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Is the "Ivy" a must???

Can I get some information on the Ivy??? Is it a must see??? Is there a certain type of attire that needs to be worn to dine here?


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  1. As to your last 2 questions ... No and no.

    1. Ive is def. not a must, The food isn't even that great. All the hype is probably because of the celeb scene. Portions are huge...Attire is extremely casual.

      1. I wouldn't bother -- expensive and not particularly good -- but it depends on what sort of experience you want. Why don't you let us know what you're looking for, and maybe we can help out with some ideas.

          1. I prefer the Ivy in Santa Monica. The other one is too stuffy and a HUGE celeb hype. I really enjoyed the crab salad as my appetizer and for lunch, the homemade ravioli stuffed with spinach in a tomato sauce was very good. There was no real "attitude" about the place, and that is what was nice.

            1. The Ivy is a "must miss" in my book, and Ivy at the Shore just the same. It's ludicrously overpriced (we're talking $30 hamburgers), the patrons are either celebrities or tourists (and you can guess which set gets better service) and the food would be great if it cost $10 a plate.

              No, there are very (VERY) few restaurants in Los Angeles in which I would feel uncomfortable dining in stylish jeans, a t-shirt and a blazer.

              1. If you've never been and if you like Cajun styled dishes and drinks, I suggest you go once for a weekday lunch to the Robertson branch. You're likely to see some celebs. The Ivy makes very good mint juleps, daiquiris, Ramos Fizzes, etc. The black pepper shrimp is very good. The crab cakes are good. I've had good key lime pie. It's not cheap.

                1. Funny you should ask as I just went there on Cinco de Mayo (random) with some friends from out of town.

                  It's not a "must see" and there's no dress code.

                  A group of 6 of us started with the one order each of stone crab claws and oysters and for entrees, we had the lobster linguini, carne asada special, tandoori chicken, meatballs/spaghetti, seafood risotto and I forget the last dish. One of the girls ordered Veuve for the table and we probably had about 8--9 gimlets/margaritas between all of us.

                  The tab came too about $120/pp. I'd classify it as a major ripoff considering there's nothing special about the food. Everything is marked up beyond reason and you pay for the brand/scene.

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                  1. re: vinosnob

                    Not to disagree, but just generally, do you find a date like Cinco the best for judging a restaurant, any restaurant?

                    1. re: mc michael

                      This is LA. We have no "must-sees". But The Ivy is nothing special. Ivy at the Shore is one of the most egregiously overpriced restaurants in the city. Years of fleecing their customers paid for the recent move a few doors down from where they were for years.

                      1. re: Aaron Black

                        Or perhaps they just lost their lease at the old place? You pay more at places like the Ivy for scene, celebs, etc. Think of it like a cover charge. If that's not your style, that's not.

                      2. re: mc michael

                        Not sure what the date has to do with anything? It's not like we went to El Cholo...

                        1. re: vinosnob

                          A lot of people like to go out drinking on Cinco de Mayo, even at places that don't traditionally serve Mexican dishes. In that regard, I would be highly reluctant to order carne asada at the Ivy or a place like it. But when I'm paying serious coin, I like to order things I know I'll like.

                          1. re: mc michael

                            It does, though, serve as an illustration of why I don't like it. I'm sure the carne asada special was $40 or so. I can go to any Mexican restaurant and get the carne asada for $8. I can go to a place with some decor, like La Serenata, and get it for, say, $12-$15. So the "cover charge" that you mentioned above is $25, let's say, giving The Ivy the benefit of the doubt.

                            The carne asada may be tasty but I won't pay $25 at a club, where I'm entertained for several hours, let alone paying to eat at a restaurant I'm going to be in for two hours. And I have to say, though I haven't been in many years, for that $25 "upcharge" I'd like better service than I've experienced there.

                            1. re: Das Ubergeek

                              Maybe vinosnob can price the carne asada for us?

                              1. re: mc michael

                                I think it was $30 and Das is on point. At least it was flank, but for $30, I would expect a finer cut. There's no question you pay a surcharge for the "scene" because the quality of the food does not match the prices.

                                1. re: vinosnob

                                  We agree on the price, but it helps if you order the better items.

                      1. re: Diana

                        This is starting to illustrate the Yogiism someone quoted on another thread, "No one goes there anymore. It's too crowded."

                        1. re: mc michael

                          the one on robertson's atmosphere is so much better! if you are going to spend this kind of money you need special, and it is.
                          the prime rib made me fall in love with prime rib :)

                      2. I'd actually say that Ivy is on my list as a Must Drive By Only If En Route to Eating Somewhere Better And Robertson is My Only Option For Traffic Reasons.

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                          1. re: Das Ubergeek

                            To be Brutally honest.... THE IVY SUCKS!!! It is way overpriced, ill-prepared, unoriginal diner food. You pay $26 for a grilled chix caesar salad, so that you can watch the Hilton Whore cry to her "wacked-out, living vicariously thru her daughter" mother. Or $30 for a Lasagne that is bested by Olive Garden so that you can witness Lindsay Whorehan crash her SL65 Mercedes-Benz in front (twice in 3 mos I might add). If you that desperate for a scene, or to see a hollywood narcissist behaving badly, than go and get ripped off. But I guarantee it won't be worth it. Hope you enjoy wherever you go and please forgive my honesty.

                            1. re: JSny

                              Word!.....I took my friends to shopping on Robertson and then lunch at the Ivy, and my friend actually said she preferred Pink's afterwards. It was the most expensive culinary outing we had and probably the most disappointing. In addition, the service was quite spotty. I had eggs benedict and it was definitely MEH and set me back $30. I've had better brunch at the Grinder for less than $10.