The Ivy St Albans Brasserie

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1118 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
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.
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AP
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at the Ivy St Albans, great food, great service and a brilliant Experiance the whole family lovers it

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C
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

They had run out of fillet stake. HOW is does that happen at 7.30 at night.
We really weren’t happy, but to add to the problem, the waitress didn’t tell us until we had ordered the wine and already been looking at the menu deciding that was what we wanted.
Poor i’m afraid.

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RC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful decor, pleasant service and delicious food. I officially love The Ivy St Alban's.

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PD
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were so attentive and polite. The cocktails were beautiful and the food was amazing. Would recommend and visit again.

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RK
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very enjoyable evening great venue, food, wine and service

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h
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a close friends birthday , first time eating at the Ivy and it will not be the last.

Food great
Service great
Friendly staff

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CF
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner & cocktails served by super attentive staff.

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r
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

ordered side veg & potatoes which never turned up !!!!!!!!!

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KF
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Wasn’t as special as I was expecting when thinking it’s a high end restaurant. And felt like we couldn’t just sit there for the afternoon felt like they wanted us to leave straight after we finished even though the place wasn’t busy.
It’s ok for a lunch date but there is a £15 service charge which was a bit steep.

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MW
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for afternoon tea. The range of teas offered was limited compared to other venues, however it was a nice experience and we enjoyed the afternoon.

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ES
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The service left a bit to be desired.. We had to constantly ask for help while the servers stood around the till chatting instead of looking around the room.

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S
London
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food, lovely service.... but the coffee is not good sadly.

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SD
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing time! Fab four and service! Can't wait for our next visit!

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N
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice ambience, well presented food, enjoyable experience overall, a place to return to again and again.

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AS
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Went for afternoon tea. Very poor the sandwich were terrible.

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LB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant breakfast. Can highly recommend, good value, excellent service.

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CL
Hertfordshire
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything great - as always - but the choice of beer is abysmal - only bottles and no draught

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AM
London
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband had wanted the steak but declined as it didn't come with fries and it wasn't cheap, so this seemed unfair

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SP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great lunch with family

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J
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Actually the nicest of the Ivy Cafes and certainly a lot nicer than The Ivy. We had a £60 voucher and still ended up owing an additional £30 and for lunch this seems a bit excessive as we had a cocktail each, a glass of wine each a shared starter - a main course each and one coffee.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service lost a star due to plates being cleared before my friend had finished her last mouthful, this was the case on all 3 courses!

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JU
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious & staff were great. But they had run out of The Soup of the Day, Bread & the Ladies Toilet had no soap.

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VH
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed a very nice family meal on Father's Day and for my birthday. The staff were warm and friendly and the food was delicious. Our only disappointment was all the chargeable extras, particularly the sauce options for my dad's steak, which we felt should be included, however the manager kindly deducted this from our bill.

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SR
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We enjoyed a lovely lunch. Food was exceptional and tasted lovely. We all enjoyed it. Service was not what we expected. We had to repeatedly ask for our drinks order to be fulfilled. Frustratingly we could see them on the bar and other waiting staff simply walked past them. We also asked for dirty cutlery to be replaced. Which it wasn't. It was Father's Day and it was a busy service. But also it was a special occasion for us too. I was able to feed back to one of the managers and we received a concession on the bill.

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L
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Dirty water glass, forgot part of our food order, had to ask for tea spoon for our coffee to stir in sugar, manager or supervisor was not interested. Only one young waiter was antentive.
It was fathers day so you would expect families, we were placed at the back of the restaurant the middle section was empty,besides one table. Felt a bit unwelcome beacuse we had a baby and pram.
Always amazes me slow unatentive service but the bill comes in seconds.
Not the same standards as the london Brasseries or market grills.
Disapponited

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K
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was a little slow & we had to ask for water for the table. The food was lovely, the ambience is good & it was busier than usual as it was Father's day

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j
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely evening, food and drink was great as was the ambience and service. Will definitely go back!

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OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food & service
What you’d expect from The Ivy

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N
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved everything about this place for a day time treat with my daughter. My single only minor complaint was that the creamed spinach was so over salted, it was inedible. The waiter swiftly offered a replacement or alternative and I was pleased. Excellent customer service !

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OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I asked for medium rare steak it came out well done

No steak knife provided for the now over cooked steak

I asked for sauce and it never showed up

Not what i expect for such a highly priced restaurant

Also it is incredibly loud in this restaurant. It has the same atmosphere as a bar on a Friday night. You can’t understand the waitress or have a conversation with your friends as it is so loud!!

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DM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fab food- monkfish and prawn curry was lovely
Good atmosphere

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Very poor choice for someone with dairy intolerance -No allergy menu but directed from kitchen what we could eat -Steak and chips !
Sad ! Presuming nothing is made fresh .

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f
London
17 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has it all. Great food, ambience and super friendly service. Can't think of anywhere I'd rather go for an enjoyable meal.

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JC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch, attentive staff and gorgeous food, thank you.

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RE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good, atmosphere and team. Went for a ‘business’ type lunch and it worked well to have the set lunch menu

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TS
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife here for her birthday, and we both loved. Amazing food and service.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to The Ivy St Albans several times, but this was my friend’s first visit as a special birthday brunch. We took two babies and my four year old and the staff were very accommodating, patient and helpful. Food was delicious, as always.

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s
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service is getting worst at this venue, nothing bad but small errors. Spilling wine, wrong cutlery etc. They need to spend more time training the younger members of staff.

Also food is not hot enough when served. Won’t stop us eating here as it’s good value for money and a good eatery but standards seem to be slipping slightly from its usual 5 star grading

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R
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Really easy to book, and was grateful for the friendly call reminding me of the reservation. Two guests were celebrating birthdays, one guest has mobility restrictions. No parking at the venue means that it was quite difficult finding a place to stop. Booking was for 5:30pm and I thought the restaurant was noisy. The back ground music was quite loud so I couldn’t really hear my friends at the other end of the table over the chatter.
I arrived after everyone (10 mins) as I had to find a parking place but no one had been offered drinks despite being seated. Food was lovely but some cutlery was missing. Had to remind waitress that one guest was still waiting for their starter when everyone else had theirs. I think they should have noticed.
It was nice, but not quite the special occasion I have enjoyed at other The Ivy branches.

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PH
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We went for afternoon tea - I arrived early - so I asked to order a drink - they took so long to take my drink order it arrived after my friends had arrived - 1/2 an hour! then it was the wrong drink. the staff said as little as possible - no smiles.
the afternoon tea arrived - not much of it and the sandwiches had already started to curl and the bread was starting to crisp. we hadn't finished and the waitress came and said she wanted the cake stand!! no apology as if that was a perfectly normal request.

Very disappointed as we had taken my sister in law out for a treat before she had a baby.

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