The Ivy

4.6
588 reviews
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Modern European
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 Set menus are both served.

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SJ
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely, a restaurant that doesn’t try to be something it’s not. Everything done well

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RE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good food excellent atmosphere would go back for sure.

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DI
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, as usual. Excellent service, as usual. Excellent atmosphere, as usual. Large bill, as usual......
My only disappointment is that the smoked salmon starter has still not been reinstated to the menu. I had an excellent steak, full of flavour and cooked to perfection and my wife had a lovely lamb dish and specially commented on the parmesan chips.

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BC
London
20 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Good food, service was very poor compared to other visits. Still a very special place to visit.

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F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Good Evening
Shocking bill - house wines, mid mains, yet just under 200

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is as expected of a good quality. had previously eaten in Scotts the night before which is under thes same group of restaurants as The Ivy. The sunday roast was excellent, however the yorkshire pudding did lack the texture and consistency of a really good yorkshire. The meat was excellently produced and the horseradish was some of the best I have tasted.

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Proved the right choice to fill the gap between afternoon and evening editions of the new Harry Potter show. Lovely buzzing atmosphere with very attentive service without feeling over pushy. Food quality was enjoyed by all members of our party of five and in particular the theatrical delivery of the Baked Alaska dessert ! Ingredient and flavour combinations were very much enjoyed even with something as basic as a cheesy mash, everything complimented perfectly. I hope to return again soon !

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T
Hertfordshire
11 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent evening at the Ivy celebrating a 40th birthday. The food was excellent and the service attentive without being over bearing.

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TB
London
11 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

In a nut shell we had a lovely meal; good service by-and-large and really good food. But would I go again? Probably not - I find the restaurant a little contradictory. Whilst the food is good, stale crackers with the bland cheese aside, if I am paying Michelin star prices, I don't expect to get asked 'do I want veg with that'! I expect the food to come as it should be eaten. The wine list is bizarre with the vast majority of wines priced at over £70 per bottle and hardly any below £50. Yes there are wines by the carafe, also expensive, but those price points just seem excessive to me. And then the ambiance. The buzz was nice but there isn't much room (like touching elbow close) between your table and other patrons and (ok call me snobby) but it is does somewhat detract from the overall experience where so many people are wearing t-shirts and hoodies.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A New Year’s Eve meal to remember, delicious food and relaxing surroundings.

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LB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always superb, we have never had a bad meal here. Service is always great too

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S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! Great food,wine and service

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AT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The flambé baked Alaska was a joy. We had a wonderful time.

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RL
Österreich
4 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Christmas Treat

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D
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food and atmosphere

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All v good. A bit slow.

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MW
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Favourite place to eat after an evening at the theatre. Great location, great food & great service

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m
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent value. Good wine and good ambience. Would go again

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G
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ivy never disappoints and always great value

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HM
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Wow derail food and service. Would have been 5 star rating but our experience was affected by a loud group next to us that was so loud it affected being able to hear each other.

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OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambience, food & service all excellent

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J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect roast chicken with all the trimmings for a delicious festive lunch. Service was warm and attentive. We waddled out very content.

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Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was my sister’s birthday. I let them know on the booking form and they did a lovely plate of chocolate truffles with a personalised birthday greeting for her after our meal. Wonderful.
I have been to several branches of The Ivy. This was the best. Service was exceptional.
Thank you.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was wonderful but it was extremely crowded and our table was very tight to the adjacent one. However,staff were very attentive and friendly and overall the experience was a very positive one

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S
London
8 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent pre theatre meal

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JO
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for a Christmas lunch with an old friend, superb meal.

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still my favourite in London, it takes a lot of beating. Excellent service excellent food. Just amazing

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F
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had one of the best meals ever ( and we eat out all the time) . The risotto and mutton curry were delicious. We will be back.

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JR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic and friendly service. Class act.

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P
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked dinner to celebrate my birthday we had never visited this restaurant before but have been to The Ivy Market Garden twice before. We were not disappointed and will definitely be booking again. Thank you so much for the added touch at the end of our meal when you brought up a plate with Happy Birthday wrote in chocolate and very gorgeous truffles absolutely amazing

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

meal before theatre - very helpful and attentive team. Food cooked to a high standard.

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LH
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, cosy ambience and great service. Very happy to note that things hadn’t changed since my last visit 10 years ago.

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E
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Unfortunately I think the Ivy has started to trade on it's name and history. While the food was good, it wasn't memorable and therefore not worth the higher price tag. The service was good but we were also left waiting for our dishes to be cleared for some time and it took a while to get certain things when comparing our table and the one next to ours even when we ordered at relatively the same time. For me, it's time to find a new special restaurant in London.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was surprised as when you arrive you are standing in what is basically a door way and handing over your coats, a little restricted for space. The food is tasty but basic, presentation is fair and the service is adequate. Nice to visit a restaurant with a famous name but wouldn't be quick to return.

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RM
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The maitre’d could not have been more helpful and forthcoming when my reservation for two morphed into a party of four. Once that was sorted, Giada provided her typical outstanding service.

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect

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GF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, I try to visit every time I’m in London.

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A
New York Area
195 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a wonderful place to soak in history and terrific food. The service is very good.

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D
London
92 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

great evening at the Ivy. excellent starters, good service

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DS
Kent
9 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything went well for our pre-theatre dinner for 6 people. We were well attended to and served quickly as requested allowing us to enjoy dinner without worrying about our time. The restaurant is very pleasant, has a good atmosphere and comfortable seating.

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