The Ivy St Albans Brasserie

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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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L
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, bustling, lively and beautifully decorated. I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I have returned many times, zuchinni is just divine, but I must move on to some of the other starters, so many more dining opportunities for me and my friends. A beautiful evening spent ! (again), thank you to all the staff!

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CM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a business lunch - quiet, great service and lovely menu.

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PH
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as you would expect from The Ivy. Service was very good and speedy.

I will be dining again very soon. Highly recommended.

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OT
Essex
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Was good meal and been to the ivy in Covent Garden few times, wear we sat was right next to the till/serve/fridge really bad place to have a fridge when it was open it was about a foot away from me and must been open 20 times throughout our meal, my other half started was served my bread came 10 mins after either thou we asked for same time, my other half didn’t have a desert but ordered a coffee that took 20 mins after my desert arrived just seems all over the place and last thing you want when eating on a Sunday evening is people busting around you

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E
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s really nice.
A few things to note: The steak and fish pie weren’t as good as we hoped. It was a bit chilly- take a cardigan. Service was efficient but a tad brusque.

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BM
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love the decor, food and staff all excellent. we find it comfortable and relaxed.

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

Brilliant! Nicest food of all Ivy Cafe I have visited.

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OT
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first visit to The Ivy, and we will definitely be returning. The food was great and the staff were brilliant. The waitress we had was lovely and she made us feel very comfortable and at ease. A lovely restaurant with a great team, serving great food. Already looking forward to coming back.

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D
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Date night with my husband

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l
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service! Definitely recommend

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

Beautiful! Treat for a friends 60’th birthday. The food was lovely and plentiful. The staff were friendly and attentive but didn’t hover. An enjoyable experience.

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KS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We wanted afternoon tea but that didn’t start until 3pm. This wasn’t that clear on the website. Even though it was 2pm we could only order from the brunch menu and this limited the options. I ended up having eggs benedict which didn’t quite fit the time of day. I find The Ivy poor value for money. £86, brunch for two, is excessive

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JT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Another pleasant lunch at The Ivy St Albans. Fantastic decor, excellent service and good food. One of our favourite places to dine.

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R
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The atmosphere was very good and the young man waiting on table was excellent.
Extremely attentive and had a great attitude and personality.
We had a good table near the private room and enjoyed our meal very much.

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CM
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughters 16th Birthday and everything was perfect. We had an exceptional waitress that made some great recommendations.

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CR
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Service was very slow because of inadequate staffing level,Our waiter was very attentive when the food finally came.I had the salmon and honestly it was an inadequate portion I was still hungry.The apple tart was cold,which I was not expecting,this despite the hot calvados.I will only recommend this place because of the ambiance and because the salmon was well cooked what there was of it.I trust you will review the portions.One of my guests had the soup and didn’t like it so left most of it.A good restaurant would enquirer why.

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food, well presented. Comfortable seating. Attentive service. Couldn’t ask for more. Well done!

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AL
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely decor, excellent service and great ambiance. No annoying musak. Food is very good not cheap but worth it. No feeling of being hurried or hassled. We asked for tap water which was service with courteousy.
Happy to go again.

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OT
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, great menu, lovely ambience. Will definitely return.

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l
Hertfordshire
8 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good enjoyed our meal our waiter was excellent.

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GC
London
15 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food this visit. Not always this good but our starter could have been hotter.
Seemed a bit short staffed but everyone very friendly.

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e
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

I was very disappointed in my recent visit
Sat next to a very noisy table when the other half of the restaurant was empty
Slow service- some time before plates were cleared
Original drinks ordered at bar- not all arrived
Husbands meal disappointing
Kids meal expensive

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LS
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The truffle arrancini balls and jackfruit dish was very good

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A
London
18 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a delicious meal at The Ivy recently, the restaurant also had a good atmosphere and the service was friendly and professional.
We started with the tempura prawns and the duck liver parfait, both very nice and good portions. For mains we had salmon and the monkfish curry, both were delicious. We ended with the chocolate bombe that melts with the sauce, lovely way to finish off. Overall a great experience.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, great service. Will be going back! A thoroughly enjoyable evening

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IB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good overall but rather rushed. The starters came while we were halfway through pre-dinner drinks and the main course followed hot on the heels of the starter. Our wine cooler was away from the table so we had to ask for refills. The noise level meant you could only hear the base notes of the Muzak - bit like living next to a teenager! It would be better to get rid of it completely. However food was good and apart from wine so was service quality.

