Ivy at the Shore
Ivy at the Shore

Ivy at the Shore

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theivyrestaurants.com/
  • Phone: (310) 393 3113x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast:

    Monday - Saturday: 8:00am - 11:00am

    Lunch:

    Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner:

    Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Richard Irving
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact us for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact us for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Richard Irvin 3109634906x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $7.00
A word from Ivy at the Shore
The Ivy’s tropical counterpart, Ivy at the Shore, offers the same delicious food plus icy island drinks, a 12-seat bamboo bar and beaut surfside view. Don’t miss the sunset over the Pacific with a Fresh Pineapple Daiquiri or two.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Ivy at the Shore reviews from OpenTable diners
190 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (99)great for brunch (84)great for outdoor dining (80)great for lunch (73)scenic view (70)fit for foodies (70)romantic (62)neighborhood gem (54)hot spot (50)good for groups (47)kid-friendly (19)late-night find (14)notable wine list (13)vibrant bar scene (9)Show More
  • Always reliable
    Chester
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We took our friend who is a US diplomat for a Saturday lunch and the ivy at the shore did not disappoint. Great window seat to watch the passers by on the bluff as we we ate delightful crab cakes and the classic vegetable salad with shrimp. Really nice touch with a complementary glass of bubbly to get the day off to a festive start. Cheers!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SpeedDining
    Scot
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We have eaten here before and enjoyed it, but we were in the back room. This time we were in the main dining room. The food was good but the service was rushed and our waiter barely acknowledged us after taking the order. We were served and billed in fifty minutes. At this price point the meal should be relaxed and an experience. It really fell short on both measures.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dannigirl
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I always enjoy coming here - The food and cocktails and beautiful decor!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy but nice
    Exploradus
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    WE ate inside and it was quite loud when the place was full. The food was very good but nothing was over the top. WE were looking for "California " cuisine and we found it. Good and fresh....Pricy but worth it...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ivy by the Shore Rocks..
    COMMISSIONER1
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Ivy is still one of my favorites for the past 20 years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NM11
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I wasn't very happy with my experience at the Ivy at the shore. I'd been to the Ivy in Beverly Hills before and loved it, but this was nothing close to that. Don't really recommend it. Food was only "ok". It was overpriced considering the quality of food and service. I won't be a returning customer.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classy, fun breakfast spot
    Jehna
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went for breakfast so this review is only about that. Great food, great service and clearly an 'it' place. Given the name and location, however, be prepared to pay. As a side note, from observation this place is more popular for dinner so breakfast is. Good quiet option but probably doesn't give you the full experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Live well, Eat well
    Wehungry
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    If you want delicious food in Santa Monica this is your place. Well worth the price
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grilled Salad Gold Standard
    Mama
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The Ivy Grilled salad is legendary. A mix of fresh vegetables grilled to perfection. Other restaurants attempt to do this, but the Ivy's is still the gold standard. Add lobster and it is even better. The portion is huge. They will sell you a half order, even though you have to ask. This is not volunteered. The patio on an early summer evening may be the quintessential California dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Constant Charmer
    dBill
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants in L.A., The Ivy at the Shore consistently offers a menu of delectable dishes made from obviously fresh ingredients, and served in a charming setting with superbly attentive but not intrusive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never Disappointed
    MikeZ
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We have been going to the Ivy by the Shore for the past 24+ years. Although we have enjoyed many of their offerings, my wife loves their smoke salmon pizza and salads and for me it's the Ricky's Fried Chicken. Assuming we don't get too full from our main course, we share a dessert which is normally their Crumble. My only complaint surrounds their specialty drinks. I have enjoyed an Ivy Gimlet or two over the years, however and I'm not sure when, they now ask if you want a special vodka which costs a couple dollars more (a pet peeve). In my opinion, a restaurant should not "up sell" a specialty drink with their name on it that costs $14, let the customer ask. That said we remain loyal guests, continue to recommend it and take friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Firsttimer
    Firsttimer
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Waiter tried to up-sale on wine (suggested a $90 bottle) and daily special ("Only ONE order left on the black cod in curry sauce!"). Notation on the reservation that it was a special birthday was totally ignored.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Brunch
    Jack
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Our group of 9 enjoyed a Sunday birthday brunch at Ivy's at the Shore. The service was excellent, attentive but not intrusive; the decor is eclectic but beautiful; the food was very good and the kitchen was willing to accomodate our many off-the-menu requests. It is expensive but great for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad experience ruined decent meal
    HoustonBob
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    When my wife and I went to leave, we discovered her purse and coat were missing. Someone moved the chair holding the purse and coat to another table and took the purse and coat to the front desk. We did not notice this as I guess we were talking. When I asked the manager why they took the purse and coat, he said they thought we had left. I told him we never left the table so I couldn't believe his explanation. He did not apologize for this matter. We will not return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ivy at The Shore
    onesweetlife
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We love going to the Ivy! It makes for a wonderful afternoon of great food, great drinks and good company in a beautiful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Redroseoftexas
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Delightful! Loved the roses and fun atmosphere! The food and presentAtion was great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and great food
    rossk
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Whenever we'er in Santa Monica, we try to fit in dinner at Ivy's at the Shore. While some folks may like to stargaze here, we like this place because it has great food and it's lively.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wilx
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Booked the Ivy on the recommendation of a friend for our anniversary. The interiors were spectacular as was the service and my wife loved it. We expected the same with the food but it was rather ordinary.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice but noisy
    Rocklobster
