The Ivy Soho Brasserie

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£26 to £40
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British
The Ivy Soho Brasserie is located on Broadwick Street, one of Soho’s most popular areas.
Decorated with artworks inspired by Soho’s music scene, as well as William Blake (Broadwick’s most famous resident), the space is made up of a restaurant, bar, private dining room and terrace with Parisian-style seating. Open seven days a week, the modern British menu will be available from dawn till dusk for local workers, residents, shoppers and visitors to enjoy. Being located in Soho, the brasserie will have a DJ spinning music every Friday and Saturday from 7pm and on weekends during brunch until close.
The Ivy Soho Brasserie’s look and feel has been created by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and notable features include an onyx bar, bronze pendant lighting, marble floor tiles, polished parquet and a mixture of burnt orange leather and velvet banquettes and bar stools.
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OT
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Rude staff, from start to finish

OT
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for a brunch and had a great time. Everything was perfect. The service as well, excellent, thanks to Lincoln.

JW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Worst ivy experience. Felt soleless and food wasn’t as good as I’ve had previously

w
London
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Our only minor criticism is that at the beginning of the evening we felt we were being rushed. Within 30 minutes we had already been served our bread/olives, our starter and they brought our main course. After this we slowed them down and the remainder of our meal was much more leisurely.

SH
Essex
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another tremendous meal here. Service was quick, unobtrusive and genuinely lovely. Food was exceptional. Thank you. Can’t wait to come back.

K
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was good, an amazing breakfast, great value

F
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Who needs a Dj in a restaurant? Aren’t restaurants places where people can eat and chat rather than shout to have a conversation? The Ivy Soho was my idea of a nightmare on a Friday night. Too loud and soulless, but then I’m not young or interested in club music. The food and service were good, but we had to wait for our table for 30 minutes despite booking. All in all, not a pleasant experience. I wouldn’t go back.

DH
Oxford
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great lunch as always at this restaurant. It was incredibly busy and lively, but service was still outstanding, as was the quality of food.

G
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Quick service (without
being made to feel rushed.) Delightful friendly staff , smiley and efficient, ready to attend to our every need . Colourful quite informal setting , but very 'shiny ' and bright. All in all, a positive dining experience .

NA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We arrived a little early and waited at the bar for a few minutes before being shown to a nice table in a corner, looking out over the restaurant. We were asked if we would like a drink while we looked at the menu. Once ordered the food arrived within minutes which was somewhat surprising and a little unwelcome. It was late in the lunchtime service but it did feel very rushed indeed. The side dishes had no serving spoons and my daughter was not offered parmesan grated over her pasta. My steak was overcooked, surely not difficult for a professional kitchen to get a medium rare steak right ? My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her lobster linguini. Having finished our drinks I would expect to be asked if we would like more but we weren't... luckily we didn't want more !! My dessert, frozen berries and yogurt, was very good.

H
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

As always in this branch the food and service are very good but the whole experience is spoiled by the intrusive and excessive volume of the background "music." As most people at lunchtime are there for work lunches it is both unnecessary and inconsistent with a business atmosphere. I appreciate that in the evening it is different and you go with the knowledge that it will be noisy. I have made this point before.

JB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

My guests and I ordered our food at 8h45. We were served at 9h30! and then on luke-warm plates. 45 minutes for very simple requests is simple not acceptable. With exception of receptionist, who was pleasant and concerned about my complaint, rather like the IVy Victoria, your male staff really need some polish. We even saw one server with two plates of warm food simply chatting away with another at the till/pay station for about two mintes in a restaurant, shich wasn't that warm. You are trying to sell a premium experience. This fell, far, far short.

JH
London
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service as always is the VERY best part of eating here LOVELY staff, the food is great (although an occasional change to the menu wouldn't go a miss) ambiance perfect, and not too bad pricing for what you get as a package. GREAT MEAL.

Y
London
21 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet again a lovely experience. Personable service, great food at a good price

SS
London
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for breakfast meeting - will use again as business venue

J
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely place to go for a brunch with friends or a beautiful evening meal, with spectacular drinks!

GP
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely meal. The food was delicious and portion sizes were very generous. I rang the restaurant the day before our booking to ensure there was wheelchair access for my Grandma and they couldn’t have been more accommodating. The service was excellent and the staff did all they could to ensure we were comfortable and had a lovely time.

MD
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Usually great service but quite shoddy last night. Drinks forgotten. When chased more than ordered arrive. Coffees cold. Food was great and arrived together at least. Ambiance was weird. Arrived 5.30 and placed next to tables with young children. Which happens but not ideal. By 7pm music so loud we'd gone from creche to nightclub in less that 2 hours.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Booked a table for 12 which wasn't ready when we arrived so we were shown to the bar for a drink. Ordered drinks which took 20 mins to arrive. Had to ask how long our table would be and were finally shown to it at 12:30. Service was slow throughout, drinks orders repeatedly forgotten, food took ~45 mins to arrive etc. Our initial drinks order was taken off the bill, but only after we complained about such slow service. This is the second time I've been to the Soho Brasserie, and the second time the table hasn't been ready, service slow (especially at the bar where drinks take forever to arrive), no communication from staff (despite there being plenty of people serving) etc. Food was good, but wouldn't come again due to poor service.

