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The Ivy

1-5 West Street, London WC2H 9NQ, England
+44 20 7836 4751
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Closes in 10 min
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British, French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1-5 West Street, London WC2H 9NQ, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We went for a post theatre dinner at 10.30pm. Even at that time the staff were on top form, pleasant, helpful and efficient. Beautiful restaurant, clean and well appointed. Virtually no wait between courses and they were all very well presented. Excellent menu, we both...More

Thank 466melvyn
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited for the first time today and have say the quality of the food and drink was first class. The starter Bang Bang Chicken did not disappoint with just the right level of chili. The main which was liver and bacon was tender and tasty,...More

Thank CockneyRebel6
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had an evening meal here 2 nights ago and what a disappointment. The waiter was detached and not at all helpful and my Mum and I had the shepherd's pie - both were lukewarm. Yes, we should have complained at the time but we...More

Thank Helen J
Reviewed 2 days ago

No need to worry about sitting in " Siberia" anymore, global warming has hit The Ivy and all tables are top spots. Yesterday was our first visit after many years and we were blown away. The new dining room layout and furnishings are perfect ,...More

Thank Travelbunny65
Reviewed 2 days ago

Having not dined at the Ivy before it is my pleasure to say I had an extremely enjoyable time there. Very impressed all round, amazing service and specifically the food and drinks were excellent. Very happy!

Thank Billy K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My wife and I decided to go to the ivy for a Saturday lunch, it was our first time and we had the most amazing meal, the service was second to none. We will be coming back.

Thank darren22222
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was a real treat for my husband and I and our friends. It's been somewhere that I've always been curious about so it was a lovely surprise when my husband had booked us a table before we went to the theatre. It is a...More

Thank Anna H
Reviewed 4 days ago

It was my daughter's 18th birthday, and we had passed the day at the theatre. We then went shopping and onto The Ivy for her birthday meal. Our table was not ready so we sat at the bar and I had a drink. My first...More

1  Thank Umberdos
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My wife picked this restaurant because it was close to Covent Garden market and she liked the look of the menu posted outside (she didn't look too close to the prices but it was worth it anyway). She had chargrilled swordfish and I had slow...More

Thank Philip D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A welcome excuse to eat in the Ivy again. The were six of us in the group for a family celebratory lunch.Pretty much the perfect event; great surroundings, excellent staff and of course a very good lunch. Already looking for an excuse for my next...More

Thank Tony104
Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude
of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or
simply to be among the multitude of people who pass
through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking
up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around
Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the
opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters
here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated
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25 August 2017|
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Response from bean12017 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. We went on a Sunday Lunch time a few years back and they did all the usual sunday roasts for about £22. best phone and ask them
12 August 2017|
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Response from Frank E | Reviewed this property |
If he is wearing a short sleeved shirt, then yes.
24 July 2017|
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Response from mariewhite2016 | Reviewed this property |
Dress how you feel in the mood. I wore a floaty short dress and felt fabulous. Did not appear to be out of place in the restaurant.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 41 - USD 68
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1-5 West Street, London WC2H 9NQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7836 4751
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 vegetables, and a “sea and shells” section. Meanwhile, Director Fernando Peire and his experienced team deliver the unfaltering service for which The Ivy has become celebrated for worldwide, over the years.

The Ivy welcomes customers without reservations at the central dining bar, where the A La Carte and Table d'hôte menus are both served.
In this, its centenary year, there will be a host of special events lined up to celebrate both the past and future of this unique restaurant.
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