Ivy Kensington Brasserie

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2920 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
The Ivy Kensington Brasserie brings the familiar luxury of The Ivy on West Street to a relaxed yet sophisticated all-day dining restaurant on Kensington High Street.

Sample our extensive range of quality food and delicious cocktails at your leisure from breakfast until late, whether you are a local resident, work close by or are visiting some of London’s best loved landmarks such as The Royal Albert Hall.

Our garden terrace is situated at the back of our restaurant and provides the perfect respite away from the hustle and bustle of the high street. Adorned with flowers and foliage, it is the perfect spot to soak up the sun during the summer months. Due to the nature of British summer our terrace cannot be booked ahead, so please just pop in.

Open seven days a week and comprised of a main restaurant, bar and a semi-private table for ten for an extra special experience, The Ivy Kensington Brasserie provides the perfect setting for any occasion.
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great fish and sides and attentive service. Food took some time to arrive and although it was late and the place was quite empty, it was still very noisy and it made it hard to have a nice and quiet conversation. Still strongly recommend for overall experience.

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

Loved the food, ambience and service. The staff had obviously been well trained. They showed us just the right amounts of attention. Portions were generous and so fresh. Loved the quality table cloths and serviettes!
Will definitely return. The Ivy is coming to my home town Cardiff and I really hope it is as good!

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

Fantastic brunch, 5* service, great ambience and decor. Really good value for money. Will be revisiting this Ivy location again.

P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere and decor. Good service and nice food presentation

E
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

We seemed to be in a twilight zone in the restaurant where staff would actively ignore us. Every aspect from trying to place the order to trying to make payment seemed to be too much bother for the staff.

P
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff. I was initially seated with other tables very close and the staff kindly moved me to a more intimate spot. Greatly appreciated. Food and wine both excellent.

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

The service was underwhelming. One of our party did not get their starter, we had to ask for it and when the main meal arrived one dish was for a different table. Two of the ladies toilets had no toilet paper. Not our usual experience at the Ivy

SK
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food as always was great. Bit annoyed that paying £30 for a steak I had to buy chips separately? Really?? But all in all food was lovely and service was great.

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

Good food Fantastic service Great atmosphere

SW
London
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice but nothing special about the food, but service struggled to cope.

V
London
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything (reception, service, quality of food, ambiance) was four star. But I was a disappointed that menu prices were only quoted with the inclusion of a cocktail, which neither of us wanted. The 'without cocktail' price was given by the waiter, but a first-time visitor might be fooled into taking the more expensive version when they didn't't really want it. A small point, but easy to put right.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Very nice place, but too noisy

y
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We ate afternoon tea on Sunday afternoon in the Garden Room. Service was slow and a little chaotic but the manager did his best to remedy things and with a smile!

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The food has gone massively downhill, with all the dishes significantly under par. I order the steak sandwich for example pretty frequently and have had it in all of the London branches, but here it was bland, anaemic and very stingy with its filling. Similarly, the shellfish cocktail was poorly seasoned and the lettuce was not fresh at all.

Ambience and service as always were decent, although it was surprisingly cold in the dining room.

H
Oxford
12 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointing breakfast. Food not up to normal standards

JG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal as always with excellent service in a very comfortable environment.

LS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Basic quality food. I used to go quite a lot but now the new menu is the same everywhere and not particularly good or interesting. Quite pricey for what you get.
The halloumi sandwich was definitely not worth the price.

SH
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Comprehensive menu, amazing food and excellent service.

JN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Very good location, and the terrace setting was terrific. Food was very good, reasonable price

L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb! One of my favourite London restaurants. Excellently attentive service and tasty food; think comforting and satisfying. Can’t wait to visit again soon.

E
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a really good restaurant with a really good reputation for food and service. So, I was surprised by the little things. I ordered chips as a side. The first batch came out cold. I sent them back and the second batch weren’t fully cooked through. I got charged for both orders of chips

Service was good but again, I expected excellence and little things added up.

Absolutely I would go back but absolutely I expected a little more

PK
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It had the perfect ambiance for a fun lunch with the girls, buzzy but not too loud. The tables were a bit too close to each other though. Food was ok, had set menu 2 course - fish cake tasty but a bit bland and steak was very poor, chewy and tasted of nothing. Service was ok but waitress had to be reminded twice for mustard apart from that professional. I think the food was disappointing so not sure if I’ll be returning which is a shame because loved the atmosphere.

LT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We use The Ivy group regularly for personal dinners and also for entertaining colleagues, we always think the original one is still the best however I HAVE TO SAY THE MANAGEMENT AND STAFF at the Kensington brasserie are amazing and so attentive. I am not sure if there are new people there but they were outstanding as found us a table outside to finish our drinks and even though we understand how busy they are and how they need the tables back they handled it so well. You always felt the manager was around and everyone was looked after so well.

EM
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always.

c
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The noise in the main room is much too loud, better to sit on the terrace, make sure you warm it well

S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Trendy place, very dark, good food and service. I would go back

AH
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Our waitress was great. We waited 20 minutes for our Drinks to arrive which was slightly disappointing. Our mains arrived when we still eating our zucchini and bread which again was quite annoying. My shepherds pie wasn’t great which I was gutted as I’ve been to many Ivy’s and it’s always been delicious but today it seemed very over cooked and chewy. Overall I probably wouldn’t visit the Kensington Ivy again and would stick with the Richmond and Wimbledon restaurants! The Zuccini was amazing as always!!

AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful setting with some amazing dishes served up. One of the party had chicken and polenta and found it a little bit dry, but overall attentive service and lovely food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Its noisy so hard to hear yourself think/talk. Food good but I think it is overly expensive - £320 for supper for 4?

JR
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food in a lovely setting. Service was a bit slow but it was very busy. Monkfish and prawn curry was delicious.

AW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Tremendous food, good ambience, but where we sat was so noisy you could hardly converse. A little discrete sound dampening would be much appreciated.

MT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place to eat and delicious cocktails of all sorts. Definitely try any of the gin ones, very good!

f
London
19 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and delicious food.

E
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent as always. The staff were most helpful as, although we had put in a request for an outdoor table, none was available when we arrived. We sat in the main restaurant at first and were then told that a terrace table was available so the staff carried everythin, i.e drinks, outside for us. Very obliging charming service.
I would point out that my husband finds the main restaurant very noisy and that’s why we prefer to sit outside where the noise is not too bad.

HF
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good. Everything is a la cart though. Excellent service. They did bring a birthday treat for my child.

s
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. They were so nice. We had so much fun. Food was lovely. Would live to try more of their dishes. They Made us feel special

HF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Staff friendly, attentive and professional.

IP
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great location and fabulous food. Staff were very accommodating and friendly.

MB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Service is scattergun with many different staff serving or not serving, no consistent waiter or supervisor which was frustrating and poor.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another lovely visit on the ivy for quick afternoon tea ,
Everything was great especially the service with friendly staff .

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