The Ivy

4.6
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875 reviews
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£41 and over
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Modern European

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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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H
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Of all the Ivy locations in London, the Ivy on West Street in Covent Garden is the best. Not only is the food up to the Ivy Standard, but it is a great place to have a business lunch because noise levels are moderate, and it offers a certain intimacy that the other locations do not have.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Over priced & over rated
Dined at the ivy in Manchester & York & rated highly these 2 but feel under welmed on this occasion
Sorry

AB
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was exceptional, as was the service. The only slight downside we’re that the tables are seated very close together, making private conversation difficult. Would go back in a heartbeat.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Been to the Ivy many times. This occasion was not the best. They cram you in like sardines if you’re a party of 2 and I found the staff snotty.

IJ
London
8 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a pleasure to dine at The Ivy, we were met on arrival by Fernando and shown to our table, the food was delicious, out waiting staff were attentive but not overbearing, we will be back soon !

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was ok not as good as it was a few years ago — service was excellent — got the feeling they are trading on past glories

m
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great time at the original Ivy. Sat at the bar. Great good, atmosphere. The bar tenders/ waiter were kind of bored. But overall a great time

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff and food was good.

S
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the bar service through dinner was wonderful

CN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as always - a great setting, professional service and delicious food - definitely try the Lemon Meringue surprise. But not exactly a budget restaurant.

MM
London
23 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food and excellent service. We’ll come back soon.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place: great food and service!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Not a single bad point

TB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails to impress... amazing food and service as always

AN
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect birthday celebration with my family

SC
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

To celebrate family

TK
Toronto
51 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience in the Ivy West Street. Such gorgeous food aswell as friendly professional service. Cocktails are fantastic too!!!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The vegetarian menu was limited, compared to the menu on the site there werent a lot options. And in menu card there wasnt mentioned that in the preparation of the dessert wine was included.

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely lunch with my Daughtet as a pre-theatre treat. She has been hoping to visit The Ivy for some time and this was a surprise that didn't disappoint.
She loved the well appointed interior decor and as usual the service was impeccable from the front of house reception, through to the waiting staff and general attendants. At 14 she loves to be treated as a young lady rather than a child and the staff hit that balance perfectly.
Food was great as usual and the ambience was perfect.
Service was unhurried which suited us fine. Lots of London restaurants, especially around theatreland tend to try to speed up service to turn around the covers but not here. Very relaxed and also no pushing for drink orders after we stated that we wouldn't be needing anything special.
A great visit.

b
Charleston
126 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very good family dinner here around Christmas. The place was buzzing...don't bother going without reservations. The ambiance was very pretty...very "holiday." The menu was very varied...something for everyone. We had a very good server who didn't mind giving us plenty of time, explaining entrees and their preparation, and checking back with us often. The food was very good, too. My husband thought his dover sole was one of the best he's ever had. Another diner at our table loved his Shepard's Pie. My risotto with white truffles and scallops was delicious. We really didn't have a complaint among the five of us---and we are all have very different tastes.
All in all, a great experience. We would definitely recommend.

JK
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such beautiful food and lovely staff would absolutely recommend to my friends!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience1

No atmosphere

JC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Very welcoming, great service, fantastic food.Everything about it was great. Highly recommend it.

PG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great front of house service - excellent maitre d’

DH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Im The Ivy ist es sehr lebhaft, es ist nicht geeignet für einen ruhigen Abend. Aber es hat ein tolles Ambiente, vor allem in der Weihnachtszeit, ein sehr zuvorkommendes Personal, das auf jeden Wunsch reagiert und das Essen ist sehr gut.

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F
London
17 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience.
Thoroughly enjoyable, will be coming back in the new year.

DK
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great choice of all different kind of foods , not too unreasonably priced.
Good drink selection as expected.
Superb baked Alaska 'show'!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A family Christmas Day followed by a show

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A fabulous place with good food and good service. It’s special .. but it’s expensive.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The attitude at the cloakroom reception was rude and rushed as we entered with no welcoming experience. The doorman was lovely, but the moment I stepped inside a lady barked at me “do you have a reservation” as if extremely inconvenienced. My festive excitement was instantly wiped away - I was obviously regarded as a tourist who stumbled in for a selfie, rather than a potential customer spending £300+ on my husband’s 40th birthday dinner. When we left, no one was there except for the security guard who had no idea where our coats were. We stood in awkward silence for a good few minutes, baffled - I had to leave in the cold without my coat to make sure our taxi didn’t overcharge us for the wait, while my husband waited for my coat. Appart from that, the meal was wonderful and we were hosted beautifully by your staff. A small suggestion in the wine service though: please don’t assume that just because a man is at the table he knows more about wine and should be presented the bottle and offered a tasting. That backwards attitude is increasingly noticeable in today’s landscape.

MH
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place we ate in London. Remember there are many great places to eat in London; but this is a must. Dress up! It is worth it!!

JE
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Too noisy, not enough space between tables, food good, service excellent.

NP
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Lovely food and warm ambience but the service is really very cold and off putting.

RL
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superb, it is one of my favourite restaurants and is consistently good, great service and good honest food.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente lugar, atención y la comida muy buena

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lot of options. All of them exquisite. The ambience is idillic

B
London
10 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply hits the spot for buzzy ambience coupled with devine food and impeccable service. First class every time

SW
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great welcome, great service and fantastic food, what else can I say

BC
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Understandable that it's been around for over 100 years. Couldn't fault the champagne cocktails or anything else. Very knowledgeable and courtious service. A very enjoyable evening.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked the Ivy for our anniversary it was a wonderful experience for such a special occasion. The food was amazing and exceeded our expectations. The service was of the same standard. I’d definitely recommend the restaurant