J Sheekey - The Restaurant

4.6
431 reviews
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£41 and over
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Seafood
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date

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About

Josef Sheekey was a seafood stall holder who first opened an oyster bar on St Martin’s Court in 1896. The restaurant was restored to its former glory in 1998, its four inter-connecting rooms hung with original pictures of actors from throughout the 20th century that reflect its central position in the theatre world. Both casts and audiences flock here for immaculately sourced and perfectly prepared seafood.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday: 12 noon-3pm, 5pm-12 midnight
Saturday: 12 noon-3pm, 5.15pm-12 midnight
Sunday: 12 noon-3.30pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm
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Phone number
020 7240 2565
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Andrew McClay
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Public Transit
Leicester Square station
Additional
Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Outdoor dining , Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 431 People Are Saying
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LC
London
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very tight squeeze into our corner table but food and service were fantastic and we had a great time celebrating our anniversary

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

Originally put on a table squeezed into a corner with no room to move but once this was changed we had a great experience
The miso mackerel and smoked eel staters were excellent. Great balance of flavours and textures
My friend had the fish and chips which was great. The freshness of the cod really helps. I had the skate with caper butter which was perfectly cooked
We didn’t have pudding but the coffee was strong and had a good crema
It is expensive but you get what you pay for

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L
London
36 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Fine fish. Uncomfortable tables. Far too close together, thus providing no privacy. The service could not be faulted, and whilst the prices are astronomical, I would certainly revisit when I feel I must have my fix of fresh fish.

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m
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyable lunch, and the best fish pie I've ever had - we shall return!

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JS
London
14 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The oysters for starters were very meaty and for mains we had wonderfully cooked dover sole and lemon sole. Deserts were also lovely and one was adjusted to wish happy birthday. Nice touch! The staff were friendly and we will definitely be back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. We loved it. Very memorable.

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AD
London
8 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Never a let down, the only caveat is that one shouldn't sit in the middle room where they bus all the tables of the restaurant. The lighting in there is bad, there are maybe 5 tables squished together and it doesn't have the same ambiance or feel of the main dining room or first room you come into. Sit in the back room to the right as you walk in or at the Bar in the Atlantic bar failing that. Always fun and always reliably good seafood menu!

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D
London
9 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Been going to J Sheekey for many years and the high standards are maintained. Only quibble is absence of traditional English desserts on what is a British menu.

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Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food is good, well prepared. But very over priced!

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CB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

One of the great restaurants of London. Fondness for fish a prerequisite. The fish mixed grill is superb.

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TM
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best fish and seafood restaurant in London

A number of small, well decorated, rooms alllow conversation

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EA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dover sole was delicious. Not sure why you need Bernaise sauce on the side. Memorable delightful restaurant

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m
London
13 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good experience. Busy and lively. Good service and quality food.
Always delivers.

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l
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Great fresh fish

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FF
London
27 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food but the wine list is so expensive. My skate was a very generous portion and well cooked

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DD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

While a touch pricey, it is well worth it, food is 100 pc reliable, proper waiter service, lovely ambience, a real treat.

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g
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Average overpriced food. After we finished our dinner the Maitre d’ asked us if we could have coffee in the bar since he had promised the table to another party! That’s a new low in service!

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SD
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my partener to sheekys for lunch on her birthday.The food and service was second to none. Great value for money.We will be going back.

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PM
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I am a fan of Sheekey's, but this was an off-night. A pre-theatre booking was noted on arrival (once the reception staff deigned to notice us), but it didn't prevent a last-minute rush to settle up and leave an hour and a half later. Service ok but unengaged. Gravadlax starter was good; crab bisque tasted over-diluted and was tepid. A shared fish platter saw salmon and tuna well-cooked, but bream and sea bass overdone. No desserts, and mint tea/coffee to finish, two glasses of house champagne at the outset and a bottle of New Zealand chardonnay (not cool enough) produced a bill of £230. The eyes watered a little, not least when noting that a restaurant of this distinction and ambition has the audacity to levy a cover charge of £2 a head. Teacher's note: could do considerably better - and has done in the past. PerM

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service amazing! It was my husband's 70th and we were treated like royalty! A discreet birthday plate made it extra spy. Thank you Sheekeys for another wonderful dining experience.

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M
London
30 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Disappointing all around... We really wanted to like this restaurant but it just didn't hit the mark.
The most obvious thing about this place was the fact that it's a tourist heavy restaurant. I get that it has the history and write ups on the travel sites but I feel the service and the restaurant goes a bit downhill once it becomes "diluted". The service was just average at best and no personality at all, there was no interaction and just food being served. The food was not bad, obviously the seafood is good but I certainly wasn't blown away by it. The value was certainly not good compared to what you get for your money. The cooked food is very average which I would stay away from altogether. We tried to order a nice bottle of champagne but basically half the bottles on the list weren't available... I definitely wouldn't go back for the food or the service.

