The Ivy St John's Wood

4.1
2504 Reviews
£25 and under
Breakfast
The Ivy Café presents a relaxed yet stylish dining experience offering an accessible all-day menu in a friendly, neighbourly environment.
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.2
food
3.9
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
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AnuradhaM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Very bad service

AE
AllanE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable but unfortunately a very noisy large table close by.

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Vava
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is getting better and better every time I go. Black cod was divine, and tiramisu just out of this world - moist and soft and light and bursting with coffee flavour.
Thank you

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josi
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Slightly overwhelming experience for dinner. Good wasn’t great, chips undercooked. Not enough vegetable with the roast chicken dish.

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Betta100
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Waiter was disastrous

LM
LouisaM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

the decor is great but the food was poor...we had to wait for a long time for our simple main courses. the service when it came was attentive and good but the food took a long time to arrive.

fish cake and peas seemed to have been under a light and waiting to come out for quite a while......it had congealed.

just not great to be honest. but fine....

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice food, great atmosphere, a tiny bit pricey but worth

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Heaters not working outside, staff very attentive although unnecessarily slow service which is unpleasant whilst sitting outside, however would still return.

MN
MarshallN
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great seat at the restaurant. The staff were friendly, patient and had great knowledge to advise on the best food to eat to our requirements. Look forward to go again

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Samantha
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Very disappointed, my 91 year old father couldn’t use toilet facilities as it was located down a steep staircase. Food arrived slow after 1 hour and 1 meal was uncooked the other cold. Waitress dropped glass of ice on me. Not disable friendly and told to use restaurant facilities next door. This should have been stated on website and I wouldn’t have booked this particular restaurant.

MA
vipMiziA
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food always comes cold especially for the party of 2+

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vipHungryrabbit
London
482 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had a lovely weekend lunch… the chicken Milanese and goose sherherds pie were both delicious, and our waitress was very professional

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The service was awful and our food arrived cold.

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Friendsnightout
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and lovely ambience. Service was excellent with some great recommendations on drinks.

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Dia13
London
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time, food was great and we weren’t rushed. Very relaxing evening

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ShonA
London
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Not really sure what to say. I have been to several Ivy Brassiere's and this by far was the worst of the lot. I booked thru OT and they didnt seem to have any sense of the booking at all, one of our party is Gluten Free and it was the end of a special occasion day, none of which was acknowledged. I cant believe that they do not have a gluten free menu and when pressed knowledge were sketchy about what they could offer!
The menu as advertised was incomplete, due to the supply chain, and the standard of food left a lot to be desired. Service was terrible, 3 of us got our starters and the 4 in our party had to wait and wait until something was said! No sooner and I mean no sooner, had we finished the starters than the mains arrived. It was like watching a car crash waiting to happen.
I did complain and in truth I should have pushed for a bigger discount, but we all just wanted to go.
Terrible place.
We will use the Ivey again, just not the one at St Johns Wood.

MK
MaryK
London
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intriguing and delicious food. Good choice of vegetarian dishes, cooked to ensure you were experiencing a special evening.

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Lasi
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

In such a nice restaurant it is disgraceful that you do not have a disabled toilet which I need and sent me round to the chicken shop for one!! The chicken shop does not look clean and you are totally inconsiderate not to have your own one. I was told that building regulations state that you must have one

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SangeetaD
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

always a pleasure to step into the Ivy with its colourful decor, warm ambience and efficient friendly staff. food good as always, the coffee could certainly get better!

DR
DebbieR
London
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great birthday meal for daughter. Topped off with a complimentary candle in a huge profiterole

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Slicer69
London
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I cannot fault the level of service, but I must confess that for the price the portions were a little on the small size. The quality of the food was excellent and all my guests enjoyed the lunch.

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RobertM
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As per usual, the service was impeccable and the food superb, but sadly we encountered two hiccups. I tried the SALT AND PEPPER SQUID Wasabi and miso mayonnaise, Sriracha, Szechuan salt, coriander and lime - one needs an acquired taste for this and regrettably I found it not to my liking. We also ordered one of the 'daily specials' Venison Loin, it had been seasoned with way too much salt and it had to be returned, however, we chose instead SALMON AND SMOKED HADDOCK FISH CAKE Crushed pea and herb sauce with a soft poached hen’s egg and baby watercress and that was far nicer. Finished our meals off with outstanding CHOCOLATE BOMBES Melting chocolate bombe with a vanilla ice cream, honeycomb centre and hot salted caramel sauce - Fabulous!

