The Ivy

4.6
714 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
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 dining 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. The Ivy welcomes customers without reservations at the central dining bar, where the A La Carte and Set menus are both served.
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London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

So good service! Sweet staff

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TC
London
36 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great welcome and excellent attentive service throughout. Food was very good and even managed to spot a celebrity or two. A most enjoyable lunch.

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a
London
19 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Not worth its reputation. Food was bland, service was basic.

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F
London
24 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The dressed crab, shepherd’s pie and Thai green curry are excellent. The creme brûlée was also very good. Had a lovely bottle of Margaux with the meal. The staff were knowledgeable and didn’t rush us out. Overall a very pleasing experience.

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SL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Was rushed at the beginning and asked for drinks but got our starter before our drinks other than that lovely

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good and iconic. Feels like history. Defiantly advise going when in town. I’ll be back

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E
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to the Ivy on 7th July. There’s nothing to say apart from we were treated like we were the only people there. It was really buzzing, really great atmosphere and the staff made it all look so easy. Nothing was too much trouble. We had an amazing time and cannot wait to go back. Thank you so very much indeed for the whole dining experience.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

A lovely evening. Good food. But didn’t feel as exclusive as it used to.

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O
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Superb ambience-Old school service-Theodore MD was outstanding-wonderful cuisine

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JM
New England
30 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Always a great experience, the food is always well prepared and the service is excellent. People are very nice as well.

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AR
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We dined at the Ivy before the theater. They were attentive to our need to be out at a certain time. The food, especially the shepherd’s pie, was very good. This historic restaurant is beautiful to behold. We were so happy to have chosen it and would do so again.

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R
London
6 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another great afternoon spent in The Ivy.
From the minute we walk in we are always greeted warmly and this continues throughout the afternoon.
Popcorn shrimps for starters and duck egg with asparagus a must.
For mains went back for my favourite of calfs Liver, mash and bacon which is unbelievably light and cooked to perfection(yet again).
Dessert was the Pavlova with summer fruits which tasted sweet with a sharpness of fresh fruit. Presentation was very classic so was a shame to eat it but very glad I did.

As always the staff are always very polite and the food is never anything but superb.

Shaun

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the scallops and classic fish and chips . Excellent service snd food

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LW
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A microcosm of the post theatre scene. Great food and people watching.

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SH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Not sure if I would recommend.The tables very close together and cramped

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SM
London
11 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect in every way, as always. I adore taking newbies to The Ivy. This time I sampled their beautiful 'Cucumber Gimlet' mocktail, the squid salad, and the cod fillet. I finished off with the chocolate mint Aero pyramid, which was divine. You can't fault this place. Ever.

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S
London
135 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great pre theatre meal/ menu was excellent good value and the service exemplary. Recommend +++

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RM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a pleasure dining at The Ivy

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food, wine and service were excellent. We had a lovely lunch.

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G
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Ivy is a great classic. We had not been back in a number of years, but booked it to meet some American friends that also happened to be in London. The service was excellent. The food was great. The wine list was versatile and reasonably priced for the quality. Despite a stated two hour time slot, we were there three hours and never felt pushed. We would certainly go back.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

The focus is more on home cooked English food restaurant style, rather than gourmet and food and prices, given the location and reputation, are quite reasonable. The attention and service is superb and the little touches when dining for a celebration help build a memory.

Wine prices are loaded about as high as I ever seen and I noticed that not too many tables had a bottle in use although rather then being left on the table wine suddenly materialises as soon as your glass gets low. Part of the good service.

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s
London
18 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

great food and great experience. friendly and welcoming.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Service and food was mediocre - I had expected so much more from the ivy
Seating was crowded and cramped
I was very disappointed.
I would not choose to go back as there are so many more restaurants which would provide better quality food and service

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never fails to impress.... excellent food, friendly staff and a great atmosphere. Love this restaurant!

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KF
London
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it, but we had trouble finding it please look at directions for your web site

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This time I tried the vegan and veggie menu and it was very enjoyable

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AF
London
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely incredible experience; great food and even better service.

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L
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Beautiful restaurant, amazing food and good service. It’s just such a huge shame that the tables are squashed so tightly together; you constantly feel like others are listening to your conversation, which unfortunately made the experience quite uncomfortable.

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A
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service was amazing would recommend to anyone I will be returning very soon

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n
Oxford
13 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The perfect restaurant for a relaxing and spoiling night. The lights are low and even though the restaurant is full you still feel comfortable and private. Food was delicious and the staff were attentive. Couldn’t ask for more.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service and delicious food. The Wild Mushroom soup was incredible

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GF
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I’ve been traveling to London for over twenty years and always have at least one meal here. Happy to say it continues to never disappoint. Both my friend and I have special food requests and the kitchen is attentive and always deliver a delicious meal. I’ve tried newer and trendier, but this a lovely London experience.

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BH
London
12 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent. Perfect from start to finish.

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S
London
8 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful quick and polite staff and as alway, a delicious dinner.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great except for reservation- I’d booked online, received confirmation and double checked day of reservation only to arrive to find that they didn’t have reservation for us! Embarrassing as treating friends. All okay but if had been busy would have been different story. Meal & service were great but I’m not going to book online again

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

The Scallops has sand in them 😏, waiting staff could have been friendlier. I liked the ambient, food was okay but not enough vegetarian/vegan options.

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F
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This Ivy is the 'mother' of the Ivy restaurant group. It's been around for over a 100 years in the same location. Our waitstaff were knowledgeable and recommended certain items for us. It was expensive but it's in a capital city. We've spent more in San Francisco and Chicago. The bar in the center gave it a clubby look, we received our cocktails there and then moved and ate at a table. The menu isn't huge but had enough choice. It is quite small as restaurants go. We made reservations about 2 months in advance and when we arrived they were turning other potential patrons away. Would go again, but there are so many good places to try in London, we might not actually make that wish come true.

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BS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s a great classic London restaurant and still one of my favorites when I come to London. Old school charm and great meat dishes but also surprisingly good vegetarian options. We sat at the bar which I highly recommend. The bartenders are lively, fun to chat to, and make great drinks. The restaurant has fully settled into it’s “facelift” from a few years ago and seems as hot as ever.

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OD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Average quality food. Ordered crab risotto with shaved truffle. No trace of truffle on mine. Looks like food is well prepared in advance and not on site. Ivy belonging to a group of many restaurants has probably most dishes coming from central kitchen. Shame as the restaurant itself has a really nice atmosphere. A tourist trap opposite the mousetrap!

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NS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

I have been here many times before and thoroughly enjoyed in the past. However on this occasion, I felt that the service wasn’t great and also the food was terribly cold. It’s a shame but won’t be visiting anytime soon. Will miss their truffle fries but having them cold completely ruined the taste for me.

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