The Ivy

4.6
1482 reviews
£41 and over
Modern European
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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Zeta
Kent
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

MP
MartinP
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch - as ever.

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Selv
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent, we had a very nice time and food was lovely

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Londresfoodie
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and delicious meal.

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Emiliano
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time I go in my 20ys in London, some people say it was better before - it is absolutely lovely for date night.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab ambience, service and food.

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Mayfairworker
London
9 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Solid 9 for execution but some ingredients substituted without any prior comment or apology. Small fish portions too.

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipPhilip
London
11 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipistanley
London
22 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good to be back, can't ever fault it. Steak Tartare is always wonderful.

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PaulC
London
11 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again the Ivy maintained its very high standards. It was good to see it quite busy.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipCitygirl
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, friendly and professional service and delicious food. Lovely the range of choice on the menu and good value for money.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Nice looking restaurant, burgers average, kids burger inedible as so dry. Waiter didn’t really seem interested when we complained. Very average experience.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fantastic service and lovely food

CS
CarolineS
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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).

MP
MarkP
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great venue for a special occasion right in the centre of town

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vipmiket
Bristol
22 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great wine, great service and nice ambience. Worth a visit.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre theatre Christmas present

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always a pleasure

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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GavinH
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food definitely going back. Food was amazing

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vipDerekW
London
11 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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.

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vipBradley
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A wonderful evening at the counter with my wife. Service was great, food was lovely, Sonoma coast Pinot noir.

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vipmarkT
London
29 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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.

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vipDavidN
London
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall4food1service3ambience4

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.

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JamesAngel61
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

GM
GraceMx
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was nice, staff were friendly however the best part of the experience was the ambience of the restaurant itself.

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vipCodders
London
17 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal out in Z1 post lockdown. Superb service from fantastic staff. Excellent value for money - we will be back.

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vipmiket
Bristol
22 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

❤️ The Ivy. Great food and wine, great service and great ambiance.

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TCMS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely Sunday lunch.

BR
vipBillR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and great food & ambiance. The highlights were the delicious Dover Sole Meunière and the wonderful cocktails - margarita and dirty vodka martini.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

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.

HP
HayleyP
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Lovely meal with excellent service, only criticism would be that I found the tables were very close together

JB
JanetB
London
10 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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.

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Downonjollityfarm
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb - as always. Incredible service, incredible food, incredible atmosphere. Our fave place in London.

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The Ivy is rated 4.6 stars by 1482 OpenTable diners.

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