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GK
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit to the Ivy in St Albans and now will be number two of many. Everything was perfect from beginning to end. The service was wonderful and the food absolutely amazing, now planning to book afternoon tea very soon

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EY
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere with nice Saturday afternoon buzz. Our waitress was lovely. Nothing was to much trouble. So polite and friendly. The zucchini fritters were amazing. Ate to many to start which meant left half my main. But they were so addictive. Lovely little dessert tart for my birthday which was a lovely touch. A really lovely and enjoyable experience. Cant wait to go back soon.

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JS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Disappointing non-brunch
Having booked for 11.00am breakfast, and arriving promptly, our party of 4 was very surprised to be told that breakfast on Saturday was no longer being served. It is only served up to 11.30 M-F, which seems odd. A leisurely breakfast at the weekend is pretty normal I would think. The kitchen would not be persuaded to extend the breakfast provision, nor would they make an omelette for one of our party. Those of us that ordered poached eggs with avocado were served lukewarm inedible eggs with avocado that was so cold it lost all flavour. The service was indifferent and the waiter didn’t manage a smile for the duration. My experience of The Ivy in other locations has been positive but the St A branch regularly fails on good service. It’s always slow and lacklustre. I’ve given the restaurant 4rd and 5th chances but won’t be going back

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JP
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful decor, amazing service, delicious food! The fish and chips was perfect!

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LH
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I am a regular @ The Ivy St Albans. The staff are always extremely attentive - the menu is varied and offers a wide choice. It was my friends birthday and they served her a little cake with our second coffee (which incedentally was free of charge) I love it there

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

For my mothers Birthday, we took her out for a special dinner but unfortunately this was not the case. The evening was essentially ruined by below average service, simple mistakes and poor main courses. First off after ordering a bottle of wine, we received a glass of wine which was an acceptable mistake but as the night went on the communication of the staff was rather poor between themselves. As at times our glasses were left empty as one waiter stored the bottle of Rose in a fridge for us, which was nice but when that is the case, our glasses should be refilled by them. Not by us waiting around and finally catching a waiter asking for some more wine from the bottle. Furthermore, the main course that two of us ordered, the Chicken Milanese was rather disappointing for the high standards we have for the Ivy. First of all both of the courses were missing some of the ingredients, the Pesto and the Parmesan cheese which are rather key ingredients the chef forgot to add. Aswell as this, the salad was on top of the chicken, which most chefs would realise that it makes the chicken soggy which slightly ruined the chicken. But despite these issues, we were offered a discounted bill and free desserts, the latter we did not want as the night had been tainted and preferred to end the meal sooner rather than later in case of any more mishaps. We would still recommend as this is surely a one off with a new chef and floor staff who were not well acquainted, and our other food was lovely, but just on this occasion we were let down a bit as we expected the high standards that we usually receive.

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MG
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening with our grandson and his girlfriend, we all enjoyed our meals and the wine

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful surroundings, attentive staff, delicious food with a great choice. Thoroughly enjoyed by all. Many thanks

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MP
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Te food and ambience make this a great experience. The staff deliver attentive service and positive energy making every occasion a special occasion. Try the Blackened Cod - it's devine!

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good position, clean fresh food, elegantly done, good service as well

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AL
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening to round off my daughter’s hen weekend. First visit and very impressed. Helpful and friendly staff, great food and a lovely atmosphere. I enjoyed the space.

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F
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service are very good. Tables are a bit close to each other and there was a very noisy table nearby. Wine list not that extensive - would like to see more variety - and quite pricey although what we had was good.

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OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I booked The Ivy Brasserie St Albans for afternoon tea to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. It was a quiet Sunday late afternoon. I had let them know in advance and they were very sweet wishing her a happy birthday on arrival as well as bringing a mini cheesecake with a candle on top at the end totally unexpectedly. Staff were attentive whilst being unobtrusive, smiling as they walked past and checking on us once in a while. Adjustments to the menu to cater for vegetarian preference were made smoothly and efficiently. I would strongly recommend.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. I will be back. Although there should be vegetarian options, luckily I eat fish.

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