1535 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040134.012397 -118.496094
Monday From 11:30 AM To 10:30 PM Tuesday To Thursday From 11:30 AM To 11:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:30 AM To 11:30 PM Sunday From 10:30 AM To 10:30 PM
Neighborhoods: West LA, Downtown
Don't bother - it's not what it used to be! – Dear Ivy,
You have always been one of our favorite restaurants. We are Malibu locals and have been coming for years.
Unfortunately, last night you blew it! We had heard from so many other people that the service was getting bad, the food wasn't as good as it used to be, but still we kept coming. Then Last night we experienced the worst restaurant service ever! It's so sad to see that you are now a tourist trap restaurant.
Thanks for the memories and good bye forever,
Your former loyal clientele
Not for foodies – The food is just okay for a high end, top of the line LA restaurant. It is fresh and tasty but in my opinion not really special but the Ivy at the Shore is more for the atmosphere.
A little overpriced, but you're paying for the view – I like this place-- good food, great patio seating area with a great view. If you want more privacy, the back room is nice too.
The food isn't bad at all, its just a little overpriced... but hey, its a restaurant on Ocean Ave. and you have to consider the much more expensive restaurants adjacent to the Ivy.
Overall, I think this place is a good place to eat if you have guests and want to take them to a posh/trendy place on the beach, but don't want to spend too much money.
Very friendly staff – Had to take a second to post a good review - the one (and only) time I have been there which was just a few months ago, the staff could not have been friendlier. My 1.5 year old son was with us and he was quite the toddler at the table, eventually spilling an entire bloody mary all over our table. The wait staff handled it so kindly and they continually came by to try to entertain him and keep him occupied. I was very impressed.
Great experience 8/15/09 – we had out of town visitors and had never been here before. great food, service was excellent. especially appreciated our waiter, a charming irish guy who was very attentive & friendly & helped us with menu choices. all in all, a really great experience!
Great food - wonderful service – There were 7 of us and we were seated separately because there were not enough tables large enough on the porch. After being seated we told the waiter we wanted to all sit together. Not a problem they seated us inside and were most helpful. It was a family get together and we all were having fun and acting silly.
The food was all DELICIOUS! I had the mushroom pizza - so good. Three others had the fish and chips
they truly enjoyed it. When we left we went over an apologized for our silly behavior and the waiter
just smiled at us and said it was nice to see a happy family. What a wonderful thing to say. I will speak of
that experience for a long time to come. Thanks for a great memory
Avoid at all costs – We have gone twice in the past two months and have had an awful experience both times. The service is
absolutely horrific. There is no one to greet you when you arrive, there doesn't seem to be anyone in charge to assist you and the confusion at each table being served is laughable (if it wasn't costing you $100 per diner). The food presentation is unacceptable, seems like sides are just slapped on. Make sure you ask the price of the specials since they are all around $50 each compared with the $27-35 range of the listed items. One of our party got a $55 filet on the bone that was so fatty she could not eat it. (yes, a filet) The three different waiters that approached us all had a different story about the availability of soft shelled crabs. The drinks were close to $20 each. We don't usually complain about price if the experience, food and service are good. Please, there are many other restaurants in Santa Monica, do not choose this one.
Over rated DO NOT go there Not Worth the money! – I waas visting LA from the ATL and reservations was made for us to this restaurant. I have never tasted food so horrible. It is not worth the $101.00 we spent there. I had salad with mostly lettuce and hardly no meat. They did not have bottled wine in the White Zinfadel only glass, which i thought was not a good thing. The waiters were bumping into each other, we were checked on to see if everything was okay. I ususally complain to the manager of a restaurant I decided not to because I knoew that i will NEVER go to this place again. BEWARE!
I HATE THIS RESTAURANT!!! – This HAS to be THE most over rated restaurant of all time! I have been here many times (both on Robertson and the ocean) unfortunately due to business meetings- and hands down they have THE worst service on the planet. A cocktail is $20, EACH. The food is AVERAGE and UBER EXPENSIVE. This is the biggest joke and most over hyped restaurant ever. I hate it, and have actually taken a stand NOT to have to go back there anymore... it's just too annoying. They must train their waiters to be bored automatrons, and it MUST be in their protocol that they MUST reach their arms directly in front of your nose to either place or remove a dish, basket, glass or candle from your table... it is shockingly poor service- and frankly when you're paying absolutely TOP dollar- there is the expectation for some very basic service. I HATE THIS PLACE!!!!!
Agree with You've Got to be Kidding – I've been eating here since 198something. One of my most favorite spots, until last Saturday. Terrible service, terrible food. Served me two dead mussels. Would have complained about the table by the wait station but didn't want to wait another hour. It had already been 1/2 hour after our reservation time when we got seated. Taking the glass from my husband's hand to refill it was unacceptable. No more raves from me and I doubt I will got back.
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