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ED
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has been our favorite for years. Today they had my favorite fishdish, skate. My daughter who had never tried skate loved the fish too.

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AW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great dining experience. Superior food with an extensive wine list--something for everyone. Impeccable service, very attentive but never over bearing. On my return to London we shall make a point of visiting again.

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MN
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the dinner. Perfect for after theatre dinner.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful fish, perfectly cooked.

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CP
London
13 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is sublime - every dining experience at J Sheekey is such a gastro pleasure.
I so wish some diners could muster the manners to turn off / silence their mobiles and either leave the dining room or moderate their volume during calls
That said - the restaurant is all about the food drink and service and they excel

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C
London
32 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been going to J Sheekey for nearly 40 years and I proposed to my wife here 36 years ago this month.

It's now bigger than it was with the addition of the (excellent) Atlantic Bar. The layout is different in parts as a consequence. It is also now owned by Richard Caring as part of his larger restaurant group.

However, the lovely thing is that the ambience is still wonderful and service superb and it retains its quiet glamour and air of effortless luxury. The food still follows the original style and typical range with a few welcome updates. Fish is always well-cooked and fresh and shellfish (particularly oysters and razor clams) superb. Their Fish Pie remains a reliable standard, ditto potted shrimps which are nicely spicy. Welsh rarebit as a savoury to finish is still one of my favourites - beautifully old-fashioned and spicy.

A good wine list too and you don't have to spend a fortune (but you can if you like!). Their Picpoul de Pinet is a good choice with most white fish and shellfish

We come here for the same reason that we go back time and again to the Colombe d'Or in St Paul de Vence: it's not achingly hip or perfect modern cooking but it is good, reliable, luxurious with great service and is simply itself - a constant and comforting rock in a world of change.

Our Italian (and there have always been a lot of excellent Italian waiters) waiter was superb and at the age of only 36 - born in the year I proposed which amused him (!) - he had skills and customer service that most restaurants would kill for.

You will also see the occasional celeb which is nice: we have seen loads over the years (Jonathan Miller, Piers Brosnan, Helen Shapiro amongst many others. Katherine Ryan who is appearing in Glitter Room at the nearby Garrick has been recently and so will many other performers at local theatres like the Wyndham (opposite). It's fun and glamorous.

We will of course keep coming just as long as it remains J Sheekey....

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PC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been going to Sheekeys for over thirty years and it never fails to satisfy...wonderful service and atmosphere...good food and great location..an institution...

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PE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and atmosphere. The staff were attentive but not overbearing. Thoroughly recommend.

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DM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent seafood,service was spot on,loved it.

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VS
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambience, great professional and very friendly service, top quality food. We spent six days in London, and we had a pleasure dining at Sheekey for three nights

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good start to finish

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AK
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cosy restaurant with a fantastic traditional British atmosphere. Excellent fish and seafood. Perfect location for a Friday night dinner.

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w
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is an ideal location in the London Theater district. When booking they inquire which theater and make sure you are there on time. Great seafood, done to perfection. If not going to theater, it is great for a leisurely dinner. Staff are attentive and are checking each table without interrupting. Always enjoy the experience.

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D
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent as always. Good food, good, efficient service.

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S
London
40 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Fabulous venue, full of character in the heart of London. Nice welcome and good table. Service was a little haphazard and chaotic- perhaps folks taking their eye off the ball. I wouldn’t normally expect to have to ask for top-ups of fizzy water!
The food was lovely and we had a great pretheatre supper.
Fabulous touch was to ask us which show we were seeing so they could tell us how long it would take to reach the theatre after supper. As it happens we were going to the nearest theatre 1 minute walk away!

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D
Glasgow
10 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Hit and miss..tasty starter of mackerel but it wasn't really hot just lukewarm...main course of sole...very tasty veg with it just ok...starter of squid very good..main course of mixed roasted shellfish very good...all wine very expensive.... seated next to the waiters service area...possibly in the worst area ....overall perhaps paying for location of restaurant. Pretty good not excellent

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DG
London
8 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious meal in lovely surroundings with excellent service. Also gave us lovely chocolates as it was our 39th wedding anniversary which was a lovely touch. Highly recommend this restaurant. The fish pie was the best I have ever tasted!

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MT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a pre-theatre dinner and, when confirming the reservation, we were asked which theatre. They immediately told us the start time of the show and what time we would need to leave.

On the day the service was incredible and we had a very enjoyable meal. Great seafood and wine excellent. Only minor negative - no chocs or petit four with coffee.

We have already rebooked for our next theatre trip.

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K
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic seafood thanks
Also made the effort for my wife who onlt eats a vegan diet.

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