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IVY by the Lake, Sterling, VA

IVY by the Lake

3.8
3.8
43 Reviews
$30 and under
Middle Eastern

Conveniently located in Loudoun County, Ivy by the Lake combines the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences with local-inspired dishes.
Our unique lakeside getaway is the perfect ambiance for our chef’s curated menu. Begin the evening with our flavorful dinner options and custom cocktails, and let the night evolve into a late-night revelry.
The perfect escape, we look forward to seeing you at Ivy by the Lake

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Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Middle Eastern, Turkish, Lebanese

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–12:00 am Thu 4:00 pm–1:00 am Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (571) 526-4626

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Sterling

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Tableside Shawarma($92 Per order, NOT per person)

    $92.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Our Signature Chicken Shawarma Dinner Experience includes both a spread and a vegetarian mezza of choice along with a side of seasonal pickles, fries, pita bread, and sauces. "Price is per order, NOT per person". Recommended to order 24hrs in advance, or call restaurant for availability.

What 43 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. TA

    TanitaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing time! Thanks Adil and David for amazing Bar service!!!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience5

    I wanted this adorable place to be great but the food was not good at all. No flavor. Brussel sprouts were not cooked.

  3. B

    Bree

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great! Restaurant is absolutely beautiful. Drinks are strong.

  4. V

    Vanessa

    Poconos

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The waitress from Queens was amazing!!! I love her service. Personality was great!! Very friendly!!

  5. AM

    AfsaniM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If youre looking for a place that has it all- THIS IS THE PLACE! The aesthetic, music, food, service, & drinks were amazing. Definitely would recommend. 10/10

  6. L

    Lisette

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    If I could give 0 stars I would! Unfortunately there’s no option for that! Everything was bad from the service to the food, will not Come back!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience1

    More like dining in a club. Very odd atmosphere. Seemed to be only one waiter for the entire place. Long wait for e dry thing. But good food.

  8. b

    bsfdg

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2

    To get to it you walk down what looks like a service entrance path and then go through a plastic shower curtain door and then upstairs. the overly loud music prevents any quality conversation even when the place was mostly empty. Fatally they neglected to ask new comers to the group what they want to drink so instead when the new arrival to the group still hadn't been able to order while the others eventually finished their first drinks and still no one came by to sell more alcohol (!?!). The ok lake view wasn't nearly nice enough to make up for the plastic ivy decorations, cheesy club music, and fatal neglect of the primary mission of any restaurant -- sell alcohol.

  9. J

    Janny

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had the BEST experience ever! As soon as we got there, everyone was so welcoming! Best customer service ever! The food and drinks were outstanding. I brought my Mother here to celebrate her 66th Birthday and she even had a great time. Thank you to the amazing workers at this establishment. TOP NOTCH! We will be back!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1

    The service and food was not good.

  11. J

    Jake

    Washington DC

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was our first time and we along with other invitees will return. Great cocktails, the smoked cauliflower was phenomenal, the brussel sprouts had a surprise hint of sweetness, the chicken’s crunchy skin with the harissa was delightful and the 17 hour braised lamb shank over saffron risotto did not require a knife as the meat fell off the bone. The music was soulful and pleased the truly diverse diners.

  12. MZ

    MargaretZ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    We reserved a table , but took too long to received our drinks and our dinner … we had to talked to the waitress 4 times. For a new place need to hace a better services . Also the hookah is too expensive for the area … DC/ Arlington charge 20-30$ not 50$ drinks were too expensive. The food were good .

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had such a great experience at Ivy. Not only were the food and drinks amazing, but the service was incredible as well! Happy hour menu has so many great choices, and the atmosphere was aesthetically pleasing. We will definitely be back soon!

  14. NG

    NikkiG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every single person had great customer service

  15. EW

    EricaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Al is the best ever great service overall awesome definitely will be back

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience5

    I waited over 45 min to get my lamb as I watched them serve two other tables that arrived after me so I requested they check on my order. My server was disoriented and confused the entire time . Food was good. It service still needs the kinks worked out.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5

    While the ambiance was amazing and IG worthy. The service was terrible. I called to adjust my reservations as stated on the restaurant page but no one answered. I ended up canceling my reservation and booking another. When we arrived, we were told the inside was full and had to be seated outside instead. The table we were put at was dirty and the hostess had to clean it. We waited for 30 minutes with no waiter coming to greet or ask us what we wanted to drink. I eventually asked can we have a waiter and that took another 15mins. We eventually ordered but items we ordered were no available, so we ordered what they had available. The food took awhile to come out but that’s understandable because it was a a packed night. However, the food wants what I was expecting after waiting for a long time. The food took so long that the waiter came back and said that they were switching to IVY After Dark and she needed to close our tab and open a new one if we wanted to keep ordering. The Harrisa BBQ Chicken was good. The spicy level was right up my alley; However, the lamb flank lacked seasoning.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3

    Service not great, food was really good but definitely had a club scene vibe even at 5 in the afternoon.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    I never got a chance to dine because it took the staff almost 20 mins to acknowledge my table from the time I sat down.

