The Ivy

4.6
463 reviews
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£41 and over
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Modern European
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Full Bar
Reviews from verified diners
463 reviews
4.6 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
69%
Very Good
22%
Good
7%
Fair
2%
Poor
1%
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
value
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London
4.0
Dined 19 hours ago

Not quite the normal high standards compared to lunch service for our recent post-theatre supper - also the shepherds pie is still the go-to classic.

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H
London
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Had Sunday lunch - the food was lovely and the service was impeccable. It is still the best Ivy in London.

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MB
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

Food was "nice" tables were"ok" services was good - a bit over priced for a slightly better than average meal.

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LT
London
5.0
Dined on 12 July 2018

I miss the old traditional Ivy, It's nice here but lost it's charm. More trendy and not much different to other trendy places. Looks more like a bar. However, it's still a nice place, the service was excellent and nice décor. Good value from the set menu.

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M
3.0
Dined on 11 July 2018

Menu changed since last I was here some time ago, and the food isn't as good now IMO. Also view looking into a wall not so much fun. Friendly and attentive staff though. But I won't rush back.

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OT
Hampshire
5.0
Dined on 10 July 2018

Fantastic food, service and location. Great place for a romantic meal or special occasion with good friends.

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 4 July 2018

Warm welcome had help with our choice of food and drinks which was excellent definitely go back again

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OT
5.0
Dined on 3 July 2018

Perfect in all ways!

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CP
Cornwall
5.0
Dined on 2 July 2018

Excellent pre-theatre dinner, great food, service and ambiance. A memorable experience followed by a great show

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m
5.0
Dined on 28 June 2018

My wife and I managed to get a last minute reservation at the Ivy on Wednesday evening and had a wonderful dinner there. Bellini cocktails followed by Cornish crab -light a very flavoursome . Thai Sea Bass cooked perfectly for my wife, was so good I couldnt stop myseof helping her eat it . And to end the signature iced berries in white chocolate sauce accompanied by a Sauterne. Everything was perfect. And the bill at less than £200 was these days almost a bargain.

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OT
London
2.0
Dined on 28 June 2018

Uncomfortable seating.

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MA
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on 27 June 2018

Memorable evening in London for our anniversary. Everything was perfect.

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AW
London
4.0
Dined on 25 June 2018

The food was quite good but cod was plain and vegetables could have been more interestingly presented. We ordered a carafe of wine which was not delivered but appeared on bill. This was resolved once pointed out. Staff were pleasant.

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J
5.0
Dined on 24 June 2018

Great good and the service was wonderful Super wine list was very impressed

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 21 June 2018

Birthday treat

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NJ
4.0
Dined on 14 June 2018

Wonderful service, fantastic food and lovely setting

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AR
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on 12 June 2018

It is a good place to go after a show for a very nice dinning experience.

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MC
5.0
Dined on 10 June 2018

This is an outstanding restaurant. Certainly one of the very best anywhere.

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S
London
5.0
Dined on 10 June 2018

I took my best friend Lindsay to the Ivy as a surprise for her 40th , in between parts 1 & 2 of the Harry Potter play (also a surprise). All the staff had been made aware of this as they all wished Lindsay a happy birthday and asked if she was enjoying the show. Top marks!
The food, and service was outstanding and was topped off with "Happy 40th Birthday Lindsay " written in chocolate sauce on her desert plate.
In summary, I cannot recommend the Ivy highly enough as we could not have had a better time there.
Thanks to all the staff at this great venue.

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CL
New York Area
4.0
Dined on 7 June 2018

Apart from the concierge making us go to the bar for a drink and then forgetting to tell us that our table was ready the experience was ok

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Dallas
3.0
Dined on 6 June 2018

Lovely, legendary restaurant, well located in Londons Theatre district. Our dinners were only fair — my lamb chops were well seasoned but too full of fat for my taste, and my husband’s steak was over cooked and uninspired. Side dish of asparagus and leeks was mushy. Apricot galette was ordinary - not bad/not great. It was an expensive dinner (170 £) that didn’t quite meet our expectations. Not sorry we went, but we won’t return.

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OT
London
2.0
Dined on 5 June 2018

We were pressured by staff members to order food so many times even after we ordered some dishes and drinks. The restaurant was not busy and there are plenty of unoccupied seat at that time.
We felt uncomfortable.

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f
London
4.0
Dined on 4 June 2018

legendary restaurant loved up to expectations in every regard save one ! that was some of the clientele . I am not talking about the dress code , tho this seemed to not be adhered to , not a bother to me . i was somewhat erked to have my romantic 10 year anniversary disturbed by 4 very loud rugby club types (nothing against them in principle either , used to be one) being not in sync with the couples clientele atmosphere and quiet romantic mood. These fellows were standing at the bar with pints holding forth 5 feet away from me for some 20 minutes and i could hear every word they said . But the food was great service impeccable and most of the time nice atmosphere.

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WF
London
4.0
Dined on 1 June 2018

Food and service was exceptional.
Really enjoyable evening.

