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The Ivy

#250 of 17,567 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Covent Garden
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1-5 West Street, London WC2H 9NQ, England
+44 20 7836 4751
12:00 - 23:30
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Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 23:30
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Ivy creates a little sparkle in everything it does, the food is well cooked, well presented and the service stands out amongst many of Londons top restaurants. Not cheap but worth every penny.

Thank Darren E
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic restaurant. Delicious food and a wonderful atmosphere. Great for birthdays/celebrations or just dinner with friends.

Thank Guy R
Liberty, Missouri
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81 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food was quite good; the staff very efficient and nice and it has become so popular that they have created an upstairs bar (unmarked) where those with reservations can wait for their table to become free. Not sure how many theatre folks still go there. They may be priced out or crowded out.

Thank GayeS545
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is classy and the food is great .We had a lunch with friends and the staff and the ambiance stand out .Its not at the cheaper end of the market be prepared to pay .Its worth it ,oh there is another thing you will need to book .

Thank Manwithmessage
Brighton, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love eating at the Ivy and it never disappoints but this used to be the IN place in London for the glamour and glitterati. You won't leave feeling hungry or that you didn't have a good meal but are London restaurant prices out of control?

Thank DublinPJ
Baku, Azerbaijan
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127 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Rated it average but nearer Good, food was nice and presented well. Here are the issues that let the Ivy down, first our food was delivered in a timely manner, as we were looking for the chicken in the chicken salad the waiter came back to remove the dishes, wrong table. Then our food arrived and we found the chicken... More 

Thank Ian M
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

As a special treat for my parents I visualised it being one of those things to remember and talk about but not for being what my mum and father called 'rubbish' to another couple we met at our hotel. We went prior to another engagement and expected to be out 2 hours later but the service was incredibly slow (may... More 

Thank chaz118
London, United Kingdom
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168 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I came here for a birthday dinner, and did not have to pay. I also know the restaurant's history, fame and reputation, so expectations were high. There is nothing bad about the Ivy, but you wonder why it is still a "hot ticket". The venue is pretty but a touch cramped. The service is excellent, friendly but efficient. The (slight)... More 

Thank DBUK2012
Bergerac, France
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've visited The Ivy often (perhaps 10 x during visits to London from France) and have always liked the after theatre buzz, service and good honest food. But yesterday was simply appalling. The waiter had to be asked 3x for the wine we chose; my husbands fish and chips arrived cold and soggy (they did replace and didn't charge for... More 

Thank Michy6
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant was nicely furnished and the staff was wonderful. Myself and my partner and two friends went there for my 70th birthday for I thought would be an exceptional meal at night 14 th Nov Prawn bisck salty a menu with sausage and mash & belly , also beef in red wine . I could have got this at... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 38 - US$ 63
British, French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
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

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Covent Garden

Neighbourhood Profile
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 by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 

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