For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to eat at The Ivy in Beverly Hills. Growing up, I would always read about it in magazines that covered celebrity sightings, and it was always gushed about as an “it” place to dine and be seen in LA. I remember reading Britney Spears was a frequent visitor and “thinking if I could just become a waitress there right now…haha.”
It took me twenty-eight years before I finally got to dine at The Ivy and let me say, it was everything I hoped it would be. It was a real experience – one I hope all of you out there get the opportunity to enjoy yourself at some point.
It was a Saturday afternoon when I called ahead and made reservations for that evening with surprisingly no issues. All-day long, I danced around in excitement about finally getting to eat at the iconic establishment. I threw on something cute and casual, grabbed three friends, and called an Uber to take us out to N. Robertson Blvd. When we pulled up to the restaurant at eight o’clock that night, I could not have been more thrilled. In a cute Los Angeles neighborhood tucked away under tons of trees, bushes, and brightly colored string lights sit The Ivy. Finally, after all these years of hearing about it, I had arrived! We walked up the front steps to check in with the incredibly polite host, who took our reservation info, then kindly directed us over to a lovely front room area where they had complimentary water and champagne to sip while we waited for our table. Right off the bat, let me say the first thing I noticed when I walked into this restaurant was the copious amounts of fresh flowers everywhere. Brightly colored arrangements were everywhere! I remember thinking it must cost them a fortune to keep up with since the life of a bouquet isn’t very long. Still, as a customer, I can appreciate the attention to detail and freshness those flowers brought to the ambiance of the room. It was simply beautiful.
When we finally sat down at our table, I was excited to check out the wine menu first. I wanted something light and crisp to start the evening with, so after carefully reviewing all of the selections, I chose Russian River Valley’s DuMol Chardonnay, delicious white wine costing $150 for the bottle. As everyone sipped, they complimented me on the excellent choice. It was refreshing and set the tone for a fantastic dinner.
The Ivy’s dinner menu offers a wide variety of delicious, mouth-watering starters, hearty main course options, and amazing desserts. Both the food and the service was excellent. From preparation to presentation, everything was on point. My friends ordered steaks, lobsters, and salads, which all came out looking like perfection. I ended up keeping it simple and ordering their margarita pizza, which for $23.75 is a little on the pricey side. Still, after one bite, I was okay paying the hefty price tag because it was hands down one of the most enjoyable pizzas I have ever eaten (and I am a total pizza snob)! The tomato sauce was light and robust, the basil incredibly fresh, and the mozzarella cheese melted to perfection. If you’re looking for a great pizza option in LA, I highly recommend it.
Dessert was heavenly. If you are someone who likes a good red velvet cake, definitely hit this place up to try theirs. It was moist, rich, and melted in my mouth — three layers of pure, sweet deliciousness. I don’t eat cake much, but I did really enjoy their old fashioned red velvet cake and would order it again.
Everything about the experience was great. It was a fabulous dinner with great friends in a beautiful restaurant. Do yourself a favor and be sure to check out The Ivy the next time you’re in LA, and see for yourself what all the fuss is about!
“Sometimes the greatest meals on vacations are the ones you find when Plan A falls through.” – Anthony Bourdain