An LA landmark since its opening in 1983, The Ivy is the place to go for a great time in the City of Angels. From its star-studded crowd, to its ... More
An LA landmark since its opening in 1983, The Ivy is the place to go for a great time in the City of Angels. From its star-studded crowd, to its jamming music, friendly wait-staff, killer cocktails and unbeatable food, this cozy, hip, neighborhood restaurant exemplifies the easy glamour and charm that California is all about.
I love the place. The location is key. The food is pristine and the stars are always out. The last time I went I saw Tay Diggs (How Stella Got Her Grove Back), Nicolette Sheridan (Desperate Housewives), and Michael Bolton (When a Man Loves a Woman). The paparazzi were out in full effect. The true Beverly Hills experience!
We made a reservation over two weeks in advance and requested patio, when we arrived they said there were no patio tables available. We saw two empty tables, but they probably leave some open for celebrities who knows. The waitress was not very friendly, but the staff was good about keeping drinks full and making sure you were taken care of. I did not like my salad but my sisters liked their food (spaghetti and burger). I did taste theirs and thought it was decent. We were hoping to see a celebrity, but it did not happen. I would definitely eat there again. I would have enjoyed more if I was on the patio. The meals are about $25 a plate for lunch.
Although the atmosphere is not so glamorous, being near all the shops (Kitson, Horn, Lisa Kline) is great. If you are going their just to meet some celebrities don't go their bc it is a big waste of money. The food is okay (most of the stuff you can get at a local Marie Calendar's). If you are their for the brunch it is very relaxing. A little bit of advice if you plan to go there... GET A RESERVATION!!
My friend and I went for lunch and let me tell you, the food was awesome, except their sald, they don't have that big of a selection. Anyway everything else was fine and the environment was awesome and people were very friendly, if you are planning to spend over 100.00 between you and your friend then go for it. you are not going to regret it.
It really was a great time. Four of us (without cameras and pens) showed up for dinner. We were seated inside in a very charming and quiet room. The service was completely professional and everything was served promptly. Large portions of well cooked and presented food arrived quickly. Since my background is New York City, Boston and now San Francisco I'm not a novice to great restaurants. This was really a pleasure. For those of you who are disappointed with Ivy you are likely unfamiliar with this type of place. Relax, enjoy the food, the ambience (I could actually hear my dinner companions talk) and treat the hard working staff with smiles and thank-yous.
I went to the IVY cafe and reserved a few days before. We asked for a table outside becaus it was summer and the weather was just fabulous. Once we got there, they treated us very badly and the lady at the front was sooo snob and told us they did not have any tables left outside. We were not very happy about that but they told us if we waited a table should be available and they did not seem to care about that. It sort of pissed us off because we were with someone important in L.A. I think you need to be a famous person to be treated properly. They are only treated people like that because the restaurant became famous. As for the food, you will definitly be satisfied and full when you leave. The salads are huge but they are really really good. Apart for the service, the rest was great.
I'm a local. I have heard that the food at this restaurant is bad - so I wasn't expecting much. I had poached salmon and it was the worst salmon I have ever had. It was tasteless.
The tables are so small there is no room to put the menu on them. The chairs are wicker with a pillow. They were very uncomfortable. The tables are very close together. I can't imagine anyone going to there to discuss anything private.
The ice tea was $7.00 - that gives you an idea of the price. My lunch ended up being $50.00 with tip. For this kind of money you are much better off eating at any other high end restaurant.
I was very disappointed.
We went there on a whim.
Called at 5:00 and got a reservation for 7:00 that night.
I have dined at many fine places, but I have to say this has to be one of the best.
Semi-casual and great ambience.
Wait staff was one of the best.
The food was AMAZING. . .so worth every penny.
We are going back again and again and again~~~
We even sat next to an academy award winning actor who was VERY nice. Not standoffish at all. . . but again we did not act like bafoons.
Here you will find young actors, hipsters and other famous folks. The restaurant features comfortable booths and simple American food.
The meatloaf is a favorite, and hard pressed to be beaten anywhere in town. Don't look for anything too ...