The Ivy Dining Counter

4.6
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238 reviews
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£41 and over
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Modern European

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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.
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jasonb
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was an amazing dinning experience the staff made the visit brilliant.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends Birthday...Lovely

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LeeY
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience lovely surroundings.and the staff remembered my wife's birthday.so couldn't fault anything.thanks lee

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great night, thanks!

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PaulE
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made the reservation via open table and was all set and looking forward to the weekend but the next morning I took a call from the Ivy, enquiring about my reservation and asking if I really wanted to book the Counter Bar.
I'd intended that the booking was a romantic table for two to celebrate my wifes birthday, so praise indeed to the staff for taking the time to ensure our booking was corrected.
The evening from start to finish was perfection, the reception, the service, the cocktails, the food, the wine, the toilets and above all the Staff. A lot of "the's" but recalling the evening did that!!

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vipAmandaL
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance

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vipLindaQuilter
London
214 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I went to The Ivy for dinner before seeing "Dear Evan Hanson" and we had a terrific time. We sat at the counter so got special attention from the bartenders who also served us. We shared a burrata with smoked beetroot which was wonderful. She had the excellent liver and I had the Iberico pork cutlet--both great. It's a beautiful place with a lovely muted buzz and the food is delicious. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not been to the Ivy for over 20yrs. Great to go back. Did not disappoint.

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AngelaW
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Greeted warmly and taken straight to the bar where we were seated. Exactly as I had planned. Loved the intimate, nostalgic setting complimented by young, enthusiastic staff. The food was perfectly lovely but not outstanding, I would have liked more lobster in my lobster spaghetti. Nevertheless, a great experience overall.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely atmosphere

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Emmer
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We managed to get a table but counter would have been ok.

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AnneG
London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was pretty good, and there was no waste , the pudding could of had crushed Eton mess on the strawberry sundae!

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JacquelineC
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went for my birthday food was lovely I had the lemon meringue pie with a twist it was amazing, cocktails lovely and the service was top class ,will be going back when I'm in London again ,I will be going to the one in brimingham

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PaulC
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff in a beautiful setting with delicious food too. I couldn’t fault any of our visit 10/10

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VictoriaD
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice food and great service but very expensive on the drink side. Worth going just to have food there

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vipgolfer7
New England
552 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great pre-theatre location and terrific environment, especially at the bar. Drinks were very good, food was good if unspectacular, and we warmed up to the bartender/server, who seemed a bit standoff-ish at first but ‘engaged’ more as our meal went on. A very good pre-show choice in the theatre district, and a great old-fashioned vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

So bad. Has to leave because the reservation was at the counter instead of a table for two as written on Opentable reservation !!! 😡😡😡
A shame !!!

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RegularSurveyor
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

If I could leave this a minus rating I would. I have never had such a bad dining experience in my 13 years in London.
We arrived at 11:55am for our midday booking to find the doors still locked. When I called to ask if they were open I was told to stand outside. After I explained I had my 81 year old grandmother with me who isn’t very good on her feet and would they mind if she sat down they told us to stand outside and wait in the cold in the rudest manner.
Eventually we went inside and it was downhill from there. for starters we ordered Bang Bang Chicken and a prawn cocktail. The chicken was cold which was disappointing and the prawn cocktail was more lettuce than anything. For main course We ordered roast cod with parsley mash as it is listed on the menu. It say nothing of shellfish at all and when it arrived it had mussels and clams which my grandmother really dislikes. I ate mine as it was and quite honestly it was so salty and cold that I didn’t finish it. The waiter noticed I hadn’t finished it and apologised at the end of my meal.
The service had been slow and terrible throughout so we decided against dessert as we preferred to go somewhere else.
It was Christmas Eve and not one member of staff made the lunch feel festive or even enjoyable. We wished them merry Christmas but got no response.
The neighbouring two tables had issues with their food and set it back (one was cold and one had soggy batter on their fish and chips) so we were not alone
Then the worst thing after such an awful meal was for the bill to arrive and be charged a cover charge on top of the service charge also on the bill. The days of cover charge are gone as London is not short of excellent eating and drinking establishments.
I will never return to the Ivy and will strongly suggest it is avoided at all costs. So disappointing but without doubt my worst dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughters birthday and new job celebration

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V8VCG
Cornwall
12 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, attentive service, pleasant ambience. Fortunately not ejected when our two hours was up.

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pollyscott
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the Ivy never disappoints. Great service, great food and atmosphere. Sat at the counter and it was very lively. Love this place.

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TonyI
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a very good and nice restauarant with excellent food and service . To be advised after a theatre . The service was what it should be

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was delicious although service could have been better- staff at the reception is rather rude!

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OliverS
London
8 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Dining Counter. Request stools at the end of the bar, facing the door if you can.

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NigelC
London
9 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit and on a Saturday evening (so busy as expected) but we were quickly seated at the counter. Despite booking four weeks previously with OpenTable I wasn’t able to get a table...
Friendly bar staff were busy but quick and clearly keeping in touch with all the diners.
Tasty food - crab salad and bang bang chicken starters and cottage pie and liver and bacon as main courses. Well judged quantities, well presented and not too ‘over engineered’.
Interesting wine selection and range of prices (!) and good ‘by the glass’ selection.
Nice ambience
Definitely looking forward to another visit.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All roubd great experience. Food was exfellent as was the service

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JulianT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food, good service - would thoroughly recommend it as a good night with friends.

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jeanm
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We had a nice lunch, apart from the salad size, which they could improve!
It was taken of the bill, but that’s not the point...

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vipLindaQuilter
London
214 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had heard about The Ivy over the years but always thought it was too expensive or too snooty for the likes of me. How wrong I was! We decided to give it a try before going to the theatre and were immediately put at ease by the lovely staff. The food was out of this world--in fact, it made me realise just how second rate many of the restaurants are that I have been to lately. I had the leek and potato soup with truffle and a poached quail's egg--delicious. Then I had the best pork belly I've ever had--it just melted in my mouth. Wonderful. A terrific and unusual wine, and the creme brûlée dessert was outstanding. What can I say? We will definitely be back. And regarding the cost, well it wasn't cheap but it cost the same as the dinner we had at a second rate wine bar last week, so there is no comparison. Well done, The Ivy! You'll see us again!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some us time... with my wife

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vipIrised
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food. Great overall. Definitely worth going

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vipSw44uk
London
33 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great. The service at the counter was slow and inattentive. We kept having to ask for our wine and service. Such a shame as our past experiences have been great

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience5

$70 pound lunch for just myself. Food was disgusting. Disappointed because I’ve been looking forward to going for awhile

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Juliet
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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vipCory
Seattle
44 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience5

Firstly, I really wanted to enjoy this dinner. The restaurant itself is wonderful. The food was just not good enough, including the presentation, which was not good for the hype of this restaurant. I would have a hard time going back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, cocktails and service. Ideally located in theatre land.

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NatashaR
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my boyfriend for his 30th birthday and had a brilliant experience. Delicious and well sized portions with really attentive service and a beautiful venue.

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OpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great lunch friends meeting up

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Laos
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Being sat at the bar was ok, the barmen were great, friendly and good service. Food was lovely as usual.

Did not enjoy my chair getting bashed into every time somebody walked past, and hearing the wait staffs chatter behind us over our own conversation.

I’ve been before and always been seated at a table and loved it, was a shame on my anniversary this wasn’t the case as soured the evening slightly for me.

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ganit
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was very good, the dishes were not very large, but you can be satisfied with a first and a main course assuming you also eat their excellent bread.
Very good service.

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