J Sheekey Outside Terrace at the Atlantic Bar

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J Sheekey Outside Terrace is a private oasis in the heart of Covent Garden, around the corner from the cinemas of Leicester Square, the museums of Trafalgar Square, 5 minutes from Charing Cross and a stone’s throw from the west end theatres. J Sheekey Outside Terrace specialises in shellfish and small plates of fish and vegetables, with Oysters served in various guises. Chef Andy McClay has put together a menu especially for the terrace and has added a section dedicated to lobster Please note that your reservation will be allocated on the outside terrace and the table will be available for 1.5 hours.
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CT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best oysters of my life! Wonderful al fresco seating

ES
Kent
61 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent to be outside in the summer and the lobster teriyaki was excellent as was everything else. Service excelled and as I was in a rush it was three courses in 75 mins-but could of course have stayed longer. Great value part of Sheekey.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service by our guest, a gentleman with glasses in the outside terrace, unfortunately I forgot his name, but great service.

CW
London
11 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, excellent service and lovely to be outside on a sunny day.

s
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked online , arrived on time only to be told we couldn’t have a table as they were closed for a private function. Why except the reservation in the first place ?

OT
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The Bar serve different food from the menu shown and the quality was nothing comparable to the main restuarant.

A
London
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great wine, great food, service a little slow but expected for a Friday night.

a
London
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food and service were excellent. Definitely recommend to go.

JA
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Really good restaurant and the food was great.

a
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere and friendly staff. Would recommend.

GE
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Would return to restaurant but maybe not to outdoor terrace area as it did get a little noisy and rowdy with passers by but that’s no fault of the restaurant itself.

LB
London
50 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious light meal on the terrace at the Atlantic on a lovely summer evening. We enjoyed the ceviche, and the burrata with asparagus salad. The standout dish was the octopus romesco... As with the main restaurant, J Sheekey never disappoints.

G
London
125 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as ever! I really enjoyed the new crab Thermidor soufflé on the menu from today. The sauce is perfect for dunking friies into. My mum thought the fish goujons were the best she ver tasted, as it was a Friday lunchtime, the place was full, buzzy and fun.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sitting outside terrace is great fun if you like looking at people passing by. Food is amazing especially octopus recommend. Will definitely come back soon:)

CC
London
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amiable staff and lovely shellfish, beautifully presented made the bill palatable, though a little on the pricey side for me. It was great to sit outside with the overhead heating and watch the passing tourists so all in all this is a place I would recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have never had seafood tasting so good before. The chef had really done an excellent job! And being outdoors? You don’t even realise! It it located on the loveliest (a bit busy, but) little, nice street. And the terrace was heated up perfectly.
We are definitely coming back!!

BF
San Diego
94 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great option for lunch weather permitting. Some tables are under heaters. They have large blankets for all tables You can order from either restaurant or bar menu

KT
London
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Booked for a dinner with friends. I had a souffle, and one friend had the fish pie - both nice albeit a bit small, and served unaccompanied. However, the other person eating ordered scallops for around £15 - 2 scallops! Drinks took a while to bring out, but other than that it was fine, and great for people watching of course.

s
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very special place to sitting outside under the heater if it’s cold, watching the world go by; AMAZING food and service and a special shout out to Daisy for her food and wine advice. (Vegetarians: ask for the veggie menu)

K
Essex
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant fish restaurant in a great location. The staff are friendly attentive and polite.

NG
London
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience3

I had really been looking forward to going back to Sheekey and trying the Atlantic bar. Unfortunately the service was appalling and very slow which somewhat spoilt the experience. We asked the waiter to stop to serve us a number of times and he was just too thinly stretched and carried on walking past us, it became comical.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This place projects itself as a higher-end, trendy spot for beautiful people; but, aside from its enviable locale for sidewalk dining, it didn't seem worth the inflated prices. Met by a bored-looking hostess whom I had to correct as to our outdoor booking (she did apologise), we then found the service painfully slow--we weren't offered a drink to start and then after several minutes of waiting to order both drink and food, the food took some time to arrive, and even then it beat the drinks by several minutes. There seemed to be not enough waiters (the one we had was nice enough), while two maitre d' types in sharp suits appeared to be pitching in when you could catch one. The food was OK. All in all, not relaxing, because of the service lag, and not worth paying over the odds for the fairly straightforward menu (unless you're just really into raw oysters and the like).

