Ivy at the Shore

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The Ivy’s tropical counterpart Ivy at the Shore offers the same delicious food plus icy island drinks, a 12-seat bamboo bar and surfside view. Don’t miss the sunset over the Pacific with a pineapple daiquiri or two.
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h
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Very disappointing experience. While the place was cute it was very noisy, food mediocre and service poor.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Ivy at the Shore. So friendly. So beautiful, so delicious- every time. 💓🌴🌸

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The hostess was super rude but everything else was good

h
Atlanta
45 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Much better than the now tourist-trappy Ivy on Robertson, the cottage chic meets Key West-looking Ivy at the Shore maintains the quality these two California fresh restaurants established decades ago. Whether the fresh fruit daiquiris, myriad fresh fruit pulp Bellinis, iced tea served with a fresh sugar cane stirrer or an incredibly well-curated wine list, all thirsts are quenched...
And then there are the onion rings! As well as the famous grilled vegetable salad, the burrata that melts, the chèvre stuffed zucchini blossoms to start. There are fresh pastas, several ways to have your lobster and wickedly delicious enchiladas. You can get your protein from the grill, your fish blackened or sautéed and your chicken with tandoori spices.
For desert, the banana split is the decadent but childlike decision. Or just have a fresh mint tea and some cookies.
All served by the most charming waiters, who know how to be attentive and engage without being obtrusive. They also know how to light up a birthday, congratulatory meal or, well, almost any occasion.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

THE IVY USED TO SET THE STANDARD FOR. OUTSTANDING FOOD……..UNFORTUNATELY THAT NO LONGER EXISTS.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love our meals at this restaurant. Although a bit pricey, you do get ample portions of food, delicious meals and impeccable service. Never disappoints!!

A
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to The Ivy or Ivy at the Shore at least once a month and always have an amazing time, meal and the staff is always friendly and the drinks are great, food is consistently delicious. I would highly recommend either location for a special occasion or just to grab a bit for brunch, lunch or dinner! Enjoy

d
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience!

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch. Wonderful for the ladies.

LS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Even though it was not busy at all - our wait staff did not respond to our requests a
Until asked 2x or more (there were only 2 other tables with people in the inside).

However birthday surprise was great and the complimentary desserts were really appreciated.

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch I. The back too
Quiet and service was spectacular

LA
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately I would not recommend Ivy at the Shore. Its pricey and the food quality has declined from its hay day. They should concentrate on quality vs. quantity. Also, when recommending drinks, they should state the price. While we perhaps should have asked, we were surprised that our mimosa type drink was $28 per!
Still a beautiful location with an attentive staff but somehow it feels like Ivy at the Shore has turned into a tourist trap along the strip in Santa Monica. (On a positive note, I believe the Ivy in West Hollywood caters to a much higher standard.)

JO
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

The place has lost its luster. No more complementary champagne upon entering and no cookies upon leaving. The beautiful roses normally adorning all tables were sadly missing on many- I had to ask that we get some. The place was nearly cleared out by 1030-though it was a Thursday. All in all not worth the inflated prices for food that is just meh.

R
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant makes me smile the moment I step inside. There is an abundance of rest cut roses everywhere you look. This is a garden paradise. The menu is diverse, everything delicious. Hand crafted cocktails are made, all with the freshest of ingredients. Ivy at the Shore is a GREAT place to celebrate any occasion or to go to lift your spirits, meet friends and relax!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal. Wonderful food, just as we remembered

D
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m a regular and TRULY miss the champagne AND cookies to go. 😢

OT
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The waiter took forever to give us the menu, and he took 20 minutes to take our order, and it was very slow. The waiter took forever to come to our table at the end to give me the check, like I had to go to him.

OT
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been going to this restaurant for 20 or more years and it never disappoints - I could care less how it rates with “critics”. The vodka gimlet, the hot loaf of quartered wheat bread, the perfect calamari, the fresh Pacific stone crabs. Just perfect.

