The Ivy St Albans Brasserie

4.3
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1787 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
The Ivy St Albans Brasserie brings the familiar luxury of The Ivy on West Street to a relaxed yet sophisticated all-day dining restaurant on Verulam Road.

Located in heart of the city of St Albans, the restaurant is an all-day dining brasserie offering modern British and Ivy-inspired classics seven days a week, serving breakfast, elevenses, lunch, weekend brunch, afternoon tea and dinner in the popular city in Hertfordshire.
A number of tables remain unreserved throughout the day allowing more people to experience a taste of Ivy magic in both our dining and service. You will be able to sample our extensive range of quality food and delicious cocktails at your leisure, seven days a week from breakfast until late, whether you are a local resident or work close by.

For those looking for a little something extra to celebrate with friends or impress at a business lunch, The Ivy St Albans Brasserie also offers a semi-private dining area, seating up to 12 people.
What 1787 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.3
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LaraF
Bath
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good experience well done ...................

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Phil
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely superb. Same menu as in London so there isnt anything too wild or complicated but what they cook is done exquisitely. Superb wine and the service is faultless even in the current environment where it must present a lot of logistical challenges. They maintain an upmarket bistro feel to the place so it is quite relaxed and fun. Would definitely recommend and will definitely return

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Rachael
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, as always. Air conditioning far too much for those in summer dress; very uncomfortable.

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JackieC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Whilst this is one of the more expensive restaurants to eat at in St Albans the food and service very much reflects this. Also, considering the current climate I felt that they had their customers safety well thought out. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our treat family venue and been here many times and always leave thinking the same wonderful service, food and when are we going back ...

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EmmaR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Chips were a little overcooked, but otherwise had a great experience.

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Frankie1235
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Gorgeous food and overall amazing staff. Really friendly and helpful. Great menu. Only thing I would say is as a young couple we did feel a little bit judged by a certain female member of wait staff, who kept pointing out prices and telling us cheaper options/questioning our choices. We just felt that because we were young she thought we couldn’t afford to dine there, which I can assure you was not the case! Other than that the rest of the staff were amazing and very professional. Lovely food, will definitely be back!

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SuzieP
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, gorgeous surroundings and wonderful service

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ShirleyP
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely lunch menu, sat by the open windows. Great food.

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Didogran
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening with you,considering the the times we are all suffering, you made it special for my daughter and myself, thank you.

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Kathryn
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great choice and meals came out quickly. Lovely service.

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GordonB
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely anniversary lunch catering for all tastes. My wife is Vegan and had a very nice meal. It’s our annual treat

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Charlesh
London
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great restaurant all round. Sadly they managed to overcook my sirloin steak which was requested medium rare. The steak was also not to their usual quality and left about 20% . Mentioned to waiter and no action was taken. That was poor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with hubby. Was so nice to not be squashed on to tables Waiter was fantastic great courgette Frits as always probably my most missed Food during lockdown. Thanks all

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vipMitzi
London
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Consistant high standard in food and service,a pity a few things not on menu but always good.

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Michelleb
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Average food. Average service.
Comparable to Bills restaurant. The ambience was nice for a girls afternoon/night.

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SophiaP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner with my friend earlier this week and the food was amazing! Our evening was made even more special by our waiter Yannis who was so attentive and did everything he could to make our meal the best it could be!

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vipDebbie
London
8 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back 'there's no place like home'. Can't wait to return

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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MarkD
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and food nothing to complain about. Served by Yannis who was friendly helpful and attentive excellent meal

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MandyS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Like us most people r very ready to rejoin the “real” world - well if u r then we could not recommend a nicer experience than revisiting one of our favourite restaurants in St Albans. As expected the staff were eager to do their job to a high standard, food as delicious as always with no change to menu. Lovely to sit back with a glass of wine and soak it all in. It felt normal!!

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WriteLeeSo
Hertfordshire
8 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A thoroughly enjoyable lunch to celebrate a family member's birthday. The staff looked after us very well and the necessary health precautions were taken without being a bind or intrusive. The food was excellent, well presented and cooked to perfection. All members of our party enjoyed their choices.

JP
JaeP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Social distancing fine but because we were at the end of the restaurant - felt left out from staff, couldn’t get to top up wine, no one offered dessert menu, food brought to table before aperitif glasses cleared. Service didn’t seem as good as before, despite less people to manage.

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Roger
London
53 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice ambience - good social distancing and Covid measures. Duck salad starter is outstanding and generally high quality of food. The menu could be a little more adventurous. At the higher end on price.

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MrAvro
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

A very pleasant evening without any overpowering issues around Covid. Friendly team and great food

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CharlotteH
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely being back!
Great service, our waiter was outstanding!
For noisy towards end of meal due to large table next to us but not a problem at all!
Lovely meal

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GabbyM
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Service was poor. Was asked what I wanted to drink and as I was speaking the waiter started talking to his colleague and I had to repeat myself. Coffee was cold. Drinks came out after the meal and we had to ask for these whilst our food was getting cold.

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vipdandan
London
75 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This branch has done a lot to ensure tables are apart from each other. Some new menu additions were great

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Carlos
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food love this place, highly recommend. Going back next week!

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MrsH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and will definitely be returning. Staff were lovely and welcoming. Covid procedure was respected. Food and drinks is quite expensive but worth every penny

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Constance89
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal for two with ole ty of drink options for the designated driver!

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vipLindaG
Hertfordshire
8 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ivy staff are the best, it was a family dinner, the first time we’ve all been Out together Since December, although our table was needed back after two hours they made space for us outside so could carry on with our night over some drinks. Excellent customer service as usual!

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MarkJ
5 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Client meeting. Lovely evening Evans a hint of normality

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great post-lockdown meal to celebrate our anniversary. Warm welcome from hostess. Fantastic service from waiting team. Ambience lovely. Food incredible!

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T4Bov
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first meal out in 4 months did not disappoint. A nice table by the open window, the food was lovely.
Given a bottle of hand sanitizer to take away, a nice gesture.
The waiting staff were excellent as well.

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JulieA
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely amazing food and drinks, and the emplyees were so nice! I would've tipped generously if i wasn't broke after the meal but the meal and service and whole experience was worth a more expensive price!

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AndrewW
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Server didn’t confirm order and consequently 1 meal got missed.

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NatalieT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the service was great. Would definitely recommend

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Lynn
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my daughter’s birthday and our first meal out since Covid arrived. Temperature taken on arrival, no hassle, we had a table of 7 it felt like normal we could move freely to the washroom. The food, service and ambiance was great.
We will certainly be going again.
Well done for being do organised

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NatalieM
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The Ivy has consistantly good food in all its venues and i have no complaints about the food at all. The issue I have is with the speed of service. This was our first meal out after lockdown and we were looking forward to the event of going out. Our booking was at 3pm and we were back out on the street by 3.50pm. Starters were brought before even our drinks arrived and the main course followed less than 5 minutes after our starters. It felt so rushed. Dessert menus were thrust upon us as the main courses were being cleared and we just felt we had no time to digest our food or enjoy the moment of being out again. If you were in a cafe spending £20 i would accept the speed but the Ivy is an event and after spending £70+ in 50 minutes it felt disappointing.

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The Ivy St Albans Brasserie is rated 4.3 stars by 1787 OpenTable diners.

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