P
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Was so looking forward to a seafood meal in London in the theater district and I ignored the bad reviews on Open Table in favor of the delightful ones on Trip Advisor. The experience was such a disappointment, and an expensive one at that. I will forgive the short wait at the bar since our outdoor table wasn’t ready. The alley table was charming. And I will forgive the bottle of wine arriving before the cocktail we asked to have first. Minor quibbles. But I can’t forgive being there for 90 minutes with only some oysters and one starter to arrive at the table. Being largely ignored by the staff on a slow Monday? We were there for dinner. Maybe that was our mistake. We would have been happy with oysters and wine after a show if that was our only goal. But we were there for dinner and hungry, left waiting for dishes that were very slow to arrive, in fact the post theater diners had their meals finished just behind us when we arrived almost two hours earlier. Maybe it was a bad night for the kitchen. But for the very large bill I would have hoped to have a steady arrival of dishes and not to have had to ask repeatedly for things we ordered to be brought out. Fries/chips arrived cold. I wish I could say we had a wonderful London seafood meal but all I can say is we had terrific oysters and wine and the rest was a pricey bummer. There are so many terrific places in London that are better to spend your American dollar.

AP
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall3food1service3ambience2

It was ok! Nothing special!

LB
London
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My Starter was overdone but overall a good experience

EH
London
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Sat at table for nearly 30 minutes before drink order was even taken despite multiple attempts. Ordered the fruit de mer platter which took OVER one hour to prepare raw seafood. To top it off, it wasnt even busy!

MC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were recommended to visit this restaurant for its seafood and definitely not disappointed. I had the Fruit de Mer, which was absolutely fantastic and, I would say, all British shell fish. My wife had oysters followed by the fish pie - also excellent but unable to finish!

We sat outside and people watched, great if that's what you like although there is plenty of indoor seating.

The staff were excellent - friendly, knowledgeable, helpful.

I've knocked off one star for value as although the food was very reasonably priced considering the restaurant is in the heart of London's theatre-land, the extensive wine list was expensive.

I would, however, definitely visit again.

G
London
125 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Buzzy, fun place. The scallops were absolutely superb. The cheese toastie with lobster, prawn and crab was a little too rich for my palate.

RE
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Sheekey’s is an old favourite, so we know it well - and love it through and through.

It was, however, the first time the service has been off point - our waiter had the air of being uninterested and slightly superior almost to the point of patronising. He certainly didn’t handle my confusion over the different menus inside (where we normally eat) and outside, and kind of made me look stupid in front of our friends!

Food was, as always, superb!

g
London
182 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience4

A table outside Sheekey’s on a hot day is just bliss, and eating seafood even better. Whilst we enjoyed our lunch, the sea bass was a little dry and disappointing. We had to ask for our bottle of wine whilst we were eating our starters, and then throughout we poured it ourselves - not what one would expect for this calibre of restaurant.

D
London
15 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Very disappointing visit as have fond memories of this place! The food quality, portions, cooking skills etc are that of a high street chain but with prices twice as high
£18 glasses of champagne not served on trays! Full plates collected but not asked why we hadn’t eaten the under seasoned food!
I hate to say it but I’ve had better meals in Cote!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Birthday then opera

r
London
48 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and lovely to sit outside. Lobster was first class.

PC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Booked a table Friday evening, had 2 glasses of champagne, water, olives 1/2 lobster and salmon. Very mediocre food and service was average too. Lobster had clearly been frozen as the amount of water coming out of it when you ate it was a dead giveaway, also there was no flavor. The only reason this has got 2 stars is the location which on a hot London even was nice. There are far better restaurants in London for an £80 meal!

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Always excellent although a little expensive. Have eaten both indoors and out at J Sheekey. Will definitely be back again sometime soon.

NG
London
14 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A pre theatre supper - attentive service, food arrived promptly and was very tasty. Waiter advised that portions were modest which was a welcome change from the usual monster portions that is increasingly the norm.

However, the tiny portions were not reflected in the bill which was eye wateringly expensive

SB
London
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service and very welcoming to our little dog!

ME
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Lovely sunny spot for tasty small plates & wine/cocktails pre theatre in a convenient location.

J
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Certainly not the normal standard we experience at J. Sheekey. My wife was sat at another table from me even though I had arrived early and was allocated a table. Staff was a bit harassed. We were not quite sure who our server actually was. We had to chase people for drinks and to order. Croquettes had fish bone in it. Took ages to get the tab.

J
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We were really looking forward to this post theatre dinner. Unfortunately it was a little disappointing. We ordered staters of bread and olives to be told no olives but a couple who were served after us got olives and we had to ask for the bread and extra side after main course arrived. Two guests were ill overnight and both had prawns. All seemed rushed.