The Ivy

4.7
1114 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 1114 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.7
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipfussyfoodie
London
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab-u-lous.
A cosy and warm venue for a visit on a particularly miserable day.
Everything was great but the food especially was outstanding.

JB
vipJassyB63
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cheese shuffle, good beetroot salad,very good service

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very poor social distancing. Not even 50cm between each table let alone 1-2 meters. Could hear Both tables conversations very clearly.

Food was nice although steak was seared too much around the outside and therefore slightly tough.
Cold pudding which had to be sent back to be reheated. Bang bang chicken salad was beautiful.

Slightly disappointing experience over all

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Rob42
London
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great ambience with very good food and service. The menu is very varied and offers things you don't always see elsewhere which is a big plus. The Ivy continues to one of our favourite restaurants

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vipDotty
London
7 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Despite COVID measures it felt quite normal. Shame the bar is not manned at the moment.

AH
AndyH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice food & made a birthday quite special

JO
JOJO
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely Sunday lunch here. The staff were so attentive and lovely. The food arrived promptly and was delicious. Would definitely visit again as such a super experience.

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vipManchipp
London
17 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant. As ever. This classic venue never disappoints.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding Anniversary, wanted something a bit special and we found it. Great food, great service and wonderful vibe.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and amazing food. Ox cheek stew was 5star.

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ticktickbong
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks a lot to the entire team, see you next time! x

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Service was very slow, 2 mains came out cold

DB
vipDavidB
Mobile
74 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a sudden business dinner arrangement. Discrete but attentive service. Food was excellent. Very tasty and not too much which worked well. Ambience amazing given that social distancing through pandemic in place. Staff very pleasant.

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vipAnnie
London
44 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All lovely apart from the fact you can only really have two courses in 1.5 hours. The Ivy are very happy to take your desert order then ask you to leave without giving you time to eat it.

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bill
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Felt very rushed to get off our table.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Has the fish and chips which had soggy batter which turned an excellent fish into an unpleasant meal. I will stick to ivy cafe or grill in future. Very disappointing

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Ruthie
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Got a table literally 30 minutes before going on the spur of the moment. That’s unheard of 😕. Nevertheless room relatively busy, buzzy and enjoyable lunch as always.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magical - thank you.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food taste a bit salty.

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vipnileperch
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all fronts as always and good value.

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sarahg
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Welcomed with a complementary glass of campaigne, sat at a great table, the ambience of Restaurant felt very welcoming and the service was outstanding.
I would recommend anybody to try it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Amazed to be able to get a table. Loved the ambience.

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Raebot
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food was really great at The Ivy, really enjoyed the evening, and the waitress was extremely warm, and very attentive. Only shame is that Covid has dampened the atmosphere a little inside, but do appreciate this is a difficult time for everyone, particularly the hospitality industry.

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vipCherry
London
50 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very enjoyable evening at the Ivy. The food was very good and fresh and nice portion size. The service was good and the waiter very friendly

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cathh
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

A bit disappointing given it’s reputation. Ivy Cafes are better.

PF
PaulF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to the Ivy, the excellent COVID practices in place.
Seated straight away and attended to within a few moments. Presentation of the menus and time to choose was spot on.
Food excellent, service excellent, surroundings excellent. Couldn’t ask for more. Thank you

CF
ClaireF
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating at The Ivy is always a treat. Every member of staff is skilled and courteous and the food is beautifully cooked and presented. Our waiter was exemplary and went above and beyond to ensure that we had everything we wanted.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good. Staff were exceptional and food was worth every penny.
We will return when the current restrictions allow for more time to enjoy.

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vipMucky
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome evening!

HG
HayleyG
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really fabulous dining experience and would Highly recommend it. Staff were very friendly and helpful

PB
PedroB
London
10 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant that just oozes class. We were here for my wife's birthday and it didn't fail to impress, from the great service, excellent food and great ambiance it really hit the spot.
Would definitely recommend

MC
vipMargotC
Hertfordshire
25 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just what you expect. Wonderful service and delicious food.

I felt very 'Covid'safe. All staff observed rules etc.

CK
CKetts
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Lady (blonde) at reception desk was useless - no welcome, not polite nor friendly and clueless about calling our taxi. The rest of the staff were attentive snd made up for her but felt I should still score low. This is the Ivy flagship, after all. Had better reception at Ivy Cafes!

JP
JaneP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very beautiful restaurant. Great service. Food was amazing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, drinks very pricey, but we expected that, thought adding 12.5% service charge was steep, but it is optional

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

HE
HappyEater
London
11 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Absolutely lovely!! Beautiful Art Deco and wonderful food. Sadly it was strangely busy in the kitchen so we didn’t get our main meals unti 1hr 15mins after ordering. The ambience was so nice though and the service was otherwise perfectly attentive. Can’t wait to return!!

JG
JackieG
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service as always.

GO
vipGaryO
London
43 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since our regular haunts remain close (34 & Balthazar) I decided to revisit the Ivy the flagship within the ivy group
And it didn’t disappoint food and service outstanding
Very clean, well run with outstanding safety measures in place
Remains a legend within the London restaurant scene

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smooth, helpful and good food. Very friendly staff.

FAQs

The Ivy is rated 4.7 stars by 1114 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.