The Ivy Dining Counter

4.6
177 reviews
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Bar Seating
  • Special Occasions
The Ivy restaurant has been a firm fixture on London’s dining and social scene since 1917. The restaurant and private room upstairs are the epitome of real glamour. A shimmering central bar in the restaurant draws admiring attention, and the signature harlequin stained-glass windows, oak panelling and striking contemporary art collection ensure the longevity of this very British of dining institutions. Executive Chef Gary Lee creates balanced seasonal menus, featuring Ivy classics, but accounting for today’s tastes, incorporating more Asian dishes, salads and vegetables, and the advent of a “sea and shells” section. Director Fernando Peire leads a strong and experienced team to deliver the unfaltering service for which The Ivy has become well known over the years. In this, its centenary year, there will be a host of special events lined up to celebrate both the past and future of this unique restaurant.
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KF
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We spent a week in London and this was by far our favorite dinning experience. You must sit at the bar to take it all in.

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Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Special night out for son celebrating his qualification

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The waiter was rude and he got our order wrong

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KS
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Thanks again for a New visit at The Ivy - mat be the 10th during last 20 years - this time in combination with Our 48- years of marriage upon we receive very staisfying attention from the staff!
We will certainly come back to you.
Best regards
Inge Lise and Knut Stromsheim
Ålesund
Norway

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GJ
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superbly renovated since my last visit 20 yrs ago, this is unpretentious 5 star dining at its best. Lighting, service, menu and wine list, all combining to produce the perfect ambiance.

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ES
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Accidentally booked the dining counter and was worried I wouldn’t like it as much as a table for two but absolutely loved it and would definitely eat like that again! Gorgeous setting, great food and really lovely staff. Fantastic 1st anniversary dinner <3

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CH
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Open table you were the cause of this disaster of an evening The Ivy said they didn't have my booking and sat us at the bar ☹️ the front of house was very poor. This was for my wife's birthday, this was very poor unlike the Ivy Manchester

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Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my partner there for her birthday and it was fantastic - quick and attentive service, great menu, fine food and a lively atmosphere but still chilled enough to be able to speak and hear. Decor and ambience was fantastic and the quality of the cuisine was top class

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DM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good quick and high quality.
Little dated in the healthier options on the menu,
Overall a good experience overall...

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JL
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exemplary service and dining.
The place lives up to it’s wonderful tradition and chef Gary lee and his team work the magical menu.
I recommend this to anyone who loves to indulge in good food and hospitality.

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DM
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great! Beautiful Bar and restaurant! Great service at the bar dining!

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HC
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I mean , it’s ok? Fancy people, fancy menu, fancy prices. Good if you don’t want to research any other place. Close to the theatres but there are plenty of options. Nasty dirty street and rough looking street. Don’t need to go again. Try once and see :)

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What an absolute pleasure to return to such a legendary atmosphere, The Ivy, and enjoy an exquisitely delicious meal, so impeccably prepared and so attentively served!! The chorizo salad, the veal with foie gras, and the steak were delicious, as were the wine and the cheesecake for dessert!! Soar High, Fly Far, See Deeply!!

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SW
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An exquisite dining experience. The ivy is both posh and charming. Impeccable service only to be outshone by the cuisine . We will most definitely return on each trip to London. Cheers.

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GN
London
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment we arrived the service, food, attention to detail, excellence of the highest standard

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A
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

We actually started at the dining counter for drinks and nuts which was lovely and I would recommend this if there are two of you- however as there were three we moved on to a table to eat.
I had the burger with Welsh rarebit which was tasty but not as great as it should have been for the price and the chips/fries were like cardboard!
The service was mixed- a couple of the staff were great but then a couple weren’t- they didn’t smile, forgot to bring us a couple of things so we had to ask twice. This I don’t usually mind but when you are paying these prices you expect impeccable service.
There is also a cover charge automatically added to the bill! When I asked what it was for he said to cover bread, tablecloth etc. Now I don’t mind paying for bread and butter but not when it is brought to you automatically without asking for it! Also we didn’t spill anything on the table cloth but our waiter did!
Altogether pretty disappointing when we were expecting a really upmarket experience.

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LK
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent pre-theater dining spot

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FL
London
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. Staff are very very friendly and approachable and my request for a quiet table was fulfilled. Would definitely book again in the near future.

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t
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Booked 2 months in advance to ensure a timed slot because we wanted to dine at The Ivy in between performances of the Harry Potter play nearby. As a late birthday present for a special friend, the dinner was fantastic and we were delighted to sample the vegetarian menu. Excellent food and the ambience was terrific. The Ivy staff are fantastic, discreet and attentive. 5 out of 5 stars!

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As ever another amazing meal here. You can not fault the food, service or ambience.

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ER
London
7 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great option for a pre/post theatre evening dinning! Counter is a great alternative to the usual table sitting

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Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal superb value and absolutely delicious. Always wanted to go to the Ivy yet never managed to be there at the right time. This trip was planned to coincide with a play so timing was perfect

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New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Counter dining was a surprisingly enjoyable experience. Felt very comfortable and well looked after. Food was amazing. If after a quick but fancy lunch, a definite must! Beautifully presented food.

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j
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We visited for my 60 th birthday Everyone was very welcoming the food was delightful it’s was a nicely place to enjoy my special day

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bar seat which was lovely. Excellent experience, would recommend.

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CR
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

This restaurant is totally overrated. The food - a price-fixé choice - was tepid, insipid, poorly presented, and grossly overpriced for the meager quantity served. The ambiance was fair but the the dining counter was severely compromised by the proximity to the servers who went about their work with a remoteness and an uninvolved busyness that was off-putting. In contrast, the Kensington Ivy

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CS
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed everything about our experience. The service was excellent. The food was delicious and met our expectations from the waitperson’s description and recommendations. We could hear each other so the noise level suited us.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely & elegant as always

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AB
London
59 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The Bang Bang chicken starter is utterly delicious, and you can't beat this Ivy's Art Deco feel. We were given a really good table and the service was attentive throughout, but I couldn't help but see the waitress's disappointment when we told her we wouldn't be drinking. Still, a good meal overall.

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R
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Considering the history, the quality of the food, and the location, this place is a bargain. The portions are reasonable, and served swiftly.

The bar staff know their drinks, and I have a very pleasant chat about whiskey with a magnificently moustached Swedish fellow. All in all it was a great evening.

Highly recommended.

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KS
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was outstanding as was the service. Slightly uncomfortable to sit for food at the bar but was lovely to see the bartender/waiter there making drinks and being so attentive. Beautiful room. Overall amazing experience

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h
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great place to have a post theatre meal. We enjoyed a main course each with a bottle of wine. Would definitely go back again.

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London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food great as usual but delayed sadly this time and we were under pressure to get to the theatre. Just meant we didn't get to hVe dessert which we would have liked. Otherwise excellent as normal.

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RL
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We were surprised to be offered an
excellent set menu at a very reasonable price. The place was busy, as usual, hence a good atmosphere.

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NL
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic lunchtime meal. Great service and great food. Will be back

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a delightful evening meal at the Ivy. The food was delicious, the service exemplary and the warm atmosphere helped make my wife's birthday a special occasion.

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Salvatore was an exceptional bartender and host. Great drink recommendations. And the food was excellent. Risotto was spot on.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful experience, must admit, prior to arrival was a bit apprehensive about eating at the bar , but it was absolutely fine. Will definitely return .

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SS
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect in every department. The food was excellent and the staff friendly. Didn’t break the bank either!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ian the barman was exceptional

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