The Ivy

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802 reviews
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£41 and over
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Modern European

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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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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great environment and service, the food however was a bit average considering the price you pay.

m
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We somehow felt as if we were an imposition on the waiting staff and that they had better things to do than to bother with attending to our needs (bringing our drinks or taking our order). The proximity of the tables made discreet conversation impossible.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner and wonderful service!

LT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great to find somewhere so special to dine late at night

A
London
41 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was lovely, service was quick and courteous. It created a memorable occasion

g
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good quality and not bad value for central London. They keep it relatively simple and it just works !!

GL
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food & service was fabulous. The staff was outstanding to our every needs. I highly recommend The Ivy Restaurant. Dinner was worth the price!

A
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Just the atmosphere itself is a good enough reason to visit. Loved the dessert.

TM
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails to impress. They are the best in business at the effortless comfort model

k
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as usual. My wife and I visited The Ivy for our 20th wedding anniversary as it is a special place to go to and we were not disappointed.

SE
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. Service exceptional, The Ivy has great energy and vibe, best Dover Sole I’ve probably ever had. Super charming staff. It’s a must go to.

B
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I HAD THAI SEA BASS AND IT WAS ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS - Our servers were terrific and we enjoyed our evening thoroughly!

T
Chihuahua
25 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

PL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went to The Ivy for the first time for lunch to celebrate a special friend birthday .Had a super lunch and the services were excellent.The food is fabulous.Will definitely go back

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special meal for a special birthday in the family.
The food was exceptional and the service was very good.
Am looking forward to returning soon. Thank you.

k
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and a great place go a little touch of class we will be going back again

S
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fillet steak was melt in your mouth perfect!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love this place, very posh. Great for a special occasion or a treat. All round lovely place to go.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal! Attentive staff and service.

b
London
135 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The original Ivy always delivers. Great services and ambience. I just wish the other Ivy outlets were as good in terms of food choice and quality.

K
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly wonderful restaurant with attentive, friendly staff who are knowledgeable about the menu. The ambience is wonderful and you feel engulfed in utter indulgence while at the same time feeling relaxed and comfortable.
The food is beautiful and I loved the Crispy Duck and Watermelon salad, absolutely amazing.
I love The Ivy and always feel privileged to be able to dine there. A London icon.

j
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, always delivers in a traditional way that is rarely seen outside of the west end

J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a very good friend to lunch on 27 September to celebrate his birthday. The waiting staff were very attentive and made us feel very special. The food was excellent and the birthday chocolates served on a special plate were an unexpected surprise for both of us. Would highly recommend The Ivy restaurant for any special occasions .

AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The waiter was arrogant and didn’t seem to be much interested in the tourists. We are Americans and felt very unwelcomed by our waiter. He seemed to rush us through. Did not listen to us. We had come to your restaurant on the recommendation of that wonderful documentary that was done on your remodel. The food was hot and very well prepared. Your waiter was not. It is the only experience we had in London that made us feel British service was not up to par.

D
Houston
61 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to pre-theater dining destination. All the dishes are superb. Each visit I try a new dish. My wife and I shared the crispy duck and watermelon salad for the the first course. We will order that again! Food, wine and ambiance provide a great start for a great London theater experience!

OT
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Average food served impeccably

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive staff, incredible food and a beautiful venue- all in all a fantastic evening. Will definitely be returning!

D
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is wonderful. Location is perfect, food is the best. Service is spot on - couldn’t ask for better.

FO
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Notwithstanding paying over £500 we were asked to leave as people were waiting for our table. I would have understood if we had been there too long but we did not even have deserts. Never in my lifetime have I ever been asked to leave like that in a restaurant. Staff were polite enough but false. Food was okay but I have had far better for the price. Ambience was average and menu fairly boring.

F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable, and the food was divine. One of the Best meals we’ve ever had, in a beautiful retro setting. A spot where celebrities and royalty dine, and we can see why.

e
London
30 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love The Ivy. Love the deco feel, the history and the familiarity. The menu is so extensive but down-to-earth it is difficult to choose only one thing. The service is second to none and as an extra special touch we were given an anniversary plate of delicious chocolates. A thoroughly lovely evening.

n
San Francisco
101 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this restaurant and will be back when in London

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ivy has a high standard that they meet, without fail, on every occasion. Always a pleasure.

l
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was BEAUTIFUL! The service was perfect round down to the last little detail. The atmosphere was lovely, busy and lovley but not to loud. Quite pricey but it’s a very posh restaurant so was worth it :) would 200% recommend especially if you are celebrating a nice occasion like an anniversary or birthday and want something a bit special. Also think they is a perfect range of food to suit everyone

LF
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our 25th wedding anniversary. Superb cuisine and ambiance. We were ignored the first ten minutes after our arrival, but then we we were appropriately attended to. Loved the sauces and fresh produce.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was good but not a great experience when the waiter drops gravy all over the floor which splashed all over our shoes and handbags! He was apologetic, but he wasn’t sure of how to deal with the situation at all.

K
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb as always!

KB
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded expectations. I wasn’t especially hungry so ordered the Mediterranean salad which was possibly the best salad I’ve ever had. My fellow diners thoroughly enjoyed their meat dishes.
Will definitely return on my next trip to London

KC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the Ivy.. had steak and was slightly over cooked for my liking so be very specific when requesting how it is cooked.. but otherwise excellent as always..

MM
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great choices on the menu which suited the differing tastes of my group. Service was very good and attentive. Our parents really appreciated the ‘Happy Anniversary’ message on the plate of chocolates! It was busy but this did not affect the service, we would return!