The Ivy

4.6
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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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vipMattP
London
18 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sorry if my party were a bit loud! You dealt with us very diplomatically!

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Karine
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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The best in Town beter food than in Belgium
For what get Price is good

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VictoriaDL
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I love the Ivy but the food on my recent visit was not up to par and given the prices, that is really not what you expect. I will return but was disappointed this time.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous lunch with my mum. The Ivy is a very special place.

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IlkkaL
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice deco & service. Would highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my husbands birthday and the staff make you welcome from the outset. The place is an amazingly original Art Deco restaurant but is chilled and sophisticated at the same time. I have been here lots but wanted to spoil my husband and it never disappoints. The service and food is fantastic and I love to sit at the bar and chat. He very much enjoyed his first too! Will always revisit when we have service and food like we had today. Thank you!

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sarahs
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Arrived, the host was fantastic and was very excited about the whole experience. it went downhill from thereon. I ordered a dish off the vegan menu. they brought me the salmon. They took it away, very apologetic. However by the time my replacement meal arrived, my partner had almost finished his. My dahl arrived, it was practically soup. Trying to eat my "soup" with a knife and fork was impossible, so I left it. No spoon was offered to me.
The waiter didn't even ask if I enjoyed it, all he said is we won't charge me. In hindsight i should have refused to have paid for both meals as it was a complete disaster.
Gutted!

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OpenTable Diner
London
25 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Gorgeous environment, unfortunately food is disappointing. Waited 30 mins for a table we had already booked in advance. Starters were good, mains were poor: the japanese donburi was all rice, came with no sauce. Changed main to Dahl which looked like it had been slopped on the plate, no nans or parathas, for the price very disappointed.
Would we return.... No save your money.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
27 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. Still the ori6and the best.

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vipBishbam
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always Fabulous!!!

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vipMattP
London
18 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always great service and food
It’s a shame there isn’t more room at the entrance as you always have to squeeze past other people to either come in to the restaurant or go to the toilet

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KarnL
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a beautiful setting, the incredible and reasonably priced food is served by exceptional waiting staff. Always worth a visit. Always a delight.

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WendyH
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our recent dining experience was our first following The Ivy's extensive refurbishment .

My wife & I brought two friends along, who had not been to The Ivy before.

They & us very much enjoyed our lunch.

The food was great & service immaculate.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Most of the staff was very nice but our waitress (wore glasses with long blond ponytail braids) was close to actually rude. She smirked when we ordered our cocktails (why?) so much so that my friend and I looked at each other after she walked away and asked What was that about? Seemed bemused by us the entire evening and not in a nice way. But it did not affect our evening. Everyone else was lovely and we had a wonderful dinner. The restaurant is gorgeous

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kann
London
13 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Joyful surroundings, good food and excellent service make this a consistently good lunch venue.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing and must-see restaurant in Covent Garden! If you are coming to London, you must check this place out

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vipGraham
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great few hours spent - food great - staff very good. Perfect

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a bad meal had here.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal. Everything you’d expect. Outstanding

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

It was my birthday, they were told at booking and asked who’s birthday it was one we arrived but then that was the end of it - disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Food was good but service extremely slow.

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Daniel
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I have been the this restaurant 4 times now. The most I have of any of the top tier restaurants. It is the 1st time since they were taken over and have had other Ivy's established. I was worried it would have lost all that was good. Everything was as good, the only small difference which was notable was the menu. It had less things I liked and not one dessert I could have. But staff, service and atmosphere was excellent.

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Jonesy
London
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful.
Nothing more to say -
just go and have the best time in this iconic place ...

JS
JaniceS
London
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very enjoyable, new cocktail menu comes across as quite sweet, rather than an aperitif.

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LowriR
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall, it was great. The only thing that bothered me, and it bothers me wherever it happens, was the overzealous waitress who kept topping up my wine before I’d even taken a sip since the last top-up. I get it, it makes people drink more, but at least ask.
A small niggle in an otherwise excellent experience though.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both loved everything about The Ivy.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!

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vipMattP
London
18 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always great, although the table for 2 was a bit tight for space

JB
vipJohnB
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. A real treat to visit this establishment.

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BrianL
London
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful pre-theatre meal and venue. Had a little mix up with the order but this dealt with very professionally and with no fuss. Loved the fish and chips and the waitress made great theatre with the Baked Alaska. Thought the cocktails were pricy but delicious. Hadn’t been for a few years and on returning would Highly recommend!

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GeoD
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as usual across the board.

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Ash2013
London
14 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very famous & elegant restaurant, perfect for all occasions!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, delicious food. Gorgeous ambiance. Truly enjoyed the evening.

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BoZa
London
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Soup was average, fish was overcooked, cocktails were great. Service was ok

OT
OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner between Harry Potter plays, Ian and Mikki took good care of us!

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OpenTable Diner
Northampton
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails to disappoint, I don’t ever get bored of visiting!

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PaulO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The Ivy is iconic and beautiful, the food is great, flavourful and a great combination of innovative and traditional.
However, their service on this occasion let them down. The waiter seemed positively disinterested and didn’t make eye contact at any point of the evening. There was no warmth, no authentic interaction, it felt positively transactional. Not what I expected at all, we left feeling underwhelmed and like we’d been an inconvenience.

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DavidS
London
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous setting and wonderful food and considering the history of the place pretty decent price. I would always recommend to sit at the counter as the chat with the barmen is great, you get the best view of the restaurant and the seated areas (unless you get a booth) are pretty tight together anyway and not so private.

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ChrisM
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food/service in an iconic location for a special day!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review