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The Ivy is a wonderful Santa Monica restaurant but can be a little noisy if conversation is on the agenda. Good food, great service and a terrific decor, The Ivy is a solid choice for upscale dining for locals and visitors alike.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You Can't Go Wrong
    SouthBayDiner
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Ok, it's a little pricey for everyday dining for some of us. However, the food is great, our server was everything one would want and you can't beat the ambiance. We had some out-of-town folks who hoped to have a sighting of someone they had seen on the screen. It didn't happen this time, but they loved everything else including the variety of up-scale dishes on the menu from which to choose.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Susan
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The service at lunch was really really not good in anyway. I had to actually get up out of my seat and go find the waiter at least five times. He never came back to us to ask us if we needed anything
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner for 6
    Pearl
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great food, terrific service, unhurried pace, attention to detail
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casually elegant, romantic space
    magicaljr
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    A romantic, foodie delight near Santa Monica Pier. Intimate space with beautiful lighting/flowers and attentive but non invasive staff. Have been eating here for over 7 years.. a lovely unpretentious but vibrant escape from the Beverly Hills/Hollywood restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pattytazz
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The soft shell crab appetizer was to die for. The drinks were perfect. It was an all round relaxing and happy experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • So Pretty!
    KathleenL
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food is good here and the wait staff charming, in their pink shirt and floral ties. Giant cups of coffee and expensive drinks. But the decor is beautiful - pale pink walls covered in paintings and multi-colored arrangements of roses everywhere. If Bermuda had been colonized by the French and not the British, the decor of its restaurants might look like this. I simply loved being in this pretty place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food with a view
    johnat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    In my family, the axiom "restaurants with spectacular views often have the worst food" had held true for 30+ year. The Ivy is a rare exception. Within sight of, and only a few steps from, the foot of the Santa Monica Pier, the Ivy has reasonably priced seafood, salads, fish tacos, and oversized drinks and desserts. My wife and I shared two taco pkates --the lobster and the shrimp, which were plated with a heaping serving of black beans, avocado slices, salad greens, and a fresh tomato and onion pico. It was good and served quickly so we were able to rejoin the throngs on the strand to watch the sunset over the horizon.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    frequentflierfriend
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Last minute reservation, got right in. Seafood was very good, served incredibly fast. Tight seating, but expected. Overall, enjoyed Ivy at the Shore
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summer at the beach!!!!!
    Bheater
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    What a wonderful place for dining at the beach... Across the street however a major scene to etch.. The sunset from the outdoor patio is perfect. service friendly delightful nd they know their menu!!! awesome summer for crab claws or soft shell crabs. actually everything on the menu is awesome.. The desserts... OMG apple tartiine the best in Los Angeles.. remember this is basically the same as the ivy in Beverly Hills only at the beach.. A interesting mix of people..
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and nosiy
    Malibugirl
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great lobster salad but very noisy and air conditioning was freezing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great food as always. I've been to both locations and I would have to say that the location in Santa Monica has slow service. When we got there, it was just my husband and I and you would've thought we would've been in and out before the major lunch rush came in. Our waiter didn't check on us as much as I would've liked. and I don't expect to be waited on hand and foot, but just courtesy to make sure we still had drinks and if we needed anything else, would've been great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Aussietourist
    Aussietourist
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We visited this restaurant on our recent trip to Santa Monica. This restaurant was by far the best restaurant I have ever been too. 10 out of 10 for food, service and ambiance. Our waiter was excellent, friendly, helpful, polite but not pushy. The food was magnificent. This restaurant certainly lived up to my expectations and beyond. Thank you for a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Santa Monica and will definitely return their on my next visit to USA.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Place
    patg
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    It was beautiful the service was amazing but the food was fair I would maybe go back for brunch
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unbelievable Service
    CHLAW
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a wonderful experience. Have eaten at the Ivy on the Shore a number of times before. My wife and I take my aging parents. The waiter remembered us, brought some food early because my dad is always hungry, knew the wine I liked and treated us like royalty. The food was excellent and after dinner they brought my parents a free dessert and a box of homemade cookies to take home. It is so nice to see a restaurant show such kindness to an older couple that needs pampering. We will surely be back soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My family had an incredible experience at the Ivy at the Shore. We stayed in Santa Monica for four days and returned twice due to the outstanding food, ambiance, and wait staff. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CorinneParker
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I love that place when I am In LA, the ambiance, the food it is so romantic and still fashion
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was fantastic!
    CulverMelissa
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The good and our server (a very petite woman) was amazing!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    travelbug
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Our family dinner at Ivy at the Shore was wonderful. The atmosphere is beautiful with all the colorful roses and the food was delicious. Our waitress was great as well. I would definitely recommend coming here if you are in the Santa Monica area.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kinsalemas
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food was only fair. The steak was good, as was the fish but the ribs were very dry and ended up hardly being touched on the plate. My son's meal arrived a good 20 minutes after everyone else had received theirs. That said, the waiter was very nice and apologetic and gave my son some delicious hot homemade chocolate chip cookies to take home as compensation for his late meal. They also did a fun birthday dessert with sparklers that arrived and delighted the birthday boy. For the price we paid for dinner for 5 with two shared entrees -- over $400 -- I think the food is overrated but the ambiance was lovely and the flowers on our table were gorgeous!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had a lovely meal at the Ivy - Shore. The food, ambience and service was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Peaches
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We reserved for a party of 7 and then quite unexpectedly were a party of 4 and The Ivy accommodated us without any issues. The food is excellent and prices are quite high, so be prepared!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic