Ivy Ristorante

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
With its romantic ambiance and superb food offering, the recently opened Ivy Ristorante, invites you to savour the best of Italy in London, Ontario.
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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service !! Loved antipasto de mare incredible

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place in London

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good pasta

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AB
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu and wine selection! I truly hope this restaurant succeeds!
Just what London needs!

g
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attention to details was the hallmark of our experience. Branzino was perfect. The gnocchi sublime. The wine list deep. Service on pointe

L
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place. Good food, good service. Went for date night with my hubby. Perfect.

C
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you go out for dinner in London, Ontario, there is only one choice. Ok, this isn’t some fufu over priced NYC restaurant, but it is an outstanding place for dinner. The service was great....the food was even better. I love a place that will ask what you want regardless of what’s on the menu. The wine list is outstanding.....but priced with all the Canadian tariffs. It was my first time in London. I spend a lot of time in Waterloo. I did my best to convince the proprietor to move there. If you are in London, make this your stop, regardless of occasion.

DH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A very good meal-Terrific!
Motto bene!


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I don’t have more to say....but I have to wrote 50 characters so I am carrying on

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great ambiance. A hidden gem. Once more people find it, it will be difficult to get a reservation 😊

RM
South Africa
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and super service. Each time I dine at Ivy it is a wonderful experience.

CE
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

There is potential here but for a restaurant that is supposed to be close to fine dining it left a lot to be desired. First, my wife ordered a white wine sangria and a red was delivered. Since there is no reasonably priced wine available (about 60-$600 per bottle) I went for some beer to go with my ribeye steak. I ordered the rib-eye steak medium rare and it arrived well done. It was thin and pre-sliced on top of mashed potatoes( I had ordered roast potatoes). I decided to let it go since we were already here 60 minutes. My wife had ordered the bass special of the evening. What arrived was the salmon instead. My wife was not pleased and sent it back to get what she had originally ordered. By the time it arrived I was just cleaning up my plate and then sat there watching her eat. Some date night out. The waiter arranged for us to have our desserts and coffee on the house which was nice but by then we were anxious to leave. I can see by other reviews that diners' experiences are mixed with some good and some not so good. There is much work to be done here before we return. We will pay close attention to the latest reviews before we come back here.

LH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second outstanding meal at Ivy Ristorante!! Wonderful food, awesome service, lovely ambiance. My dinner partner is now booking this spot for her staff celebration lunch!! Don't miss out -- an awesome spot!!

JJ
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner at Ivy's. The food and service was excellent and the decor was fabulous!!!

AT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favourite spot in the city! Nothing comes close!

SD
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food, good service, enjoyed snapper and risoto. We will return!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food, lacked in service and ambiance.

RG
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

London finally has a high quality restaurant. Some of the best Italian food I've ever eaten.

KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was our first time to Ivy. It was very nice. People were attentive and service was very good starting from our arrival. We booked through open table and would not do that again. Times around what we would have preferred were booked. We arrived 30 minutes early thinking we could have a drink at the bar, They took us to the table right away and over half of the restaurant was empty. Our waiter was excellent. Pleasant, informative and honest. I felt the wine list was limiting. Starting bottle of wine was $68.00. We both enjoyed our meals. We would go back. It is a nice night out where you can get dressed up and be treated well

RN
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Not worth how expensive it is. We were going out for our anniversary and made a reservation. When we entered the restaurant no one greeted us. We stood there for a while and had almost decided to leave when one of the three people behind the bar finally came over and asked us if we had reservation. When we said we did he seated us at a table behind a curtain by the front door. Again it was a wait before any one came to our table.

The service was slow and inattentive throughout the meal although our server was pleasant enough. A plate of limp white bread drizzled with olive oil was brought to our table. The appetizer we ordered was very good though ludicrously pricey for one shrimp, one scallop and two chunks of calamari. The main courses were sad. I had chicken involtini, husband had veal and except for the overcooked meat on each plate - they were identical - a pile of mashed potatoes and very large carrots (can this really be italian?) The gravy/sauce appeared to be the same for both entrees.

I had to ask for water twice and no one came near our table to ask how things were. The server did seem to be in a rush to get us to leave and said there was no coffee! They had herbal tea.

The most expensive meal we have had in London, but far from the best.

Some celebration. A big disappointment. Won't return.

F
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Some minor disappointments with our meal. The Insalata Napoletana came with unripe tomatoes right from the fridge. No excuse with the availability of wonderful hot house tomatoes to serve a dish like this. Just a note - tomatoes should never be refrigerated. The gnocchi Gorgonzola was very tasty. The osso buco very dry. Service was friendly and efficient.
All in all a passable meal.

RM
South Africa
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing evening!! The food was superb, the service was exceptional , the ambiance conducive to fine dining but the noise level was a bit challenging. However, I will not complain about the noise level because it meant that the place was full and busy!!
My special treat was a visit from Mike!!!

D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new restaurant in London. Its actually good italian food with everything well thought of.
From appetizers to main course, everything was good. Excellent wine selection that you wont find everywhere.
I have tried other Italian restaurants, and they dont even come close to this one.
Great job from the owners.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining and it did not disappoint. Great food and service. Glad we saved room to share dessert

AC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful interior design. Fabulous food, very knowledgeable service staff. Great wine list and the patio is currently being updated! Also tones of parking onsite. We will be back quite frequently.

