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About The Ivy Dining Counter
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.
London, WC2H 9NQ
Modern European, Contemporary British
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Wednesday: 12 noon to 11.30pm
Thursday to Saturday: 12 noon to 12 midnight
Sunday: 12 noon to 10.30pm
1-5 West Street, London, WC2H 9NQ
£41 and over
020 7836 4751
Customers may leave their cars at The Ivy from 6.30pm, book a table for post theatre dinner at The Ivy, and pick up their car after dinner. Valet parking costs £15 per evening.
The nearest tube station is Leicester Square.
Leave by Exit 3 and turn right. Walk up Charing Cross Road and take the 2nd turning on your right into Litchfield Street. The entrance to the restaurant is around the left hand corner on West Street, opposite St Martin's Theatre.
Bar Dining, Full Bar
The Ivy Dining Counter Ratings and Reviews
Surprisingly pleased with all aspects of our dining experience. It was a last minute booking. Plenty of space to eat at the bar. Nice buzz but low enough to be able to chat.We had 3 courses there. Very ample portions sized, good quality and good value for money, bar cost of water at £4.50 a bottle. Staff relaxed yet efficient. Theadore the barman was very amicable.
Our dining experience at the Ivy was wonderful. Having arrived a little early, the matre de recommended we visit a nearby wine bar for a quick drink. Upon our return, a table at the Dining Counter was still unavailable but we were offered a table in the restaurant which we took! I was surprised to be offered this as no tables were available when I was initially booked. The service was quick, friendly and efficient. And the food was amazing, very very tasty! Particularly the venison. Although on the pricy side, I felt the menu was very reasonable for London, and the class of restaurant. Well worth it for the food. Unfortunately we never managed a dessert, but the starters and mains were excellent.
The iconic Ivy on West Street continues to deliver. The ambience , history , food and service continues to deliver at the highest level. It also offers food at really reasonable prices and is a super place to take your partner for a special occasion , birthday , anniversary or just Sunday lunch. We sat at the counter on Sunday and what a great choice this was. Friendly interaction with the bar staff was a added bonus.
This is a top level restaurant that hits the spot everytime.
Our dinner at the Ivy Counter was far and away the best meal we had in our 5-day stay in London. It's a perfect way for a couple to strike up multiple conversations over the course of dinner. The food was perfectly prepared (the best calf's liver ever), the bartenders were fun, engaging and informative (check out the cocktail Playbill) and to use a British-ism, the evening was simply "brilliant". Can't wait to go back on our next trip.
Don't let the name fool you, it's a full scale sit down restaurant.
I made a reservation online because I didn't want to have to wait for a table, but I ended up sitting at the bar.
I was there in a t-shirt and jeans but folks were dressed in business casual, as well as jackets. I apologized for my appearance, explaining that had I known I would not come in so "casually" dressed. it wasn't a problem.
It reminded me of the type of restaurant my parents used to take me to when I traveled to London with them as a kid.
The menu has wonderful options but I went with the Shepherd's Pie. It was not only a unique take on the dish but quite delicious. Of course, they offered London Pride beer. Couldn't have asked for a better meal on a damp-chilly London afternoon!
The service was great and I would love to come back, albeit dressed a little better. Maybe to see the Harry Potter play going on at the Palace Theater just around the corner!
I absolutely loved the evening I spent at The Ivy. The whole experience was very enjoyable & I would recommend the restaurant to family & friends. Very warm & friendly staff, great ambience & beautiful food. The gentleman tending the bar had such a lovely manner, he made us feel extremely welcome & at ease.
The Ivy Dining Counter was a fabulous experience, we arrived a little early but that was not a problem, we were seated at the bar with drinks until our spot was ready. We were a little unsure about dining at the bar at first, but it proved to be very enjoyable, especially as I am a people watcher and could see everything that was going on!. The staff were attentive and the service was excellent, the food was also excellent I don't usually do dessert but couldn't resist the best Mocha Tiramisu I have ever tasted. We will definitely book the dining counter on our next visit to London.
I haven't been here for years, and not since the refurb, but it is as good as ever. I booked the Dining Counter by mistake, but I am glad I did, a perfect place to perch and have a quiet lunch above the melee of tables. Food was excellent, I had the stalwart steak tartare then tuna sashimi then cheeses, plus some great white burgundy and an espresso martini. My friend had artichoke then shepherds pie and a desert.
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