Ivy Kensington Brasserie

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£26 to £40
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British
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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JK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DT
London
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

GP
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

MJ
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

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

SK
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and ambience as always! Will definitely be returning

LS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delightful server. Made the evening!

AW
Northampton
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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

SB
London
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great.

A
London
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The only comment I would make is that the portions are fairly small and there should be side vegetables or potatoes on main course dishes (excluding the curry) considering the cost of the main courses.

BR
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food and service good … a nice environment, although pretty noisy … not somewhere to go if you want a quiet conversation!

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1food5service2ambience5

I like the atmosphere and the high level of service.

ES
London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Our waiter was rather rude and abrupt with little knowledge on food allergies and intolerances. Food was well presented and tasty however not a pleasant dining experience thanks to the waiters’ abrasive attitude.

JH
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed with our visits - excellent staff & consistent high level of the food.

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I have notice that every time I have booked and arrived with colleagues or friends we are place by he toilets of in the Garden Terrace. I book this place because it is near to where I work and handy for meeting clients. If I book again I will refuse to sit near the ladies toilets!

LM
London
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The venue is really nice in s prominent place for the Royal Albert Hall. I had the seam bream it was cooked to perfection.

SH
London
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal at the Ivy Kensington brasserie with cosy ambience, friendly and attentive staff and good food.
We loved tempura prawns and lobster risotto and main shepherd pie and rabbit pie were delicious.
It was first time here and definitely will go back very soon.
Management is doing an outstanding job as everything was perfect.

A
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

I am long-term regular customer of Ivy Kensington. Regular means I am there almost every day or sometimes even twice a day since it is very convenient to reach from my office.
Despite I really like the place I would like to make a complaint with regards to the table service that is almost non-existent and continue to get even worse.
Regardless of how busy the place actually is you can literally sit there for hours without being approached by waiter or any other staff member to order or to replace plates or even to pay.
If anyone from Ivy Ken ever read this reviews please do something about it as it really spoils the overall impression.
Nowadays service is everything.

AB
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good environment and efficient service. Food was good and promptly served

y
London
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service, ambience.
CHEEKY MANAGEMENT though who don’t pay the service charge to their staff - BEWARE. If you pay service in cash, the staff should hopefully get this.

GO
London
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere. Nice welcome. Good service. However. Table is too close to neighboring table so you have to be careful of conversation. Otherwise excellent

N
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A lovely breakfast. Can have just a few nibbles or lots of options. Far more than standard breakfast options. Beautiful. Staff perfect and not too invasive ....no constant revisits to table checking things but attentive and available when needed.

RH
London
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Lovely food but the service wasn't great.

Waitress had huge difficulties understanding what the table next to us (they wanted to take away the remainder of their afternoon tea, and she made a huge fuss about it for ages, before going off, then coming back and apologising and doing as they'd asked). It was hard to get her attention to order drinks (when we did receive them the Bloody Mary was very overly salty, however this was replaced without any fuss and the replacement was very tasty). The water bottle we had was taken away when empty, but not replaced and we had to ask a couple of times before more water was brought over.

I'd have liked to order another cocktail, but the waitress wasn't available to ask and then it was time for us to go.

At the end of the meal it took forever to get the waitress' attention to get the bill (we were heading to a Concert so needed to leave). Once it was brought we asked to put £x on one card and the remainder on the other but she split it 3 ways. Not sure if this was a language barrier or just not listening properly?

So yes, would recommend as the food is always excellent and the restaurant itself is lovely, but the service was disappointing and not up to the usual standard.