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DH
London
5.0
Dined on 30 May 2018

The Ivy never disappoints. People watching, food tasting and wine drinking and of course great company make the Ivy an old friend in terms of London Restaurant.

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SH
Hertfordshire
4.0
Dined on 30 May 2018

The Ivy is always reliable and a there is nothing to criticise. It is very expensive for what is good (but not outstanding) bistro food - not helped by the fact that they charge extra for vegetables and the wine list is fairly unforgiving. You are of course paying for the location and cache of dining at The Ivy!

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OT
1.0
Dined on 29 May 2018

Had already stated one diner was gluten free on booking.
To be honest don’t think they even cared found waiter indifferent to say the least very helpful when telling me what I couldn’t eat!!! Disappointing experience.

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DB
London
4.0
Dined on 29 May 2018

First time at The Ivy; really good service, food was really good; the dressed crab was delicious (do not be deceived by its appearance); Bisque was really tasty. The prawn curry was really good and my wife's Dover Sole superb. A little pricey and the menu options not as varied or appealing as we'd expected. Food and Service made up for it.

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OT
4.0
Dined on 28 May 2018

Everything about this place is amazing- the food, the service and the atmosphere! The only thing I would say is the tables are very close together and you can hear others conversations and it’s is hard to get up and go to the toilet without knocking over the table lamp and others tables!

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L
5.0
Dined on 23 May 2018

In London for three nights and a friend told us to try and his restaurant. Hard time getting a reservation but I can see why. The food was superb and restaurant packed. Many people were going to the theatre. Try the Dover Sole it is spectacular.

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RH
3.0
Dined on 23 May 2018

I've been to The Ivy several times before and will go again. The food is excellent and the service usually five stars. I love it.

And yet on this occasion I had an unpleasant experience. I was there for a business lunch and, prior to ordering, a waiter spilled a full glass of cold water on to my lap. I was soaked through. He was most apologetic - mortified actually - and while it was extremely uncomfortable, I do understand that even in the finest establishments, sometimes these things can happen.

It did somewhat ruin the tone of an extremely important business lunch.

However, my problem is this. In my view a major blunder should have resulted in a significant reduction off the bill. We received a plate of petit fours on the house with our coffee. Because this was a business lunch, asking to speak to the manager would have been inappropriate...believe me, if I'd been there with family or friends I would not have let it go but, under the circumstances, I had to suck it up.

Don't get me wrong. All the staff were, as always, friendly, professional and attentive and the restaurant will continue to be recommended by me.

However, it's not inexpensive and, under the circumstances, I would have appreciated a rather more generous gesture than a small plate of little cakes!

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DP
4.0
Dined on 19 May 2018

We were a party of 5 visiting for the first time for a special birthday. The ambiance and staff were great and attentive but I must admit we all thought the food was rather average. Our desserts were delicious but our steaks with sides were alright but nothing spectacular! I'm glad we visited as it's one for the bucket list but it's unlikely we'll return which is a shame as we had high hopes.

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D
London
4.0
Dined on 15 May 2018

Our first visit and a very enjoyable one. The staff were pleasant and our food arrived promptly and was very well cooked and presented. The lamb rump was beautifully cooked. JWe ate early and did not feel at all rushed at any point. We would definitely like to return at some point.

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S
London
3.0
Dined on 6 May 2018

Had a good meal with excellent service on Sum day for my friends birthday. As Ivy cafes have opened across London I don’t think it has the same exclusivity as it used to have. Fab service, food good but not outstanding.

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F
London
4.0
Dined on 4 May 2018

I love the Ivy Soho Brasserie and thought it was time to visit the original Ivy. It was lovely and the food was faultless, but apart from the fact that the staff were exceptionally welcoming, I am not sure if I would choose it over my "local" Ivy, unless for a special occasion where a little more formal ambience was required.

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W
London
5.0
Dined on 2 May 2018

The food is awesome. The service is peerless. I always love a restaurant where everything is anticipated and emerging variables are easily dealt with. I sat at the bar and yet received brilliant table service. Very alluring squid salad. The staff understand and can fully explain the menu. The bar staff and Maitre d’hotel / Consierge were very helpful.

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 29 April 2018

The service and laid back atmosphere was brilliant, we were made to feel very welcome and of course the food was sublime

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HM
5.0
Dined on 28 April 2018

I brought my good friends from 'oop north' here after an evening at the theatre and we had a perfect evening. The food was excellent, the service attentive and supportive and the ambience wonderful. Thank you - yet again - for a perfect evening.

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m
4.0
Dined on 23 April 2018

they need to be careful replicating themselves everywhere. No vibe anymore

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JW
London
5.0
Dined on 23 April 2018

always good to return here. lovely setting, good table and service. food was well executed as ever, and the proferred Worcestershire sauce for the shepherds pie was a piquant and surprising addition. lovely tasty celeriac and truffle soup too - rich, tasty and generous portion.

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