J Sheekey

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Founded in 1896, J Sheekey is justly famous as one of the best places in London for spotting the stars of the West End stage (visit post-theatre for the highest chance of seeing a well-known face). But it’s the supremely cosseting atmosphere combined with classic British fish cookery that keeps celebrities and ordinary folk returning to one of theatreland’s longest-running productions.  Above all, this is “a real dining out experience” – “pure tradition with an edge”.

If it swims or comes from the sea, it’s likely to be on the menu. Oysters include natives in season and rocks all year round, shellfish arrives either hot (razor clams with chorizo and broad beans) or cold (lobster mayonnaise) and there’s caviar for high rollers, plus a host of daily ‘market specials’.  

Elsewhere, you can eat as traditionally or modishly as you wish: smoked salmon followed by fish pie, or blackened miso mackerel ahead of a monkfish and tiger prawn curry. The best dishes, though, tend to be the simplest: we loved our plate of five fat tiger prawns, doused in garlic butter and smacked with chilli. 

Prices aren’t as horrifying as you might expect given the restaurant’s fame and location, though you’ll have to head to Italy to find anything remotely approaching a bargain on the fish-friendly European-led wine list – although it does offer a good by-the-glass selection for those on a tight budget.

Wood-panelled walls hung with monochrome photos of the stars add to the nostalgic vibe, while interiors hidden by mirrored windows make Sheekey’s ideal for a discreet business lunch or supper. Once inside, however, the atmosphere is deliciously gossipy and eavesdropping is an easy game to play – it’s all part of the theatrical fun.    

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Quiet conversation, Traditional
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Celeb spotting, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


28-32 St Martin's Court, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4AL

020 7240 2565


Opening Times

Mon-Sun 12N-3pm (Sun -3.30pm) 5.30pm-12M (Sun -11pm)


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44 Reviews 

Suzanne C

06 August 2019  
I've been going here for years and have never had any food that was short of excellent, the staff look after you so well which all makes for a great atmosphere.

Jo S

08 July 2019  
Fun, star studded, fresh.


02 July 2019  
The best seafood restaurant in London!

Ghazi H

28 June 2019  
Super fish restaurant, not cheap but worth a visit..I had a Halibut-on the-Bone and it was perfect, even the Cheese Cake was above normal level..excellent food and excellent service.

ross C

28 June 2019  
Fantastic for pre or post theatre. Amazing food, a great buzz and excellent service. Worth every penny.

Mary W

28 June 2019  
Lovely service although not as good as previous visits. The Restaurant and Bar always excellent, less so the Grill, needs a little refurbishment and a bit of gloss to the service. Food always delicious and good wine list. Great value for money in the Bar.

Lucy M

09 April 2019  
Fantastic and consistent food and service and so centrally placed among London's theatre land.

Kate S

05 April 2019  
A wonderful step back in time to dine here, fabulous food, service and a great bar too.


29 March 2019  
Fish restaurant serves great food. Ideal for pre theatre dining. They ask which performance you are attending to make sure you dine in plenty of time. Not cheap but certainly worth it. The restaurant has been there for years, I have been dining there for nearly 50 years.

Tim R

27 June 2018  
Always lovely fresh fish with delicious wine and excellent service.
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