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The Ivy

4.5
4.5
1839 Reviews
£41 and over
Modern European
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 120 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Modern European, Contemporary British

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    020 7836 4751

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Established in the heart of Theatre Land in London’s Covent Garden, The Ivy’s restaurant and private dining room are the epitome of glamour with iconic shimmering Central Dining Bar, signature harlequin stained-glass windows, oak panelling and striking contemporary art collection.

  • Private party contact

    the Events Team: 020 3727 6548

  • Neighborhood

    Covent Garden

  • Parking details

    Our nearest parking is the Q-Park, Chinatown on Newport Place. WC2H 7PU (3 minutes’ walk from the restaurant).

  • Public transit

    The nearest tube station is Leicester Square. Leave by Exit 3 and turn right. Walk up Charing Cross Road and take the 2nd turning on your right into Litchfield Street. The entrance to the restaurant is around the left hand corner on West Street, opposite St Martin's Theatre.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine

Experiences

  • New Year’s Eve at The Ivy West Street

    £65.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    The scene is set for a night to remember. Raise a glass and celebrate with loved ones over a decadent set menu, world-class wine list and live entertainment in the iconic surrounds of The Ivy West Street. Three course set menu is £65 per person with access to the Piano Bar and Loft at The Club until 1pm.

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What 1,839 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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    Most Booked

  • West End London

    Modern European

  • West End London

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  1. CN

    CaterinaN

    London

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    I had friends from Milan visiting me. I had to ask twice about the table which was still not ready half an hour from the booking's time. Frankly, I expected a different level of service. They did not even offered the drinks at the bar while we were waiting. This is a shame, because the atmosphere was lively and the food was pleasant. I had to pour the wine myself all the time and the main courses were served wrongly to my guests: positions are not too tricky in a table of four otherwise please just announce the dished and we will confirm. There are definitely margins of improvement.
  2. E

    Emmy

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    We arrived around 2pm with no reservation as we had ate at their other location the night prior and loved it. However, upon arrival the host (male) looked down on us and told us they were fully booked for lunch. When we asked how long the wait was or if there was room at the bar, he said, no also fully booked. Before we left my boyfriend used the washroom and i jumped on open table to find something close by to eat. To my dismay, I saw they had reservations available every 15 minutes. When i booked the reservation and walked back in, he tried to tell me that someone had just cancelled. That was clearly a lie, and he was just judging us based on our appearance. While we ate there were tables that sat empty throughout our entire stay. It’s a shame something like this could ruin our entire experience with the restaurant. Definitely will not be back to this location!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    We loved the Ivy but felt slightly disappointed that we had been urged to get there on time and were only allowed 10 minutes grace but they then kept us waiting 45 minutes for our table. Also your bottle of wine stays at the bar and they top up your glass so it was hard to tell how much we had left . Food and service were excellent !
  4. NM

    NancyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely server and the food was delicious. Interior had great ambience
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always with the Ivy a faultless dining experience. Impeccable service. Exquisite food.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always attend The IVY on West Street when visiting London There's a old fashioned vibe within the place that allows you feel a sense privacy and opulance that even the other Ivies can't match Give yourself a treat.Get glammed up and visit
  7. SS

    SueS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m from Canada and always wanted to enjoy the experience. Exceeded expectations!
  8. JG

    JillG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    food was disappointing and very bland. worst visit ive had - very disappointing overall
  9. A

    Anlu

    Orange County

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent place to dine before and after the theater Very helpful servers A welcoming restaurant
  10. C

    Cathy52

    Buckinghamshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great ambience
  11. TD

    TommasoD

    Brighton

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Was good as always but chicken main course disappointing. Although tasty, it was a very small chicken breast and certainly not stuffed with truffle like the menu said. Just a plainly roasted chicken breast But then say it how it is on the menu.....
  12. D

    Darrenh

    Liverpool

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Serving staff knowledge of menu was poor, food over priced and average, general attention to detail I expected just wasn’t there, felt like a high street branded chain, wow factor has definitely gone from this great London tradition shame.
  13. K

    K124

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great place for a celebration or get together with friends/family. Menu options for all dietary needs. Must try!
  14. TA

    TesseA

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met up with friends and business colleagues for a celebration. I will definitely be going back. The customer service is outstanding.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing welcome and service. Waiters so knowledgeable and helpful. Food was first class
  16. KR

    KateR

    Liverpool

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a fabulous experience at the ivy, reasonable price for the experience and fantastic.
  17. HB

    HeatherB

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredibly busy for a Tuesday night! But service was excellent, food delicious and martinis exceptional! Reasonably priced for what I had. Not one complaint
  18. TC

    TC121

    London

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a really nice dinner at the Ivy restaurant in West Street Covent Garden. The menu and wine lists are excellent. We are certainly looking forward to our next visit. Thank you.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Friend meet up
  20. PJ

    PaulaJ

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful from start to finish…… I made the reservation as a surprise for my partner, to celebrate the end of cancer treatment… he had always wanted to dine at The ‘original’ Ivy, West Street, and he wasn’t disappointed …… lovely evening, lovely food, thank you!
  21. SI

