The Ivy

4.6
4418 reviews
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Californian
An LA landmark since its opening in 1983, The Ivy is the place to go for a great time in the City of Angels. From its star-studded crowd, to its jamming music, friendly wait-staff, killer cocktails and unbeatable food, this cozy, hip, neighborhood restaurant exemplifies the easy glamour and charm that California is all about.
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FS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

The food is phenomenal but the service is horrible. I didn’t give them a 5 for food because the drink (sangria) was very watered down.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience sitting by the fireplace

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m
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and staff, date left her purse, they came running to give it to her. Staff excellent as usual.

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EM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

We had a terrible experience. Every dish we ate could have cooked better by us at home. I had chilli which looked like it has been cooked by someone in high school. My friend he undercooked pasta in a simple tomato sauce that cost over 30 bucks. The wrong vintage bottle of wine was given to us without comment. The prices are ridiculous considering the quality of the food. We would have honestly had a better meal in an In N Out Burger.

Do not waste your time or money going to this restaurant. You will pay 400 dollars for 4 people easily and you won’t know why. Yes it is pretty and the flowers are lovely but that is literally the only thing that is good.

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L
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So amazing!!! But be prepared for a pricy bill.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This place goes above and beyond in terms of creative a very LA, stylish look

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N
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious. The service was also fabulous, we did enjoy our night.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, simply charming.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. Landmark for a reason.

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G
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants when I visit LA.
Still lovely.

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F
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience
The food is always great. The girls who manage the bathrooms are
lovely!

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A
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly it was one of the best experiences I've ever had-and I work in fine dining! From the moment I walked in, I felt welcomed. I was greeted with a complimentary glass of champagne, which I think was a lovely touch. The food was excellent, though a bit pricey, but that was expected. Definitely would dine here again!

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SL
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Ivy is an LA experience to enjoy. The staff is so attentive you feel like a celebrity yourself. The food is good but very expensive. Make this a special outing.

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MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely loved the Ivey. I can not wait to dine there again. The atmosphere was so beautiful. Service was amazing. The food was delicious!

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JO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This is our 5th visit to the Ivy, from the East Coast. It is one of our favorite restaurants in LA. The food is always delicious and the atmosphere is usually wonderful. The flowers are gorgeous. This visit was an odd let- down. Maybe it was the fact that it was a Sunday night, but the waiters were inattentive, not refilling water, slow in replacing silverware after a course, serving us piecemeal (not all at once), and not being around when needed (order wine or desert). Also, I typically wear a jacket to dinner at such a nice place, and this night I was disappointed to see so many other guests in tee shirts and jeans. Maybe that is my issue, but if I am not comfortable, I will not go. It was a good meal, but not their finest hour. We will go again, but a repeat of this experience might make us look for alternatives. All that said, the Ivy is still my personal favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. And the food was delicious.

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KE
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The food was extremely expensive, $34 for blueberry pancakes, and each person at the table has to order an entree' versus ordering a salad and a vegetable. I am vegan so I needed the food to fit my diet. Would not return there.

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EL
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

So disappointing!! Our food was expensive as expected but ordinary. NOTHING memorable. I had better salads at the “make it yourself” joint down the street. The waiter was rude and we will not return. Ambiance is adorable but not for $50 a plate.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The food and atmosphere are absolutely amazing. Our waiter on the other hang was not so amazing. He became angry and very verbal when we asked to move to another table. The table we were sitting at was in full sun on a 85 degree day when none of us were wearing sunscreen. I wish the waiter we had would have been more flexible and understanding.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Over priced. Three of us ordered lobster dishes and prices weren't on menu or told. It was pricey and we were hot sitting in a crammed booth. The food was good but not worth the money.

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LS
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent!

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e
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

It was my first time here. I requested outdoor but it was not given to us tho we came on time. I spent my birthday here

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S
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really loved the food, best Cobb salad ever!! We enjoyed excellent service, appreciated the French flair vintage vibe, and all of the fresh roses just added to the charm of the place. My only suggestion would be to allow diners with reservations first dibs at an outside table. We made reservations but were told we had to wait for an outside table when we observed many open outdoor tables. Will definitely eat here again.

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BI
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful day to brunch on the patio. Starting with the champagne welcome all the way through omelettes and fresh toast with blood orange mimosas, the menu is varied and everything was delicious! The lovely gentlemen taking care of us were present and unobtrusive - great smiles!

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TH
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most amazing meal. Fabulous service and atmosphere. Love the Ivy. My all time favourite restaurant.

