J Sheekey Atlantic Bar

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J Sheekey Atlantic Bar is a hidden jewel, nestling between the bright lights of Leicester Square and the chic Covent Garden, on the doorstep of jostling Chinatown and action-fuelled Soho. Open daily from midday until late, food is seasonal, delicious and affordable. Appealing to seafood enthusiasts, but neglecting no-one, the menu offers small sharing plates of fish, shellfish, salads and game, not to mention with the very theatrical Plateau de Fruits de Mer. The team is passionate and knowledgeable, serving from an open kitchen as and when the dishes are cooked. Please note that seats are subject to a time restriction. Seats that are booked from 5.15pm to 5.45pm are available through to 7.15pm.
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DJ
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. Great atmosphere to meet up with friends. Staff very friendly and knowledgable.

G
London
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favourite restaurant. The Dover Sole is delicious!
Have booked two more lunches before Christmas.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service.
Great value counter dining.
Food delicious and well presented.
Highly recommend.

J
London
10 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very attentive service made for a relaxing pre theatre fish supper.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect location for pre concert

R
London
72 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Did an amazing job when we found ourselves with just 25 mins to seat, dine and pay! Didn't quite have time to enjoy the experience as much as we might have like, though!

JS
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good venue for girly lunch Fairly good value and great service.

BB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sry handy for the coliseum and the food was lovely. Service very polite and good

HS
London
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love J Sheekeys, (the restaurant and Atlantic bar).... consistently the best fish restaurant in town and the staff are exceptionally attentive and very nice.

T
Oxford
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, great service and excellent food! Was so nice to meet a friend for lunch there, very relaxed but we were really looked after - one of my favourite places to go, thank you!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just lovely

C
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked at the last minute, so we hadn’t had any pre conceptions heading to the restaurant. From meeting the very smart doorman, to finishing the meal the service was exceptional. The food itself was excellent (Cornish fish soup) and very reasonably priced. I will definitely be returning and recommend the whole experience. ❤️⚓️🧔🏻

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and lovely service

JH
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I haD NOT VISITED SINCE THE LATEST REFURBISHMENT. I thought the Atlantic bar area had been very tastefully done and was pleasantly surprised by the extensive menu - ideal for pre-theatre. I had only been there for oysters and champagne in that area of the restaurant before. At that early hour the noise level was quite acceptable. Service was excellent - friendly and efficient.

S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent meal. Oysters were outstanding and fish dish was perfectly prepared. Love to come here when we’re in London.

C
Miami
42 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We dined in the Atlantic bar at J Sheekeys mid week. It was not busy at all so we had very good attentive service. The food and drinks were all good. Nothing to complain about really. It’s a tad expensive but worth it for a nice treat. It’s old school design with a warm cosy ambiance.

GJ
Brighton
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

I have been to the Atlantic Bar quite a few times, sadly this time was a huge disappointment despite booking in advance. Once we got our table I felt ignored. I had to ask for the order to be taken. The food which was nice, took ages to arrive. I felt like I was a n in the way and not a valued customer. It was the same for the desert, where I had to ask for the menu, then ask for our order to be taken and the food again took ages to arrive. Then I had to ask three times for the bill, then twice to pay.
No apologies, no thanks all in all a very disappointing experience. I even had to ask for the 12.5% service to be deducted!!!!!

T
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite place to eat pre theatre!

G
London
23 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a special treat for my friend’s 91st Birthday and the chef sent an inscribed plate and some truffles at the end of the meal. A lovely gesture much appreciated as my friend and her late husband were frequent visitors of Sheekey’s

c
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Post theatre. Poor service. Food arrived in an unusual order. Fries arrived first. Then tempura prawns then bread. Etc. Loud dance music playing. Not like the j sheekey I remember. Asked to go outside to finish wine. Waiter said no problem. Went outside and were told we couldn’t bring alcohol outside went back and our table was gone. Left half bottle of wine behind. Used to love this place. Have been many times. Won’t be going back.

RG
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Courteous and delightful staff. Healthy menu options. Understood we had a theatre deadline to meet. A really good experience.

