The Ivy Dining Counter

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194 reviews
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£41 and over
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Modern European
Top tags:
  • Bar Seating
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasions
The Ivy restaurant has been a firm fixture on London’s dining and social scene since 1917. The restaurant and private room upstairs are the epitome of real glamour. A shimmering central bar in the restaurant draws admiring attention, and the signature harlequin stained-glass windows, oak panelling and striking contemporary art collection ensure the longevity of this very British of dining institutions. Executive Chef Gary Lee creates balanced seasonal menus, featuring Ivy classics, but accounting for today’s tastes, incorporating more Asian dishes, salads and vegetables, and the advent of a “sea and shells” section. Director Fernando Peire leads a strong and experienced team to deliver the unfaltering service for which The Ivy has become well known over the years. In this, its centenary year, there will be a host of special events lined up to celebrate both the past and future of this unique restaurant.
What 194 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the Ivy! One of the best spots in London for a nice dinner

NH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. It’s not cheap , but this is London !

RD
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 1

My husbands curry was not good.
He was compensated and the item was taken off the menu he was also given a free sweet, but this was our anniversary and ruined the evening.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure this restaurant. Consistently fantastic quality.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, awesome service, awesome company

AE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, very good food, happy vibe. Enjoyed very much

BW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I wanted to really like this place, but the food was just so so. The ambiance was great, the drinks were great, the service was great, the presentation was great, but the food could have been better. I had the scallops that were sadly nothing special. They were slightly fishy, slightly over cooked with no consistency, and beyond the fishy taste; they were pretty bland. The risotto that came with the dish was okay, but again, not the best.

However, if your looking for great drinks and great service, I would say this is the place!

CT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service, delicious cocktails - perfect evening

AB
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

had a lovely first time visit to The Ivy .food and staff were amazing.

OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always. The team here just know how to do it.

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

Lovely informal way to enjoy The Ivy experience. Really did enjoy ourselves

ES
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was pouring rain, my husband and I were wearing soaking raincoats and dripping hats. The doormen and front desk staff greeted us as if we were elegantly attired and alighted from a limo. We were seated at the elegant bar and were professionally served a delicious meal at what we consider to be a very reasonable price. A lovely experience.

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

Am pleased to have been introduced to The Ivy. Food great and service + ambiance. Cosy. Think counter service only works well when two people.

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

Excellent service and fantastic food as always. Would highly recommend.

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

The Ivy is always a great place to have dinner! I love it

CM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive staff, excellent food in a relaxed atmosphere. It was also good to go to somewhere like this and be able to eat/drink at a relaxed pace and not to feel ‘rushed’ in any way. Would highly recommend a visit to the Ivy.

c
Edinburgh
11 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar as per the Dining Table booking, staff were friendly but not over bearing. Very relaxed atmosphere, great food and nice to be sat amongst things at the bar. Exceeded our expectations!

KF
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent a week in London and this was by far our favorite dinning experience. You must sit at the bar to take it all in.

OT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special night out for son celebrating his qualification

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The waiter was rude and he got our order wrong

KS
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Thanks again for a New visit at The Ivy - mat be the 10th during last 20 years - this time in combination with Our 48- years of marriage upon we receive very staisfying attention from the staff!
We will certainly come back to you.
Best regards
Inge Lise and Knut Stromsheim
Ålesund
Norway

GJ
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superbly renovated since my last visit 20 yrs ago, this is unpretentious 5 star dining at its best. Lighting, service, menu and wine list, all combining to produce the perfect ambiance.

ES
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Accidentally booked the dining counter and was worried I wouldn’t like it as much as a table for two but absolutely loved it and would definitely eat like that again! Gorgeous setting, great food and really lovely staff. Fantastic 1st anniversary dinner <3

CH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Open table you were the cause of this disaster of an evening The Ivy said they didn't have my booking and sat us at the bar ☹️ the front of house was very poor. This was for my wife's birthday, this was very poor unlike the Ivy Manchester

OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my partner there for her birthday and it was fantastic - quick and attentive service, great menu, fine food and a lively atmosphere but still chilled enough to be able to speak and hear. Decor and ambience was fantastic and the quality of the cuisine was top class

DM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good quick and high quality.
Little dated in the healthier options on the menu,
Overall a good experience overall...

JL
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exemplary service and dining.
The place lives up to it’s wonderful tradition and chef Gary lee and his team work the magical menu.
I recommend this to anyone who loves to indulge in good food and hospitality.

DM
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Beautiful Bar and restaurant! Great service at the bar dining!

HC
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I mean , it’s ok? Fancy people, fancy menu, fancy prices. Good if you don’t want to research any other place. Close to the theatres but there are plenty of options. Nasty dirty street and rough looking street. Don’t need to go again. Try once and see :)

d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an absolute pleasure to return to such a legendary atmosphere, The Ivy, and enjoy an exquisitely delicious meal, so impeccably prepared and so attentively served!! The chorizo salad, the veal with foie gras, and the steak were delicious, as were the wine and the cheesecake for dessert!! Soar High, Fly Far, See Deeply!!

SW
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An exquisite dining experience. The ivy is both posh and charming. Impeccable service only to be outshone by the cuisine . We will most definitely return on each trip to London. Cheers.

GN
London
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we arrived the service, food, attention to detail, excellence of the highest standard

A
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We actually started at the dining counter for drinks and nuts which was lovely and I would recommend this if there are two of you- however as there were three we moved on to a table to eat.
I had the burger with Welsh rarebit which was tasty but not as great as it should have been for the price and the chips/fries were like cardboard!
The service was mixed- a couple of the staff were great but then a couple weren’t- they didn’t smile, forgot to bring us a couple of things so we had to ask twice. This I don’t usually mind but when you are paying these prices you expect impeccable service.
There is also a cover charge automatically added to the bill! When I asked what it was for he said to cover bread, tablecloth etc. Now I don’t mind paying for bread and butter but not when it is brought to you automatically without asking for it! Also we didn’t spill anything on the table cloth but our waiter did!
Altogether pretty disappointing when we were expecting a really upmarket experience.

LK
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent pre-theater dining spot

FL
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. Staff are very very friendly and approachable and my request for a quiet table was fulfilled. Would definitely book again in the near future.

t
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked 2 months in advance to ensure a timed slot because we wanted to dine at The Ivy in between performances of the Harry Potter play nearby. As a late birthday present for a special friend, the dinner was fantastic and we were delighted to sample the vegetarian menu. Excellent food and the ambience was terrific. The Ivy staff are fantastic, discreet and attentive. 5 out of 5 stars!

a
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ever another amazing meal here. You can not fault the food, service or ambience.

ER
London
7 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great option for a pre/post theatre evening dinning! Counter is a great alternative to the usual table sitting

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal superb value and absolutely delicious. Always wanted to go to the Ivy yet never managed to be there at the right time. This trip was planned to coincide with a play so timing was perfect

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Counter dining was a surprisingly enjoyable experience. Felt very comfortable and well looked after. Food was amazing. If after a quick but fancy lunch, a definite must! Beautifully presented food.

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