Well what can i say, we went to celebrate our anniversary and this place didn’t disappoint.
We sat around the Bar area in the centre of the restaurant which was really comfortable and more private than you may imagine. The menu caters for everyone in my view, and is reasonably priced for a place of such stature in London. And it was excellent quality, some of the best food ive had.
Staff friendly and accommodating, and always on hand.
In addition its a great place to spot the odd celebrity, we met one on the day but I won’t mention who for the purpose of trhis review.
Can’t recommend highly enough.
Had a wonderful anniversary dinner here. I had the Duck L’orange which was absolutely delicious and my wife had the Shepard’s pie which she enjoyed just as much as I did the duck. The service was wonderful and the bartender who helped us with our dinner decisions made perfect recommendations. We’ll definitely be back next time we’re in London!
Took my husband to the Ivy for his 50th birthday lunch. Originally was only able to book the counter dining but once we got there I asked if there was a possibility that we vould get a table seat luckily for us there was a cancellation and we got a table seat, if a table had not been available I would of been more than happy to dine at the counter as you get a overall view of the place. Food was excellent definitely worth it! I would recommend the Sea Bass! Beautiful! Well done all for a memorable visit. All the staff were wonderful from the entrance to the serving of the food all were very friendly efficient superb hosting. Thank you!
Very enjoyable, could not fault this establishment. Would recommend this.
Bang bang chicken tasted awful. Sludgy brown sauce on top with little flavour. I hated it.
Calves liver; portion to big especially if you’ve had a starter. The liver was slightly tasteless.
Apart from the wine, I was as disappointed as I have been in London for the last 5 years. It’s been crapola in this town in the top restaurants for years; and I have to spend £100+ to find out for myself on each unfortunate occasion.
I hoist the white flag.
Pleasant evening, not rushed and nobody chasing our table- unlike other restaurants!
Ideal for pre-theatre meal, especially when going to a show at one of the theatres right opposite. Couldn't book a table for the date we wanted but were able to get a reservation for the Central Dining Bar which was fine.
We were so impressed after a much awaited visit! Loved everything about it! Very special dining.
This is the first time we have visited The Ivy since the refurbishment. We were unable to get a table but were offered places at the dining counter which we accepted.
This is an attempt by The Ivy to squeeze as much as they can out of available space.
They should have made the bar smaller and added more tables. It is not an Ivy experience and we will only go back when we can get a table.
Service was very poor from bar staff. We were given drinks menus and wine list which were then taken away and we were not asked if we wanted any drinks.
The attitude of the staff attending to tables was certainly not mirrored by those behind the bar. No warmth or friendliness from them. When we asked for dessert menus, the barman gave us the menus and then stood and stared at us without saying anything as we looked at the menus. After a while this became disconcerting and we told him we would let him know when we had decided. He came back twice to ask if we had made a decision.
Not one single member of staff from maitre d' down asked us if everything was satisfactory. All we got on leaving was, "Hope to see you again". Doubt it.
So disappointed. Ivy has lost its charm after refurb.
Lovely pre- theatre meal for two. The Dining Counter was very pleasant indeed , not overcrowded or intrusive. The service was impeccable. The food delicious with a great selection, something for everyone. We had a starter and a main and shared a dessert. The cocktails were also were nice. Would definitely go again and are in fact visiting The Ivy York next week
The food and staff were excellent. I couldn't fault it.
We came for a pre-theater dinner – we were lucky enough to get a relatively last minute table at the dining counter. We were seated right away. Our drinks were delicious, our dinner was delicious, and the service was efficient and friendly. Great atmosphere, friendly staff, and good food - what more could you want?
Just fantastic! What a great place, from the doorman to food, it was really a great experience.
Drinks, food, staff, surroundings, you just have to go there and experience it by yourself.
Lovely ambiance, lovely staff, lovely food, lovely place.
The occasion was my best friends special birthday, and The Ivy didn't disappoint. The welcome was warm, the food was delicious and as we chose the dining counter, the barman was very attentive, giving us details of the dishes on the menu and recommendations from the wine list.
Overall, it was a fabulous experience and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
Had a lovely evening for my mums 70th. Just a shame the couple next to us talked so loud . Hearing the ins and outs of there conversations very annoying . Next time we visit I shall use the counter or booth as you have a lot more to look other than a window .