  20. F

    Fran

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    The ambience of the restaurant is great. Everything else leaves more to be desired. Other than the hummus the food had no flavor. The servers were overly attentive. The happy hour prices seemed to change since my friend and I saw their Instagram post. My friend ordered a frozen margarita that was supposed to be cheaper than it was, according to the last post. Also, they originally did not give us the happy hour prices. We asked the server and she said they were on there and then corrected them when we asked for a physical copy of the check, my friend and I were not sure if it was a mistake or that they just hope people don't notice the prices are incorrect. They also automatically add a 20% gratuity, we were fine with that but thought it was strange that nothing mentioned that before we got the bill.

  21. N

    Nehasunshine

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4

    i was expecting a lot, but the food seemed too salty. 20% service charge was auto included without any notes

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Whoever designed this restaurant has a bright future. Indoor/outdoor design with a bar connecting the two. Ambience is some of the best in northern Virginia. Lake view. Wonderfully decorated. Many attractive people out for dinner and dressed to impress. Even the staff was bringing their A-game. Food was overall good. They offer two “feast” options but likely better for more than two people. Instead, we danced around the menu with small plates. Think Barcelona in Reston town center, but middle eastern flavors fused in. They also have hookah and bottle service. It looks like they are using natural coals but I didn’t see the staff maintaining people’s sessions actively. Both of those things are a min requirement for me to partake. Not many flavors on the menu but the fact that there is an outdoor, water-view hookah spot for late-night, with a dj on weekends, in Sterling…. Is fantastic. I predict this will quickly become one of the hardest weekend places to get into in the area.

  23. AA

    AARonali

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5

    We check in at 7pm and had a wonderful waitress. She was friendly and knowledgeable. The food was great quality but it was so bland. No seasoning at all. After our meal we moved to the patio and had hookah. The house blend was delicious. But as soon as they switch over to late night we never saw a single server. We ended up leaving but would have stay longer because we were enjoying the vibe. Overall I would come back tho.

  24. s

    saturdaylunch

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went here with my boyfriend and we both had a fantastic time. Our waitress was very knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive. She suggested different dishes and made sure to explain portion sizes that would help us get the best bang for our buck. We definitely want to come back and try more dishes!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great service, friendly staff :)

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ambiance was really nice and staff was phenomenal! Definitely a must go! Oh, and get the table side shawarma!

  27. MA

    MuhammadA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    No staff to help around all the tables were very dirty. Were out of half the menu. No responses to call 2 hours ahead of time to book a reservation or ordering a table side shawarma. Only 1 Waiter?? And 1 bartender which seems ridiculous. Cold food. Had a reservation for 10 had to wait for 30 minutes to get attended. NEVER coming back. Will definitely not recommend to anyone. I did believe the reviews on yelp and Google but the were right terrible experience.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Recommendation: If you are attracted by the advertisement of halal menu, please do yourself and your loved one a favor, don’t waste your time and money in this place. Take your business somewhere else. I don’t know where to begin. Once you experience in house dining there, it will definitely ruin your night unless you order enough alcohol to make yourself drunk enough to ignore food and service. To explain my experience, I will explain one point at a time. Service: (0/5) Service was terrible for a week day dining, I can only imagine what would happen on weekends. Only 5 table were occupied and 1 server. One of the table had some sort of food blogger or critic and server, chef, and every staff member was busy taking care of that table. Our server walked passed our table and didn’t even acknowledge my table to existent. I had to call the restaurant phone number sitting at the table to get attention from a staff. Food: (1/5) Food is below average but my reason for giving 1 out of 5 is price of the food and portion isn’t in sync. We were told a mixed grilled platter is for 2-3 people but the portion size is small to a point where 2 full grown adult isn’t even near to be full with that portion. We ordered 2 order of mixed grill platter and our server conveniently forgot to bring 2nd platter. After battling with long wait time to get attention from our server, we found out she forgot to bring the 2nd one out. So, by the time we received our 2nd platter, it was literally stone cold, and steak was cold and chewy. Also, table side shawarma is their big advertisement but once you order, they can’t serve it to you unless you call ahead, otherwise you will have to wait 1.5 hrs to experience that. At the end, we left the restaurant unsatisfied and half full. I can definitely say, I won’t be going back there or recommending anyone.

