Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain

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2151 reviews
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The seasonal menu celebrates the best of British seasonal produce. Our culinary team also take inspiration from the exhibitions and works on display at Tate Britain through the year.
Our multi award winning Tate wine list, overseen by CEO Hamish Anderson & Head Sommelier Gustavo Medina offers guests an array of wonderful choices with a large selection of excellent half bottles, and older vintages. Our Team are happy to match wines with guests lunch menu choices to create a unique experience. The ethos of the Tate list remains very much as it did when the restaurant opened in 1927 - the list is about excellent value fine wines from all over the world.

The specially commissioned mural which surrounds the restaurant is titled The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats and was finished by Rex Whistler in 1927

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Sun - Fri 12:00PM - 12:30PM 1:45PM - 2:30PM
Sat 11:30AM - 2:30PM

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PJ
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfect lunch very attentive staff. We were lucky to try the new spring menu. I had the Halibut which was superb and my father had the lamb which was the best he said he had ever had. My mother also was very impressed with the halibut followed by the Absynthe themed desert. The cheeses were superb

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K
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Brilliant lunch venue, steeped in history. Had a lovely lunch here, the food is good, but the wine list is better. Thoroughly lovely place to have lunch.

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r
London
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We have enjoyed many lunches at the Rex Whistler over many years and usually the experience has been more than positive. Sadly, this was not such an occasion. Prices have risen significantly and, with no set lunch option offered, our two-courses with matching wines came in at £50 pp. The matching wines have usually represented good value with a varied selection of interesting wines offered. However, just three wines seemed to be available (two whites and one red) although the three of us had chosen different starters and mains, and we were offered exactly the same choice of white for both the starter and the main! Although the sommelier greeted us warmly on arrival, we never saw her again and wine service was left to our waiter. Measures were unusually small and represented poor value both in respect of choice and cost. Certainly, we would have been better opting for a bottle from the excellent and imaginative main wine list. Service, which has in the past been personable and efficient, was frustratingly slow with several staff clearly new in post and" learning the ropes" and there was no obvious Front of House in charge. Despite all this, we would still recommend the Rex Whistler: the food ,cooking and presentation were excellent and, hopefully, our disappointing experience this time round was a "one-off".

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SS
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I service was great if a little slow but the food was average considering the prices

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AS
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent food promptly served in this lovely restaurant. Not cheap but we’ll worth the expense.

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SG
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the service that was particularly outstanding. The food was excellent too.

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BN
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding hospitality, great food and service. Will definitely visit again

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a
London
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My second visit. Food is excellent and assistance on wine selection very good.

Slightly let down by a long wait after our main course when we would have liked to order dessert. A shame because the restaurant missed out on further purchases. However the food is top quality and there were no complaints on this from from me or my guest.

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OT
Essex
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Knowledgeable, friendly and helpful staff made the whole experience wonderful.

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PP
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and service, especially sommelier Kate. Ideal for meeting a friend, if you are looking for a nice place in the Millbank, Pimlico, Victoria Station area.

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch . Food was good as always and we were not rushed.

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B
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food. A good choice with excellent wine and great service. Thanks.

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FC
London
23 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Worst experience I have ever had in this ordinarily magnificent restaurant. Stale bread that would have been rejected by Oliver Twist. Out of food on menu. Wine pairing served after course with which it was paired. Server tried to serve the same wine again with second course. Overworked staff. If they are going to stay open until 3:00 p.m., they need to deliver their usual excellence until closing time. Otherwise, close early -- but don't subject lifelong customers to such a disappointing experience.

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c
London
86 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great place to meet friends for a special leisurely lunch and combine with an exhibition of top level art. It is pricey but the food is very good and well presented.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Would like the 2/3 course limited choice menu back. It used to be very good value.

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f
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

elegant setting, food good, but not outstanding, q a good value

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S
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Special birthday 90th

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r
London
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had a wonderful meal and my wife really appreciated the Happy Birthday touch on her dessert plate thank you for a lovely dining experience

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w
London
20 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very useful for those who find culture fatiguing and have need of sustenance! This restaurant does a good lunch and a very reasonable afternoon tea. Lunch this time - I particularly enjoyed my salmon confit and a generous roast pork special. Puddings was refined and came with mint tea and a very nice pistachio biscotti. The service is willing and they do a nice house choice of wine. Easy choice if you are anywhere near Tate Britain.

