th visit to the Ivy Cardiff and it never disappoints. We throughly enjoyed our lunch.

  37. HN

    HelenN

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, Great Good, immaculate staff. Beautiful surroundings. Ladies toilets well worth a visit!

  38. DT

    DaveT

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    You need to book well in advance the establishment is modern and very pleasant as you would expect. The food was excellent and promptly served. highly recommended, will return again give it a try yourself !

  39. L

    Lin9

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was simply outstanding. The waiting staff were friendly and efficient. Beautiful surroundings. Cleanliness was second to none. Would recommend.

  40. j

    joyo

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ruby wedding anniversary

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The Ivy Cardiff is rated 4.6 stars by 6132 OpenTable diners

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Booked 321 times today
Google Map for The Ivy Cardiff

69/70 St David’s Cardiff, WLS CF10 1GA

  • Area

    Cardiff

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 11:30–00:00

  • Cuisines

    Breakfast, British, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Sean Burbidge

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, High Tea, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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