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J Sheekey Atlantic Bar

Restaurants, British Covent Garden
4 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
J Sheekey
J Sheekey
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J Sheekey
J Sheekey

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Originally called the ‘oyster bar’, this little sibling was launched as a casual overspill of J Sheekey, or ‘Sheekey’s’, the celebrated fish restaurant next door. When it first opened, it was tiny and cheaper than its big sis (you could, for instance, get the famous fish pie for £2 less). Over the years, to cope with demand, it has expanded both the site and the summer terrace, eventually rebranding the space the Atlantic Bar. Oh, and matching the prices to those of next door. Some of its charm and intimacy is gone, but on the plus side, it's much easier to get a table. 

The atmosphere is relaxed, but smart enough for a snazzy date. It’s no longer ‘all about the counter’ (there are lots of tables now, too) and though the stained-glass windows are long gone, there’s still a vintage, jazz-age vibe. As for the food, it’s still dependably excellent. The cheese-crusted fish pie remains a solid option, but there’s more interesting tapas-y fare too: get the smoked haddock croquettes and the octopus with sriracha aioli. Oh and the baked cheesecake with boozy griotte cherries: it’s sublime.

And for those of you hankering after the bargains of old, try going after 9.30pm, in the ‘post-theatre’ slot, when you can snag yourself a fish pie and a glass of house wine for under £20.

J Sheekey Atlantic Bar says
Sister to the legendary J Sheekey next door, J Sheekey Atlantic Bar is a more informal proposition, serving seasonal sharing plates of fish and shellfish, with the choice of eating around the horseshoe-shaped bar, on tables that oversee the open kitchen or those situated on the terrace.

By: Tania Ballantine



Address: 33-35 St Martin's Court
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square tube
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 12pm - 12am Sunday 12pm - 10.30pm
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5 out of 5 stars

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Once in a blue moon you may allow yourself to be tempted to dine with the stars - or so they say. I just had to see what the fuss was about after reading Lena Dunham's 'Not that kind of girl', so we booked for lunch at the bar.

It is a fabulous experience, dining at J Sheekey. You feel special just sitting at the beautiful, marble topping and munching on some delicious, soft Italian sourdough while you wait for your fresh oysters to arrive. Seafood is 10/10 here, obviously. Beautifully presented and luxuriously silky, the oysters lead the show - but a mixed seafood platter comes really quite close. Everything is cut to precision and tastes as if it had been freshly caught.

I don't even recommend moving onto other dishes: I ordered a pistou soup, which was nice but nothing special. 

Prepare to spend some dollars here. But you probably already knew that. White-glove service, excellent wine and seafood are worth splashing out on. You know the feeling.


Post Theatre perfection, we popped in following a show at the Noel Coward opposite, we were greeted by a charming hostess who sat us up at the old bar for a drink, whilst a space became available in the new larger Atlantic bar, I drank a beautiful Aperol Spritz severed in a crystal glass. A few moments later we were moved, instantaneously transporting us to the feel of a Grand French Art Deco Brasserie, I quaffed down a glass of Gyejacquot champers and Six plump fresh West Mersee oysters, while the gentleman enjoyed a crab burger with fries and several Peroni. An unoffensive £67 pounds later, a lovely spot for a post theatre nibble and tipple, fantastic ambiance and a great experience. 


J Sheekey is my go-to "smart restaurant." It has never disappointed me or others that I've taken there. The food is fabulous (largely seafood) and the service is always superb. The location is super central, just a stone's throw from Leicester Square but it's slightly off the beaten track so doesn't get huge crowds. You'll always need to book in advance and it's especially busy pre and post theatre - so try for a table around 8.30pm/9pm if you're having difficulty. I adore this place and always call it out as a hidden gem. 


What can one say other than this is great place for seafood. The bar has, in the last few years doubled in size but kept the charm of the red leather seating and art deco features with the black an white photos of famous actors that have been on stage at the near by theaters. 

Food wise you wont be disappointed, just make sure you go with a few others so you can all share different things from the menu - the food is small sharing portions. There are many things that never leave the menu, such as the superb shrimp and scallop burger, but there are always new things such as KFC - Korean Fried Cauliflower - which is just brilliant. The oysters, fresh Atlantic prawns and the ceviche are all worth having too. Avoid the lobster as it is tiny for what you pay, and the fish pie is nothing special. Make sure you ask what specials are on that day as they are usually worth trying. And when it comes to dessert ask for the frozen berries with hot white chocolate sauce even if its not on the menu.

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