The Ivy

4.5
548 reviews
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£41 and over
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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.

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 548 People Are Saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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D
London
92 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

great evening at the Ivy. excellent starters, good service

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DS
Kent
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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MR
Munich
16 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wonderful

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C
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good service and wonderful food.

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F
London
39 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just one of the best London restaurants, food, service and ambiance, always exceptional

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m
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant atmosphere with outstanding food and service will definitely be going again a real treat

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LJ
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another gorgeous meal - steak Tartare followed by Steak with a sumptuous Bordelaise sauce. You just can't beat it if you like red meat!

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KS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went twice during our first-time week in London! Really fun and historic spot. Great drinks and food and service.

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GD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous lunch with good food and excellent service

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a very lovely meal with excellent friendly service would love to go back and will definitely recommend it to friends

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Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You must eat at this place if you come to London. Everything from the food, the service, to the ambiance is what you want from a dining experience. The prices are unbelievably reasonable for such an established and popular restaurant. Make sure you make a reservation! You won't regret it.

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KL
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Very perfunctory service. We waited 10 min to be seated and another 10 for the bill and they still had us out the door in under an hour. Felt like they didn’t care.
Also the chairs are very small and cramped.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.

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SW
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

what more can I say its the Ivy! lived up to expectations and was more reasonably priced than anticipated, had a lovely meal and drinks with my girlfriend and will definitely revisit!

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JA
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

For the first time ever we were disappointed with the standard of service. Could not help but feel that we were rated less than worthy since we were all on Dry October whilst the other tables were heavily into their wines. Witnessed another table having great problems getting the attention of the head waiters and yet the servers were all charming but not allowed to take orders or bring the bill. A shame really as have always loved this original Ivy. Miss the old team .

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t
Essex
11 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

As always a great venue for a night out. It always works out more expensive than we think it will be it be but the quality of the food is faultless. Our only complaint would be that our waiter was not overly friendly.

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k
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Consistently good food and service in a lively but not oppressive atmosphere

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very helpful staff assistance! The environment was excellent.!

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R
London
47 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday meal made special by the attentive and excellent food. Squid salad was amazing! Dover sole brilliant. Wine list excellent too. Thank you for a wonderful night

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SL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great time had by all thou service could of been better

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B
Hertfordshire
11 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visit for 5 friends for our Sunday lunch. Gorgeous food and lovely atmosphere in a beautiful restaurant. Service was great also. Three of us had the set menu which was very good and also good value at under £30 for 3 courses, however once you've added on some wine and the service charge, we were a bit shocked that our bill was over £80 each. Think some more reasonably priced bottles of wine would be good, the cheapest was £38.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was of the highest standard and quality. The sort of place that you must try and go to at least once in your life

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AC
Mexico City
10 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very quite, great food !! Not the best service but the food is worth it.

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SB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, food not as good this time, waiter acknowledged this which was great

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SM
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great to see the new refurbished Ivy. I visit everytime I come to London. Shame the sausages and mash were not on the menu but the Prawns for starter were lovely.

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JG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Been wanting to go here for years, never got around to it. Now that I have, I was not disappointed. Had a very pleasant Sunday lunch here, everything was good, service and attention very good, will not wait so long to go again.

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HJ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The modern twists on some old English favorites were superb. The shepherd’s pie is a must.

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YD
Essex
42 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been several times before and it is always consistently good. Food and service is always excellent.

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BF
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Mostly excellent as ever, although the sausage and mash was very average.

Service incredible though and so nice of them to bring out the birthday treats for my mother's 70th.

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RD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, couldn’t have been more helpful. Fantastic ambience, great fun atmosphere. Excellent ‘fish of the day’ topped off with not one, but two baked Alaska’s!! Life doesn’t get much better. Thank you Ivy.

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KF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The Restaurant has a stated policy of allowing two (2) hours for the use of their dinning table at usurious pricing. Upon your seating and until one has placed their order, there are 97 or more waiters attempting to nudge you along in your dining process. The service is overwhelming UNTIL the order is taken and then they are on to the next new seated arrival.

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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
28 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
62 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
34 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
25 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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