The Ivy

4.6
514 reviews
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£41 and over
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Modern European
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  • 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 Set 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 514 People Are Saying
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VC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We’ve been several times now and the food is always excellent, service is friendly and professional. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone, great for any occasion!

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J
London
10 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfull restaurant, impeccable food and service! Menu, wine list, desserts, all amazing! Thankyou to all who so kindly served us, our highest praises to you!

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F
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were received by a very warm and welcoming maitre di.

Then seated at an excellent table and ably looked after by the very attentive staff.

Will definitely return

Tom

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N
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good restaurant, met all my expectations and will definitely come back. Service was amazing, food was excellent and very well designed, it was not assuming, pace of service was just about right. Bar is wonderful and my biggest surprise was that it is reasonably priced (I live in the US and was really impressed with quality and value for money in comparison with similar high end restaurants in the US).

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F
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was really very good - service was not sadly. Cursory attention from our waiter that deteriorated through the evening. The bill was provided and run through without a word - not even a thank you! We were warned in advance that tables were only reserved for two hours however three courses in under a hour?? Really??? Very disappointing - I had been looking forward to coming here for a while and, given its an “occasion” type place, the service is key.

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R
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely place to have dinner. Excellent food, the service and atmosphere. A real treat!

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w
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ivy is an outstanding restaurant with a long and successful presence in the London Theater District. Food has traditional dishes with an updated eating experience. Service also is excellent. It can be noisy at times but not always so. Excellent menu and wonderful desserts. Often fully booked, so plan well ahead.

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L
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good place for pre- theatre dining. Great food & drinks

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r
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

the welcome was good,followed by good service and good food in a good ambiance

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b
London
100 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Always delivers and a real step up from a menu point of view from the Ivy cafe chain.

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P
London
14 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

How disappointing. The beetroot salad was ok but the confit duck was as dry as a bone and the staff had clearly not been trained well. The Ivy cafes and market grills are far better than the original now.

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TB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good, however we had to wait a long time for our food to arrive

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AW
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This was my second visit to The Ivy and I was very dissapointed compared to the first time. The burger was dry and lacking anything special - I could have bought the same thing for half the price elsewhere. Then the burger came without the chuckney as the chef had assumed I didn't want it because I asked for the burger to come without the slice of tomato, and the chuckney contained tomato also. Upon asking for the chuckney, I waited impatiently for nearly 20 minutes for it to arrive after assuring all 3 of the waiters I had to speak to that, no, I wasnt allergic to tomatoes. Cocktail was the best part.

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OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was very attentive and could not be faulted. Ambience was lovely and welcoming, thoroughly enjoyed the jazz music in the background. The food was delicious, really lovely. This made a birthday celebration really special and the recipient had a wonderful evening.

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RG
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Friendly, happy, helpful staff.
Good value food and drink

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T
London
8 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience as always. This is the ONLY Ivy to go to. Love Darren behind the bar - he always treats us very nicely! Steak tartare is exceptional. Nice and spicy. Shepherds pie is lovely and rich!

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N
London
13 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Maybe an off day but very disappointing. Usually a top recommendation but not this time. The starters were excellent but the main nothing to write about with sides being cold and returned when the meal was finished.

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SR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

Clos maggiore is better. This place is over priced

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KD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and decor - highly recommended

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JP
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual a fantastic meal & experience. I didn’t catch our waiter’s name but he was Hungarian and he was brilliant with us & the kids. He had just the right amount of chat & totally made us feel welcome & special

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JD
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a great English Restauant, food was amazing.

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JT
London
57 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love The Ivy. Beautiful restaurant, I love the stained glass windows.
The food is homely and beautifully presented. The service is always outstanding.
It's relaxed and unpretentious and you are always made to feel welcome.

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KW
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent good and service yet again... thank you so much.

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V
London
12 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the ambience, food and friendly yet professional service. Very attractive, traditional interior. Well situated for pre-theatre dining.

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MW
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very reliable and wide variety in the menu. Lovely food and greatly appreciated seating for our daughter’s 16th pre theatre early dinner.

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WS
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, fantastic service, good value for money. Recommend the crispy duck with watermelon starter.

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j
Essex
27 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another very nice meal at the Ivy, good crab, lovely lamb rump, what more can you ask. All of our party enjoyed the food. ambience, and service. A good evening.

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T
Manchester
22 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and welcoming. I had set menu, Ann just wanted Shepherd's pie. No problem. Good cocktails and wine but I was a bit under the weather and only managed my soup. Shame. We will be back with an appetite!

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r
London
39 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good choices on the menu for Sunday lunch and an excellent selection of drinks. The wine list could be better - would like to see more affordable bottles say under £35. Comfortable and good decor.

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S
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please good

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EF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at The Ivy, London. Absolutely love it. It's vibe is true to a romantic, simpler time...and yet it's super relevant for today. Looking forward to returning to The Ivy next time I'm in London.

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SW
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not been to the IVY for sometime, and we missed it.. Food was outstanding, the ceviche to start was delicious as was the salmon Sashimi. The chicken for two as a main was as good as the waiter said it was and my son had the Sheppards pie which he loved..

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T
London
11 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff could not have been more attentive-all of them. Very friendly and great recommendations. We opted for the set menu and the sea beam was tasty and the pannacotta was particularly amazing.

It was so good I'm returning in a few weeks!

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VI
London
156 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Another special occasion and why would we not choose the Ivy? It did disappoint at all- the food was great and the ambience is classy. You feel special when you go there. They remembered it was a special birthday and bought out a plate of truffles as a birthday gift.

Will no doubt we find another special occasion to go again.

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TS
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my mums 60th. The food was great and the service was too. Will definitely be coming here again soon

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D
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual a great place to eat, super atmosphere , would recommend it to anyone

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K
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately myself and my husband were disappointed with our Ivy experience. Up to now it was one of our favourite restaurants. We were crammed into a selection of 2 seaters and could touch elbows with my neighbor. We could hear all their conversation and them us I’m sure. Getting up to go to the bathroom meant bumping into table next door,embarrassingly. The waitress elbow and bottom were so close to us while taking order next to us. The enormous bar in the middle taking up all the space was empty. There were loads of children even in high chairs which isn’t what we expected for a late night dinner. Food was still lovely but it’s lost it’s special occasion atmosphere that it used to have. More space on an easy jet flight!

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J
London
33 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding and met expectations. Service was impeccable.

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PW
London
38 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Ivy is good but expensive. i had planned to dine on the set menu however on being seated we were told its not available until 2.30pm - my fault for not checking I guess.

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MR
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, lovely staff. Food fantastic. Wonderful place to meet and catch up with special friends.

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