A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great place , London is happy to have a place with quality good food.

D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience4

I really like the restaurant, and the service was impeccable. However, the food was not what I expected it to be. Appetizers were good, but our entrees were not fine dining quality. We waited a really long time for our entrees. My pasta was burnt and my husbands salmon looked like an 8 year old plated it - taste was ok. It's unfortunate because it really is a great spot. But for the price, the food game needs to be turned up.

P
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our evening at Ivy. The service was very good and food was delicious!! Would highly recommend....

IM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Had the best experience in March and the worst experience today. This will be along review so be prepared. We waited 10 minutes before anyone came to our table and our server immediately wanted to tell us about the dinner specials rather than welcome us and take our drink order. We had to ask for water and bread several times. Another 10 minutes later we were served the wine we requested for dinner rather than our pre dinner cocktails. Bread consisted of 3 tiny pieces. To make conversation we asked our server how long he has been a server at Ivy and with an eye roll, said since March, no February, maybe March. He continued with his commentary that Londoners are weird because in most cities, new restaurants make a killing in the first 3 months but not in this town. People in London are not sophisticated. Hmmmm.... is that so.

Many staff bustling about, bumping into themselves and walls (not kidding) but no one really making sure water glasses are full, tables are clear etc.

Waited 45 minutes for our entrees. Entree plate placed on bread plate, see above. Lamb ordered rare came out well done, veal was dry with cold veg and Osso Bucco resembled a dry stew with cold rice??? Meat sat under a heat lamp and veg in the fridge for a long period before being served???

When we told our server our meal was not acceptable, he called over the “manager”. She did not apologize, ask why we were not pleased with our meal or ask how the restaurant could make the situation better. Asked for our bill and paid for our overpriced wine. Server made no eye contact, did not speak to us or apologize while we paid our bill. Manager and staff didn’t seem to care.

As much as we raved about our initial dining experience, the opposite is now true. To charge the prices you do, the expectation is to have professional, experienced and pleasant staff with attentive service and quality (hot and fresh) meals. We will not recommended Ivy or go back.

LD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was excellent. We had the veal and the seafood linguine. Nice decor, they've added curtains to break up the big open space. I only worry is that this is a high end restuaranat and it may not survive in this area of the city.

J
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!! Food was memorable, staff friendly, the entire experience was great!!

DH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The evening was a smash-I’d even Say it was the best Italian meal I have had outside of Italy.

RM
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, our experience at Ivy was exceptional. Not only is the food delicious and clearly made with a great deal of TLC, but the serving staff and leadership team there always go above and beyond to cater to the unique needs of each diner. This is the perfect place for a romantic date or a celebration, and I have already recommended the restaurant highly to a number of people. If you appreciate high-quality food, wine and desserts, you will be delighted to find this hidden gem has made its new home in London.

LL
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food came so fast we did not have time to finish our cocktails. Everything was done in such a hurry. I also felt the food was dumped on the plate with no respect for proper presentation. They could do much better

FJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Congratulations to owner Michael and Chef Roberto for co-creating the perfect medley of mood and food. Your lovingly prepared plates (that osso bucco!) and thoughtful surprises were served with an air of understated sophistication in a uniquely stylish environment. Completely in keeping with your respected reputation, you’ve delivered exactly as you promised - thank you for serving the best of Italy, in London Ontario.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing food! I highly recommend it

d
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really great experience here. The food was to die for and service was very friendly and knowledgeable. Salumi plate and cozze to start was delicious. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their mains, followed by mouth watering creme brulee and Tiramisu for dessert. Parking on-site was plentiful and the wine list was very extensive and impressive. We will definitely be back to enjoy another great meal and friendly service.

TW
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

First time at this new restaurant. We have eaten at many high and lower end restaurants over the years and the food at this restaurant was mediocre at best. My wife ordered the veal in red wine sauce and the wine was not reduced properly so the meat was just drenched in wine which gave it a sour taste. My seafood linguine was bland but had enough seafood in it. I don't think that we would go back......it was fairly higher priced food and this did not reflect the quality expected.

RS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

I told several people that the food was outstanding, but the service was terrible. We felt completely ignored and had to repeatedly flag someone down to serve us. I wouldn't say I recommended it, but just told the truth so they can make an informed decision about whether or not to go there.

B
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

This is a beautiful restaurant and I really want it to succeed. Unfortunately, after the ambience it is all downhill. I have eaten here twice now and won’t be back for a third. The food is mediocre at best and the service is annoying. There are a ton of friendly people trying to help and none of them do. From clearing plates before you are finished to getting the order wrong, leaving one person at a table of 6 without a main for almost 15 minutes, the inexperience shows. This is not a cheap restaurant with food on par with most high end London eateries and a much pricier wine list. Needs more than a pretty setting and a patio to succeed.

IM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the best tasting meals we have had in a long time and our food came out of the kitchen HOT!! Nice decor and ambiance. More wine options under $65 a bottle would be ideal.