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The Ivy

4.6
412 reviews
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£41 and over
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Modern European
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Pre/post Theatre
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 dining 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. The Ivy welcomes customers without reservations at the central dining bar, where the A La Carte and Table d'hôte menus are both served.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Modern European, Contemporary British
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Hours of Operation
Monday-Wednesday: 12pm-11:30pm
Thursday-Saturday: 12pm-12am
Sunday: 12pm-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
Smart Casual
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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 412 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.1
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent evening as usual, quick & courteous service, great atmosphere and lovely food.

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5.0Dined on 15 April 2018

My husband and I had our anniversary dinner there and it was amazing. They even brought us extra chocolates for the special occasion! The food was so delicious 😊

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3.0Dined on 15 April 2018

Hadn't been since the refurb - seem to be more tables so more squashed together. Pre-theatre/Sunday deal is good value. Chicken was delish. Tried to charge me extra for the cocktail - which I highlighted, only to be told they'd given me an old menu ... as if it was my fault. I asked for the bill to be corrected. Staff seem to have a bit of an attitude so I won't rush back which is a shame but would be temped on a Sunday as the offer is all day.

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4.0Dined on 10 April 2018

Nice bistro - good food and nice setting for a birthday meal

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3.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Very expensive for what you get , living off their reputation not their prices

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5.0Dined on 5 April 2018

Recommend sitting at the bar. It has the best seats in the restaurant. The food is outstanding!!!

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3.0Dined on 4 April 2018

This was a rare opportunity to dine in a world famous restaurant. The ambience and service was very good though I felt the menu was a bit mixed- a fusion of italian, asian and classics such as shepherd's pie - and unclear who it was targeting . Wine line list was excellent. Unfortunately quite a lot of tables packed in. Overall good quality for the experience but I don't feel the need to rush back.

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5.0Dined on 4 April 2018

Excellent birthday lunch, great tasting food, very attentive and helpful friendly staff, great ambience

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5.0Dined on 3 April 2018

Great service, beautiful place. Have the shepherds pie, it was delicious.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Excellent service from arrival to leaving.
The food was excellent
Would highly recommend

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Perfect as always. Could not possibly travel to London without at least one dinner at the Ivy.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Saturday night, this time with with a 3 year old in tow.... very welcoming and accommodating. Food and service great as always. This plays remains a safe bet time after time. First class

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

The Ivy always delivers when it comes to service and atmosphere. It's such a lovely place to walk into, warm and inviting. We had drinks at the bar to start and then were seated at an excellent table. Husband couldn't find anywhere to park so staff offered to valet park the car at just £15.00 for the evening (reasonable in Covent Garden). The food is pretty average really but the friendly atmosphere and warmth of the place more than compensate.

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5.0Dined on 29 March 2018

Fabulous from beginning to end. Had not been since the refurbishment; quite like the central bar, though now it’s not as easy to spot the celebs across the room😅. I always order the curry that’s offered, this time was prawn. Always have to have my yummy sides including: minted mushy peas and parsnip purée..To top it all off, we always make room for sticky toffee pudding, best in the world! Thank you again Manny and attentive staff for a wonderful evening. We can’t wait to return to London again for dinner❣️

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4.0Dined on 29 March 2018

Another very good lunch with good service, I can see why it is so popular and busy.
The salted caramel expresso martinis were great, but the lower crust of the steak & mushroom pie was like cardboard

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5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Perfect in every way possible...........................................xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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4.0Dined on 24 March 2018

We ate at The Ivy after the theatre. The people were very welcoming, food was good and the atmosphere was great. We will be going back. Highly recommend the Amaretto Sour cocktail.

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Food was delicious and they never disappoint. Customer service was super friendly... I will definitely be returning again very soon!

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5.0Dined on 21 March 2018

Really lovely atmosphere a really special place to eat for a special occssion

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5.0Dined on 19 March 2018

An outstanding experience - the service was truly outstanding, but unobtrusive. They recognised my wife's birthday but in a low key and delightful manner and the food was excellent.

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2.0Dined on 12 March 2018

The service was fine, attantive, but not hovering and the room is pleasant and still fresh after its (relatively) recent makeover. But the food was a disappointment and not up to the reputation of the Ivy brand or the price. We were served warm chamagne that was almost flat. My duck was rubbery, the chicken in the coq au vin was dry and the pomme alumette were oily and without any flavor. I can't recommend it.

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5.0Dined on 12 March 2018

Lovely lunch

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Outstanding.

Will be returning in future with my full family.

10/10

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4.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Celebrated my birthday and Mother’s Day here. Lovely setting and food. The original Ivy is the best!

