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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.

1-5 West Street
London, WC2H 9NQ
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
1-5 West Street, London, WC2H 9NQ

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
£41 and over

Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
020 7836 4751

Website:
http://www.the-ivy.co.uk/

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transport:
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.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Full Bar

The Ivy Dining Counter Ratings and Reviews

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Overall rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (13)
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Romance (13)
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Fun (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Authentic (9)
Business Meals (9)
Casual (8)
Cosy (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Brunch (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Hot Spot (5)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
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·Dined on 4 November 2017

Brilliant........thank you ! The experience was fantastic.

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 31 October 2017

Our anniversary celebration, (53 years) was certainly enhanced by the visit. Friendly attention at the bar, efficient service and it seemed to us that nothing was too much trouble. One of our most favourite place to eat and we shall of course return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (Toronto)·Dined on 27 October 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on 23 October 2017

The refurb has made a huge difference. We enjoyed every minute and I hope very much to return in the near future. Sensational shepherds pie and wonderful ameretto sours. All round Superb bar staff and waiters. Thank you. It was a memorable evening.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for Groups, Authentic, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 17 October 2017

Classic venue and amazing service topped with great food and an excellent wine suggestion from our waiter, can’t wait to go back

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Business Meals, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 6 October 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Fun, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 24 September 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 12 September 2017

Wonderful atmosphere. The bartender knew his period drinks, and everything was made with a special twist. Food was super, service top notch. A fine place for a romantic evening.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (London)·Dined on 2 September 2017

Wonderful staff, even better food!
Will be visiting again soon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 26 August 2017

Lovely late lunch for my partner's birthday. Lunch at the counter was lovely. Lovely frozen glasses for the champagne, good bread and the best espresso martinis I know.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (London)·Dined on 18 August 2017

Amazing atmosphere and lovely food and personally served

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 (New York Area)·Dined on 9 August 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Fun
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·Dined on 1 August 2017

Delicious lunch and excellent service! Great advice on wine from the sommelier ...a very enjoyable afternoon...arrived at 1.45pm.....left around 7 pm!! 😀

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on 24 July 2017

Haven't been for ages but just as good as always .

Tags: Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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·Dined on 18 July 2017

It was a great experience - the food and cocktails were delicious - the bar tender was very friendly. over all had a great time.

Tags: Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch
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 (Singapore)·Dined on 5 July 2017

Food was awesome. Nice seating at the bar. Romantic night.
Fantastic service!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Manchester)·Dined on 2 July 2017

Bar and waiters very friendly excellent service good value for money. Not intimidating by being a celebrity haunt. Loved it is will go again.
Decor amazing very 1920's elegance

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fun, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on 25 June 2017

Took my granddaughter. Last here 55 years ago. Its great!!!!!

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Bar Seating
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 25 June 2017

Very comfortable place to dine and drink. Staff are so perceptive very down to earth. Not what I expected definitely will dining there again.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on 11 June 2017

Great ambiance, British menu and style. Fantastic service and overall and wonderful dining experience.

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 (London)·Dined on 7 June 2017

This is one of Our favourite London restaurants- We have been there before and We will definitely go there again! Fantastic service, never feel rushed, excellent food choices & value for money! We Love it there! Thank You again!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Casual, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Berlin)·Dined on 4 June 2017

Excellent location with delicious food. The bar is a perfect place for lunch and also for just having a drink

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (London)·Dined on 15 May 2017

Excellent evening. Expensive but hey it's The Ivy, iconic and fabulous.

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 (London)·Dined on 2 May 2017

My overall experience was most pleasurable and would highly recommend it. It's value for money, the food is exceptional along with the service. I'll look forward to going back again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 13 April 2017

Everything about the ivy was amazing. We just loved it

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 28 March 2017

First class early evening meal. Service was very friendly and informative - highly recommended.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Liverpool)·Dined on 8 March 2017

I made a mistake booking the dining counter -too old to perch- my fault entirely, but thankfully the staff were brilliant and sat us at a table. Thoroughly enjoyable lunch and will be back for more.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 5 March 2017

It was our 50th Wedding Anniversary so a visit to London was enhanced by a meal at the Ivy.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 18 February 2017

It only gets better.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on 15 February 2017

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!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Groups, Casual, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries
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 (London)·Dined on 10 February 2017

Superb would definitely recommend, excellent service

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 6 February 2017

Ate at the dining counter, Ian the bar tender was fantastic...knowledgeable and friendly. Atmosphere was lively and intimate; service was attentive and courteous without being overwhelming or stuffy. Definitely going back.

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 (London)·Dined on 19 January 2017

Had a great evening and enjoyed the whole ambiance of the restaurant. 1st time on the "dining counter" and would recommend for couples only. Will be back for a table with friends very soon.

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 (London)·Dined on 16 January 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy
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 (London)·Dined on 13 January 2017

Great venue, lovely ambience, lots of smartly dressed people. We sat at the bar, bar staff were excellent, food was fabulous, worth the few extra pounds (£) for a good quality meal at a very smart venue

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (London)·Dined on 24 November 2016

Absolutely brilliant evening and food to match. Would recommend to anyone for a special occasion or indeed a great value meal in London. Far exceeded our expectations. Lovely attentive staff. Will be re-visiting again without doubt. Thanks again

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Manchester)·Dined on 15 November 2016

Great venue - a experience you should definitely treat yourself to!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (London)·Dined on 4 November 2016

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 17 October 2016

Great service, lovely food and a wonderful atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Business Meals
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 (London)·Dined on 10 September 2016

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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