GL
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food good as always, service was good but our waiters uniform was really scruffy and his jacket was ripped and had holes in.
One moan that staff use the disabled/baby change toilet so a long wait to change the baby.

MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Having dined at The Ivy in Soho multiple times, it’s usually a solid option for dinner with friends. Things have changed, though!

Friday evening was a horrible experience.

While the food and drinks are as reliable as ever, it’s worth noting for any Friday evening:

Clientele: Our first table was between 2 annoying groups. On the left, a loud, drunken birthday party complete with cake, sparklers and a strong rendition of Happy Birthday to You! On our right, a couple of Instagram-obsessed women. Flash photography all around, everyone was on their phone and we two couples felt trapped in between. The Hostess was nice enough to move us when I asked if they had another, more grown-up table anywhere in the restaurant. She has my compliments for taking swift action.

Noise: Between the DJ and people screaming at each other to be heard above the music, it was impossible to hold a conversation. It was loud! I appreciate it was Friday night in Soho (which was the formulaic response from every staff member), but it was only 9:00 and The Ivy is a full service restaurant, not a nightclub. It was so loud that most diners were sitting around looking miserable in silence. It wasn’t possible to chat with dinner companions.

Service: Always solid, after the Instagramers and the Birthday Celebration, the waiter spilled my main upon serving. That poached egg rolled right across the table! Embarrassed, he rushed away and came back with spoons to retrieve it then offered it to me or asked if I preferred a “fresh” one. Accidents happen but, yes, I will inconvenience you for a fresh egg. Empty water glasses and the decibel level just made this point in the evening feel absurd even though it wasn’t a big deal.

It wasn’t a great choice and we won’t return. Perhaps we aren’t the sort of Friday night diners they want... I don’t think of myself as an old stick in the mud, but certainly felt like it on Friday!

J
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A bit overpriced for what it is to be honest but that was not unexpected. The beer selection is inadequate in the sense that every option seemed to be 330ml priced at a level more appropriate to a bigger volume. The main was good and the dessert was incredible.

GS
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service and delightful decor. A truly great way to start the weekend.

JM
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to this restaurant and it did not disappoint. From attentive staff to excellent food everything was fabulous. We had a table booked for 5pm for a pre-theatre meal and although quiet when we arrived it was very lively when we left at 7pm.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Friendly welcome. Service a tad slow and steak was severely overcooked (ordered medium rare and it was served well done and was not especially hot - maybe given someone else’s? Short of time and couldn’t face sending it back) but the rest of the meal was fine. Dessert was stunning

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable :) I had an issue with my dessert and this was rectified promptly by the waiting staff. Will definitely recommend.

DH
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lively atmosphere and vibe .Great having round tables. The Ivy have got it right.

JD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great night out , lovely atmosphere . Good food .

PM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal and the staff were lovely. We had what we wanted to eat and found that the prices were fairly reasonable for London. The waiter we had could not have been more helpful but sadly I do not remember his name.

L
London
17 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

as a regular at The Ivy (various sites) I was very disappointed in our meal at The Ivy Soho. We were early for our table and we were asked to sit at bar. (this is impossible for me as the chairs are difficult for me to sit on). We were then "abandoned". When a table was ready it was obvious that we did not have dedicated staff. We shared the Zuccini and before we had all finished our main course arrived and they proceeded to serve. My minute steak was delicious and hot but the others all mentioned that their food was only luke warm. We had a long wait before dessert. Shame, disppointed on this occasion .

FJ
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, food and great value for money!

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Ok had better experience

MB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Great place if you want pounding music (in house DJ) average food and hip ambience. More a club than a restaurant.

EH
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

This visit was not as good as previous. Table want available for 15 mins, then main course took a long time to be delivered (1905 for a 1730 table). We had theatre tickets so had to rush mains and bottle of wine in 10 mins despite chasing the waiter twice after the starter.
Lobster linguine very nice but not as tasty as first visit.

TB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and drink as a pre theatre meal

KS
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We booked a table following a theatre visit and I misjudged the timings. One phone call and the front of house team pushed my booking on by half an hour!! Greatly appreciated indeed.

KP
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I lovely the Ivy cafes but this is the first time I have been to the Soho one.
Unfortunately it was not what I call a great experience. The service was slow. We waited a very long time between courses. My vegetables where cold when it did arrive and the wine arrived after I had finished my meal. I ask for wipes for my hand and was bought a wet serviette on a plate. It was a special occasion so I did not want to creat an atmosphere therefore did not say anything. Then a DJ cane on around 7ish and it was so loud it was impossible to speak. Not a good experience sadly.

j
London
53 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very friendly and helpful and the food and drinks were lovely. I am wheat and dairy intolerant and they were very good assisting to my needs.

JH
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food everytime. The truffle arancini is what has us coming back.

AF
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall fantastic venue. Great atmosphere. Phenomenal service. Delicious food. Only criticism is the amount of fish on the menu. Very limited menu if you don't eat fish (like us!) However what we did have was perfect.