TC
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The place is ok. Definitely overpriced considering the options L.A. offers as far as restaurants. The food was ok, but nothing exceptional. Bread served with dinner - one small piece of bread served for 4 people. Didn’t taste good either. Steak was ok.
There are better places to go in Santa Monica to have these type of food.
Ambiance was nice. Beautiful tears everywhere. Right on ocean blvd.

PH
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A gem in Santa Monica!

I had heard that the restaurant's "overall feel" was "snooty," and "over-priced food" but we had a delightful experience. We were there for lunch and the atmosphere is great. We sat on the patio which is perfect because you can see the ocean across the street. I ordered the grilled vegetable salad with shrimp because I heard it was good. It was but I expected the shrimp to be large shrimp and it was cut up. The salad was almost $33 but I will say I felt that was over-priced. One of our guests had crab cakes and loved them.One guest had orange juice and it was $12! When we sat down they served us scones which were fabulous. Overall it was a wonderful experience. The bill was over $200 for 4...that included the tip and only one of us had an alcoholic drink. I would go back but order something different. A really nice afternoon!

OT
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Pretty disappointing experience! 8pm Reservation, don’t even get seated until 8:40 on outside patio in the dark. Cannot read menu without a flashlight from phone. Waiter was as dry and disinterested as could be. Food was ok I ordered the Lobster tagliatelle, lobster was so over cooked was like rubber. The other dish ordered, Wild salmon was cooked perfectly. Drinks were good, service terrible, would never return.

GC
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Labor Day celebration went very well and a good time was had by all!

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Terrible server.

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

The experience was fabulous our server was wonderful ! But... the hostess she was not very nice and looked very mad about being there. She rolled her eyes when I asked for a table by the window and proceeded to tell me it wasn’t available when i asked if I could sit there when I said it looks open she said fine I guess u can.. not the best person to have as the face of the ivy ( I’m guessing this isn’t her ‘real’ job that’s why she’s looks miserable)

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

I noted on the reservation that it was my wife’s birthday several of them. We almost left when they finally seat us. Once seated, everything was fine.

Pro tip to the owner: reservation is meaningless if the restaurant doesn’t honor it. Waiting for 30 minutes on a reserved table when there are 3-4 open is ridiculous.

VS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

The bus boys kept pulling our plates away while we were still eating and throwing down plates. Constantly interrupting us. The waitress although very nice and friendly wasn’t around a lot. Basically after coming here for so many years, not sure I will return

OT
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and location but very expensive

KM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

My Birthday

TS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it always. Ricky’s fried chicken never disappoints!

O
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Breakfast
Ivy always has the best food quality considering how broad the menu is. It is getting a little pricey. I will still go due to fantastic food

GS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, beautiful experience!!! cant wait to go back.

s
Los Angeles
330 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

SQUASH BLOSSOM AND CRAB CAKE APPETIZERS TERIFIC. WIFE HAD FAMOUS GRILLED VEGETABLE SALAD BUT THIS TIME TOPPED WITH SALMON. I HAD LOCAL SEA BASS WHICH WAS EXCELLENT. APPLE TART DESSERT ALOS WONDERFUL

K
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Experienced serving staff are pros. New front of house pretty faces are rude and don’t understand the value of reputation. Sad.

F
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a baby with us and restaurant was so accommodating. We love this restaurant- consistently delicious. Tonight we ordered dessert, which we don’t usually have. The first thing I have ever not enjoyed at Ivy by the Shore. Red velvet cake was dry and frosting was just okay. Brownie was cold on brownie sundae. Didn’t affect the wonderful time we had, but not up to the usual perfection.

MM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our evening! Lovely setting, great dinner and perfect ambiance. We had a wonderful time.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous as always. Our service was cold but attentive. Otherwise an incredible time.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An LA icon

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I realize it’s a tourist trap, but this still fails on every level. Food was bad, service was slow, and price was high.

E
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Delightful! Tablecloths and beautiful flowers on the table — very old school. Plus delicious food. The lobster ravioli was the best ravioli I’ve ever had

LR
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday

Candle Sparkler was a hit!

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