The Ivy City Garden

4.4
2507 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Good for Birthdays
Located in the historic Bishopsgate Gardens – one of the City’s few garden squares – and next-door to the famous St. Botolph church, The Ivy City Garden brings the familiar luxury of The Ivy, West Street to the City of London.

The Ivy Collection’s first site in the City of London features an all-day-dining menu, private dining room, and hidden garden offering a tranquil al fresco escape from the hustle and bustle of the Square Mile. The restaurant boasts a summer water fountain, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows opening onto a hidden garden with its own bar. The Ivy City Garden’s outdoor space has a retractable roof, allowing diners to enjoy the garden all year-round.

Guests are also be able to enjoy our resident DJ; hitting the decks Friday from 6pm to close, all day Saturday and Sunday brunch.
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DR
London
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Large impersonal dinning. Reasonable ambiance, with foliage decor, in central city location. Standard Ivy chain look and feel.
Somewhat efficient but impersonal service due to the large volume of covers.
Good quality fast food range
Overall best for standard business meetings / dinner in the City

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food very good and friendly service

SP
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i always find the Ivy City Gardens a very relaxed and welcoming place to eat. I was super impressed with the service we received this time , our waitress Marisol was a joy to be served by. Food is always a good standard

v
London
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Visited on a Monday lunchtime with business colleagues. Well located in the heart of the City yet shielded from the mayhem of this busy part of town.
Ths decor is bright and the ambience lively.Quite noisy because it was full with clients.A good menu and well cooked food which made the four of us happy.

A
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

First time we had been to the City Ivy and it was nice very busy food good but expensive for what we had. The fish was quite a small portion although enough for me.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really enjoyable evening. The atmosphere was lively yet not too loud that you couldn’t hear one another. Service and food was great.

OT
Essex
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and good was amazing!

A
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Felt like we were sat in the corridor, service was not attentive. Food was nice but forgot one of the side dishes. When asked the staff she said it would be out. Did not keep us updated with the progress. Fnished off the main and there was still no sign of the side so cancelled. Tried to get a waiter's attention who saw me but totally ignored me. Had asked for cake or some acknowledgement as it was sister's birthday, but did not receive anything and I know Ivy provide this service as I have requested this service before for someone else's birthday.

J
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was nice but chairs were uncomfortable and table was too small for 4 people, staff were over busy and hard to get there attention

BH
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, great service, nice evening.... Would defiantly return

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect,perfect and perfect to the food, service and ambiance. I hope to return

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

The food was amazing, the restaurant is beautiful and the atmosphere is great. The service was shocking. We had to ask for our plates to be cleared after our starter and main, they were cleared after desert because another waiter stepped in. We had to ask for drinks to be topped up/empty glasses and bottles to be cleared.

CG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

a unique environment and a pleasant change to the too many standard syle restaurants in the City. excellent food and drink options and quality.

g
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food, service and atmosphere was fantastic. I had the scallops to start and the miso salmon. Both delicious. To finish i had the chocolate bomb..... what a show stopper.
THANK YOU TEAM IVY :)

CM
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I had a wonderful lunch. The food, service, liquid refreshment and ambience were perfect. I am booking again soon to return with other friends. Highly recommend this restaurant.

p
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visit The original Ivy and this was a spur of the moment booking after a Matinee performance in West End. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The menu was similar with the Ivy staples food was delicious. Service every attentive. The decor is the same as Ivy but with more space and a felling of lightness and open. Would definitely go again.

A
London
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting hidden behind the Liverpool Street station. We had a lovely corner table overlooking the garden. We really enjoyed the whole experience as Everyone was super friendly !

RJ
Kent
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We are generally fans of the Ivy group of restaurants. We had an excellent dinner at the Ivy Blackheath on Tuesday with friends and on Thursday I had a friend visiting from Dubai so I suggested meeting at The Ivy City Garden.
I have previously visited this restaurant on numerous occasions and always had a great experience. Unfortunately on this occasion the experience was most disappointing.
The overall service was very poor and lacked the finesse that you expect from The Ivy.
My friend & I both ordered fillet steak for our mains. I ordered mine medium/ well but unfortunately both our steaks were extremely small, very dry and tough.
Obviously we informed our server there were issues with our steaks and they said they would let the kitchen know. The response was very poor and all that was offered was that our after meal tea & coffee was on the house.
The general appearance of many of the staff was not to the high standards that one expects from The Ivy.
My husband works in The City but following my poor experience will no longer be frequenting The Ivy City Garden until things are addressed. He, his clients & colleagues will chose to visit the numerous other bars and restaurants in the surrounding area.

SK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous place with relaxed dining. Food was lovely and thought enjoyed x

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

I always find the food at the Ivy City garden to be delicious but the service leaves a lot to be desired unfortunately. The staff are very polite and friendly but they are nowhere to be seen when you want to order, the food is very slow to come out and there are often items missing. You then can't remind anyone of what's missing because there is no staff around!

KL
London
38 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Great food and setting.

Attentive service.

Appreciate you have a 2 hour window but reminding you of that 30 mins before it ends feels a tad unnecessary. Meaning you are on edge for 1/4 of your meal!

RJ
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was great, the food was great and the drinks were great. Good selection across all menus.
Very friendly staff who were very attentive. Overall a great meal out.

