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Ivy Kensington Brasserie

4.2
4.2
6672 reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
The Ivy's urbane, neighbourhood-style brasserie for accessible Modern British eats, served all day.

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2 people

19:00


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British, British, Breakfast

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 8:00 am–12:00 am Sun 8:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    020 3301 0500

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Sean Burbidge

  • Private party facilities

    For those looking for a little something extra to celebrate with friends or impress at a business lunch, The Ivy Kensington Brasserie offers a semi-private dining area, seating up to 12 people. Positioned on its own level, the semi-private dining area was designed to present a great vantage point over the restaurant, giving you the option of a more intimate setting while still being able to enjoy the atmosphere of the main restaurant. Available for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner reservations it offers the perfect setting for group bookings, whatever the occasion. No minimum spend or set menus required. Guests are invited to order from the restaurant’s main menus.

  • Area

    Kensington

  • Parking Details

    NCP Royal Garden Hotel Car Park, 2 - 24 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 4PT (4 min walk from the car park) Indigo Hornton Street Car Park, Hornton St, Kensington, London W8 7NX (3 min walk from the car park)

  • Public Transit

    We are located 2 minutes walk away from High Street Kensington station (Circle and District lines)<br />

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

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What 6,672 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. L

    Lumpydump

    London

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    No table available although we’d booked in plenty of time for an 8pm table. Manager a bit brusque and made me feel very uncomfortable. My husband told him off and the manager then managed to find a table.
  2. SM

    ScottM

    Houston

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Enjoyed the set menu. Ordered bread as an appetizer and only got it after asking three times for it and got it with our main course versus the first course (soup)- it seems every few minutes we had a different server.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    The food was mediocre. We were a party of 3 and it took more than an hour for it to arrive even though other tables who sat down after us received their orders much earlier. Our server was extremely rude and made the whole experience very poor. I have been going to this location for years and this attitude should not be tolerated.
  4. F

    Foodie

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent venue, food and service, worth a visit, just as good as it was last time we visited!
  5. CR

    ChandlerR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service, and lovely atmosphere!
  6. C

    Charles

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    New wait staff needs to be trained. Good food marred by the lack of service.
  7. A

    Amir

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Awful service awful food so disappointing never again!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The welcome was good. Our table was fine. The restaurant was typically noisy with general background noise you expect in Ivy Brasseries. The food was ok although my steak, ordered rare and served rare, was quite cold. However this didn’t detract from the quality. The service wasn’t particularly good. As is usual you have so many different servers you don’t know who to ask for anything. In the event, I had to ask two different people for English mustard before it arrived. Overall, not bad but not particularly good.
  9. C

    Carla

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    The hostess and main server where not polite at all. We wanted a nicer table and we were told that the 7 tables free where for regulars….We had to ask a couple of times for drinks that hadn’t been brought, and must of the servers cleared the tables “making towers”with the plates at the table. 🙈
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food3service3ambience3
    At the Wellcome the waiter lied to our face telling us no more space available with a half empty restaurant! I had to go online to open table to book a seat with 15 minutes later… I think it’s pretty bad customer service…
  11. M

    Matt

    Brighton

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Absolutely awful customer service. Completely shocked by the rudeness of the staff, our food requests were either really late or just completely forgotten. No politeness or apologies for lateness with order. Shocked that you couldn’t offer vegan alternatives for butter. Won’t be recommending this store - awful experience
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    The food was great but the restaurant was warm. I was sweating in my shirt.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food
  14. LC

    LibbyC

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    I had booked an outdoor table for my friends birthday online . We were taken to an indoor table on arrival and told outdoors was never available at that time (7.30pm ) as it closes at 5pm . Given I only chose the restaurant to sit outside this was maddening . Something needs to be addressed in the booking system . The waitress took our drinks order soon after arrival . We asked after them when she came back to take our food order . They did not arrive at the table till 8pm . The tap water arrived at 8.30 pm . The food was good but I do wish you would stop using dairy in the crispy squid and battered fish . I’ve had it without ( beer battered ) in other places and it’s delicious. The cocktails ( when finally arrived ) , blackened cod and vegan panacotta were very good . It’s seems , like many restaurants these days , that there are either not enough staff or most of the ones there ,not very experienced.
  15. F

    Freckles

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great night, service good, food good and my daughter got a birthday dessert surprise. Only issue was that we had booked outside but this was closed and we had not been told this on booking , only a few days ago. Given the current summer temperatures, it would have been good to know this, as we may have gone elsewhere .
  16. D

    Djthouse

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Devine!!!!!
  17. R

    River

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious foods and very nice ambience, had great time!
  18. KM

    KathrynM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was very happy with the service and food at The Ivy Brasserie, it was a good choice for a relaxed pre-theatre dinner.
  19. JM

    JohnM

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Sloopy inattentive service, resturant half full, staff unaware of menu. Not thr standard of any other branch.
  20. JH

    JoanneH

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Like this location second time visit. Good food and generous quality portions.
  21. NG