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LD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Old Hollywood landmark that you must experience once. It's very tightly spaced - but we're from NY and have experienced far worse. The waiters fly around very fast so despite the quaint look it's actually very hectic. It was a bit unclear which was our main server. I actually overheard one sarcastically say "I love my job" as he rushed past me in the complimentary Champagne bar. The price is expensive - probably because of the TWO dozen real roses on each table! So go for the ambiance! It's beautiful and quaint. But go prepared.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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DW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love going to The Ivy as well as its sister location, Ivy At The Shore in Santa Monica. The Ivy in LA is a quaint restaurant sitting on Robertson. It has a lovely outside sitting area which is the preferred location on nice days. If you are seated inside, it is beautifully decorated including the most colorful roses you've ever seen. The wait staff is professional and attentive and the food is outstanding! One of my favorite is the lobster ravioli - mmm, out of this world! The crabcakes are also delicious as are the onion rings. Eat here - you won't regret it...your wallet may be crying, but it's worth it!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

It is a nice place to relax and catch up with friends and family. The vibe and decorations of the place is excellent but when it comes to food there are way better place to go to and the price is a little too much for the taste of the food.

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KK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I liked my meal but did not love it, HOWEVER my cousin got the steak and I tried a bite and let me say it was INCREDIBLE! The drinks were amazing (I recommend the champagne sangria), and the cookies at the end of the night were DELICIOUS! The atmosphere is so adorable, I loved how each chair had different patterned pillows and the colorful lights hanging above made The Ivy chic and unique. I would definitely go back!!!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Perfect romantic Italian vibe atmosphere. Love this place. Food and service is okay. Go for a cocktail around 5 or 6 PM before dinner. Ivy gimlet and strawberry mojito are really good.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Was nice very small venue but great service just way too expensive for what you got nice to experience but not going to frequent

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The server was not attentive which surprised me.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good atmosphere with delicious comfort food.

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b
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

all the charm you would expect. The food was fantastic. The service was very good. They were just busy and so waited a bit for a drink. We plan to go back next time in LA.

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KD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 5

It was lovely but way overpriced. $34 for pancakes!

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KJ
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I really wish I could give The Ivy a good review. We have always thoroughly enjoyed our meals there, so it was a no brainer to have another dinner with them. I don't know if they changed chefs, but our meals were pretty bad.

We each had a piece of fish with mashed potatoes. The plates arrived with our fish selections, a giant blob of mashed potatoes (which were good), and a giant blob of mashed cauliflower (which was awful). So, picture a piece of fish on a plate alongside two giant white blobs of mush! Suffice to say, the presentation was extremely lacking.

Now for the food itself... I had Chilean sea bass (which is my absolute favorite fish). My initial reaction to the one they served was one of disappointment. It was a very thin piece of fish, and if you're a fan of this particular fish, you know that it's typically a thick, yet delicate, cut. Additionally, it was not only overcooked, but I wasn't even sure it was Chilean sea bass. It honestly tasted like something you would get at Long John Silvers (and I say that as someone who has never been there, so I might be insulting LJS by making this comparison). Anyway, I asked them if they wouldn't mind preparing another version, and to cook it differently. They very graciously accommodated me. Unfortunately, even though I told our server that the new one was much better, I was lying. It was awful. My friend's swordfish was better than my sea bass, but not something I would ever want to order.

Now, having said all of that, our Caesar salad and ahi tartare were both delicious. I would order those two items again in a heartbeat. Continuing on with the pros, we love the atmosphere, and the service was excellent. They thoughtfully pour a glass of champagne on your arrival (on the house), and say goodbye to you with complimentary cookies (which are yummy).

Sadly, the pros for us don't outweigh the cons. I think we've seen the last of The Ivy. :(

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AB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance! Delicious wine (and welcome champagne), delicious food and delicious dessert (incl the complimentary cookies). Excellent service! Our waiter was very polite and very attentive! (...it hurt my heart seeing some guests treat their waiters with no respect). It was the perfect location for us and our guests from the German government. We'll definitely be back! Thank you!!

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SW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Felt as though I was back in France! ♥️ minus the constant “is everything okay” every 10 minutes. Other than that, MARVELOUS!.... The food oh my god, I had the sea food spaghetti, complementary champagne, organic coffee. Everything was just divine, thank you!

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DC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every aspect from decor, to menu selection to service from Chris and sitting outside on the terrace on a perfect sunny Sunday afternoon.

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I
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

$133 breakfast for two - pancakes and side of bacon, omelette and side of hash browns, one Orange Joyce, one black coffee and one cappuccino =$133. Fabulous atmosphere and great to sit outside but be prepared to pay for it! Fun to visit once but not regularly.

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