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely oasis in which to enjoy excellent food and wine surrounded by the Whistler mural. Perfect for post-exhibition recovery. The deconstructed Affogato was surreal.

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DE
London
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The service was very slow indeed - we waited a long time for both food and to give our orders. A neighbouring able was served before us even though the order had been given after us - same food.

The food was good but the experience spoilt by poor service and supervision by the those in charge.

The sommelier was excellent.

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SS
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience and we were particularly impressed with the friendly and attentive staff.

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JW
London
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent lunch, lovely room, charming staff. Highly recommended.

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r
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service very good and although the wines were acceptable , we thought them overpriced and quantities vert small for £8 a glass

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JB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed our visit to The Tate including our lunch. Excellent food & friendly service. Will go again.

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JB
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My only negative comment is that all the food was not warm enough. We all had the roast from the trolley & selection of vegetables which all was like warm. Plates were not warm either. The Beef gravy was amazing, best ever.

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GP
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A unique place to have lunch with great food and good wines. The menu reflected the British theme of the restaurant with a good choice of starters and mains. Service was excellent from the whole team. We were the last to leave on a busy Saturday afternoon, but felt no pressure to end our lively discussion over coffee.

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ER
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall a good experience with good service after an early hiccup with menus by a restaurant manager, soon put right by our waiter. Some diners were loud but they didn't spoil our day

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wine pairing. It is a very busy restaurant so you need to book.

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OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service with good wine knowledge and recommendations. Loved the cheese trolley!

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MW
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed our meal but thought it was overpriced . Service was very good.

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o
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

After the Don Macullin exhibition one certainly needed a spot of calm relaxation! Welcome and service were excellent, far better than on our last visit. The food was fine but in my experience never attains great heights, while the wine list always contains some gems at not unreasonable prices. The setting with the Whistler mural and the relaxed informality of the place makes for a gestalt that always makes the restaurant a pleasure to visit.

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l
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints, quality of food, wine and service outstanding

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A
London
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Visited for lunch with my daughter prior to seeing the Don McCullin exhibition. It was busy, but well organised, and service may have been slightly slow but understandably so. We were treated to a second round of bread while we waited fo our starters. We had Mock Turtle soup, and Scallops with Wild Mushrooms, followed by Fish of the Day (cod, in a mild curry sauce) and Heritage Breed Pork Loin. Everything was truly delicious and beautifully presented, and I was happy to go with the suggested wines by the glass for each dish, given the diversity of our choices. A perfect review? Well, except for one complaint. The menu says 'Scallops' and indeed, there they were. Just two of them. Not big ones either. This may satisfy the Trade Descriptions Act but it didn't satisfy me, and our waitress agreed but made excuses about being it busy and short supply. But if a popular item runs out, tell people its no longer available, don't eke out your stock by cheating on portion size, when you still charge the same. They worked out at over £8 per scallop, which is ridiculous!

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff warm and welcoming and food delicious

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AN
London
85 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit for sometime and a first visit for my brother. Both very impressed with food,
wine matching and service. Will certainly arrange a return visit before too long and would
recommend this restaurant. I have to mention the service which was not only first class but
everyone had a smile; a rarity these days.

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AD
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a good lunch. We have been before. The wine list is very good and staff are helpful.

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T
London
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have visited here many times before and always excellent.

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N
London
11 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Whistler has never disappointed on our many visits which is why we return. The fillet of Cod was extremely well cooked as was the Beef hot pot. We would also mention the coffee, we enjoyed this so much we purchased a bag of the Tate Britain espresso coffee beans at the cafeteria. We look forward to our next visit.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I had a matched wine which I asked for before the main course to which it was matched. A tiny amount was poured into my glass which I took to be half of what was due thinking the rest would come when the main course arrived but it never came. Very good otherwise.

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