    NikiG

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food4service3ambience1
    This is the 2nd visit this summer when it has been very hot and there is no or extremely poor air conditioning and both times staff had said it is on and after disputing this a couple of times told it does notappear to be functionign properly. The last visit 1 perosn had to leave as too hot and all of us feeling light headed in the heat of the restaurant. Drinks were not cold, not enough staff so too busy and drinks not replenished enough, this is a re-acurring issue. Such a shame it just doesnt seem to have the facilities a restaurant of this standard should have.
  22. i

    ilovegoodfood

    Bath

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    The food was lovely I can’t fault that, however the service was poor, we had to wait 10 minutes to even place an order. We then received warm water (it’s 35 degrees) after having to ask for this and ice. The wrong drink was brought and the chips didn’t arrive alongside the mains. It was also a meal out for a birthday and other people who had birthdays received a lovely candle and cake however we didn’t receive any of this. Just to make a point we have visited the Ivy in Oxford before and it was exceptional service and food, and made to feel special and welcome not just “another” customer.
  23. R

    Rachel

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service1ambience2
    Poor service. Staff inattentive. Requests for water and ice recurved delayed service.
  24. MC

    MauriceC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food and ambience great. Our server Chrissie superb. The receptionist who refused to allow us to move to a corner table for no real and substantial reason not very good.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Booked outdoor seating, when i got there they told me the outdoor seating was closed ! Order the Sole fish, it was all bones and didn’t taste good
  26. NK

    NorbertK

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food4service4ambience4
    Special needs/ requests are clearly not passed on via OpenTable and I shall therefore have to think twice before booking any important event / restaurant via OpenTable
  27. JH

    JaneH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it, so accomodating and such friendly staff. Drinks and food arrived promptly and a suprise desert for the birthday boy!
  28. l

    leena

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    it’s is ridiculously expensive i would nit recommend fir family’s!! service charge was also 7 pounds which i did nit get tile about howe we service was great.
  29. NJ

    NatalieJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    It was okay- went with high expectations of the food and was overall underwhelmed. Basic and on the small size for mains. Fish cake was a real disappointment, dry and mostly breadcrumbs. Staff were attentive and service good.
  30. JT

    JanetT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 August 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    This was a 70th birthday celebration for the birthday boy and 5 guests. First visit to the Ivy Brasserie Kensington. We were all very impressed by the decor and the quality of the food. However, I had ordered a birthday cake (a few days before) for the birthday boy and this never arrived despite asking our waitress several times to bring it. He did eventually get a free profiterole with a candle in it but that's not want I'd asked for.
  31. DI

    DIDEMS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    it was a perfect dinner date night. thanks! I like this Ivy Kensington
  32. LN

    LauraN

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 August 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Our server seemed to be completely disinterested in us. Sort of 'lights are on, but no one's home'. The quality of the house champagne was disappointing - it seemed very sweet, so I tried the Yellow Label as my 2nd glass which was better. The starter was good, but the haddock mornay with a mustard sauce was mainly butter, which I don't like. The strawberry and raspberry dessert was a complete rip-off, charging over £9 for 1 strawberry, 2 scoops of ice cream, a whole 'do it yourself' meringe, and a pot of raspberry-flavoured sauce which you can buy in any supermarket. Overall disappointing.
  33. AS

    AntonS

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    The Main course arrived as the first course was being cleared. We protested but the maitre d' insisted. Said that it would otherwise be wasted. He apologised, but was extremely arrogant. This is very bad practice for a restarant in the Ivy group. Our bill was reduced, but that does not compensate for incompetence. It was a black mark for a meeting with an old schoolfriend I hadn't seen for several years. The waitress was sympathetic and we made it clear to her that it was not her fault.
  34. TC

    TakC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and tasty, staff were very friendly and catered to my 6 month old.
  35. RT

    RodT

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    Good atmosphere, great food , friendly helpful staff. Just too noisy. Like every restaurant these days.
  36. R

    Robert

    Portland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect. Shrimp appetizer and fried Zuchini were the best
  37. SP

    SamanthaP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was plentiful considering it was on a set menu. The cocktails were lovely. The service was excellent. Overall, a great dining experience.
  38. C

    Cristina

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Small rations, but delicious! Good service although a bit slow.
  39. E

    Espen

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service! My daughter likes the pizza especially much
  40. RV

    RegularVisitor

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Good place, nice ambience but very noisy. Still the best in the neighbourhood.

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Ivy Kensington Brasserie is rated 4.2 stars by 6672 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Google Map for Ivy Kensington Brasserie

96 Kensington High Street, London, ENG W8 4SG

Additional information

  • Area

    Kensington

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 8:00 am–12:00 am Sun 8:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British, British, Breakfast

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    NCP Royal Garden Hotel Car Park, 2 - 24 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 4PT (4 min walk from the car park) Indigo Hornton Street Car Park, Hornton St, Kensington, London W8 7NX (3 min walk from the car park)

  • Public Transit

    We are located 2 minutes walk away from High Street Kensington station (Circle and District lines)

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Sean Burbidge

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    020 3301 0500

  • Private party facilities

    For those looking for a little something extra to celebrate with friends or impress at a business lunch, The Ivy Kensington Brasserie offers a semi-private dining area, seating up to 12 people. Positioned on its own level, the semi-private dining area was designed to present a great vantage point over the restaurant, giving you the option of a more intimate setting while still being able to enjoy the atmosphere of the main restaurant. Available for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner reservations it offers the perfect setting for group bookings, whatever the occasion. No minimum spend or set menus required. Guests are invited to order from the restaurant’s main menus.

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