The Ivy

4.6
1195 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.
What 1195 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PaulK
London
4 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good indeed, never fails to please the taste buds

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, steak melted in my mouth will be going again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The menu really needs an overhaul, bang bang chicken lacked any bang, the sea bass was ok and the sides quite nice!

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neilb
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a favourite, I never have a bad time at the Ivy. the original and definitely the best

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SusanF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although quite expensive for the food the quality and service was fantastic. I will be booking again in the near future

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David
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful interior, great food, friendly staff. Highly recommended!

MF
vipMarFer
London
163 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch with very good service

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samshape
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, enjoyed a sophisticated lunch at the counter top seating.

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vipDashbar
London
8 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really lovely dinner as usual, excellent wine list with a decent selection of champagne, although it would be nice to see some that are a little more different.

Food was exceptional as always, great steaks, the sea bass was fab, and the baked Alaska is always a must for us, it’s delicious and a great bit of table theatre.

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vipTimH
London
28 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Great food, surprisingly awful service. Nice for it to be back though…

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vipSuzT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday celebration at the bat - excellent wine and food and service - couldn’t have been better

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, with amazing atmosphere. The staff are awesome.

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TheHaver
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant surroundings, and beautiful ambiance. Food and service were top notch

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual. Thank you!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not Good Enough!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A good as ever with very friendly and attentive service. Can’t fault the food - after such a good lunch I didn’t need any dinner which is always a good sign! After having so little alcohol recently one Martini and a glass of wine meant I couldn’t manage the usual Espresso Martini for dessert - I’ll have to make up for it next time!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Amazing friendly service. Great food. Didn’t want to leave

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AnitaS
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived slightly early but accommodated at bar. We were originally to be seated upstairs but one of our group had surgery recently on her foot so they kindly reseated us all downstairs. Food was amazing, staff were attentive. We all had steaks which were a great size and perfectly cooked. The baked Alaska was flambéd at the table and was amazing.

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SamuelM
London
8 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and staff

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Bighilda
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, really buzzy vibe but the time slots feel just a bit too short when you’re celebrating a special occasion and we felt a bit rushed out at the end.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It’s always nice to eat here. It’s lively so expect noise. Tables are very close together so can’t have an intimate conversation. The food and service was great

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SarahL
London
8 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The host when I arrived served the person behind me before me (she waited for me to open the door and walk in, then opened the door for the person behind me and served them first).

The food was ok, the menu was a bit old fashioned and would have been nice to see some more modern meals

Was quite expensive for what it was

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JeanneW
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a delight to have lunch at The Ivy yesterday. The staff were helpful and pleased to see us after lockdown and they made the occasion with their service and good humour. The food was delicious and a real treat that both me and my sister enjoyed.

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Garethflo
London
13 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. Iconic venue for a meal.

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Douglas
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed the experience and would go back again

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent visit thanks so much to everyone !

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JolineS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Having booked a table for a birthday lunch 10 days in advance, I called three days before to confirm the booking and ask for a ‘birthday plate. Upon arrival it was incredibly busy and the receptionist said they were getting our places for ‘bar dining’ ready. I advised her I had booked an actual table and she told me I had definitely booked bar dining. On their website it says that bar dining is for walk ins and not for reservations so I know I hadn’t booked this. I showed her my email reservation and miraculously a table was found. The service at the table was great - efficient, friendly and polite. We were not given the option of the set menu that is on their website and even though we ordered the options on it - were charged full price. The birthday plate did not arrive. I didn’t bother complaining at the time as I didn’t want to embarrass my guest whose birthday it was. The food was okay. Drinks are expensive. Overall completely underwhelmed. A premium place like this should make you feel special and little touches like a simple happy birthday on a plate I don’t think is too much to expect when you are paying over the odds for pub food.

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vipMarFer
London
164 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from the team

Good food and wine

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth every penny!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable with great views and wonderful service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Brighton
6 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A super classic
Loved it as always
Thank you all

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Extremely tasty food with perfect portion size . Only disappointed was the caviar spoon it was not suitable to eat the caviar . Recommend getting a mother of Pearl caviar spoon rather than a soup spoon :-)

I also stated it was my mums 70th birthday when I booked but this was not recognised

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divingdiner
London
15 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good quality and good value getting back after lockdown

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Emma
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Went to celebrate a birthday but weren’t treated very specially. Took a while to be seats then food took more than half hour to come which meant we didn’t even have time for dessert- that was going to be another 15min wait. Had wanted to visit the ivy for a long time but very disappointed. Steak was ok but nothing special

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vipKimagee
London
14 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The service was very welcoming, and the food was delicious. I chose the cheese soufflé and calves liver, washed down with a pleasant pinot noir, and was not disappointed.

I would have been happier if our friendly waiter had worn his mask properly, rather than just barely covering his mouth but not his nose.

SG
SimonG
London
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Service and food are second to none. Will be returning soon.

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davidh
London
6 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

a true London classic great to see old friends on the menu Bang Bang

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Jude
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and ambiance was lovely. Was rushed off the table as there was another booking which was abit of a shame as we had we hadn’t finished our bottle. Thankfully after mentioning this we were moved to the bar to finish everything.

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NadineB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

There were too many staff behind the greeting desk and no one actually helping. We were ushered through to a very compact table for 2 with our coats and shopping bags. It was only just before our starters that a waiter offered to take them from us. The waiter couldn't answer our basic wine questions and no sommelier there to help. Really were basic questions as well. The roadt chicken was cooked perfectly but the sorrels were cold. The roast lamb was too pink and the fat hadn't been crisped or rendered. I was expecting much more given the restaurants reputation

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The Ivy is rated 4.6 stars by 1195 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.