The Ivy

4.6
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820 Reviews
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£41 and over
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Modern European

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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 dining 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. The Ivy welcomes customers without reservations at the central dining bar, where the A La Carte and Set menus are both served.

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Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic in every way. Memorable experience and would highly recommend

F
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oficially my favourite restaurant in London.
Been coming for over 10 years and always impecable.
A truly recomend!

JW
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this establishment. Very comfortable and fairly intimate. Great food and service and ideal for pre theatre meal. Could be viewed as expensive but you get what you pay for and the experience is certainly worth paying for. Well done.

OT
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and refined atmosphere.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great menu and well presented food with a good atmosphere, however one would expect an apologies or acknowledgement when there are delays during courses. It can happen but not dealt with professional but with some arrogance.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the RESTAURANT you want to take your partner for a special meal...well this is it...pukka food pukka ambience pukka staff the price is fair...the quality is sound...

BW
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had a great time for birthday celebration. Food was excellent.

c
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and atmosphere, service was perfect and food very good. Will come back. Best from all Ivy restaurants I’ve been so far

M
London
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in London.

A
Denver
53 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lively room. Very good food, although the calves liver was somewhat undercooked.

w
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic meal, thank you

S
London
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was my first time at this location & I enjoyed it. Tables are a little closer to each other than they need to be, which makes it hard for a personal conversation. I had 2 courses & a glass of champagne - I thoroughly enjoyed all of it. I would go back, service was exceptional.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great environment and service, the food however was a bit average considering the price you pay.

m
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We somehow felt as if we were an imposition on the waiting staff and that they had better things to do than to bother with attending to our needs (bringing our drinks or taking our order). The proximity of the tables made discreet conversation impossible.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner and wonderful service!

LT
London
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to find somewhere so special to dine late at night

A
London
42 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was lovely, service was quick and courteous. It created a memorable occasion

g
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good quality and not bad value for central London. They keep it relatively simple and it just works !!

GL
London
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food & service was fabulous. The staff was outstanding to our every needs. I highly recommend The Ivy Restaurant. Dinner was worth the price!

A
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Just the atmosphere itself is a good enough reason to visit. Loved the dessert.

v
London
30 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Wow - what's happened to this place? It was never really about the food but you were always made to feel "special". I know they've franchised it to death but I thought, or rather hoped, they'd keep the original intact. Nope. The two of us were in and out in less that 50 minutes and £170 efficiently extracted in the process. Shockingly rushed service. The good art has gone too.
Avoid.

TM
London
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails to impress. They are the best in business at the effortless comfort model

k
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as usual. My wife and I visited The Ivy for our 20th wedding anniversary as it is a special place to go to and we were not disappointed.

SE
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect. Service exceptional, The Ivy has great energy and vibe, best Dover Sole I’ve probably ever had. Super charming staff. It’s a must go to.

B
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I HAD THAI SEA BASS AND IT WAS ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS - Our servers were terrific and we enjoyed our evening thoroughly!

T
Chihuahua
28 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

PL
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went to The Ivy for the first time for lunch to celebrate a special friend birthday .Had a super lunch and the services were excellent.The food is fabulous.Will definitely go back

M
London
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this palace.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special meal for a special birthday in the family.
The food was exceptional and the service was very good.
Am looking forward to returning soon. Thank you.

k
London
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and a great place go a little touch of class we will be going back again

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fillet steak was melt in your mouth perfect!

C
Chicago
87 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to the Ivy on the recommendation of friends who live and dine in London often. Asked them to recommend a place we should not miss. The Ivy did not disappoint. We enjoyed a delicious meal with exceptional service. We would definitely return on a future visit.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love this place, very posh. Great for a special occasion or a treat. All round lovely place to go.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal! Attentive staff and service.

b
London
136 reviews
Dined on September 28, 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.

K
Kent
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly wonderful restaurant with attentive, friendly staff who are knowledgeable about the menu. The ambience is wonderful and you feel engulfed in utter indulgence while at the same time feeling relaxed and comfortable.
The food is beautiful and I loved the Crispy Duck and Watermelon salad, absolutely amazing.
I love The Ivy and always feel privileged to be able to dine there. A London icon.

j
London
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, always delivers in a traditional way that is rarely seen outside of the west end

J
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a very good friend to lunch on 27 September to celebrate his birthday. The waiting staff were very attentive and made us feel very special. The food was excellent and the birthday chocolates served on a special plate were an unexpected surprise for both of us. Would highly recommend The Ivy restaurant for any special occasions .

AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The waiter was arrogant and didn’t seem to be much interested in the tourists. We are Americans and felt very unwelcomed by our waiter. He seemed to rush us through. Did not listen to us. We had come to your restaurant on the recommendation of that wonderful documentary that was done on your remodel. The food was hot and very well prepared. Your waiter was not. It is the only experience we had in London that made us feel British service was not up to par.

D
Houston
61 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go to pre-theater dining destination. All the dishes are superb. Each visit I try a new dish. My wife and I shared the crispy duck and watermelon salad for the the first course. We will order that again! Food, wine and ambiance provide a great start for a great London theater experience!