The Ivy

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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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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable, and the food was divine. One of the Best meals we’ve ever had, in a beautiful retro setting. A spot where celebrities and royalty dine, and we can see why.

e
London
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love The Ivy. Love the deco feel, the history and the familiarity. The menu is so extensive but down-to-earth it is difficult to choose only one thing. The service is second to none and as an extra special touch we were given an anniversary plate of delicious chocolates. A thoroughly lovely evening.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ivy has a high standard that they meet, without fail, on every occasion. Always a pleasure.

l
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was BEAUTIFUL! The service was perfect round down to the last little detail. The atmosphere was lovely, busy and lovley but not to loud. Quite pricey but it’s a very posh restaurant so was worth it :) would 200% recommend especially if you are celebrating a nice occasion like an anniversary or birthday and want something a bit special. Also think they is a perfect range of food to suit everyone

LF
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our 25th wedding anniversary. Superb cuisine and ambiance. We were ignored the first ten minutes after our arrival, but then we we were appropriately attended to. Loved the sauces and fresh produce.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was good but not a great experience when the waiter drops gravy all over the floor which splashed all over our shoes and handbags! He was apologetic, but he wasn’t sure of how to deal with the situation at all.

K
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb as always!

KB
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded expectations. I wasn’t especially hungry so ordered the Mediterranean salad which was possibly the best salad I’ve ever had. My fellow diners thoroughly enjoyed their meat dishes.
Will definitely return on my next trip to London

KC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the Ivy.. had steak and was slightly over cooked for my liking so be very specific when requesting how it is cooked.. but otherwise excellent as always..

MM
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great choices on the menu which suited the differing tastes of my group. Service was very good and attentive. Our parents really appreciated the ‘Happy Anniversary’ message on the plate of chocolates! It was busy but this did not affect the service, we would return!

LT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Where I was sat I was constantly bumped into. Either by other diners, or member of staff. The food was ok, but the whole evening sadly wasn't as special as previous occasions.

SH
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So full of nostalgia and and was made to feel like a million dollars. Staff were so kind and attentive. Cant wait to go again. This was for our 25th wedding anniversary and could not have picked a better place.

MP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! The food and service were remarkable. We can’t wait to go back.

TS
Hanover
12 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My delayed birthday dinner. They gave me a wonderful plate with truffles and a chocolate birthday greeting. Very nice experience for such a popular restaurant.

c
London
13 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have visited the Ivy on a number of occasions, all have been very enjoyable. The service is excellent, the staff are very attentive as well. Looking forward to my next visit.

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Shepherd's Pie is as good as they say it is. Excellent.

DW
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The magic is gone. Tables are too close together, menu unexciting, dress code is lax and the meet and greet was very poor. Despite arriving on time, we were forced to wait at the bar for 15 minutes for our table - until we pointedly asked to be seated. The table was close to where we were sitting at the bar and had been empty the whole time we waited. Wait staff were lovely but other London restaurants offer better food and experience for the money.

OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch : calf liver are medium cooked and super soft and juicy. No weird smell or taste, just like a tender piece of pork Belly.
Dessert : perfect blackforrest cake chocolate and rum cherry are in well balanced, best ever have been in london.

Because the lunch experience is so good, I returned for dinner in short notice for snowcrab linguine with garlic.
It's fresh snow crab meat and every bite can taste it subtly. Went well with chablis burgundy white wine.

R
London
30 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love The Ivy - the ambiance, the service and the food.

J
London
19 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Diner with my lovely wife we. Were a bit early and shown to the bar for a drink the ivy gin was very good we were then seated and the food and wine were excellent and excellent service we will be back

D
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at the Ivy was fabulous, the service was good, staff helpful and pleasant and the food just superb. Two of our guests were vegetarian and there was ample selection for them too. As it was a celebration the staff made a special effort and presented a ‘congratulations’ truffles for the table, which was a lovely touch. The only small negative was that an item on the menu was not available and we were not informed before placing our order.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Ivy for my mum’s birthday and made us feel so special. The staff were super nice and friendly. Food was perfect and we enjoyed our lunch. At the end of the meal they put Happy birthday with my mum’s name on the plate with a dessert which made everything special.

s
London
18 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleased to amoeba like splitting of the ivy concept with lots more outlets has resulted in more chances to actually eat there , with no erosion of quality or ambiance .

C
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience it was to eat in such a traditional stunning restaurant with excellent classic English food. Fabulous fish and chips and beef shepherds pies and just about everything was perfect!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very memorable experience on all levels.

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

60th Birthday

BC
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was fantastic. The food was distinctly average. Overall the value for money was lacking. I feel this place trades in its reputation. I'd avoid.

N
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

We were so looking forward to dining with you and booked a reservation from San Diego. It was going to be a highlight while traveling through London. When we arrived, the greeting area was jammed with people....not welcoming. Then our table wasn't ready after you made such a fuss about being on time. We were directed to the bar but then hurriedly rushed to our table after we had just ordered a drink.

Next and worse, our table location was right at the door facing the kitchen and there were ten of waiters running by us during the meal. It was a show of its own but not pleasant.

I mistakenly ordered Shepherds Pie which was not good....just lots of potato. Why not take it off the menu?

We were extremely disappointed.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

A bit disappointing didn’t think the ivy would use frozen chips for the price you have to pay. Had a better meal at browns the next night

K
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff excelled and made us feel very special. Fabulous for a birthday lunch.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice atmospher, delicious food, good service.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still my favourite place for lunch in London. The service, the food and the drinks are always first class with a lovely traditional atmosphere. Just oozes quality!

JK
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pre-Ballet dinner! Food was served very briskly and was superb and server was very attentive

MT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food - a little too much salt in the risotto. Lovely atmosphere and wonderful service. Still at the top of their game!

OT
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal, great place and word class service

SG
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal. Shepherds Pie. Cannot fault the whole experience. Will return soon. Keith Lemon dining in there too.....gotta be good.

SM
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Polite, professional staff. Made to feel welcome and a credit to the iconic name that is The Ivy.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful from start to finish!

r
Hertfordshire
31 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Took my daughter as we often overlook the old school favourites when choosing lunch.

Service impeccable, as expected. Drinks were lovely too. Think the menu is a little all over the place but again, more contemporary menus keep it simpler. I’m always a little dubious of Asia influences on a classic menu.

Saying that, the best dish between the two of us was the miso glazed salmon and prawn dumplings! My daughter thought this was amazing and it looked great.

Burratta starter was a little too rich. Other than that, a thoroughly good lunch in an iconic setting. We really enjoyed our afternoon.

r
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are finishing a 16 dayadvwnture through the British isles. The Ivy was a perfect exclamation point. All good, better than ever!!!!

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