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About The Ivy

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.

1-5 West Street
London, WC2H 9NQ
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Modern European, Contemporary British

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Wednesday: 12pm-11:30pm
Thursday-Saturday: 12pm-12am
Sunday: 12pm-10:30pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
£41 and over

Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
020 7836 4751

Website:
http://www.the-ivy.co.uk/

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.

Public Transport:
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

The Ivy Ratings and Reviews

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Overall rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasions (77)
Pre/post Theatre (66)
Good for Anniversaries (58)
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Good for a Date (53)
Romance (48)
People Watching (47)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Lunch (43)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Bar Seating (36)
Authentic (35)
Notable Wine List (31)
Fun (30)
Business Meals (30)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Hot Spot (25)
Comfort Food (24)
Cosy (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Casual (17)
Late-night Find (17)
Neighbourhood Gem (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Group Bookings (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Brunch (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Seasonal (9)
Child Friendly (8)
Tasting Menu (5)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Healthy (3)
Outdoor Eating (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Waiter very helpful to dairy intolerant diner. Offered to adjust ingredients when diner had chosen. Realise in London tables are close together and that would be only thing I would change

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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·Dined on 14 January 2018

Was recommended by friends I was a great experience, the food, the service and the quality was first class, will definitely return

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on 13 January 2018

Great setting, wonderful service and lovely food.

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 (Denver)·Dined on 13 January 2018

A wonderful pre-theatre dinner in this amazing restaurant. Great service and delicious food and cocktails. Buzzy atmosphere even at 5.30pm on a Saturday.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on 13 January 2018

Faultless - great food & service

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 (London)·Dined on 10 January 2018

Our experience was delightful. Food was delicious with good presentation. There is something for everyone and all their diets on the menu. The service was exact - not too imposing and very subtle but friendly too. The Malbec was one of the nicest I have had. Its The Ivy so expect pricey, although the experience was worth the treat.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 7 January 2018

A lovely evening celebrating our daughters birthday. Food amazing, service impeccable and Baked Alaska out of this world

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on 5 January 2018

Lovely, as always. Somellier was excellent and delicious food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (Manchester)·Dined on 5 January 2018

In your dreams...!!!fabulous

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food5
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service5
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·Dined on 4 January 2018

Lovely meal.

Quite cramped around table though

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 (London)·Dined on 3 January 2018

5pm reservation for dinner before theatre. Loved the whole experience, especially the wide and varied menu and the immaculate service.

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 (London)·Dined on 30 December 2017

Excellent, friendly service. Good food and fantastic setting.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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food5
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 (Northampton)·Dined on 30 December 2017

Excellent food, exceptional service and a very comfortable dining environment

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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service5
value4

 
 (Orlando)·Dined on 29 December 2017

Great service wonderful experience. Would certainly go back. Place to go in London. Very happy with our experience.

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·Dined on 27 December 2017

Superb. Everything was just great!

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 (London)·Dined on 23 December 2017

Excellent Food & Excellent Service, highly recommended

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 (London)·Dined on 17 December 2017

Excellent late lunch on a Sunday. Very good food, generous portions, attentive service. Price reasonable for venue and location.

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 (Berkshire)·Dined on 16 December 2017

Fantastic restaurant and wonderful service, faultless!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (London)·Dined on 15 December 2017

Very friendly , fantastic food !! Highly recommend

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on 11 December 2017

Great great Restaurant in London....

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 (London)·Dined on 11 December 2017

Dinner at The Ivy - what a treat. Terrific food, terrific wine, terrific service - it's what you expect but it's always so wonderful to have a top notch evening!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on 9 December 2017

I stay often in London and look for authentic exquisite british restaurants, keep it true english!

Tags: Bar Seating, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (London)·Dined on 6 December 2017

Seated straightaway, attentive service, great variety in the menu.

All in all - best lunch in quite a while

The Ivy is back on top

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on 5 December 2017

Our London favorite. And never fails to meet expectations. Great welcoming reception. Thank you Manny and Ben. And kudos to the kitchen.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (London)·Dined on 2 December 2017

First visit to a restaurant with a huge reputation. Delivered on all counts. Understated and elegant, smooth vibe but buzzy, attentive but not overly-so service and modern but classic British cooking. A real treat and one that we will most definitely repeat. Well done The Ivy!

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 (London)·Dined on 29 November 2017

I celebrated my birthday at The Ivy and had a fantastic dining experience. I was running 15 minutes late due to traffic and the restaurant were very accommodating about this. I was welcomed with a smile and a friendly greeting. The waiters were personable but at the same time professional.

The food was delicious, I ordered the rib eye steak for the main and there was an extensive wine menu. The ambience was very relaxed and there was the right level of attentiveness from the staff.

This is the first time I have been to The Ivy since the refurbishment and it looks so much better than before. I would highly recommend this restaurant whether it's for pre/post Theatre dinner or a special occasion or even just a get together with friends. It ticks all the boxes.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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service5
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 28 November 2017

Wonderful food, great service and a very nice decor.

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·Dined on 24 November 2017

Excellent service with fantastic food and drink =perfection

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Great Beer, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 22 November 2017

Always a great place to eat with a buzzy vibe.
The staff are excellent and the service exemplary.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on 12 November 2017

Top end, High profile restaurant that lives up to its reputation.

We only had an hour, and let staff know this before we ordered. Food was served promptly and was utterly delicious.

The Ivy is on the expensive side (£85 a head for 2 courses and half a bottle of wine each) but really can't fault the food, ambience or service.

Will definitely return!

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 (London)·Dined on 12 November 2017

GREAT PLACE:

Probably my favourite restaurant in London.

Great service and amazing food.

Classic and stylish but very trendy.

I took my family and the all were blown away.

It's not that expensive.

We arrived early and they took us to the members room for a drink.

Lovely place to go. London must.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (London)·Dined on 10 November 2017

100 years old this year, and has passed through a number of owners, even closing in 1989, but somehow there must be a hidden spirit in the place, that demands regular rebirths. It is famous for its people watching and being a fixture in the theatre world. It was bustling with customers of all sorts on a Friday night when my 13 year old granddaughter and I had dinner before the ballet. Everything was done to give us a civilised meal, and get us out the door on time for the 7:30 curtain. We felt well looked after. My starter of squid and chorizo came on a bed of wilted fresh mint - inspired! My granddaughter swooned over the Shepherd's pie.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Fun, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (Aberdeen)·Dined on 9 November 2017

Our evening at The Ivy was absolutely faultless. From the welcoming staff to the truly amazing food, we all simply loved it and would recommend without hesitation and will rebook on our next trip to London. Bravo to all involved in this wonderful restaurant.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 8 November 2017

The service, food and setting were just great. We were in from out of town (Chicago, so a long way) to see some friends and wanted something special. The Ivy delivered.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Authentic
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 (Kent)·Dined on 6 November 2017

Lovely food, drinks, atmosphere

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 (London)·Dined on 31 October 2017

Excellent location in the heart of central London, sensational food and fantastic service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on 30 October 2017

Best chicken ever. Service was great and the people watching is always fun.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on 30 October 2017

Another wonderful meal with impeccable service. An absolute must.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined on 25 October 2017

Excellent in all aspects as always. Food was great and service Impeccable

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 18 October 2017

Simply amazing food. It's not often I recommended restaurants but I could not fault the food or the staff.

Tags: Comfort Food, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fun
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