Ivy Kensington Brasserie

4.4
2588 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
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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JB
London
35 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Surprised how busy it was for a Wednesday night - it seemed full so the noise level made it hard to hear oneself. Food was good but not excellent. Service was doing its best given how busy but rather left with a flat impression rather than really enjoyable

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FU
London
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visited the Ivy Kensington Brasserie for the first time with a group of friends from the USA. They were quite impressed with the setting, and the dishes did not disappoint. We were the last customers in the restaurant, but did not feel that we were hurried out of the door. Good neighbourhood restaurant with a varied and well prepared menu.

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

All was good

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RF
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

good lunch menu and very attentive staff, helpful but not intrusive

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

I had breakfast here early one morning ahead of a conference. The service was excellent, as was the general feel of the restaurant. The food was very good (my only minor criticism is that the hollandaise sauce did not have enough acidity - but I've only ever found one place that does in the UK, so the Ivy Kensington Brasserie is hardly alone in this regard). I thought, certainly for breakfast, the value for money was surprisingly good. Would definitely recommend, and will visit again.

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b
London
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Service was fast to start but took much longer to get the bill!! Food was good but my Dover sole was over cooked which was very disappointing - atmosphere good but noise level high - in general a good experience

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

The Ivy doesn't disappoint, and the Kensington location is by far my favourite. They treated us very well and the food was delicious. They accommodated my young child and elderly father who wanted to indulge his grandchild.

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a
London
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time in this Ivy
Very happy with food and service. Beautiful terrace!

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B
Lancashire
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Been to several of the Ivy restaurants & this one didn’t disappoint. Early dinner for six of us & the food was was excellent & good value overall.

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SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Very nice menu. We were pleased with the food and ambiance. The service was painfully slow. Nearly an hour from seating to delivery of our main courses. Also rather loud in the main dining room...we preferred the garden seating on a prior visit. Perhaps this was a one time experience. We'll try again.

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FR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I would recommend this place. Anyhow I had an issue when arrived: I reserved for 6 but the table was for 5 only. In first instance they said someone (?) called during the day confirming that the table was of 5 and not 6 people.
I had to repeat 3-4 times it was not me before the personnel agreed for a different table. It was also a table for a birthday celebration. So not the better way to start the dinner.

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

They've been doing this for a long time, they've got it right by now.

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Loved going for the tea. Would recommend it. Even had a vegetarian opinion for my friend. Wish there was a way to book the patio on line. A bit noisy. The food was great. Would definitely go again.

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

Busy and noisy. Good food. Found it busy, waiters were very busy and we have to ask twice for things. Overall is a good place.

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

Excellent food can thoroughly recommend the monkfish and prawn curry! Service also very friendly and efficient, didn't feel rushed either

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

Lovely lunch, good service, food was great with a nice atmosphere although could be a little loud for some.

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F
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I think it was a bit noisy but everything else was fune

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c
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The experience was OK... we felt really rushed with constant clearing the table Always before we have finished the current course!! It was very uncomfortable and obvious. As we were celebrating a birthday, I have asked for a cake/candle which was provided in the coldest manner ever!! No even saying happy birthday or looking at my friend. Just drop it and went. I will recommend the food but I personally won’t go back.

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JO
35 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was delicious but service was a bit slow because the restaurant was full.

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MD
London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoyed the meals at the Ivy Brasserie in Kensington. Happy to recommend and revisit soon.

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A
London
9 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good value, good service, good food and attentive staff. Been here a couple of times with business colleagues early evening, always busy and the standards are always the same. Would return again.

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TN
London
10 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had loved the Ivy Kensington. Mostly good service, nice buzzy feel to it. High noise level. Prices have gone up as well especially their miso cod.

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P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Would not go back, service was shocking, food was average.

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MH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere... good food.. wine selection great but far too expensive if wanting a choice.. would be nice to have at least 5 affordable wines to choose from..

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OT
Hamburg Area
5 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Well below usual Ivy standard. Service was distinctly lacking and seemed disorganised (so much so it was apparent to customers). Love the Ivy chain in general but this one is not one of their best.

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SM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food and atmosphere were great but the service was not very good. The waiter seemed very unsure of himself and we had to ask numerous times for different things. I would expect more professional service from The Ivy. But still a good experience overall and recommended for a nice evening out.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was absolutely delicious.
Tables a bit too close together.
Noise level was so high it was very distracting and difficult to hold a conversation without shouting across the table.
Reputation exceeded expectation.

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NT
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was tasty wine was good service was good.
although I ordered as desert salted caramel and got lemon flavor .the thing which bothered me all evening was the air conditioning. It was turned off for just 5 minutes . Thank you

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TG
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Chaos to begin with waited a long time for service.
Seemed short staffed
All came well in the end and food enjoyed.

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DR
London
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Ivy Kensington before a concert at Royal Albert Hall - a great location with lovely decor. Food was good value and a cut above normal - very fresh and tasty. Service all good as well - we just had a thoroughly good time and will go again.

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EL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Great atmosphere but was disappointed with the attitude of the waitress

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food and attentive service, although we had an excessive wait for our main course.

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m
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We came to dine at the ivy kensington for my husband's special birthday and it was indeed special.
The place is absolutely lovely inside and the dining is quite relaxed.
The service was a bit hit and miss and I was surprised that when my husband ordered a fillet steak that's all it was, everything else was extra.
The food was delicious but in my opinion a bit overpriced.
Well worth a visit though.

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AE
London
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Went for dinner. Our waiter was not exactly friendly. Had two orders of roasted chicken. Both were too dry.

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M
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely surroundings but mixed atmosphere and food. Welcome at door feels slightly over the top more in scale with a plush establishment rather than a relaxed family friendly brasserie as it feels inside. Tuna starter was excellent but crab was rather meagre and lacking flavour. The bread was excellent, also the Eggs Royale. But sadly the Lobster Linguine was disappointing, especially for the price. Pointless way of serving it at the table - pouring into the bowl, and very lacking in flavour and garnish. Would return but probably just for breakfast.

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JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Terrible food, prepared the day before. The duck salad had a fruit fly nest in it, when we cut into the salad a swarm flew out.... awfull

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The service wasn’t great- very slow, had to ask for things multiple times, servers didn’t seem to be that happy to serve anyone.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The service was very slow, no attention was being paid to our table. I had to ask the waiters to take the plates each time.

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l
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you got making Angela's 50th Birthday Breakfast a one to remember!

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j
Bath
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was a good meal and pleasing experience, but would have been better if steak, egg and chips had still been on the menu.

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