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The Ivy St John's Wood

4.1
4.1
2821 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British

The Ivy Café presents a relaxed yet stylish dining experience offering an accessible all-day menu in a friendly, neighbourly environment.

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Booked 107 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British, British, Breakfast

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 08:00–22:00
    Sat, Sun 09:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    020 3096 9444

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Sean Burbidge

  • Private party facilities

    For those looking for a little something extra to celebrate with friends or for a special family lunch, The Ivy St. John’s Wood offers a semi-private dining area, seating up to 8 guests. Positioned at the back of the restaurant, the semi-private dining area was designed to provide an intimate area within the main restaurant, giving you the option of a more private setting. Available for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner reservations it offers the perfect setting for group bookings, whatever the occasion. No minimum spend or set menus required. Guests are invited to order from the restaurant’s main menus. The restaurant also offer a table seating 10 guests in the main restaurant, the ideal place to celebrate family birthdays or gatherings in the bustling atmosphere of the restaurant.

  • Area

    St John's Wood

  • Parking Details

    Q-Park St John's Wood, Kingsmill Terrace, St John's Wood, London NW8 6AA (3 min walk from the car park) NCP Car Park London Park Road, Rossmore Court, Park Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 6XZ (15 min walk from the car park)

  • Public Transit

    St John's Wood tube station (Victoria Line) 5 min walk from the station

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • London Restaurant Festival Set Menu

    £17.95 per person

    1 Jun - 30 Jun 2022
    "A quick lunch, an early night or a pre-theatre meal needn’t mean cutting expectations – or corners. Our set menu, available on every weekday changes every fortnight and offers a unique mix of seasonal and sophisticated guest favourites that are not always available on our a la carte menu. Two courses - 17.95 Three courses - 22.95"

Popular dishes

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 2,821 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North West London

    Brunch

  • North West London

    Lunch

  • North West London

    Outdoor Eating

  • North West London

    Romance

  • North West London

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  1. N

    Naji

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    We arrived late so w had thrush in ordering our food. Overall service was fine

  2. LM

    LiomeM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    We had the Ivy house Burger. It was a little dry. Ended up having to douse it with the lovely ketchup dip. The Chips was amazing. Would have ordered more if I was not watching my waist.

  3. MM

    MinhazM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food1service1ambience4

    When my guests arrived we initially decided to sit outside. Within a min it began drizzling so we requested an indoor seat . Despite being empty they refused to give us seats so I paid and we left.

  4. SP

    SPUD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    THE IVY CAFE IS VERY LOVELY BUT THE RECEPTIONIST NEEDS A LESSON IN MANNERS AND ATTITUDE FOOD WAS AVERAGE BEER WAS NOT COLD AND WHEN WE ASKED THE WAITER FOR A COLD BEER HE REPLIED THAT THEY WERE ALL LIKE THAT THAT IS NOT GOOD WE HAD TO POUR OUR OWN WINE NOT GOOD

  5. JP

    JayP

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food combined with equally good service. Will definitely be visiting again .

  6. AB

    AndreaB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food3service4ambience5

    Great location for work meetings. I've enjoyed better food at the Ivy in the past.

  7. SC

    StanleyC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We again thoroughly enjoyed another of our visits to the Ivy on the occasion of Sandra's birthday celebration which is on the 12 May, and were pleased to receive a Celebration Plate, although it was labelled for our Anniversary which is on the 18th October.

  8. M

    Mangetout

    Kent

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Delightful place: table next to loo door not ideal(tho didn’t complain!) Service slightly slow , tea order seemed to take forever, but scones freshly made so that bit not surprising. Observant waitress seems to have spotted it was my birthday when I ordered your house champagne and kindly provided a yummy choc filled and candle topped profiterol on a decorated plate .

  9. T

    Tasha

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Ordered a fruit salad... received a plate of watermelon and yoghurt???!!! I was in a rush so I didn't complain at the time but next time Ivy just be honest and tell your guests you either have run out of fruit or you have no idea what a fruit salad is.

  10. a

    anon

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    Although the service and atmosphere was good, the food was disappointing

  11. JM

    JohnM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food excellent , service prompt and friendly. Prices reasonable

  12. JM

    JanineM

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I think the device has really improved. The staff were friendly and professional. The food was hot and very tasty. I was really impressed and would def not hesitate to return.

  13. DM

    DMT44

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Food was nice but unfortunately underwhelming. Service a little slow. Ambience nice.

  14. N

    Noah

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4

    We booked a table to celebrate a family birthday. From arrival to paying we had to promt the waiter at each point of the meal. When our guests arrived they didn’t offer them drinks. This went on throughout the meal. Food came at all different points, it was very slow. Sides coming way after main meal was served and the same again asking if we could order desserts. The drinks were incredibly slow. It seemed that the waiter was over stretched and couldn’t give us his full attention. When spending £400-500 pounds on a meal you expect to have better service. The whole meal we had to ask for things that hadn’t arrived or even the correctly cutlery to eat the courses. Such a shame as it’s a beautiful place to eat and the food is always delicious.

  15. GN

    GillN

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Food was good, wine was good, but noise level was a problem, next time we’ll eat out doors.

  16. PO

    PeterO

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    Teeny tiny bottle of coke,(less than a can) costing £3.50 When asked for ice, a few lumps in a little glass. Our chips were not good,and luke warm, also other side dishes. Had to ask for our water 3 times before it was poured. Not the best quality minute steak. Fish was too mushy, like the peas! I was hosting a couple of American friends, who are used to a different standard, especially having a jug of iced water to start with, and a Coke to last a meal-no refills here! Having come back from the US and having gone to many restaurants in Houston, Texas, we have a lot to learn here about what is GOOD value, and not stinginess. This place is off my list.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Our waiter was great but the food wasn’t worth the price I’m afraid!

