The Ivy Exeter

4.6
679 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
Open seven days a week and comprised of a main restaurant, terrace and a private dining room, The Ivy Exeter provides the perfect setting for any occasion.

Sample our extensive range of quality food and delicious cocktails at your leisure from breakfast until late, whether you are a local resident, work close by or are simply visiting one of Exeter’s best-loved areas.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 679 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Melissa
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful decor, fantastic service and delicious food. We had a brilliant evening. I loved all the plants, and have returned wanting to update my indoor plant life. Can’t wait to go again. The only improvement that could be made is if they had a piano and live pianist, that would be amazing!

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DanR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first experience at the Ivy. Food was perfect and atmosphere was nice.

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FranB
Dorset
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Ivy as my birthday treat and the whole experience was excellent from start to finish and made my day very special

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LauraW
Bath
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely environment to spend a birthday celebration with my friend x

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LynnC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A very enjoyable lunch with superb service and lovely surroundings.

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Xxxxx
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Only negative was coffee was only lurk warm otherwise everything else fab

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SaraM
London
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food good service not cheap but worth it. Sat outside under cover with view of the Cathedral. Enjoyable occasion and would go again.

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NickH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic anniversary meal , fantastic staff and service the food was excellent loved it .

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Katie
London
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Exceeded expectations..... surprisingly large portions and value for money. Cocktails were excellent, excellent choice and friendly, attentive service.
Can't wait to return

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CoralB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Would highly Recommend had a great Lunch for my Birthday.

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StaceyW
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely experience and very accommodating to my two small children!

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StephanieH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was fantastic, the drinks were great and the decor was lovely!
The service wasn’t very good, lots of waiting and the starters came before the drinks which we could see sat on the bar for about 20 minutes. It’s expensive but I don’t believe it’s overpriced considering. We will go again.

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Danny83
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

When you charge top prices you have to deliver. We spent £120 per head. It failed to meet to meet our expectations. Our server was excellent. Food was ok but certainly not at the level id expect

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JIllT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Had a lovely meal and food was excellent
Had a glass of coke spilt over myself and my son and still got charged £22 service charge which seemed a bit high. A shame the steak comes as just a steak and everything else is extra! But overall it’s a lovely venue and food

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Josie
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The atmosphere was beautiful along with the decor, in particular the ladies toilets! The service was good except my husband had to wait bout 15mins for his food to arrive after us 5 already having ours. It would of been a nice gesture if something was offered especially as a 12.5 service charge was expected. The chocolate bombe was amazing and so was the blackened cod, however the rest of our meals were nothing special and expensive as you have to add on extras. I'm coming next Sunday for afternoon tea for a friends birthday so hopefully that will be nicer
I would recommend the Ivy for the decor but not the food

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LeahE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very happy with my choices of food. Had a great time.

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KimberleyT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tables are a little too crammed in regardless of covid. Feels like you’re having dinner with those at the next table! Other than that everything was unfaultable.

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Argyledad
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely waitress service and pleasant ambience. Surprisingly well priced.

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JacklynS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service lovely food and beautiful decor.

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, comfortable & beautifully decorated. The cocktails and food were amazing. Staff attentive & polite. I have a food allergy but there was still so much to choose from. Normally I end up with the vegetarian option to be on the safe side but not here which was a nice surprise. I won’t recommend a dish, just go with what you fancy I’m sure it will be great, everyone in my party had something different for all 3 courses and we all enjoyed what we had.

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TraceyM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, friendly attentive staff and overall a lovely experience

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BridgetB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Sunday brunch - friendly welcome, good range of choices and drinks. Nice atmosphere and really enjoyed it. Will try a dinner sitting next time.

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FrancesG
Bristol
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s wonderful! Super decor and super food. What’s not to like? And the staff are so friendly. Will definitely be back

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CharlotteB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely meal to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Beautiful decor and a buzzing atmosphere. The food and cocktails were incredible, couldn’t fault it!

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LisaL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful venue, incredible food and wonderful service

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Anon
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

A great place for a special night out. Fab decor and feels really decadent. Staff are friendly and attentive. The food was ok, but not great. One of the starters was delicious, the warm duck salad is definitely one to try and the chocolate bomb was also good. The mains that we had weren’t great, my fish was over cooked and the chips were really dry and so I didn’t eat much of it. My husbands burger was over cooked, the bun was so dry he thought it may be stale and again the chips were not very nice. There was little between the courses to enable you to digest your food. It was incredibly hot in the restaurant, admittedly the weather has been extremely hot recently but we went on the weekend the weather had turned. No sign of any air con or fans and definitely no windows open. The staff were sweltering as were the guests. We noticed that guests around us were asked about their meals whilst they were eating, we weren’t for some reason, had we been we probably would have said something. However when it came round to paying we felt on balance we had enjoyed our visit and didn’t want to be difficult. We probably wouldn’t rush back but I am pleased that we have been.

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Sarah
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal. Great staff. Lovely decor. Could not fault it. We will return.

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TinaL
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, atmosphere and service. Definitely recommend and will be booking again!

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OpenTable Diner
Bristol
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service with really attentive staff, lovely atmosphere created with the DJ providing background music and lovely food - thank you

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SteveC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly welcoming staff. Service was impeccable and food was great.

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Maria
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To celebrate our wedding anniversary we chose The Ivy,. After reading the good reviews and looking at the website we knew we had chosen wisely! A very warm and friendly welcoming met us on arrival, and shown straight to our table. Lovely decor and planting with a DJ in charge of subtle music. The menu caters for everyone and such a wonderful choice, but expensive, you expect to pay for good food and it certainly was. it was hard to decide on the courses. Absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection, full compliments to the chef and kitchen crew.
The cocktails were awesome, beautifully decorated and highly recommended. Attention to detail and service was very good too, we were impressed with complimentary profiteroles with a “Happy Anniversary” chocolate, a really nice touch.
Our only criticism was the persistent water glass topping up, would prefer to that myself as and when I wanted it. And SERVICE CHARGE added to the bill, we had it removed and gave a discretionary tip, we thought it a little presumptuous to have service charge added to your bill without it being advertised on the menus to make you aware beforehand. Apart from that it was a truly enjoyable experience and will definitely be returning. Highly recommend it to anyone,

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LisaG
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food. Maybe Menu could update more often.

Beautiful settings.

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Lydl
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We were welcomed by lovely staff but unfortunately our server made us feel as though she wanted to get us out. She was clearing our plates and bottles while we were still eating, she tutted at a baby who was making a mess on the floor and also threw our bill down. It felt very much like get them in and out and onto the next one. It’s a shame as I know friends who have had better experiences than ours.

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KatyE
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance, service and food was excellent. We liked that we weren’t rushed and attention level was perfect.
A little too expensive for drinks.
The music was too loud for us as we had a large table (6) and couldn’t always hear the conversation due to the music.

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EmilyJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good vibe. Lovely food. Great atmosphere. Staff were very polite. Will definitely be going again

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SK21
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a very nice breakfast at The Ivy Exeter. Great ambience, very good service and very nice food. We will be returning.

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DanielleF
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the setting beautiful and the cocktails were strong. A lovely evening

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MikeS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue, service and food. Love it

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StephanieA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. The only negatives were the music was slightly too loud (in house DJ) and talking was hard. My only other complaint is when a service charge is added to the bill to make it look like you have to pay it! I don’t ever mind leaving a tip when deserved with good food and excellent service but object to this added to my bill!

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Noominator1
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitress service! Lovely place! Food was great too! Extremely clean, in the restaurant as well as the restrooms.

FAQs

The Ivy Exeter is rated 4.6 stars by 679 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.