grilled or meunière
Fabulous, as ever. The sea bass was delicious as was the veal. Would highly recommend. Lovely service, great bar with a fabulous selection of cocktails.
What a fine place to have a meal! The lunch was just what I hope it would be and my Norwegian friend was delighted to eat at the Ivy.
Wonderful lunch - as ever.
Excellent, we had a very nice time and food was lovely
Great service and delicious meal.
First time I go in my 20ys in London, some people say it was better before - it is absolutely lovely for date night.
Fab ambience, service and food.
Solid 9 for execution but some ingredients substituted without any prior comment or apology. Small fish portions too.
Our first time at the Ivy and we were not disappointed. The visit was a mother and daughter trip to celebrate birthdays missed in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid.
Can only say it was worth waiting for.
The food was exceptional, can recommend the Squid Salad, Venison and Lemon pudding!
However it was the service which blew us away, everyone was really attentive and predicted our every need including souring non dairy fir my daughter.
Highly recommended and as Arnie says ‘we will be back!”
PS loved the decor too
The Ivy remains on of London's very best restaurants. Great food always - but it's all about the people. Fantastic old fashion service where nothing is too much trouble. Attentive - but in a totally unobtrusive way. A tough trick to pull off.
I probably visit 4 times a year - and it's not enough!
Always good to be back, can't ever fault it. Steak Tartare is always wonderful.
Once again the Ivy maintained its very high standards. It was good to see it quite busy.
Overall good,service a little slow , but food good, my wife loved the calves liver and they were good enough to give us chocolates as it was her big 60 birthday
As always, friendly and professional service and delicious food. Lovely the range of choice on the menu and good value for money.
Nice looking restaurant, burgers average, kids burger inedible as so dry. Waiter didn’t really seem interested when we complained. Very average experience.
Fantastic service and lovely food
We ordered two sides with our main courses which didn't arrive. We flagged to the waitress who checked with the kitchen and they hadn't done them, she said they would be 2 mins. They were longer than 2 mins so when they arrived our meals weren't very warm. She took them back to redo them but left the sides on the table so when our new mains arrived the sides weren't very warm (I didn't have the will, energy or time to complain again as we had theatre tickets). She took the sides off the bill but under the circumstances, considering the calibre of this restaurant I'd have expected a little more than that. Needless to say I won't be in a rush to go back there (which is a shame since I'm a big fan of the franchises of the Ivy).
Great venue for a special occasion right in the centre of town
Great food, great wine, great service and nice ambience. Worth a visit.
Pre theatre Christmas present
Really quite excellent. Food, service and setting were as the classic Ivy should be. Wine prices high (especially if expecting the same as other Ivy branches) but you’re in central London in the original and it’s what you expect.
Always a pleasure
The first time I’ve been at the counter. It was still the full “Ivy” experience you’d expect. Fabulous food, friendly service and great wine advice. I’d recommend if you’re looking for a tasty meal before the theatre.
Amazing food definitely going back. Food was amazing
Wonderful birthday meal. The service was a bit perfunctory, but pleasant. We had a corner booth table and there was a 4" wide cushion separating me from the next diner, so don't expect any social distancing.
Unfortunately this wasn’t the experience we were hoping for. With this being the original Ivy and having had a fantastic experience at the The Ivy in Winchester, we were expecting this to be next level.
Overall the food was good, we ordered Burata for a starter, sirloin steak and Halibut for main, including a side of truffle Mac & Cheese. The side came out late, having to remind the waiter a few times.
We ordered Whiskey Sours, whilst I appreciate these were not on the menu we were told by the waiter it’s a signature cocktail. They tasted soapy and we had to send back. The tequila cocktail we replaced with (on the menu) was great and we ordered 2.
It’s a shame the original Ivy wasn’t as good as one in their collection.
A wonderful evening at the counter with my wife. Service was great, food was lovely, Sonoma coast Pinot noir.
Staff at reception a bit snotty but otherwise a lovely Boxing Day lunch. Be be prepared for ridiculous mark ups on the wine but I suppose it’s just the price of admission to a legendary restaurant.
Disappointing roast beef main course - served at a cool temperature. Over cooked soft vegetable accompaniment and pale roast potatoes that needed to be crispy. The Yorkshire pudding was not particularly nice and overall the main course was poor. The table was in a very nice corner spot and cocktails & wine were good.
Relaxed quality dining, lovely place for a get-together, nothing pretentious, all 4 in our party had a great meal and will definitely will be visiting again.
Food was nice, staff were friendly however the best part of the experience was the ambience of the restaurant itself.
Best meal out in Z1 post lockdown. Superb service from fantastic staff. Excellent value for money - we will be back.
❤️ The Ivy. Great food and wine, great service and great ambiance.
Lovely Sunday lunch.
Wonderful service and great food & ambiance. The highlights were the delicious Dover Sole Meunière and the wonderful cocktails - margarita and dirty vodka martini.
Food came out before the drinks, risotto was gluey and the chanterelles were bitter which means they have been frozen. Cost £18. The coconut “sorbet” tasted like cheap Mr whippy Icecream. Overall it was drastically overpriced for something that might aswell have come out of a harvester.
Lovely meal with excellent service, only criticism would be that I found the tables were very close together
My lunch experience was marred by feeling rushed at the start. I was drinking champagne, eating bread and my main course all at once. There was plenty of time to do this one after the other which would have been more professional and relaxing.
In the past we'd tried the Ivy in St John's Wood and had an absolutely terrible experience. We visited with some learning disabled clients who clearly gave their orders and it all came back wrong - wrong food and and starters arriving with main courses etc. The staff made the cardinal sin of blaming our clients, which was unforgivable.
So, roll on two years, we thought we'd give the original Ivy a go for my daughter's 18th birthday. We had been to the theatre opposite and it seemed like a convenient thing to do. We had pre-booked and arrival we were asked to stand in reception to be seated. There were about 5 staff milling around reception and we couldn't get the attention of any of them. What was worse was a regular came in behind us and completely cut in, announcing he hadn't got a reservation and that it was his son's birthday etc. All staff then attended to him, we were pushed to one side and then they all spent minutes smiling, congratulating, massaging his ego, whilst we stood there like idiots. Not one member of staff even so much as looked at us.
When we eventually sat down the waiter was very nice and attentive, the food was OK, but the ambiance was just not there. We eat out a lot and I'm afraid the place just did not feel special. All of our food was very average - not what we expected, the decor (Ivy fans seem to make a fuss about this) was just average - not what we expected. The waiter, as I said, was nice enough, but I would say read the reviews before you book for a special occasion. It seems to us The Ivy is living off past glory. For the reputation and the price of the bill we expected an indulgent experience, but on leaving we felt quite flat and that we could have had a much nicer time in one of London's other amazing restaurants.
In short, do your homework and don't book it on the back of the name!
Superb - as always. Incredible service, incredible food, incredible atmosphere. Our fave place in London.
The Ivy is rated 4.6 stars by 1482 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.