The Ivy

4.6
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1086 reviews
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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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4.6based on recent ratings
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ClaireF
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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vipMucky
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome evening!

HG
HayleyG
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PB
PedroB
London
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 7 days ago
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.

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

Smooth, helpful and good food. Very friendly staff.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always just brilliant
Thank you all
T

OT
OpenTable Diner
Munich
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and lovely service from the staff.

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bexatrex
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What's not to love? There's a reason it's one of the most famous restaurants in the world, and it didn't disappoint. Excellent mocktail menu for those not drinking.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was my friend’s 50th birthday. A great lunch, staff are superb. Shame about the idiots on the table across from us who said ‘they should have gone to Frankie and Benny’s’ when we sang happy birthday. I have been many times and it hasn’t lost its sparkle.

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eviebean
London
96 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was, as always really good. Staff are fabulous. The only reason for not giving top marks overall was our confusion and surprise at the lack of covid measures. Apart from temperature being taken at door, nothing else was taking place. No one was wearing masks or visors and all tables were booked. There is not much room in the Ivy and no ventilation. We could have left but as it was postponed birthday celebration we didn't and we did have a lovely time but we're a little concerned at lack of measures

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we expected it to be

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vipRenoir
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it - every time. Been going for years :) - Highly recommeded

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PRM1960
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, lovely meal, very courteous staff

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Buzz
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A short but varied menu, with attentive service. The atmosphere was comfortable and relaxed, with just the right attention to detail.

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Dm1961
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and a really nice ambiance . I wish the wine was cheaper 😂

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food1service5ambience5

lovely staff

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Chris
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food was delicious the service was great. The music and the atmosphere was a bit low, the mysic was very elevator like. Overall we enjoyed our time and the food very much.

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Dunx
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday lunch, excellent service, good food, good atmosphere

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
28 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Lockdown has not been kind to The Ivy. Where once you had a vibrant buzzing restaurant which had the best service of any of the iconic London restaurants now you have a shadow of its former self.

Canabalising The Ivy and putting it on every street corner has simply meant the iconic Ivy has been dragged down to a chain restaurant. Service was slow and inattentive, food disappointing and the once eclectic mix of people has been turned into a place where vest tops where the cleavage looks as though it is going to fallout. Sharon and Tracey from Chigwell go for a nice slap up meal. TOWIE extra wannabes sit at the bar and try and FaceTime their mum and dad. Although my favourite was the family who think dressing up for the evening means heavily branded chav designer labels should be seen.

RIP The Ivy, you’re now simply part of a chain 😢

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vipPamb
6 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food and waiter service was lovely. But the hostess welcome certainly wasn’t the welcome I would except from a such well established restaurant that values there name
Very disappointed

JM
JohnM
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and great service, would recommend visiting👍

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and attentive staff. The staff really went out of their way to make to feel welcome and that you had an enjoyable evening.

MJ
vipMelissaJean
New England
23 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my fiancé to celebrate his birthday, and The Ivy staff and atmosphere were wonderful as always! He enjoyed his meal so much, and so did I! We will definitely be back again and recommend it to anyone!

PM
PM2712
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As ever for the Ivy, brilliant service and great food.

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HelenT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and amazing food. Service was second to none. Such an lovely dining experience.

BB
BrettB
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly wonderful restaurant, you can see why it has the reviews it has. There is absolutely nothing to fault regarding this restaurant, from the moment we arrived, the way were looked after, the friendliness of the waiters, and we would like to mention one in particular.... Simon. His attention to detail and care throughout our visit here was outstanding, a credit to the restaurant. The food, the service was amazing we shall look forward to returning soon.

NK
vipNicholaK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal as always. The staff were excellent with our 2 young children.

RG
vipRoryG
London
9 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Ivy is simply sublime. Ambience, staff, food....all perfect.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was perfect considering the busy time in the current situation, food great quality and atmosphere vibrant and enjoyable!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

BE
BenE
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

We’ve celebrated birthdays at the Ivy many times and have always had a wonderful experience. However, this time, our experience was a bit of a disappointment. We had to wait for 25mins until our table was ready and then when seated it took a while for someone to take our order.
The food was good, although my daughter’s main course was lukewarm. I’m not sure if they were short staffed, but the service was very slow throughout the meal. We didn’t have our main course until 10pm. We will go back but I hope the service will have improved.

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jc87
London
9 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good atmosphere and great service provided

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