The Ivy

4.6
1357 reviews
£41 and over
Modern European

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Pre/post Theatre
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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BrianS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in London. Eat here every time I’m in London from NY.

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kateh
London
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another brilliant evening last night. Lovely staff, great food and fantastic ambience. I love this place so much, it never disappoints

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PeterB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the Ivy, We will be returning soon, during our time in the restaurant we was not hurried, food arrived and was able to enjoy our evening 5 stars

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vipMonsieurRepas
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going out with my partner for dinner is always a special occasion

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ChrisT
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch 👌🏼

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Sooni
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic lunch at the Ivy, West St, Covent Garden. From greeting us at the entrance to seating us, we were made to feel welcome in beautiful surroundings. Each member of staff was well presented, polite and professional. The food was delicious... I had steak tartare which was superb, the halibut was well cooked and very tasty. We were booked in at 12pm so first diners... it got busier as time went on and tables are quite close to each other, however it did not take away from our experience. Will be back for sure! Was not expecting such a great service so was pleasantly surprised after reading previous reviews.

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Scooby
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience5

The Ivy has lost its way. The food used to be very good and is now mediocre and the service used to be exemplary and is now adequate. I’m reluctantly crossing it off my list of go-to places.

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SueR
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The service was below average - especially for the price.
It was also my birthday - which just went in blank, even though i’ve said in the reservation it was my birthday.
The food was good!

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vipClairefrances
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, great food, great service and great ambience! Never disappoints.

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LilleyLovely
Buckinghamshire
61 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a late meal there with family after the theatre. The Ivy was perfect - my all time favourite London restaurant and certainly didn't disappoint. Wonderful food, fabulous service and excellent cocktails/wine. Can't wait to visit again next month.

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robc
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s the first and the best!! Outstanding!

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vipkann
London
19 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and lively ambiance with really good food. All the favourites still there.

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BarbieB
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Always a great dining experience - a must

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vipSarah
London
29 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really lovely food and a relaxed smart restaurant.

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David
London
9 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Ivy always delivers for me. Be it a 21st birthday party or a post theatre dinner. We had the latte last night and it was spot on - quick main course, good table, excellent service and a decent bottle of wine.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect for me . Looking forward to to my next visit .

OT
OpenTable Diner
Bedfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an efficient and friendly service. The starter and mains was sumptuous but the dessert menu will need some improvement.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience , lovely food , starters were delicious . And the stuff super nice . Defiantly will go back soon

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vipIm140point6
London
12 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience as always at the Ivy. One of our favourite restaurants and it never disappoints! Beautiful food in a relaxed atmosphere and service kid the highest standard - thank you

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JulesA
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and cocktails were delicious, and staff were great. Unfortuntely several dishes had sold out so we had to abandon the idea of having a starter, but we did get some complimentary sides. Tables are very close together.

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service, amazing ambience. The Ivy is one of our favourites!

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vipBrixtonBelle
London
72 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful to see this Grande Dame of the London restaurant scene unaffected by the strangeness of the last few years! Brilliant wine list reassuringly expensive but not excessively so, great thoughtful selection. Brilliant menu and fab veggie and vegan offerings. Buzzy but intimate with professional and friendly staff. Was a delight!

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michaeld
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience as always, great ambience, food and service
Top restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is not the first time at the Ivy, the food and service was absolutely fantastic, made our special occasion evening to remember, will be back soon.

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LindaS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly staff

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GailR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did not disappoint, lovely food and very attentive service

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RichardB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

enjoy the original ivy - excellent waiter service

JM
vipJohnM
New England
53 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an enjoyable place for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and service is second to none. Made our sons 21st birthday celebrations complete. Thank you so much!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

This was a special occasion trip - our anniversary - so we were excited to have an excuse to try out The Ivy, known to be a classic and exceptional British dining experience.

Food: starters - the cheddar soufflé was good and probably the best dish of the meal. The burrata starter was at best mediocre - the burrata itself did not taste fresh, more like the last one at the back of the fridge. The olive tapenade was flavourless. We had to ask for a bread basket, we thought the Ivy would bring it to the table (without needing to be prompted) as par for the course. Mains - the risotto was cold, mean-portioned and did not come with a spoon, we had to ask for one which meant the food got colder. We also had to ask for Parmesan when, again, Parmesan offered at the table with your risotto is standard in your average restaurant. The gnocchi was better but again not hot enough, the tomatoes in the sauce did not taste fresh. Dessert - we ordered a knickerbocker glory and a sticky toffee pudding. While the former was fine the latter was cold, dry and lacking in sauce. The ice cream was barely a dessert spoon’s worth and it was half-melted when we received it. Sticky Toffee Pudding is a classic British dessert and we assumed it would be a standout at a restaurant that is considered a classic British institution.

Overall the service was mediocre - there was no apology for the terrible sticky toffee pudding when it was sent back. In stead we were asked “you want another one?” casually as if this may be normal.

The ambience was fine as I guess people still view this place as a place to be seen - there are better restaurants with better service, food and ambience (including in the genre of Art Deco jazzesque atmosphere) all across London.

Does not live up to the hype. Not for the discerning patron.

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KevinF
Yorkshire
8 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service

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PaulW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always!

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Maya
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food there! especially the desserts. Would recommend the frozen berries and white chocolate sauce.

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Plomer
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The girl on Covent Garden reception had the best smile ever!

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as ever!

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Rikki
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Nice food and drinks. Sadly tables are crammed together and staff are not particularly attentive

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, fabulous service, thank you to Daniel who looked after us so well, great wine knowledge and I definitely recommend the chalk and cheese cocktail!

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vipmazz
London
19 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Perhaps turning a bit Ivy chain rather than the exclusive venue it used to be. Food was good though.

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MattP
London
20 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The original Ivy is still the best, lovely people, great experience as always

FAQs

The Ivy is rated 4.6 stars by 1357 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.