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“Wanted it to be superb, it disappointed - salt and service!!!”
Review of The Ivy

The Ivy
Ranked #237 of 9,562 Restaurants in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $200
Cuisines: European, Contemporary, International, British
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: As a piece of London within Dubai, The Ivy Restaurant, bar and lounge is an elegant and relaxed international brasserie open for all day dining. Based upon it's sister restaurant The Ivy in London, the food, service and ambiance represents the same exclusive experience. It is famous for its weekend brunches (on both Friday and Saturday),live music and top-rated service. With a menu to suit all tastes and pockets, The Ivy is the perfect venue for both business and pleasure. The private dining room seats up to 20 guests. In addition to the A la Carte menu, a daily Business lunch is available Sunday to Thursday. Ivy Classics menu is available at AED 200 for three courses. Wednesday evening is Steak Night. The bar and lounge has a daily happy hour from 5pm till 8pm.
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“Wanted it to be superb, it disappointed - salt and service!!!”
Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

Had high hopes for this restaurant when we saw it close to be opened two years ago, so we were excited to be finally going this time round. Brunch package with or without drinks, extensive menu. Tables very crammed you can't place your feet on the floor, most comfortable to opt for putting your feet on the tables singular large leg! Food was incredibly over salted to the extreme - from soup, to fish cake, to broccoli side, even a simple tomato and onion salad was highs over salted. Requested two single glasses of wine - the abrupt, lack lustre non smiling female Russian waitress greeted us with "you want glass of wine, you take ze drinks packag huh?". Standing firm, we requested two single glasses of wine by the glass which we received. Her service throughout the meal continued to show no signs of a smile or graciousness. Dessert just about saved the whole meal - a nice strawberry trifle - thankfully unsalted! We advised one manager who asked us how our food was and we feedback accordingly - he was graciously apologetic and offered us another glass of wine.

Ambience - was fairy quiet, apart from the Arabic Michael Buble cover singer in the corner using backing tracks. All diners seated close together in one area. Was unfortunate we were seated close to the footballers wife, lushing on the drinks package, with brattish girl-child who at one point slapped her mother with her flip flop and then also howled like at 2 year old when reprimanded... This did also mar our lunch experience at The Ivy.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Just brilliant!”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

The Ivy is a restaurant that I go to about once every two months. I enjoy the food there and have never had a bad meal before. The Ivy is suitable for kids because on the Friday (brunch) the kids are aloud up at Sinbads Kids Club for free! My brother had the Shepherd's pie, which he loved. In my brothers exact words, " This is the best Shepherd's pie I have ever had in my whole life!" He even thought it was better than the Rivington's!

  • Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Do not waste your money!”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

1. Food is below average, presentation is poor no effort at all, no value for money
2. Smoking is ruining experience of fine dinning
3. No ambience, empty tables say a lot about the place
4. We will be not returning, it is look like that management does not even read the comments and does not listen to VOC ( voice of the customer)

  • Visited December 2012
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Below par in the city of 5 star living”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

Despite the London reputation, it disappointed. Nothing special, just really overpriced pub grub for that place. The idea of brunch is too spoil the customers with unlimited selection of food and beverage, however here your limited to a three course menu.

Always empty and will fail to compete with the other 5 star offerings all over town.

  • Visited December 2012
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Bahrain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“great”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

i love everything about this place
the food is delicious
the decor is simple yet so elegant
the atmosphere is amazing
its 1 of the best restaurants in dubai

Visited November 2012
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