Ivy Kensington Brasserie

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The Ivy Kensington Brasserie brings the familiar luxury of The Ivy on West Street to a relaxed yet sophisticated all-day dining restaurant on Kensington High Street.

Sample our extensive range of quality food and delicious cocktails at your leisure from breakfast until late, whether you are a local resident, work close by or are visiting some of London’s best loved landmarks such as The Royal Albert Hall.

Our garden terrace is situated at the back of our restaurant and provides the perfect respite away from the hustle and bustle of the high street. Adorned with flowers and foliage, it is the perfect spot to soak up the sun during the summer months. Due to the nature of British summer our terrace cannot be booked ahead, so please just pop in.

Open seven days a week and comprised of a main restaurant, bar and a semi-private table for ten for an extra special experience, The Ivy Kensington Brasserie provides the perfect setting for any occasion.

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PJ
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food , service and ambience.
Decor was lovely.
The Christmas decorations were beautiful.
Good selection of food at varying prices.

PW
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughters special dinner and concert for my 60th birthday. Faultless evening great food, service and good value. Thanks to all

D
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service3ambience2

My friend recommended the Ivy to me and I took my daughter for a birthday breakfast with my husband the tea was warm not very nice and the food was also warm not hot felt very disappointed.

S
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Ambiente, great food, very good service, everything was TOP and Ivy is definitely a place where I will return next time I am in London :-)

ST
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

So loud that it was impossible to talk to your dining companion. There was an electro disco DJ blasting out the music. I think of the Ivy as being a restaurant with some class, elegance and taste. I don't think that any more. What is the management thinking? I would say that, in general, Ivy has declined as it has become an ever larger chain. They are moving in the direction of becoming a really expensive McDonalds. Too bad because in the beginning they had something that was good and unique.

R
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend
A most enjoyable evening, great food, great service and wonderful atmosphere. We will definitely return.

LB
London
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We were squeezed into a row of tables for two, with one person looking out over the venue, thh Hugh neither staring at a wall.

EJ
London
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely atmosphere with good company around.

d
London
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went around 15:30 for a salad and a drink. The crispy duck salad was tasty, but the duck wasn't crispy (same salad was better at ivy cambridge). The chocolate orange negroni was great. The restaurant was fairly crowded with people having tea, so louder than our normal experience.

p
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good as ever always fun at the Ivy. A great buzz always

A
London
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My local on high st ken absolutely always delivers !!!!!

L
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Quite expensive as the bill adds up because you have to buy sides separately. My son ordered a steak and that is exactly what he got - a steak, so add fries, broccoli and beans and it is and expensive dish.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

It was a Birthday celebration
My wife meal was served along with hair on the meal. They apologised and took it away to be replaced which meant we had to wait for a replacement but my meal had already been served.
The Roasted half chicken which I had off the A La carte was a bit over cooked as was the side dish of Thick cut chips.
My wife dish was fine when that was eventually replaced but this had spoiled the enjoyment of the first course.

MB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

It was my wife's birthday , and unfortunately we didn’t get the table I asked at the time of reservation a few weeks back . The servers are not « restaurateurs «  they give the impression it’s just an in between job , it was not a refine service . My plate was cold and also my food , the cheese was out the the fridge , the Camembert was very hard . Overall it was expensive and nothing special , it seems now the decor is more important then the service and food . I guess for a chain it was Ok to expensive ! Not a nice lunch and my poor wife was a bit sad ☹️ about it .
Régards

EK
Brighton
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, I had a very nice evening at the Ivy. It is always great to let overseas friends experience the service, ambiance and good food at the Ivy. Definitely will come back

JK
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience for me and my friend celebrating joint significant birthdays, especially as the restaurant wasn’t prepared-warned so we knew the experience was genuine and it would be the same at any other time.

DG
London
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, will certainly return. The truffle red wine jus was a highlight.

DT
London
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely ambience felt very Christmassy possibly a bit too early! But very charming on a cold wet Saturday.

We were promptly sitter at a nice central table with lovely linen tablecloth and serviettes.

We ordered the Truffled Wild Mushrooms as a shared starter and we were glad we did as it was so rich and filling, beautiful flavours.

Mains were Salmon and Smoked Haddock Fishcake and Grilled Sea Bass fillet. Both were very good with possibly too much potato in the Fishcake, sides were green beans with roasted almonds and Truffle Parmesan chips. Both were lovely.

Desserts were Frozen berries with yoghurt and a warm chocolate sauce, and Apple Tart.

A lovely experience, good value, we are scheduled to return later this month.

G
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food..decor ..drinks...service ...will definitely come again

GP
London
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant, not expensive, great food and exceptional service.

