The Ivy

4.6
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838 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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RL
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superb, it is one of my favourite restaurants and is consistently good, great service and good honest food.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente lugar, atención y la comida muy buena

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lot of options. All of them exquisite. The ambience is idillic

B
London
10 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply hits the spot for buzzy ambience coupled with devine food and impeccable service. First class every time

SW
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great welcome, great service and fantastic food, what else can I say

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Understandable that it's been around for over 100 years. Couldn't fault the champagne cocktails or anything else. Very knowledgeable and courtious service. A very enjoyable evening.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked the Ivy for our anniversary it was a wonderful experience for such a special occasion. The food was amazing and exceeded our expectations. The service was of the same standard. I’d definitely recommend the restaurant

FL
London
9 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good as it ever was.

s
London
45 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the 3 course set menu. Delicious food and excellent service, in particular from Martina (from Naples).

HP
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 35th Wedding Anniversary and everything was perfect

RU
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an exceptionally lovely lunch which was delicious, beautifully presented in a relaxed setting. Highly recommended.

l
Kent
175 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

the ivy, west street was very disappointing. there were at least five items not available from the meat menu. one of the main course (chosen as a second best option) roast lamb plates was just full of fat and was returned. the extra bread that was asked for did not come. a second glass of champagne ordered, had to be prompted. the maitre de dealt with the issues in a professional way and did not charge for the lamb dish, or our first drink order, but that does not alter the fact that it was all together a very disappointing lunch. not up to standard at all.

T
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iconic venue - did not disappoint

DJ
Kent
22 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Classic. Been one of the best for more years than I can recall

MP
London
14 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great

OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous experience at The Ivy. If you know about it, you’re there already. If you’re new to the experience (like we were) GO. We loved the experience! So happy we made a reservation for a late cover...

H
Manchester
120 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal. I had the fish and chips - the fish was what I had asked for- not too crispy. Had a selection of ice cream.

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Experience & service was outstanding for our friends who were visit from USA when we were showing them around London

IE
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic in every way. Memorable experience and would highly recommend

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oficially my favourite restaurant in London.
Been coming for over 10 years and always impecable.
A truly recomend!

JW
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this establishment. Very comfortable and fairly intimate. Great food and service and ideal for pre theatre meal. Could be viewed as expensive but you get what you pay for and the experience is certainly worth paying for. Well done.

OT
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and refined atmosphere.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great menu and well presented food with a good atmosphere, however one would expect an apologies or acknowledgement when there are delays during courses. It can happen but not dealt with professional but with some arrogance.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the RESTAURANT you want to take your partner for a special meal...well this is it...pukka food pukka ambience pukka staff the price is fair...the quality is sound...

BW
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had a great time for birthday celebration. Food was excellent.

c
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and atmosphere, service was perfect and food very good. Will come back. Best from all Ivy restaurants I’ve been so far

M
London
14 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in London.

A
Denver
53 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lively room. Very good food, although the calves liver was somewhat undercooked.

w
London
9 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic meal, thank you

S
London
11 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was my first time at this location & I enjoyed it. Tables are a little closer to each other than they need to be, which makes it hard for a personal conversation. I had 2 courses & a glass of champagne - I thoroughly enjoyed all of it. I would go back, service was exceptional.

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

m
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

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 on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner and wonderful service!

LT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to find somewhere so special to dine late at night

A
London
42 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

g
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

v
London
30 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Wow - what's happened to this place? It was never really about the food but you were always made to feel "special". I know they've franchised it to death but I thought, or rather hoped, they'd keep the original intact. Nope. The two of us were in and out in less that 50 minutes and £170 efficiently extracted in the process. Shockingly rushed service. The good art has gone too.
Avoid.

TM
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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