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The Ivy

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#821 of 2,582 European in London
#2,326 of 17,476 Restaurants in London

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Covent Garden
0.2 miles from Trafalgar Square
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This slickly run stalwart of the London Theatre dining scene offers comforting classics alongside Asian-inspired dishes. For a last minute table, try t...
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The Ivy restaurant has been a firm fixture on London’s dining and social scene since its foundation in 1917. The Covent Garden restaurant and private room upstairs are the epitome of glamour – now more than ever after a triumphant redesign in 2015 by the acclaimed Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. With its shimmering central dining bar, signature harlequin stained-glass windows, oak panelling and striking contemporary art collection, the longevity of this most British restaurant is ensured. Renowned for its food, Executive Chef Gary Lee creates balanced seasonal lunch and dinner menus that place the Ivy classics alongside a contemporary global palette, incorporating more Asian dishes, salads and
US$37 - US$61
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
British, European
Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer
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A special evening arranged - we arrived early but they quickly made us feel welcome. The service was slick and very sharp; the décor, ambience and staff were all on form. The menu appeals to everyone and we weren't disappointed; The white wine was cold,...crisp and totally perfect and all our dishes were cooked to perfection. Our waiter asked if it was a special occasion and was thrilled when he discovered our celebration .. we then received special congratulatory plates of chocolates at the end of the meal. The interaction between staff and our group was witty, entertaining and professional. Couldn't get better - a real treat.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We love The Ivy restaurants, this is one of my favourite treats and we have been to quite a few over the UK either just for a drink or a meal. Unfortunately this one was entirely disappointing and I’m sorry to say wholly due to...the staff. I hate saying things like that as I know how difficult service and hospitality industries are. Despite having booked a long time in advance we were left waiting for our table and once seated really felt unwelcome from start to finish - no mention of the set menu even at 5 pm, no refill to water and absolutely no service with a smile! The staff were arguing between themselves (in the main restaurant area) which sadly set the tone for the atomosphere in the restaurant. One hour after we sat down, whilst still drinking our coffees a member of staff said he’d get our bill!!!! So no warm welcome and certainly felt rushed out and like our entire visit had been an inconvenience! I hate to use the word pretentious but that’s what comes to mind and is not a reflection of the other Ivys we have been to where the service is excellent but also incredibly helpful and friendly! The food was good - we did pay the service charge without quibble but was astonished to see there was also a £2 per person cover charge on top of the service charge!More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very poor. Trading on the name with poor food. When i went to the men’s room, there were no paper hand towels. i searched through the cupboards under the sink and I can tell you the paper towels are in the cupboard on the right....Clearly they had not been serviced since lunch time. The Prawn Tempura were soggy with tiny prawns inside. Avoid this starter if you still decide to visit this restaurant. I ordered a Medium Beef Filet for main course. The Filet was beyond well done and inedibleThe head waiter had the temerity to take my knife and fork and cut into the Filet in the middle to make his own inspection. He agreed it was ruined and cleared my fries and spinach to replace it. The next Beef Filet was less than rare and the head waiter took it away as soon as I cut into it. I had to wait for it to be cooked again. When it returned it was burnt on the outside and I ate it with cold fries and spinach. I did not order a pudding or coffee: I just wanted to leave. The head waiter removed a glass of wine from my bill but I never ordered the glass of wine. I will never go back.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We went for pre theatre dinner…..what a disappointment! We arrived early and ordered a gin an tonic to start and waited for a very long time (considering the restaurant was nearly empty). For starters we both had prawn tempura which were soggy and tasteless. For...our main course I ordered a burger and my husband ordered a fillet steak. My burger was acceptable but my husbands steak was severely over cooked when he had requested it medium. The manager agreed and said he will replace it. When it arrived some ten minutes later it was so raw with blood oozing all over the plate, my husband asked if it could be cooked a bit more so the manager took a knife and fork and started cutting into the steak, so away it went again. By the time it arrived back I had finished my meal and my husbands side dishes were now cold. The steak was still really rare with blood all over the plate. Not what a good piece of steak does even if served rare. When we left they said we have taken one glass of red wine off of your bill. When we looked they had charged for two glasses of red wine when my husband had only had one so that was a bit of a joke too. It’s sad to see such an iconic place end up like this but I am not sure how long they can trade on their reputation and deliver sub standard food. I would have rather had a Chinese in China Town or a Five Guys burger.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 4 days ago