Booked for my Fiancé Birthday he was well impressed We were made to feel welcome and very special Great night I bought the lovely Ivy book for him to mark the evening Lots of brownie points for me! LOL
The Ivy is consistently good. I would recommend to anyone
Wonderful atmosphere. Friendly, attentive, unfussy service. Perfect for a special occasion, late lunch/pre-theatre meal. Good a little on the expensive side but well worth it for the experience.
Beware anyone who books The Ivy through OpenTable. We booked for a 50th birthday. The booking options do not differentiate between main restaurant and the Counter ie. the bar. Check carefully your confirmation email. We did not. We mistakenly thought Counter was a normal table. It’s the bar. Fine for a business 1 to 1. Forget it for a celebration.
Wow. A real fall in standards. Half full which was very surprising. Service mixed at best. Bread basket arrived after starters. It’s gone the way of the other Ivy’s in the ever expanding chain. This one was always special. No more. Meh at best. Shame.
Perfect end to long weekend of 50th birthday celebrations. Lovely food, superb service in a beautiful restaurant.
We were recommended the ivy by a daughter and we were very pleased
Great food. Sat at the bar which was great. Have the shepherd pie - amazing!
This trip was a birthday gift from my son and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very attentive staff and the waiter knew both the food and the wines. His advice was incredibly accurate on all counts. Lovely setting and you could actually have a conversation whilst enjoying your meal. My sister and I plan to attend for her birthday. Great dining experience.
I was very disappointed with my experience here. I had booked for a pre-theatre meal. On arriving I was left waiting for 5 minutes before a hostess seated us, and when they did my coat was not taken.
Whilst the idea of dining at the bar is good, the service is slow as the bar staff overlook you.
The food was delicious, however due to the poor service we nearly missed the start of the play we were seeing - despite the restaurant having phoned to confirm my booking and what play I needed to be at - so that service was swift.
In addition I was over-charged. I did not notice until the next day as I had to pay so quickly to get to the theatre. I did get the money back, but only after having asked a couple of times.
The Ivy Soho and Kensington are far superior to here.
Dining at the bar, just as good as the main restaurant , because you’re in the middle of the restaurant. Nice place and good ambiance
An excellent experience. Good food in a friendly atmosphere.
I had the pork belly and Mr had his usual Fillet of beef (med rare as always). Attentive service and lovely on-the-mark with the preparation - as it's the Ivy and this being the heart of London, it's not going to be rock bottom on the prices front so you pay your money etc...!
Great place for a late lunch and the bar is casual - on balance, would have been better to have had a table, but when I booked this, it wasn't offered as an option - perhaps it was because we weren't a group of three or more...
Would come again in a heartbeat but don't forget to include your wallet... it's going to cost you at least £50 /head, which I think is around $65 for our U.S. friends. Enjoy.
We were dining at the Ivy as a very special treat for my partners birthday after going to the theatre . We were very disappointed that my first choice of main course was Venison ....sold out, (this was not pointed out to us when we were given the menus)and then Helens choice of Monkfish was also sold . We didnot expecting this at a restaurant of this calibre or reputation. The main course was presented to us when my partner was visiting the bathroom and allowed to go cold on the table(they did bring a plastic cover after 5mins) . Surely it should not have been presented until Helen had returned to the table! The bill was presented before we even requested it and I got the impression that we were being rushed out, not what I would expect. Overall disappointing experience!
Took a 12 year old as a treat before the theatre... the service was charming and she was made to feel at ease. Food was lovely as always, we enjoyed the shepherds pie and the burger. Great value and a lovely ambiance.
Brilliant........thank you ! The experience was fantastic.
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.
first and main corse were exalant very good but we had the baked Alaska witch the water burnt to a crisp this happens but they still served it to us then looked surprised we did not want it !!!
Not the best end to a good night out.
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.
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.
Booked table through OpenTable, however the restaurant didn't have our reservation on there system, we were given a spot at the bar.
Why wife ended up sending the venison back as it was overlooked (asked for it medium rare)
We thought the food was very basic for the price , we wasn't however charged for the venison dish
Classic venue and amazing service topped with great food and an excellent wine suggestion from our waiter, can’t wait to go back
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.