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sharonS
London
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely
Decor beautiful
Staff excellent

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AdrienneR
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect & enjoyable menu lots of choice

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RoddyG
London
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Whilst the pandemic is 'seemingly at an end' the social distancing at the Ivy was non existent with people packed in like sardines. I was very uncomfortable and aksed to move - which was no better.

The food was edible but the price a coke in the smalles t bottle was a joke. Tap water next time.

the noise level was horrensdous.

wont be returning.

OT
OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time after tge Riyal Albert hall for the remembrance service … a lovely way to end a special day

MB
MatthewB
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Afternoon tea for 2 came for only one of us to start with and that took forever to arrive once we eventually got a members of staffs attention to be able to order. When the other plate arrived the sandwiches and cakes were very good

However the service was appalling. Food took long time to arrive
Staff totally disinterested in helping or answering queries. Even the manager made no comment as to why we had asked for the 12.5% service charge to be deducted from the bill

Staff left their shift, laundry and rubbish all left through the front door of the restaurant while we were eating

The toilets were dirty with no loo roll

Overall we were very disappointed in the occasion

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Vicky
London
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Poor service, had to complain in between my meal to the manager.

AD
AshleyD
London
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

4people ordered forgot to bring the main courses for
My wife and the wife of my friend so the men had to eat by themselves

JH
vipJeremyH
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Service very slow. Starter came cold and had to return. Also, wrong bill was brought to us for far more value. Toilets not clean.

JD
vipJamesD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

See private note.

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Pokk
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Lovely service, but steak not initially cooked ton requirements and very very salty accompanying sauce.

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Pink
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Very bad service. Ordered a bottle of wine but had to ask for it several times. Was finally served during the starters.
Waiters are very distracted!

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familyfoodie
London
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here- good food, great service and lovely atmosphere

MO
ModupeO
London
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience2

Ivy Victoria is much better. Food wasn’t nice here at all, even though it is the same menu.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The service was slow and food was delivered cold and underdone. Difficult to get the attention of the waiters .
Coffee not good quality . Served cold
Dessert was good .

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a delightful place to have supper. One of the faves

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Service very slow. When first course arrived the soup was cold and the toast was also cold. The starters had obviously been left sitting somewhere. The wait for replacement starters was unduly long. The replacement starters and the main courses were very good.

SL
SLSwestlondon
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I was with a group of friends and generally the food was good but the service was poor. Items arrived late after repeatedly requests. No one came to check if we were ok so we had to keep calling out for missing items. Afternoon tea arrived minus the tea. It took 4 requests for a small pot of tea to arrive which was only enough for one small cup. The sandwich was very dry and had obviously been left out for a while. Service is automatically added to the bill so there’s no real incentive to actually provide a good service. We won’t be returning here.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Not my first time dining at the Ivy, but was my first time dining at the Ivy st Johns wood. My husband travelled from nigeria to spend his birthday weekend in London.
My comments on experience below
- great ambience
-lovely decor
- excellent and attentive staff/service
-delicious food + presentation
-very welcoming to our baby
-great baby changing facility
-lovely birthday treat was presented with a candle
-beautiful place to dine

Negative
- very shocked that we ordered 2 lobster linguine but without any lobster!
-when asking about it we were first told the lobster is mixed in with the pasta, however I asked the waitress to point out where as We could not see any, another member of staff came along to confirm there has been no lobster at the Ivy St. John’s Wood for 6 months and menu changed…
- disappointed that it was not made clear before ordering there would be no lobster in our lobster linguine.

Such a shame about no lobsters it’s like ordering soft shell crab but no crab or steak and fries but no steak but still at full price.

Any way all starters, sides and the desserts were delicious.honestly it would have been 5 stars if no missing lobster!

FAQs

The Ivy St John's Wood is rated 4.1 stars by 2504 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.