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Horrible food & drinks at The Ivy

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June50 Sep 13, 2010 08:33 AM

We wasted $100 dollars at this restaurant on Saturday. We ordered a crab cake appetizer, they were deep fried, tasteless, tough and overcooked. My partner had the swordfish with rice, both items on her plate were bland and greasy. I had the gumbo soup, full of rice and not much of anything else. We had two daquiri's that were about 4 oz each, and overly tart. Avoid this restaurant at all costs, the possible celebrity sightings are not worth it, trust me. Why any celebrity would choose this restaurant is beyond me.

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Ivy
113 N Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

  1. Servorg Sep 13, 2010 08:55 AM

    "You're gonna need an ocean of Calamine Lotion...." ;-D>

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      Akitist Sep 13, 2010 11:11 AM

      You'll be scratchin' like a 'Hound...

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        Servorg Sep 13, 2010 11:17 AM

        Now you made me sing the entire chorus out loud...and it's stuck in my head!! Thanks a lot! (g)

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          Maxmillion Sep 13, 2010 12:53 PM

          so utterly appropriate!

    2. boogiebaby Sep 13, 2010 02:05 PM

      The Ivy is not known for good food.

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        Hungry4Good Sep 13, 2010 03:35 PM

        I can think of few things more embarrassing for a city that one of its forever trendy restaurants known far and wide has consistently bad food. I guess there is a priority problem that nobody seems to care about.

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          maudies5 Sep 13, 2010 03:39 PM

          I have had consistently good meals at The Ivy.

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            kevin Sep 13, 2010 06:57 PM

            Yeah, I have heard from a bunch of people that contrary to popular opinion the food here is suprisingly decent (thought not great or very good mind you). For hounds that like this place, what do you order, I may have to visit in the next few weeks for a lunch with a friend (yes, celebrity sightings for her, whoop dee doo!!!), so what to order for savory dishes, desserts, and drinks????

            thanks all.

            how's the BBQ shrimp? the fried chicken? blackened steak or is it prime rib? hot fudge sundae? mint juleps, etc?

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              goodhealthgourmet Sep 13, 2010 07:34 PM

              in all the years i've been going to The Ivy, i've never had a bad meal, but i;ve only ever ordered ONE thing...the grilled vegetable salad with shrimp or chicken. it's always delicious. and i was there with a fried a couple of years ago who ordered a salad with beets, blue cheese & bacon (among other things), and i snagged several bites - it was pretty darned good!

              i don't know about the juleps, but i love the fresh mint leaves in their iced tea.

              FWIW, the service at the location on Robertson *always* sucks...i prefer the one in SM.

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                Emme Sep 13, 2010 08:49 PM

                i agree. the grilled veggie salad is the way to go. and the apple tarte tatin.

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                  maudies5 Sep 13, 2010 10:02 PM

                  I love that grilled salad, the fried chicken (divine). NY steak is awesome, fish and chips (tartar sauce is great), baked potato skins (off menu, filled with whatever you want), hot fudge sundae and I love the way they cook brussel sprouts!! I also like the crab cakes, but always ask for them as an entree, instead of an app. They serve 2 large crab cakes instead of little ones. No fancy drinks for us. They make a fine martini,

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            mojoeater Sep 13, 2010 07:22 PM

            I've lived there and don't think LA embarrasses easily. And I still love that city!

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          farmertomato Sep 13, 2010 07:53 PM

          There are always a number of photographers lurking across the street from the Ivy. I think it's so they'll be able to get pix of celebrities being wheeled out to the ambulance after consuming the food there.

          1. Tom P Sep 13, 2010 08:06 PM

            Celebs like to go because the staff will tackle anyone who even looks like they are headed to the table for an autograph. They do have a few great dishes: The corn chowder is amazing, the grilled salad is terrific, I like their fried chicken ok, and the pecan tart dessert is very good.

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              xdrixn Sep 13, 2010 08:29 PM

              just because one has money does not mean one has good taste.

              1. westsidegal Sep 13, 2010 11:25 PM

                your experience mirrors my experiences there, food sub-par always.

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                  mc michael Sep 14, 2010 06:58 AM

                  The Ivy (and at the Shore) can still turn out good food on occasion. But it doesn't have to. It's more a ritual than a restaurant.

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                    foodiemahoodie Sep 18, 2010 12:44 AM

                    Celebrities, generally, don't know good food. They choose it for the scene. It's rare that you go to a restaurant rife with celebs - that also serves good food. Giorgio's in Santa Monica Canyon is a good example. Okay food (better than The Ivy), but it's really about the scene.

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                      mc michael Sep 18, 2010 08:02 AM

                      Well, Michael Caine is a chef. So much for that stereotype,

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                        goodhealthgourmet Sep 18, 2010 12:44 PM

                        "It's rare that you go to a restaurant rife with celebs - that also serves good food."
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                        Spago? Cut?

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                        Spago
                        176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                        quielo Sep 19, 2010 08:41 AM

                        A friend of mine who I work out with is a Limo driver. One day he gets a call to pick up Paula Ab**l. She asks him to take her to the Ivy. When they arrive she tells him to go onto the restaurant and tell the manager she is there. he does this and the manager says "so what?". After a minute the manager "Ok I'll take care of it", walks out to the limo and walks back with her into the restaurant where the guys take her photo. She then walks back out again and my friend drives her home.

                        I have had the grilled salad at the SM location and it was not bad. I have not eaten at the BH location. I do like to take out-of-towners to either as both locations have been featured in numerous films.

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                        Ivy
                        113 N Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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