B
London
21 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really friendly staff and excellent service at the table. Food was delicious and we were able to keep our table as long as we wanted which was a bonus. Would definitely go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The service was a little slow
The waiter accidentally spilt wine over my friends shirt
To be fair they offered him dry cleaning and we had a free drink

My friends fish pie was good but my sautéed octopus was tough and a little tasteless

The ambience was good and the bar seats were fine

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastic seafood selection. Nice atmosphere even on a quiet night.

n
San Francisco
102 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it. Went at 930 so it was very quiet- great service and the seafood platter was perfect-nice ambience would go back for sure

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - our particular favourite is the tuna and avocado taco’s. Service exemplary, as always!

m
London
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Always a special experience at Shelley’s! I prefer a table but my wife likes the bar! The best pre theatre restaurant in our view!

LF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

While I’ve seen many rave reviews for J. Sheekey, it didn’t hit the spot for us. We had made reservations, but they still tried to seat us at the bar. I’m not sure if this was because we made reservations earlier in the day, but I didn’t find that to be ideal. The seafood platter we received didn’t taste as fresh as I’d like seafood to taste. The waitress lacked any knowledge about the oysters, which was the main reason we had chosen this restaurant. Overall, we didn’t enjoy the food and would not go back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food & service was outstanding! It is a very busy restaurant. Would love to go back

p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent, superfriendly and efficient. The food was gorgeous and the ambiance, with its bistro-chic very nice. Certainly worth repeating!! The only thing I find rather impractical is that the menu does not make a difference between starters and mains, going for a tapas-like set-up, though some dishes are apparently to large to serve as a starter. This was clearly explained by the staff, but could just as easily have been explained on the menu, with prices for a small and a large helping. It is a small matter, but could be better clarified… It was pricy, but on the whole worth it!

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always - excellent. Crab, homemade mayonnaise, fries. What more can you ask for?!

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great post theatre place. Even spot a few famous faces occasionally. Great fun.

C
Miami
42 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We came to J Sheekey´s primarily for the oysters however everything we ate was very good. We had the oyster and glass of champagne pairing which we consider good value, they were rock oysters but not creamy or jellyish even if they are out of season in August. Then we had a selection of dishes, the fish goujons, always a favourite, the tartare sauce is home made and wonderful, the Octopus with chorizo, the daily special which was sole, a great size and so wonderfully fresh. We also ate the cod which was great. I would recommend this place to anyone. You can choose to dine outside on the terrace, inside at the Atlantic bar or in the restaurant. We chose the Atlantic bar as we feel it has a nice relaxed vibe.

s
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Back room is cold. I would avoid it. A lot of people are there to eat before going to the theater. Peeling saucy shrimp apart seems to be a miss and a bad match with the clientele. Drinks were good and the fish was EXCELLENT.

L
London
42 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

All I would have expected from such an established fish restaurant. However, if I may make one observation it would be that there wasn't enough selection of fish in the seafood bar in which I was situated. That isn't to say that the seafood was not excellent, it is just that I would have enjoyed making the same selection as those in the main body of the restaurant.
LM.

m
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

J Sheekey Atlantic Bar is a must for us every time we come to London. Sitting at the counter we can easily talk, watch the chefs prepare the various plates, get good advice our server who always available across the counter. The food is delicious, priced and sized to encourage trying several items. The place has a nice energetic vibe that we like even though we usually reject noisy restaurants.

r
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my favourite restaurant in the world

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Quite a nice place but the food was very disappointing. The lobster taco was delicious but at £13 for 2 mini tacos, not very good value for money. The shrimp burger at £16 was very soggy due to the tomato sauce and didn’t taste amazing. It comes by itself, with no sides so once fries added at £4.50, you’re looking at £20/£21 for a very basic meal, again, not great value for money. Based on my experience I would not recommend but other people seem to have had a better experience. Even though the food isn’t great, staff is very friendly and welcoming.

DL
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Arrived a bit early and were taken to our seat which was good. Service was spot on; Instant menus, drinks etc. Ordered starters which did appear very quickly which made us think we would be done and back out again very quickly, but not the case. Smoked eel starter a bit disappointing. Ordered the platter for main, fantastic, the crab was to die for. Wine very expensive for a NZ Sauvignon Blanc named after a pop group! All in all a good night out, the food was great, and overall a good experience if just slightly expensive.

W
London
17 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love coming here for early evening dinner at the bar. Great food, great service.