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

This was my first visit to The Ivy since the refurbishment. I am very glad that It's as friendly and professionally run as ever. The food was without fault; my friend's enormous portion of moules in a delicious gingery sauce and my cod with poached egg could not have been better. We liked being able to order a carafe of wine and the Chablis was very good. Top marks!

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Great restaurant, we always enjoy our meal hear, perfect for early Saturday Lunch and then Early theatre.

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5.0Dined on 7 March 2018

The Ivy was so accommodating! We were a nightmare group - slightly late for our reservation and needing to leave an hour later to get to the theatre and then changing our order after we’d placed it and the server was unfailingly polite and helpful. Smoked salmon was delicious, duck confit divine. I recommend it unreservedly

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4.0Dined on 6 March 2018

I had been wanting to dine at the Ivy for a very long time, its reputation is world famous so I was expecting an impeccable experience but, although a very good night, it wasn't as perfect as I had imagined. Unquestionably the décor is stunning and the restaurant oozes glamour & nostalgia but service was a little odd. At least 6 different staff waited our table and twice we were brought something we had not ordered. Very bizarre!
On a good note, we were celebrating a birthday and I had requested a special touch so they did decorate my partner's dessert with a personalised happy birthday message.
The food was good and portions are very generous, a complimentary bread basket arrived too.
If you have a sweet tooth I highly recommend the Mayan chocolate fondant for dessert, delicious!
Tables are very close to one another so if you're after privacy and intimacy maybe not the best place as sometimes our neighbouring's diners conversations were louder than ours.
Can't say I was disappointed but I wasn't blown away either, I'm glad I ticked it off my list of "restaurants I must visit", overall we had a lovely evening but considering the amount of dining options London has to offer I would not hurry back either.

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2.0Dined on 5 March 2018

Check your check! We have been dining at The Ivy for decades but will not return. After leaving the restaurant and commenting on how high the check was, we noticed that we were charged for an expensive bottle of wine we had not ordered! We returned a few minutes later to speak with the manager. He took the charge off the bill but was not at all gracious or apologetic about it. Disgraceful!

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5.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Took my friend for her 60th and it was fantastic. First time we had been and really loved it and the food and service was perfect. Would definitely go again

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5.0Dined on 28 February 2018

Wife’s birthday
Just the job
Excellent Really recommend

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5.0Dined on 27 February 2018

Excellent visit all round. Had a wonderful dinner before the Opera. Service was superb as was the food. Beautifully presented and tasted fabulous. the scallops with pork belly was amazing and the John Dory with white asparagus delicious and subtle. Great experience all round

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5.0Dined on 26 February 2018

Very good and welcoming professional service. Very wide menu choice. The timing was managed just right to allow us to get the start of our opera at the ROH with plenty of time.

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4.0Dined on 26 February 2018

I was surprised to be able to get a table for lunch at the Ivy so easily as it has the reputation of somewhere that needs to be booked months in advance. Whilst it was busy it wasn't packed. The food was excellent and enjoyed by all. Service also attentive without being over the top. Value was about what you would expect for restaurant of this calibre.

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3.0Dined on 24 February 2018

After a previous, wonderful visit our experience this time was disappointing. We selected The Ivy for a special occasion and although the food was excellent, the distracted welcome and bad table location resulted in our leaving early, without selecting desserts and not enjoying the great lunch we had hoped for.

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5.0Dined on 21 February 2018

Lunch before a show

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5.0Dined on 20 February 2018

Visited for my best friends 50th birthday who is also undergoing life prolonging chemotherapy with terminal cancer. The staff presented a specially laid platter of exclusive chocolates etc. With a special birthday message. The experience is one she will not ever forget.

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5.0Dined on 19 February 2018

This is an old favourite haunt that does not disappoint. My dinner companion had the steak tartare and I had the crab linguine. Both excellent. Service impeccable as ever.

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5.0Dined on 18 February 2018

Excellent ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................very professional staff

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1.0Dined on 17 February 2018

Our experience at The Ivy was in a word *terrible.* We ordered Caesar salads (overly dressed),burgers and Shepards Pie. One burger was sent back because the fried egg on top was eviscerated and the meat grossly overcooked. The other burger was well done (ordered medium) and the cheese a flaccid piece of Swiss placed on top and not melted. Such an overdose of salt that the fries were inedible. The Shepard’s Pie, a “signature dish” was below average. On top of this our waiter had a totally bad attitude. We live in NYC and dine out frequently and would never return to The Ivy. Very bad experience. Hopefully management will wake up, fire the chef, teach the waiters how to behave and one can have a good experience at this beautifully designed restaurant. Until that happens, unless you are Mick Jagger or another celebrity du jour, with all the wonderful food options in London, spend your money elsewhere.

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