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Summary

Richard Caring’s famous Theatreland idol – now the original of a fast expanding brand – emerged from a massive overhaul too late to be rated (just before the survey closed). Too often a let down in recent years, a handful of first-days reports say its “beautiful refurb” is “superb in every detail” – “wow, wow, wow!”

£69
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

This former Theatreland idol still wows fans with its “slick and polished” style and “predictable” nursery fare; those who remember the glory days when this was London’s favourite restaurant, though, may find its current performance “embarrassing” – time, they say, “for a complete overhaul”.

£72
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Forget the celeb label and enjoy!”; this “iconic” panelled dining room, at the heart of Theatreland, is still – for its huge fan club – a “vibrant” metropolitan lynchpin; critics, though, say it has “had its day”, and offers “rather underwhelming” British dishes at “silly” prices.

£72
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Reopened 1 June after complete renovation.

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Restaurant details

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Highchair, Portions,
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Mon-Weds 11.30pm / Thurs-Sat 12.00am / Sun 10.30pm
No shorts

The Ivy Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Ivy Restaurant in WC2, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Ivy restaurant.
Arvinder M
The environment is lovely, relaxed but also...
Reviewed 1 months, 6 days ago

"The environment is lovely, relaxed but also calming. I don't think one really goes for the food though. Lovely for lunch!"

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John H
The refurbished Ivy was well worth a visit....
Reviewed 2 months, 29 days ago

"The refurbished Ivy was well worth a visit. Food good and the atmosphere is relaxed and unpretentious."

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Matthew C
a lesson in how to improve a legend!...
Reviewed 4 months, 26 days ago

"a lesson in how to improve a legend!"

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Anne D
After several years away, and what I unders...
Reviewed 5 months, 26 days ago

"After several years away, and what I understand is a change of ownership again, this visit proved The Ivy remains one of London's best dining options. Overall excellent evening with a perfect balance of 'very good' in all respects."

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Paul B
Great clubby atmosphere and cosy dining roo...
Reviewed 7 months, 4 days ago

"Great clubby atmosphere and cosy dining room - the menu offers a lot of rich comfort food (often leading to some weird combinations of courses), ranging from very good to average (but lacking consistency), but the service is a bit variable - from hypercharming to dismissive."

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1-5 West St, London, WC2H 9NQ
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Opening hours

lunch noon - 3 pm, Sun 3.30 pm, dinner 5.30 pm - midnight
Last orders: Mon-Weds 11.30pm / Thurs-Sat 12.00am / Sun 10.30pm

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