JC
London
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect meeting place near Liverpool St Station. Great Food, service and atmosphere

SM
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service very comfortable and a good choice

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A birthday lunch for my son with the family. Enjoyed it very much and the little cake at the end with the candle was a nice touch. We would definitely visit again and recommend it

KG
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've eaten at the Ivy Market Grill in Covent Garden previously but this was my first visit to the Liverpool street restaurant. It's such a lovely place, with a long art deco style bar and a 'garden' theme throughout with vibrant pictures on the walls of different birds and a conservatory feel to the building - lots of greenery everywhere.
Staff were immaculate, knowledgeable and friendly.
The food was red hot and very tasty and filling, between 2 of us we had starters, mains and 2 sides to share and it was plenty. I also opted in for a dessert which I certainly didn't need but it was so tasty.
With a cocktail, a soft drink and a bottle of water for the table and service charge, the bill was around £90 in total. We could have spent far more with some of the more premium dishes or quality bottles of wine, but what we had was truly excellent and very reasonable.

MS
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a very pleasant dining experience. The staff were very helpful and the food was good. I was not rushed and so was very relaxing and the table was not to near other diners.

J
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Nice atmosphere however the food was poor, ordered the chicken after they told us the veal was out of stock and looked/tasted like something out of a packet from sainsburys, no flavor at all - value for money was terrible..

GF
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always ; food is of the highest quality and the ambience is perfect. Great decor and amazing drinks menu.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Our visit was nice and we were very grateful we had a table in the conservatory area as the main dining room was far too noisy - we would not have been able to have any sort of conversation in there. If you're hard of hearing or have elderly guests with you, ask for the conservatory area when booking. Also I was a bit disappointed with Prawn Cocktail starter, which was made up mainly of quite bitter cherry tomatoes - however, the Steak main and the Baked Alaska especially was delicious.

NB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love The Ivy, and had a particularly good experience this evening. The food, wine and ale that we ordered were great as expected but what was really excellent was the service - we met family for dinner at 6PM and were never hurried or rushed, despite there being only 3 of us, it being a Friday evening and us not ordering an extravagant multi-course menu. We kept our table for 3 hours and never felt like a burden; it was a lovely evening catching up in a beautiful setting with delicious food!

W
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was lovely but the service let it down.
We waited for our drinks when people who were seated and ordered after us were served
Their drinks before us.
We didn’t order cocktails a gin and tonic and Bacardi and coke.
Very quick to remove drinks and plates before they were finished!

AE
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely afternoon with great service and good food
Thank you

JS
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful afternoon spent at the Ivy. Delicious food, beautiful setting and exceptional service.

KR
London
14 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Ivy cafes all offer very good food and service at reasonable prices.
Lovely setting.
Very attentive service
Our main courses arrived very quickly, almost too quickly! But very tasty.

KP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

It was lunch, service was not that great and table was put at the back near the serving desk not good.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Pluses: waiter responded quickly and sympathetically to me when I needed a sweet drink as I was having a sugar low, door staff were efficient, loved the seating/spot and ambience, loved the open roof, the plants and the windows, black cod was cooked beautifully. The waiter was friendly, polite, and clearly run off his feet busy.
Minuses: zucchini fritti were way over-floured and greasy, we ate less than half, when we mentioned it to the person clearing our glasses there was no response at all, no sign that there was concern the food was half eaten or not cooked well, same goes for the staff member who cleared the dish eventually, did not comment that it was half eaten when at an establishment such as the Ivy I would expect some response, no support was made with lactose free options as requested on my booking and while the waiter kindly swapped the ice cream for sorbet on my dessert, they had not registered my comment about being lactose intolerant as then the dessert still came with tons of cream and dairy. Miso butter vegetables tasted of nothing, crispy duck was dry and way over sauced with a sweet sticky sauce, service was exceptionally slow, we waited up to half an hour for each stage of the order such as between having plates cleared and being offered the dessert menu and so on. Would expect much more for the price and reputation and the number of staff actually visible, people whose sole job was clearing plates and pouring drinks did not seem to prevent the waiters from being run off their feet. An inefficient system.

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

Great food and service, if a bit noisy! Sea Bass special with jasmin rice was superb, as was the frozen berry desert. Will be back.

JM
London
47 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Again the Ivy’s lack of attention to detail is the failing point. One guest asked for no sauce with his burger and other bits on the side. Was told that would be no problem and yet the birder arrived with everything in the bun including the sauce. We even checked that the waitress had understood before she placed the order. When it arrived and we pointed out the problem she didn’t apologise - just said ‘oh’. Just not acceptable.
Also what is not acceptable is zero response from the restaurant management to feedback

FM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The menu, as you would expect for an Ivy eatery, is diverse and caters for almost anybody. That said I had to chew my way through the raw salad starter, which had very little avocado on the plate (which was why I chose it predominantly). My fishcake main was marginally better. Nice flavor although you have to need a side to make it a meal. No dessert was taken, but the Macon white wine was very nice. Selection of cocktails was extensive. Our waiter was very attentive and topped up our glasses whenever they needed topping up. The atmosphere was excellent (probably the best bit of the evening), but not too noisy that you couldn't hear who you were dining with. I am not sure I would come here in a group larger than 4 though, as I think you would struggle.

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