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The Ivy Dining Counter

4.5
73 reviews
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£41 and over
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Modern European
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  • Special Occasions (30)
  • Pre/post Theatre (23)
  • Bar Seating (18)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Modern European, Contemporary British
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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
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Phone number
020 7836 4751
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Cross Street
1-5 West Street, London, WC2H 9NQ
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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.
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Public Transit
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.
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Bar Dining, Full Bar
What 73 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
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4.0
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Gerrihue 
5.0  Dined on 15 February 2018

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

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vipYDEM (Essex)
4.0  Dined on 8 February 2018

The Ivy is consistently good. I would recommend to anyone

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RobertH (London)
5.0  Dined on 2 February 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Munich)
1.0  Dined on 18 January 2018

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.

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vipDeBurca (London)
3.0  Dined on 15 January 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 14 January 2018

Perfect end to long weekend of 50th birthday celebrations. Lovely food, superb service in a beautiful restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 5 January 2018

We were recommended the ivy by a daughter and we were very pleased
Jacob Wennberg

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OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on 29 December 2017

Great food. Sat at the bar which was great. Have the shepherd pie - amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on 28 December 2017

Delightful

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Cess1 (London)
5.0  Dined on 8 December 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
3.0  Dined on 7 December 2017

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.

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DollyWave (London)
4.0  Dined on 19 November 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on 15 November 2017

An excellent experience. Good food in a friendly atmosphere.

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Naty64 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on 11 November 2017

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.

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Esther (Lincolnshire)
4.0  Dined on 10 November 2017

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!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on 4 November 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
3.0  Dined on 29 October 2017

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.

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Nelleqwinn (Toronto)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  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.

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graham (Singapore)
2.0  Dined on 20 October 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  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

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Kath (Surrey)
5.0  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.

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MarkShu (Norfolk)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Bristol)
4.0  Dined on 14 September 2017

Personally I liked the Bar Counter but my wife prefers a table so next time..!

The meal we chose, Calves Liver, was excellent.and compliments to the chef.
The wine prices are a bit steep but it is The Ivy!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Berkshire)
5.0  Dined on 2 September 2017

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

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vipJames (London)
5.0  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.

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ANGEL (London)
4.0  Dined on 23 August 2017

Sitting at the counter was very pleasant and the service was excellent. However, the food was not really of the same quality that we have experienced before. The chips tasted very ordinary whereas last time we were there a few years back, the chips were chunky, crispy and fluffy inside and the taste was outstanding. I think that the counter improves the atmosphere but it has lost its traditional look now that it has been altered.

The ladies toilets are beautiful and well worth a visit!

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 18 August 2017

Amazing atmosphere and lovely food and personally served

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