  18. PW

    PeterW

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    They had remembered we had asked for side by side seating . They did not take the order for ages and the neighbouring table came in later but were served before us.. Eventually we caught a young waiter who was good . For some reason the senior waiter ignored us and it was pretty obvious. I have been a customer there quite frequently but they need to realise there is a lot of competition in St Johns Wood and it would be easy to find alternative places.

  19. OT

    OpenTableVIP

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2

    Service is slow and we waited 45 mins for our meal. I understand staffing is a great concern but why open tables if you can't serve your guests in a timely manner. We were starving by the time dinner came and spent way too much time waiting for someone to take our order- 20 Mins at least.

  20. A

    Anna

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1

    The ivy has really gone down in quality of service, the staff would clear up our starter plates and cutlery before we even finished eating, and we felt as if they were rushing us. Before we asked for the bill, they hadn’t even cleared our main meal plates and didn’t even ask if we wanted a dessert. I also asked for sauces and by the time I got them my chips were cold. I used to love attending the ivy and now I feel like it’s a waste of money.

  21. BA

    BAndiUK

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Passive aggressive snooty staff, bad service and food was cold and had to be sent back.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    The quality of food and service is much worse than before. Food is not so fresh.

  23. FL

    FLor

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5

    Service was very slow and some staff weren’t polite or welcoming. One of my dishes was missing ingredients.

  24. NA

    NaritaA

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience2

    One of the reasons I pick the ivy is for the experience. The service let us down. We waited 10 minutes for water to the table and every time we wanted anything I had to look and call for someone to assist. The only time they speeded up was when they wanted to clear the table for the next service.

  25. NS

    NooraS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3

    The Sicilian guy who served us were very helpful ,kind and friendly no one came to help I asked for cheese from female waitress she said yes and never turned up ، had no space to to put our plates kept calling someone to clear the table , the woman who were wearing red outside cut me off and made wait to answer guest who came after me asking if there's availablity for a table outside I had to stop her and tell her hey I'm here before you The ivy is beautiful but workers always unprofessional and very unorganized and unfriendly with no manners

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Came to the ivy for my friend’s birthday and a lovely cake was given at the end of the meal. Food was good only criticism was the mushy peas were cold. On the whole, great meal and service.

  27. w

    willowtree

    San Antonio

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous experience, staff amazing, food fab, great ambience-will be back!

  28. JS

    JosieS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely, interesting, quirky surroundings an excellent place to visit

  29. WC

    WendyC

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service with a great ambience in a beautiful restaurant.

  30. MP

    MaryP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was excellent and the starters so big I struggled to finish my main but the flavours were so good that I preserved.

  31. CM

    CatarinaM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Ivy is always an excellebt choice for a civilized venue with a very nice menu, great food and lovely service. Will be back for sure! Thank you

  32. R

    Rosie

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely lunch at the Ivy - great atmosphere and excellent food.. will return..

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4

    Terrible service. Very slow

  34. JO

    JOSEPH9

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3

    We have been to this restaurant several times before and were very pleased. However our visit on Sunday was very disappointing. The waiter was abrupt when we advised him the rose wine was warm and he disagreed. We had to request ice cubes to cool the wine. When the meal was served, the chips were barely warm and not crisp. By the time replacement chips arrived n( hot but still not crisp) we had almost finished the meal. The mushy peas were also luke warm but we did not want to raise further complaints. A disappointing evening from a reputable establishment.

  35. CR

    CarolinaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    food and service were incredible, my partner and I had never been and we really enjoyed our visit

  36. ML

    MarilynL

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The meal was nicely presented, the waiters attentive and the atmosphere was great. A good meal out with friends.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Delayed service guess they understaffed

  38. PR

    PurnimaR

    London

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience3

    The food was meh and the whole experience was marred by an irate maitre d. We were given a free meal to make up for the poor experience but I would have preferred to have paid and enjoyed a nice evening out.

  39. M

    Martin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    Having been shown our table, we were left to look at the menu. 10 minutes later we were asked if we would like to order, and hadn’t been asked if we wanted a drink first. We ordered drinks which did come, but the Still Water we asked for never came to the table. Ordered two minute steaks, one with salad, the other with chips. Both came with salad. Asked for it to be changed for chips, and when they came, we’re only like warm. Not the type of evening I expected from ‘The Ivy’.

  40. OO

    OlaoluwaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Booked here for a date and it was an amazing experience with my guest

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The Ivy St John's Wood is rated 4.1 stars by 2821 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 107 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Ivy St John's Wood

120 St. John's Wood High Street London, ENG NW8 7SG

Additional information

  • Area

    St John's Wood

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 08:00–22:00
    Sat, Sun 09:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British, British, Breakfast

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Q-Park St John's Wood, Kingsmill Terrace, St John's Wood, London NW8 6AA (3 min walk from the car park) NCP Car Park London Park Road, Rossmore Court, Park Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 6XZ (15 min walk from the car park)

  • Public Transit

    St John's Wood tube station (Victoria Line) 5 min walk from the station

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Sean Burbidge

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    020 3096 9444

  • Private party facilities

    For those looking for a little something extra to celebrate with friends or for a special family lunch, The Ivy St. John’s Wood offers a semi-private dining area, seating up to 8 guests. Positioned at the back of the restaurant, the semi-private dining area was designed to provide an intimate area within the main restaurant, giving you the option of a more private setting. Available for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner reservations it offers the perfect setting for group bookings, whatever the occasion. No minimum spend or set menus required. Guests are invited to order from the restaurant’s main menus. The restaurant also offer a table seating 10 guests in the main restaurant, the ideal place to celebrate family birthdays or gatherings in the bustling atmosphere of the restaurant.

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