The Ivy St Albans Brasserie

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£26 to £40
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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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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious but service wasn’t up to the other Ivy standards we have been to. It was very slow to start and the waiter we had eventually was very lovely so made up for it but we were asked to move to the bar and there was nowhere for us to. The music was also very loud.

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

The food was delicious and the service absolutely excellent. It is a beautiful restaurant but we were a table of 2, not far from the door and tucked on the side of a walk way. It felt like we were in a corridor with everyone walking past. It would be 5 star but for the position of our which was very disappointing.

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

Beautiful setting for afternoon tea to celebrate my mum's birthday. We arrived slightly early and had drinks at the bar. The Seville G&Ts where lovely. We had a lovely experience and the food and service was excellent.

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

It was a lovely afternoon tea, service was brilliant but it was quite loud and you're boxed in very close to other tables. so much so i could hear all of the next tables conversation

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

Average food but excellent service
Adding extra words to complete the mandatory requirements for a review
What a rubbish bit of UX

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

After the initial slowness before we were seated (I think they forgot about us), the service attentive, food lovely and great ambience. Would definitely come again and recommend.

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

Had a wonderful time our waitress was very attentive and the food was delicious.

A
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of if not my favourite ever restaurant experience.

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

Love the restaurant and the menu, however last two times we’ve been the mains have all been over cooked which is a shame.

J
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely birthday meal. Really enjoyed the live music and the food was very good. I had the chargrilled swordfish special.

KC
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

service was poor, with the waitress not having much knowledge of the menu or how to serve apart from that very good food and ambience and the tables are too small and to close to each other, I don't want to hear the chap next to me telling his girlfriend what a bad day his had !!!!!! otherwise I would recommend and defiantly go back

PH
Hertfordshire
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely place for a date night.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was very relaxing and enjoyable

BM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lovely as always, service and food always tip top. i took a business colleague and he wasnt dissapointed.

LB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the ambience there and they always give me the table I ask for when I book on line. Never dissapointed. Food is lovely. Service is great. Looking forward to our next visit ......

J
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super. Already booked to go back in a couple of weeks

AM
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Second time here and they messed up the order again (always the child's meal for some reason).
Food nice enough but overpriced, esp. given the service levels.

LR
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Sunday lunch for my in-laws birthday. Great variety of food for everyone (we were age range 17 to 77) and a really lovely atmosphere. Perfect family lunch for all.

j
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and Service excellent with a brilliant atmosphere x

TW
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Excellent food but a rather frenetic environment with waiters almost running around. Some delay in having order taken but dishes came fairly quickly thereafter.

WM
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I would recommend to a friend but will advise them that the wine are over priced including house wine (white) which was very bitter.

The chunky chips we were served were mostly crispy end bits. Top 5 layer of chips were good, long and chunky however get past those and nothing but end cuts.

MD
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quite a surprise, I had expected average food with OK service and overpriced - what We got was beautifully prepared and presented food, delightful service st a very fair price. MD

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Unexpectedly good food and friendly service in this huge offshoot of famous London eaterie. Very pricey for the locale though.

t
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

This was my second visit to this particular restaurant and I would say I was equally dissapointed. We went for lunch and although the service was good the food was a let down, tepid on arrival bordering on cold.
Would I give the Ivy a third try..no.
Overall... Nice decor, great staff but somewhat lacking in regards to the food!!

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third visit to this ivy and we thought it was as good as we could have wished for .
Great staff and super food , can’t wait to return.

SM
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Found the portions very small and my fish goujons were very dry and over cooked.
Like the ambiance and our waitress was delightful.

Very overpriced.

g
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very helpful staff. Great service and food! Will be back

d
London
64 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Service is hit and miss here. Food is good but varies in quality. Coffee was cold but still nice.

AK
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food & Service was good. A little chilly where we were sitting and a bit noisy which made having a conversation diffcult.

AW
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Lovely spot for a Saturday night dinner. You could tell our waitress was new, which was fine because she was still attentive.

Our food was lovely, I had the tempura prawns and squid with chips and my boyfriend had the sirloin steak. The steak was incredible! So good.

We ordered two espresso martinis after dinner which were very poor. It was like drinking cold coffee. Neither of us could drink them so we asked the waitress to take them away and remove from the bill which she did; and she apologised. It was a shame as we were sat next to the bar and I saw another being made that looked perfect! So perhaps there was a new cocktail maker too.

Overall a nice spot and we will be back.

KT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff, excellent service and good quality food. We will definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch with my mum catching up after months not seeing each other. Amazing food as always, perfect service not to keen but attentive and professional.

TG
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely brunch at the ivy. Great service, always a pleasant experience whenever I go.

ET
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Have been here before and still liked the ambience and food and the convenient location and it is lovely inside. Did feel the initial greeter to the restaurant did not look very presentable and waved to our table rather than taking us to it but that may have been because one of our party saw someone already seated and went ahead. Once we got there our waitress was pleasant but reached across various members of our group during the service and we did not feel that was necessary at all, she could have easily gone between us. The food was delicious and varied and everyone was very happy with their food and we enjoyed our time there. Would definitely go again.

CJ
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had breakfast, food was good with a great selection. Staff were friendly and helpful. Atmosphere was great with a variety of people

SA
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

I love the ambience at The Ivy, it’s such a lovely night out. This time, however, I was so disappointed by the food. My main was so salty I regretted not returning it. I couldn’t finish it and was left feeling ill the following day.

AN
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

A real disappointment. Food was rushed with little care about flavour and seasoning. For the price you pay you should expect Ivy-like quality. Service somewhat made up for it - courteous and friendly.

DB
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our visit to The Ivy, food was delicious and the service fab - will return

NV
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

The overall noise level was way too high, mainly because there were jazz musicians playing. We were meeting an old friend for dinner and a catch up and the noise level was too high for conversation, even though we moved table to get away from the noise. Had we been advised that there would be live music on the night of our booking, we would have gone elsewhere.

FJ
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food cook with perfection, why cannot other restaurants get to this standard, the best eating place for those special occasions.

Regards
F J Kellond
of Kings Langley.

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