The Ivy

4.6
1331 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.
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LindaS
London
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly staff

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RichardB
London
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

enjoy the original ivy - excellent waiter service

JM
vipJohnM
New England
52 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an enjoyable place for dinner.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
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

OT
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.

MP
MattP
London
20 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and top service

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal, superlative service.

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vipNikA
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food… Dover sole was divine, the Chalk & Cheese cocktail interesting, different but lush !!

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CharaineC
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff and food superb. Highly recomnend. Very attentive

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Rosieb
London
12 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’d tried many times previously to get a table at the Ivy and very pleased I finally managed it.

Starting with the beautiful bar with an excellent barman who found me the perfect cocktail and then we were seated and the service from start to finish was divine.

I had the crab and my friend the soufflé starter both were amazing and then I had the lobster … which was very generous in size and my friend had a fillet steak perfectly cooked. The cauliflower gratin was the best I’ve ever tasted and we finished with a pear and frangipan tart and the mini cheesecakes.

I’m so sorry I didn’t find out the name of the lovely lady who looked after us but she kept our bolly topped up perfectly.

Lovely ambience will definitely be back

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Fish overcooked. For that price it was a pity!

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NicolaB
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service by all staff. The food was amazing the best cheese soufflé & the shepherds pie was gorgeous. Will definitely visit again

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LanaS
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Granddaughters birthday,her first time and ivy not the last .

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Mellllllllllllllllllllll
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place and food, great service and staff too!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never been to The Ivy before, but I’d always wanted to go. Managed to book a late lunch. The service was excellent, very attentive. The place has a lovely feel to it.

I ordered the fish and chips with minted peas and broad beans (as I don’t like mushy peas). The batter was a bit too thick, so it wasn’t as crisp as I would have liked. But I still enjoyed it

The dessert was gorgeous, warm chocolate fondant with hazelnut icecream - one of the best things I’ve eaten in a long time.

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NevilleH
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An institution for a reason.
Great food abs ambience, busy but not noisy, great service.

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Bill
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service. Tha is to the team for looking after us so we’ll.

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IanL
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was good and nice decor. Under the current circumstances it was rather crowded tables were on top of each other. So much so we had to endure the conversation from the next table. The food was disappointing frozen chips and steak was full of gristle. Sorry but no way worth the money.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff. Amazing atmosphere. Food out of this worls

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TonyC
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing lunch. Warm welcome, lovely cocktails at the bar, impeccable service, nice wines and amazing food. I have never tasted food like this and it was an explosion on the palette. Such beautiful food. Thank you all.

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Mackthedan
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to The Ivy. This was our first visit, we were particularly impressed with the ambience and with the service provided.The menu was varied and appealed to everyone in the party.

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GeoD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place to eat in London if you want a relaxed but sophisticated atmosphere with top draw service and good quality sensible food

AM
AndreaM
Manchester
8 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was exceptional

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were confused with which Covent Garden Ivy was the correct one, as we first went to the Ivy market grill. When we reached this tucked away lavish Ivy, loved the minute we stepped through the door. The doorman was very nice and the front desk ladies showed every courtesy and showed us our table. We ordered some red wine, sirloin steak (perfectly marinated) and Thai baked sea bass… what a wonderful evening. Definitely recommend for any of your special occasions.

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StephenB
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was all delicious. However, a bit naughty of the waiter not suggesting a jug of tap water with our meal, rather only suggesting still or sparkling. He was quick to open the bottle and pour it before we could ask. Other than that, a superb experience.

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vipRichardA
London
42 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to visit the original. The Ivy has a wonderful menu, wine list and superb service. We had a great, early dinner. The burrata and the veal Holstein was marvellous. I normally despise green beans but can't get enough of The Ivy's green beans with shallots and chilli. Don't be put off if there is only Counter seating available. I prefer it myself, and love that there is often same day availability which means on those days when you just don't want to cook, you can pop in after work, have a gorgeous dining experience and wander home sated.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had heard many many times that if you go to London the ivy is one of the places to eat, don’t get me wrong it is excellent but not as good as had been hyped upto to be. The service is second to none but the ambience feels very old fashioned and the food was very good just not out of this world!

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RebeccaR
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the counter. Friendly, helpful bartenders. Meal was delicious. Highlight was the crispy duck & watermelon salad!

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vipGuyH
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great - sometimes the service was a little slow and inattentive.

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DK99
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had the perfect evening bar one glitch (see later). We were shown to an excellent table, had a great waiter and did not feel at all rushed. Excellent pre-dinner drinks (martinis and non-alcoholic cocktail) and useful option of 375ml carafes of wine (my partner doesn't drink alcohol. The glitch was that I asked for my ribeye steam to be cooked medium-rare and a little on the rare side if possible. In the event the steak came cooked medium and, although tasted fine was not what I had ordered. If it had been cooked to order it would have ranked as superb. My complaint was listened to (it was easy to demonstrate the problem!) and the restaurant subtracted the cost of the steak from the final bill. If only all restaurants would behave similarly. WE will definitely go again when in London!

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guyo
London
9 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was super busy but food was very good and tasty. Table service and manager was very good and helpful. Really enjoyed my meal and experience. Was very busy but this didn’t affect the service or food.

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The Ivy is rated 4.6 stars by 1331 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.