    SIMON

    London

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Lovely ambiance
  22. JS

    JanaS

    London

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent and we would happily come back.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We enjoyed a delicious meal at The Ivy to celebrate a birthday. The food was excellent, as was the atmosphere. The only glitch was waiting to be seated until 5:45pm for a 5:30 pre-theatre reservation (we arrived 15 minutes early at 5:15). Fortunately the food service was slick and we were still able to leave and reach the theatre on time, but without dessert.
  24. SW

    StuartWatson

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing staff. So friendly and helpful
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The experience went very well. The vegan menu allowed for many options for our vegan guests. The food was very fast and service was good and quick. The only issue is that they would not let us take a photo with the birthday cake we had brought, however we understand this is due to potential cross contamination. But the most surprising thing is that they didn’t allow us to take the remainings of our food back home as they have a no takeaway policy. We never like to waste food and always appreciate when restaurants are understanding that people do not like to throw away food and have the right to take it back home for later consumption. Other than that, the evening was great and the belini was good.
  26. RS

    RogerS

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Depressing vibe. Patronizing service. Faded glory longing for better days … they’re not coming. Do not waste your valuable time, let alone money.
  27. CG

    CarloG

    Miami

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very nice restaurant service very good Good choice of vine
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice food, great ambience. Nice location. Enjoyed it very much
  29. MC

    MCinTheWoodlands

    Houston

    197 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    197 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful pre-theater dinner in this neighborhood gem. This is where I enjoyed my authentic “fish and chips,” and the meal did not disappoint. I started with the smoked Scottish Salmon, which was silky, and the diced cucumber offered the freshness that brought a nice balance to the fatty, smokiness. The haddock was enormous, well-seasoned and crispy, and the chips (fries) were impossibly perfect. So very crispy on the outside with fluffy, creamy centers. I didn’t have time for dessert (and I actually didn’t have room for it, I was so full.) The place was packed throughout my meal… not an empty seat in sight, so be sure to make a reservation!
  30. AL

    AndrewL

    London

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Decent food but nothing special. Service was a little inattentive. Felt very much like any of the chain of Ivy restaurants rather than feeling special as the original.
  31. IA

    IanA

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous thank you
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Burger was overcooked
  33. E

    Emily

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cute place with great food and service!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as always
  35. C

    Charlotteb

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful first experience dining at the Ivy for a birthday treat. Service was amazing from start to finish. Food was out of this world. The restaurant itself is chic as anything. Intimate and beautifully styled. I look forward to having the opportunity to return again
  36. C

    Candy

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    We had a poor meal last time but last night was even worse. Will never go again after many years of Ivy being our favourite restaurant! Tasteless rabbit and horrible mashed potatoes. Sancerre wine was below par for a restaurant if that standing. Joan Griffiths
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to this location prior to a show and we are so glad! Food was incredible! Drinks were perfectly made. Staff was knowledgeable and helpful. Highly highly recommend!
  38. ST

    StephiT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My mum and I came here for a meal as part of her birthday celebrations and to say we were wowed is an understatement. The food was divine, the service was impeccable and the ambiance was beautiful. For us, this was a super special treat and therefore expensive, but my goodness you get what you pay for!! I cannot recommend enough is anyone considering dining here for a special occasion. The added bonus was the birthday truffles my mum received on the house - a note I had made on the booking and completely forgotten about! I did not request these, they just came just before our dessert and was an excellent surprise (for both of us!). I cannot recall the names of the staff members who served us, but all of them were absolutely stellar and I cannot thank them enough for making our meal an experience!
  39. DZ

    DouglasZ

    Cincinnati

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Outstanding waiter who used to work in the kitchen. Personable personal staff throughout. Excellent Dover sole. Gin and tonic was only item that didn’t meet expectations, you could barely taste the Tangerine 10 gin. I would insist on a double shot of gin. Overall a wonderful experience.
  40. SR

    SusanR

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The restaurant is beautiful, with a wonderful ambience. The cheese soufflé was amazing and the rest of the food was also so good. Definitely get some truffles to go for a treat. The only negative was that our server disappeared in the middle of our meal without telling us that she was leaving or that someone else was taking over, which I don’t love.

FAQs

The Ivy is rated 4.5 stars by 1839 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 120 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Ivy

1-5 West Street, London, WC2H 9NQ

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Covent Garden

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern European, Contemporary British

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Our nearest parking is the Q-Park, Chinatown on Newport Place. WC2H 7PU (3 minutes’ walk from the restaurant).

  • Public transit

    The nearest tube station is Leicester Square. Leave by Exit 3 and turn right. Walk up Charing Cross Road and take the 2nd turning on your right into Litchfield Street. The entrance to the restaurant is around the left hand corner on West Street, opposite St Martin's Theatre.

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    020 7836 4751

  • Private party facilities

    Established in the heart of Theatre Land in London’s Covent Garden, The Ivy’s restaurant and private dining room are the epitome of glamour with iconic shimmering Central Dining Bar, signature harlequin stained-glass windows, oak panelling and striking contemporary art collection.

  • Private party contact

    the Events Team: 020 3727 6548

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