We spent £225 for two and it was nice but really has a to be treat at that price. Superb cheese souffle to start but the squid was kind of average. Had rose wines at £8 a glass. The minas are ok but very overpriced....£34.50 for black cod and £46 for lobster? Why bland fries and not proper chips too? The baked alaska for dessert was amazing, both seeing ir prepared and eating it. A must order. Have to say you can get food just as good in many Portuguese places for a third of the price in London.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 6 days ago

A real treat. Like stepping back in time. Really felt looked after and the food was delicious. Great selection of cocktails and wines too. The cheese soufflé starter was a particular highlight.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited before and arrived 30 minutes early to have a drink at the bar. It was full so we were taken to the private club (very nice). Dinner and drinks were excellent. Yes its pricey but what do you expect. Brilliant service. We had a...great starter main and shared two large desserts between 4 of us. If you drink as well (as we do) you can expect to pay £100 a head. Well worth it for a birthday celebration after the theatre. Great location with a good atmosphere in a very attractive restaurantMore

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 1 week ago

This used to be our go to 'treat' restaurant in London. Unfortunately since Covid it bears no resemblance to its pre-Covid days. When you know a restaurant better than the current management it's worrying. On entry there's no one to welcome you or to take...your jacket. I literally had to force mine into the hands of a waiter (so as not to sit on it all evening). Guests are squished up on benches - uncomfortably close. It's full of American tourists (no offence!). I don't think the theatre crowd will come here anymore. The food is subpar and bears no resemblance to its former quality. The defrosted bread was hard. The soufflé was stodgy. The risotto tasted like it had been squished out of a 'minute in the microwave' packet. We were scared to order dessert. Needless to say it was disappointing. The knickerbocker glory tasted like they'd mixed Del Monte tinned fruit with Walls ice cream. The house wine was not available, thus wines started out at £40 a bottle. Even the espresso martini, which used to be a novelty (served with mini sugar shakers), was a disappointment. The staff were friendly, but not a familiar face in sight. When they asked how things were the question was rhetorical - not a moment left for you to ask 'what happened?'. The old team has sadly jumped ship or been sacked. The bathroom was filthy when I visited before and after the meal. It hadn't been serviced during our two hour visit (sink flooded and one toilet unusable due to somebody's accident - gross)! We won't return. Luckily there are plenty of great restaurants in the area. This is sadly no longer one of them. The table next to us left after their starters. Wish we'd done the same. Some people may still enjoy the decor (the only thing left to enjoy), but anyone who knew it pre-Covid shouldn't tempt fate. You'll be disappointed and depressed. It's like seeing an old friend go downhill and there's nothing you can do or say. You just have to walk away.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was lacklustre, lobster linguine broth tasteless and watery. Waitress service was terrible and rude when we tried to make payment.

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Ivy at Covent Garden has long been one of the most popular restaurants in “Theatreland.” This popularity is well justified. The location, at the top of Leicester Square, is within easy distance of the threatres and the Opera House at Covent Garden. But location...alone does not account for its popularity. The restaurant itself is a very attractive and much photographed room with stained glass windows and nice furnishings. The noise level is modest. The staff are extremely helpful and friendly. Service is both professional and prompt. As to the food, it is sold British classics----in my opinion, well prepared upscale “pub food.” Not to miss the point, the food is very, very good and sometimes, as before the theatre, only fish and chips will do! The Ivy is an extremely busy place and there is a time limit for occupancy of a table. But this time limit is extremely generous……….90 minutes for a single person and 2 hours or more for two. One never feels rushed. In summary, this really is THE place for a pre-theatre dinner or for a meal at any time.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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15 March 2022|
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Response from D4617XKsimonm | Reviewed this property |
There is but based on my most recent visit, save your money & find a venue that cares more for their customers ... I'd strongly recommend The Darwin Brasserie at The Sky Garden (Walkie Talkie Building) - they really know how... More
15 March 2022|
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I'd check the website that should have the info you need. I usually go to the one in West Street.
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21 August 2021|
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There didn’t seem to be a dress code in the restaurant at all so should be fine.
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The Ivy is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4