The Ivy Dining Counter

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208 Reviews
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The Ivy restaurant has been a firm fixture on London’s dining and social scene since 1917. The restaurant and private room upstairs are the epitome of real glamour. A shimmering central bar in the restaurant draws admiring attention, and the signature harlequin stained-glass windows, oak panelling and striking contemporary art collection ensure the longevity of this very British of dining institutions. Executive Chef Gary Lee creates balanced seasonal menus, featuring Ivy classics, but accounting for today’s tastes, incorporating more Asian dishes, salads and vegetables, and the advent of a “sea and shells” section. Director Fernando Peire leads a strong and experienced team to deliver the unfaltering service for which The Ivy has become well known over the years. In this, its centenary year, there will be a host of special events lined up to celebrate both the past and future of this unique restaurant.
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some us time... with my wife

I
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food. Great overall. Definitely worth going

S
London
31 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great. The service at the counter was slow and inattentive. We kept having to ask for our wine and service. Such a shame as our past experiences have been great

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience5

$70 pound lunch for just myself. Food was disgusting. Disappointed because I’ve been looking forward to going for awhile

J
London
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

C
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience5

Firstly, I really wanted to enjoy this dinner. The restaurant itself is wonderful. The food was just not good enough, including the presentation, which was not good for the hype of this restaurant. I would have a hard time going back.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, cocktails and service. Ideally located in theatre land.

NR
London
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my boyfriend for his 30th birthday and had a brilliant experience. Delicious and well sized portions with really attentive service and a beautiful venue.

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great lunch friends meeting up

L
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Being sat at the bar was ok, the barmen were great, friendly and good service. Food was lovely as usual.

Did not enjoy my chair getting bashed into every time somebody walked past, and hearing the wait staffs chatter behind us over our own conversation.

I’ve been before and always been seated at a table and loved it, was a shame on my anniversary this wasn’t the case as soured the evening slightly for me.

g
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was very good, the dishes were not very large, but you can be satisfied with a first and a main course assuming you also eat their excellent bread.
Very good service.

PB
London
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Trendy as expected but overall very enjoyable! Always a classic night out!

OT
Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

All terrific cept for fatty, grisly veal chop. Richard awesome bartender server

b
London
136 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The original Ivy always delivers. Great services and ambience. I just wish the other Ivy outlets were as good in terms of food choice and quality.

s
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love the Ivy! One of the best spots in London for a nice dinner

NH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. It’s not cheap , but this is London !

RD
London
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food1service5ambience1

My husbands curry was not good.
He was compensated and the item was taken off the menu he was also given a free sweet, but this was our anniversary and ruined the evening.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure this restaurant. Consistently fantastic quality.

OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, awesome service, awesome company

AE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, very good food, happy vibe. Enjoyed very much

BW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I wanted to really like this place, but the food was just so so. The ambiance was great, the drinks were great, the service was great, the presentation was great, but the food could have been better. I had the scallops that were sadly nothing special. They were slightly fishy, slightly over cooked with no consistency, and beyond the fishy taste; they were pretty bland. The risotto that came with the dish was okay, but again, not the best.

However, if your looking for great drinks and great service, I would say this is the place!

CT
London
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service, delicious cocktails - perfect evening

AB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

had a lovely first time visit to The Ivy .food and staff were amazing.

OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome as always. The team here just know how to do it.

HP
London
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely informal way to enjoy The Ivy experience. Really did enjoy ourselves

ES
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was pouring rain, my husband and I were wearing soaking raincoats and dripping hats. The doormen and front desk staff greeted us as if we were elegantly attired and alighted from a limo. We were seated at the elegant bar and were professionally served a delicious meal at what we consider to be a very reasonable price. A lovely experience.

ET
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Am pleased to have been introduced to The Ivy. Food great and service + ambiance. Cosy. Think counter service only works well when two people.

CH
London
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and fantastic food as always. Would highly recommend.

s
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Ivy is always a great place to have dinner! I love it

CM
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive staff, excellent food in a relaxed atmosphere. It was also good to go to somewhere like this and be able to eat/drink at a relaxed pace and not to feel ‘rushed’ in any way. Would highly recommend a visit to the Ivy.

c
Edinburgh
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar as per the Dining Table booking, staff were friendly but not over bearing. Very relaxed atmosphere, great food and nice to be sat amongst things at the bar. Exceeded our expectations!

KF
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spent a week in London and this was by far our favorite dinning experience. You must sit at the bar to take it all in.

OT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special night out for son celebrating his qualification

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The waiter was rude and he got our order wrong

KS
London
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Thanks again for a New visit at The Ivy - mat be the 10th during last 20 years - this time in combination with Our 48- years of marriage upon we receive very staisfying attention from the staff!
We will certainly come back to you.
Best regards
Inge Lise and Knut Stromsheim
Ålesund
Norway

GJ
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superbly renovated since my last visit 20 yrs ago, this is unpretentious 5 star dining at its best. Lighting, service, menu and wine list, all combining to produce the perfect ambiance.

ES
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Accidentally booked the dining counter and was worried I wouldn’t like it as much as a table for two but absolutely loved it and would definitely eat like that again! Gorgeous setting, great food and really lovely staff. Fantastic 1st anniversary dinner <3

CH
London
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Open table you were the cause of this disaster of an evening The Ivy said they didn't have my booking and sat us at the bar ☹️ the front of house was very poor. This was for my wife's birthday, this was very poor unlike the Ivy Manchester

OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my partner there for her birthday and it was fantastic - quick and attentive service, great menu, fine food and a lively atmosphere but still chilled enough to be able to speak and hear. Decor and ambience was fantastic and the quality of the cuisine was top class

DM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good quick and high quality.
Little dated in the healthier options on the menu,
Overall a good experience overall...