The Ivy Castle View

4.5
5481 reviews
£26 to £40
British
The Ivy Castle View is an all-day British brasserie in the heart of Guildford, located just off the High Street, the main entrance is within the Tunsgate Quarter.
With an all-encompassing menu serving modern British and international Ivy-inspired classics from dawn until dusk, the restaurant is open seven days a week and is also featuring a private dining room, outdoor terrace and a bar, offering tranquil relaxed yet sophisticated dining with beautiful views across Guildford Castle.
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JaneF
Orlando
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Will return ...gorgeous restaurant. ..great for special.occasions

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PaulN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fab evening at the Ivy - great good and ambience.

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Tasha
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Lovely food and decor. Service was very slow and had to ask for things (like a menu) a few times but as we were not in a rush it didn’t bother us. Overall would recommend.

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JohnO
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Staff & service was 10/10 - The sirloin steak had a large chewy sinew but when paying£28 for a steak you would expect to be able to eat it all. They took 2 G&T off the bill for compensation but later on checking the bill they had charged me for 3 so in fact they added one on & gave it back.

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LeighQ
Hampshire
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Far prefer this Ivy to the one in Marlow. Great staff, tasty food & lovely bar & ambience. Main course could have been a bit hotter but that’s about it. Always enjoy going there & would absolutely recommend.

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Linda
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy The Ivy, food, ambiance, decor, menu has lots of choice. It's our favourite place for a special occasion, or just a get together with friends.

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AndrewE
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greta food, and incredibly good service. Second time I have bene to the Ivy Castle View, and although the first time was good...this time was excellent! We had a really enjoyable meal!

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phil1962
London
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch at the Ivy GUILDFORD was excellent. Service was impeccable and cost was reasonable. Highly recommended.

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PeterH
Surrey
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service also attention to detail was fantastic.

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NicolaW
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely brunch. A cocktail each and eggs Benedict. Tables a little close together so felt quite cramped and loud. Otherwise nice as usual

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Ella
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Lovely waitor however there was an issue in the kitchen with the sauce not being put on the side as we requested.

Smoothies / juice tasted pre made and not as good as an innocent smoothie - was disappointing.

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BobG
Surrey
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food5service5ambience1

Great food and service but our evening was ruined by the loud ‘dance’ type music. Background music yes but if I need a rocking evening I’ll go clubbing!

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Enkar
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An excellent meal with attentive service. Could not ask for more.

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gluten
Surrey
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

If it wasn't for the atmosphere then I am not sure I would go back. The food was expensive for what is was. The service was slow and it was very hot in the restaurant.

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MelanieM
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing experience at The Ivy last night. The food is fabulous and the staff are so attentive and friendly. Would definitely recommend.

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HazelA
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

They advertised the specials on the table but they weren’t available when I ordered. The wine I wanted was not available. No sign of masks, no air con which is a co I’d requirement indoors. And it was way too hot. Tables were too close together

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Estelle
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have already recommended this restaurant to a friend!
The best restaurant experience we’ve had for at least 2 years, thank you!
We know how hard it is to get staff so were particularly impressed by the standard of service. Elsewhere it has been generally poor.

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Evie
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious food, reasonable price. Friendly and efficient staff. We go nearly very week.

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NitaR
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience5

Avoid if vegetarian or vegan. Went for my sisters birthday for the afternoon tea. We’re vegetarian and the quality of food we received was very poor. The waiter then said he had assumed we were vegan and himself acknowledged the vegan afternoon tea we got was not great there and limited. Only sandwich that was available was plain cucumber. Definitely not value for money.

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tomc
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ivy Guildford was fantastic. Wonderful food, great staff and a lovely atmosphere. It is quite expensive but you certainly get what you pay for. Will definitely be back for more special occasions.

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JaneR
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

When the staff, are pleasant and hospitable, it definitely enhances your dining experience. The staff at the 'Ivy' (yesterday), were all exemplary. We really enjoyed being higher than street level, as we felt we were away from it all!! Overall, our breakfast, was very relaxing. Will definitely return to the 'Ivy', at Guildford.

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NicolaS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Menu could be more exciting. Service was good though.

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EmmaE
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Attentive service and good food. Maybe 25% - 30% more than we would have spent at Wagamama’s for a family meal, but 100% better dining experience and well worth it.

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RobertC
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We attended the ivy as an anniversary night out and we weren't disappointed lovely atmosphere and great food,and the waitress couldn't of been more helpful. Really happy

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AnnaB
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service food and ambiance amazing. We had such a lovely waitress, amber, who looked after us amazingly from start to finish.

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ElizabethT
Surrey
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The lady who served us was charming and the food delicious. It was a bit noisy and warm. Probably not helped by the fact that all the doors/windows were closed due to strong winds. Overall really enjoyed it though and would highly recommend.

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Ovov
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have recently visited the Ivy Asia so I thought it would be nice to try the Ivy castle view. I booked a table for a friend and I as it was her birthday. The restaurant is amazing and has this 1920s art deco feel. The staff were great and we were seated straight away. The ambiance was fantastic, it was nice to see the place full and buzzing. Our waiter was really nice and very attentive. The food was fantastic and well priced. We both ordered the fish&chips with the zucchini fries to start (Hugh portion so good to share) . The fish was really fresh and I can not fault a thing. They even arranged a little birthday profiterole with a candle. I will definitely be back and would recommend. Thank you

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Vanessa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service was great. It was very busy but we were a bit surprised that the tables were close and most people, including staff, chose not to wear a mask when moving around.

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ClaireG
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service. Thank you for helping us celebrate our silver wedding anniversary.

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LucyC
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice menu but they have too many people in there. Slow service, overcooked scallops, had to ask to order and chase drinks orders, and expensive for the overall experience

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Arrived at 10 mins to 1 and immediately told we would have to vacate our table by 3.0. Not a good greet! 2 of us ( out of 6) did not receive our starters until 2 o’clock despite being reminded twice. The service continued to be bad, placing our wine not near enough to reach the bottle ourselves but not noticing our glasses needed refilling until one of us got up. Asking if we wanted choc truffles which we refused. Truffles then arrived and we thought they were complimentary because of bad service and then being charged for them. We decided not to argue any more as we were fed up and did not want it to spoil our long awaited reunion any more than it had already. Have enjoyed The Ivy before but will not be rushing back , which is a shame.

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GiMa
Surrey
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Great service, very poor quality steak which was too expensive for quality.

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MikeH
Devon
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, good value we will definitely be going back

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PaulaO
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spot for breakfast and good service. I had the vegetarian breakfast with a side of smoked salmon and it was delicious.

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Katie
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best evening that we have had in a long while. We booked here last minute as our hotel had messed up our anniversary plans, which in a way I am glad they did! The staff were so lovely and attentive, the food was impeccable, and we ended up having the most fantastic evening. Thank you so much for making it so special for us!

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MelissaD
Dorset
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food was very quick and rather disappointing. Lacked seasoning and the menu was uninspiring. Service though was excellent, very friendly and attentive staff.

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KathyO
Surrey
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The fish and chips were gorgeous and beautifully cooked. The Lemon Sole was overcooked and pretty tasteless. But great ambiance and service.

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RichardD
Surrey
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Finally on my 4th visit the Ivy got things right. It's expensive for what you get, but a good ambiance and nice enough food.

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DeborahH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always, amazing food, service, ambience!

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EleriK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We enjoyed our experience and staff friendly but the afternoon tea was over complicated in flavour combinations and we felt the bread was very dry The scones were delicious but the deserts were overly complicated.

FAQs

The Ivy Castle View is rated 4.5 stars by 5481 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.