The Ivy Dining Counter
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.
Thursday to Saturday: 12 noon to 12 midnight
Sunday: 12 noon to 10.30pm
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.
Dover sole was presented barely warm, grilled inadequately, taken off the bill
Nicholas and his team do a fantastic job, the two bar tenders Richard - Eduario - the front desk managers - are all first class - they know how to treat people and create a sublime experience.
Thoroughly enjoyed. A victory for taste and quality over tasteless quantity.
Congratulations to all staff whose professionalism was excellent. Unfortunately it will need to be an occasional treat for us as we live in Scotland!
Bar is the best place to have your meal if there’s 2 of you.
Really nice that staff noticed my daughter’s birthday. The chocolate truffles they gave here complimentarily were outstanding.
Fabulous food and service that’s why I keep coming back
Very enjoyable evening
Nice ambience. Great food. Good service. Lovely venue.
It's an iconic venue and the service was very good but sitting at the dining counter and spending quite a sizable amount on food (over £140 for two without alcohol) seemed wrong and it wasn't terribly comfortable. The surroundings are lovely but the ambient noise extremely loud - it seemed to be large groups day - but I am being churlish. The staff were lovely and the food very good overall.
Generally a good meal but nothing exceptional. It isn’t as good as it was and I have eaten better in the ivy city . The food was the issue nothing bad but M&S duck is as good !! Still a nice restaurant and I will return, but food needs improving. Should add that our starters were excellent .
Superb food. Beautiful decor. Very good service even at bar where we had lunch.
Good location for theatre. Worth a special trip.
This was the best meal we have enjoyed for several months. The food was uniformly excellent, sitting at the Dining Counter meant that our glasses were regularly replenished, and the ambience was pleasant and relaxed. The Ivy is long-established and well-known for its celebrity clientele, and this is not by any means a cheap place in which to eat, but we left feeling well-fed and contented, and one can hardly ask for more. We will return.
We have always wanted to try the Ivy after hearing so many good reviews about it.
As this was a very special birthday occasion I booked us in for lunch,we certainly weren't disappointed.
We arrived half an hour early and received a very warm welcome we were told we could either have a drink at the bar or go straight to the table we opted for the latter,we were given a very cosy corner table.
The menu had plenty of unusual choices,we both opted for the hake on squid ink risotto with additional vegetables which was cooked to perfection.
For desert we had the gooseberry waffle with clotted cream it was amazing and cocktails to finish.
The staff were very friendly and attentive and took the trouble to tell us the history if the Ivy,we spent three and a half hours thouroughly enjoying ourselves and would certainly recommend it to our family and friends it was everything we thought it would be and more.
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!
We ordered marvelous cocktails at the bar before dinner. We were moved to other seats at the bar despite having reserved as the restaurant was "very busy". We loved talking with the bartender, who took our order. The food and service were excellent, and the bartender gave us a box of the excellent house chocolate truffles to take away. During the meal my husband went to the desk to see whether there were a reservation for the following night. The hostess told him "We're fully booked, but we'll make it work." Indeed, we had a table the next night, and another wonderful dinner. The lovely bartender appeared from behind the bar to shake my husband's hand and to see us off. We can hardly wait for our next visit to 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.