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J Sheekey

#266 of 18,352 Restaurants in London
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Covent Garden
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28-32 St Martin's Court, London WC2N 4AL, England
020 7240 2565
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Today
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Originally a small oyster bar, J Sheekey preserves an unstuffy and...
Originally a small oyster bar, J Sheekey preserves an unstuffy and intimate air which has made it a West End favourite for over 100 years. Cosy up in a dark corner in one of this fish restaurant's wood-panelled interconnecting rooms and try not to gawp at the high-profile clientele. The seafood is fresh and delivered with flair, and there's an imaginative vegetarian menu, plus a few meat dishes for non-fish lovers. An unrivalled destination for London theatre-goers. J Sheekey's illustrious 100-year heritage is enhanced by the Oyster Bar just next door, an informal extension of this great London institution. Set around a horseshoe-shaped central dining bar, its wood-panelled walls are lined with photographs of 21st-century theatrical luminaries from John Hurt to Orlando Bloom. The finest seafood includes fresh oysters from West Mersea Island, Cornwall, Northern Ireland and south-west France, along with Shetland mussels and Dublin Bay prawns or caviar and crab. These are enjoyed with an excellent list of Champagnes and sparkling wines by a theatrical and foodie clientele. All fish is responsibly caught from sustainable sources.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Dinner at sheekeys

My husband and I went to sheekeys for a special night out, admittedly we hadn't made a reservation do when we arrived the staff explained we would have to eat in the oyster bar. Disappointing, they didn't make much effort to move things around and find us a table. At least one was available in the... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
victorias369
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

My husband and I went to sheekeys for a special night out, admittedly we hadn't made a reservation do when we arrived the staff explained we would have to eat in the oyster bar. Disappointing, they didn't make much effort to move things around and find us a table. At least one was available in the restaurant at that time... More 

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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14 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Fifth visit, the fourth for dinner and the experience up to the usual high standard. Friendly efficient welcome. Helpful attentive staff without being intrusive. Book early. We did return and shall return again.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

I always love the quiet civilised atmosphere in Sheekey's, the attentive but not over-attentive waiters, and the old fashioned decor. But of course one goes for the food and it is always sumptuous. Last time i was there i had a perfectly cooked sole and my companion, who had had a late lunch and was not very hungry, had a... More 

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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This restaurant has been here for ever , the oyster bar gave a more casual option when they opened it about 8 years ago . They always have a good variety of oysters , we love the dozen mixed with mini wild boar sausages . You must book here as it is very popular with Londoners , tourists and theatre... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Visited on a Monday evening to celebrate my wife's birthday. We ate in the Oyster Bar and were offered a seat at the bar itself with a grandstand view of the oyster shucking. We kicked-off with a delicious glass of English sparkling while we pondered what to eat. The Fruit de Mer for two was obvious choice and what a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

My wife and I shared a lovely evening with a trip the theatre followed by dinner at J Sheekey. I had never dined here however have eaten at several of the Caprice Holdings other restaurants. A warm greeting upon arrival and we were early so were seated in the bar for a glass of very good Gruner Veltiner. Through to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

With a warm welcome, we were swiftly shown to our table and promptly given the menu. After only a few minutes we were asked if we were ready to order.....it all felt rather rushed. One of our friends is vegetarian and was most disappointed with his choice of a Mushroom Tart. We however, enjoyed delicious Scottish Oysters. I was delighted... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went for pre theatre dinner on a Saturday, expected it to be busy and it was, pleasant welcome on arrival, table a bit small for 3 my wife and daughter penned in somewhat, waiter very quick to pour water at our expense, we love fish so menu was great, I had monkfish and snails too start with, monkfish a bit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Great service, fab food, lovely atmosphere! Never disappoints! The scallop and shrimp burger is the best in London! Staff are polite and attentive

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This is a real ....vintage brasserie. Lovely fish tartare, scotish oysters, inexpensive wines list and a real professional service..

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 28-32 St Martin's Court, London WC2N 4AL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighborhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: 020 7240 2565

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 50
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Description

Originally a small oyster bar, J Sheekey preserves an unstuffy and intimate air which has made it a West End favourite for over 100 years. Cosy up in a dark corner in one of this fish restaurant's wood-panelled interconnecting rooms and try not to gawp at the high-profile clientele. The seafood is fresh and delivered with flair, and there's an imaginative vegetarian menu, plus a few meat dishes for non-fish lovers. An unrivalled destination for London theatre-goers. J Sheekey's illustrious 100-year heritage is enhanced by the Oyster Bar just next door, an informal extension of this great London institution. Set around a horseshoe-shaped central dining bar, its wood-panelled walls are lined with photographs of 21st-century theatrical luminaries from John Hurt to Orlando Bloom. The finest seafood includes fresh oysters from West Mersea Island, Cornwall, Northern Ireland and south-west France, along with Shetland mussels and Dublin Bay prawns or caviar and crab. These are enjoyed with an excellent list of Champagnes and sparkling wines by a theatrical and foodie clientele. All fish is responsibly caught from sustainable sources.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:00 am

Questions & Answers

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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?

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Neighborhood 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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