KC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Booked a table for 2 people @ 16:00hrs, as it was the first time there the weather was terrible, I asked a shop for directions which sent me to a side street which had a board outside for the Ivy, went in to the side door and booked in stating I had a table booked for 2 people, the waiter did not understand very well but sat me and my wife to a table for two, at this point we were in the terrace which due to the poor weather was very cold, they had heaters on and blankets on the seats for you to wrap around yourselves. Food was very good and felt good value for money, just disappointed the waiter did not direct us to the correct restaurant. I would visit again only to experience the correct side, I would think the terrace would be nice in the summer.

PT
London
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a nice window table, good waiter (Bez) and great food and atmosphere 👍

MJ
London
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a brilliant evening with attentive but non intrusive service . Great format with so many smaller dishes we enjoyed eating. Lovely wine list too.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, wonderful service and the most wonderful food I have tasted for a very long time. .. the perfect evening ❤️

HH
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was nice but I've eaten at better places for the same price. The service was slow and miserable. Coffee was lukewarm. The restaurant does have a cheery atmosphere and was comfortable for brunch.

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Always convivial. Noise level high. Small bathrooms. Food predictable. Service can be strained.

SK
London
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food ok. Still puzzled as to why the lobster linguini was pointlessly brought to the table in a copper pan them dumped on my plate. Also, too much sauce as Italians would tell you if you asked. Cheese board fabulous. Waiter supercilious and behaved as if job was beneath him.

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Really unpleasant experience. Unfortunately I made transport error and arrived late- though I had phoned to explain. When I arrived the receptionist berated me publicly and warned me she wouldn’t hold a table again for me. If she’d told me she had to release table I would totally have understood. Anyway we sat down . Service was poor. The waiter didn’t understand the concept of two starters instead of starter and main. The duck salad was so chopped you’d have needed a spoon to consume. My prawns were delicious. The scallops were lovely but the purée was tepid. The wine didn’t arrive- I got up to find it and was then tasted white wine that was warming- it had been “ chilled” in melted ice water. The ice was replaced in the bucket but the wine was set on top so no chilling effect. Guests either side of us( too close) were experiencing similar difficulties . We asked for the bill. Then some eccentric posturing being fawned over us while pouting and whining in the most absurd manner tried to persuade us to stay. We couldn’t wait to get out. Big deal was made of service charge being removed - I wouldn’t have paid it anyway. I’ve dined in the Delaunay, Wolseys- super- this was poor. I was actually embarrassed as I was treating my daughter who was en route from Lisbon to Amsterdam

DC
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and ambience as always! Will definitely be returning

LS
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our waiter was on the ball, front of house staff not so much had to ask them to take our coats. The. Tables are too close together, so much so that as we sat down we caught the table cloth and the salt and pepper fell on to the floor.

T
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delightful server. Made the evening!

AW
Northampton
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Good food. Attractive venue.
Service efficient, though waiters surly and humourless.

SB
London
20 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal! Such amazing service (our waiter..Gaetano ...the perfect host!) The wine list here is also top notch. Would recommend this branch highly.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with delicious food and quick service!

BF
London
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. However it is so noisy it is difficult to have a conversation.

L
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy and charming environment. I met a colleague who was visiting from abroad. The service and the food, plus the beautiful decor gave that extra kick to the evening and helped leaving a positive memory to my guest.

The service finally is remarkable impeccable.

CR
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and nice atmosphere , the desserts should be taste, all fanyastic

GE
London
18 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The room is welcoming and the staff ere good, but the food was disappointing, compared with the Ivy Market Grill in Covent Garden. I recommended the courgette fritti, but they weren't at all crispy. The arancini were delicious. Our shepherd's pies were OK, as was the hamburger but not great and the french beans were hard (much harder than al dente). The creme brulee was delicious.

AP
Brighton
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Was all very average and feel like I could’ve had the same meal at my local Miller and carter for half the price. Staff accommodated our early arrival and greeting was very good.
table was cramped and loud, food was fine but no more than fine and service was somewhat slow (in terms of taking ordered and clearing the table between courses).
We still had a nice enough meal but I feel that this particular ivy falls far short of the experiences that we’ve had at both the Chelsea and Brighton restaurants in the chain.
Probably wouldn’t bother returning in all honesty

VW
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I arrived with my 9 yr old son for a quick lunch. I mentioned as soon as we were sat down we had a short amount of time. After 10 minutes I had to attract the attention of a waiter as everyone seemed to just ignore us. Everything after that was excellent, food and service. This did just cast a slight shadow on the lunch but wouldn't stop us going back again.