  29. S

    Sugga

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5

    The restaurant is very beautiful and the music was straight out of my playlist. The servers were kind and welcoming. However, the service was extremely slow. Our food took more than 30 minutes and we received our appetizer and entrees at the same time. Food tasted decent but not worth the money or wait. My friend's chicken was cold. My other friend's couscous tasted like water... no flavor. It was nice to check it out but I wouldn't come here to eat again unless the food was improved.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The experience was great. We ordered hummus and the NY Strip Steak to start and had the Harissa BBQ Half Chicken and Lamb Shank as our entrees. All of these items were top notch. The vegan chocolate cheesecake was subpar (or perhaps just not our style). Our server was very courteous but because of where we sat, the server was also one of the bartenders and could not give us their full attention. This is understandable but would definitely suggest adding maybe one or two more servers for a complete experience. The ambiance is more focused towards a friends’ get together type establishment versus family friendly but definitely very pleasing. Also very Instagram friendly. I would definitely come back and try out the rest of the delicious food at this restaurant.

  31. CV

    CarrieV

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This restaurant is an incredible delight to the senses! Delicious gourmet Mediterranean cuisine, inspired cocktails, sensual strands of wisteria flowers and Spanish moss adorning the ceiling and walls, and the slightest hint of incense even alighting the air. Look no further for your next date night rendezvous!

  32. DL

    DavidL

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    IVY used to be Mist Night Club and was recently renovated by the owner into a combo club/restaurant, and is located in a isolated part of Sterling near The Bungalow Lakehouse. First issue we had was locating the place. Signage is very poor, with only a covered stair down to a path in front of the lake which is not located next to the building. We wound up walking nearly around the building before we found it. Lighting on the path to the entry is poor, and the entry itself looks a bit like entering a warehouse with large plastic strips hanging over the building stairwell entry. Supposedly they are waiting on new signage and lighting. We were the only ones in the restaurant on a Tuesday night at 7pm. The waitstaff was OK to slightly better than average, but our mains took an exceptional amount of time to come to the table. The decor is quite unique and the nightclub feel is definitely present. On the plus side, the Old Fashioned I ordered was one of the better ones I've had, probably because the bartenders are better than average. For food, we ordered the hummus, the Kale Fattoush, and the Crispy Brussel Sprouts for our appetizers. The pita for the hummus was quite unusual...more like naan bread than pita...and the hummus itself was a bit too thick and pasty for our tastes. My wife did not care for the fattoush. On the other hand, the Brussel Sprouts were excellent. For mains, we had the beef kofta and the lamb shank. Both were pretty good but neither was great. The bill was about $200, which included a couple of cocktails, and two glasses of wine. Not atypical for these days, but overall I would rather go to the Afghan Bistro in Springfield if I was looking for similar cuisine. Hopefully IVY will improve with time as this area needs a decent Middle Eastern / Mediterranean restaurant, but they definitely have room for improvement.

  33. S

    Shaq

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food1service1ambience5

    Overall, it could’ve been better. We arrived to our reservation on time, and it wasn’t that busy. However it still took us 30mins to even get greeted, after we had to ask another server to get us water and to give our order to our appropriate server. The $50 17 year old aged lamb that I ordered came out cold, and the flavor was mediocre at best. The servers and waiters/waitresses were very kind, and polite. The atmosphere was beautiful and scenery was nice. There’s a couple of things I would fix going forward. I’m writing this review with a clear conscious and hoping that an owner or manager seeing this can step it up a bit. I do LOVE the atmosphere, but the first thing I expect when arriving to a restaurant I have reserved a table at, is to at least be greeted and served water. Also, if the food can come out in an appropriate order. For example, eating the lamb before the appetizer arrives defeats the point of an appetizer. All in all, it’s a passing score but there’s a lot of work that needs to be done to reach the potential it truly has. I would still recommend this place to my friends, but definitely the more patient friends.

  34. GK

    GeneK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4

    My entre was very very late, and his after I asked four different people to check on it. Then after 45 minutes our server brings a dessert saying "it's on the house" because your food is so late. When the food finally came is was grossly undercooked. We're not ever coming there again.

  35. VD

    ViralDoshi

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A wonderful place, a little pricey but I think the vibe and the food makes it worth it. Their drink presentation is top notch as well, the old fashion with a burnt dry fig is wonderful!

  36. CB

    ChiaraB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place, food and people. Can't wait to go back!

  37. AL

    AbhiL

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    This place is a vibe! The food was so flavorful and the ambiance makes this place a date night spot. They also have some amazing cocktails to try.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4

    We were really looking forward to a girls night out and were severely disappointed that our food was undercooked and cold. Even after telling a staff member and the manager the food still came out cold and undercooked. Very disappointed as the place has potential.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great vibes! This venue is beautiful and the food is delish!

  40. A

    Amjad

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was absolutely amazing! Couple of recommendations from my end: cacik for starters along with lamb & beef kibbeh. The harrisa bbq half chicken is to die for, you cannot go wrong with this dish. If you're the type that likes a lavish & elegant place Ivy is definitely the go to place. Highly recommended!

FAQs

IVY by the Lake offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (571) 526-4626.

IVY by the Lake is rated 3.8 stars by 43 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for IVY by the Lake

46110 Lake Center Plaza Sterling, VA 20165-5846

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Sterling

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–12:00 am Thu 4:00 pm–1:00 am Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Middle Eastern, Turkish, Lebanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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