About Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain
The seasonal menu celebrates the best of British produce. Our award winning Tate wine list compiled by Head Sommelier Hamish Anderson offers guests an array of wonderful choices with a 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
London, SW1P 4RG
British, English, Contemporary British
Hours of Operation:
We have extended opening hours for Dinner on Sunday the 28th May from 18.45 to 21.00
During the summer months our outside garden terrace is available
£26 to £40
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
020 7887 8825
Tate Entertaining - our own Events Catering Company are able to offer events catering in and around London. All types of events catered for including drinks and canapés, lunches & dinners.
Street parking is available adjacent to Tate Britain and an NCP Car Park is within 1 mile of the restaurant. Disabled parking is available on request.
Tube: Pimlico, Westminster
Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
The Rex Whistler hosts regular special events showcasing seasonal produce, Art and fine wines.
Please contact us for details.
Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain Ratings and Reviews
We had booked via opentable; there being no record of this on arrival we were fortunate that there were tables available.
We had an excellent lunch with good service all round. We particularly enjoyed conversation with the sommeliere about her wine choices for us, which were imaginative and enhanced our meal.
The perfect day, see an exhibition, have lunch in the Rex Whistler Restaurant and then see another exhibition.
Our lunch was very good, food beautifully presented and delicious backed up with good wine from their amazing wine list. The cheese board contained mainly British cheeses and showed what wonderful cheese can be sourced from within. It was all backed up by good friendly service.
An abundance of choice within a small menu; very well conceived. The balance of flavours in each beautifully presented dish was superb. The most amazing wine selection. A real treat for lunch whenever you are in the area.
We came to eat with our son with profound and complex learning needs. We all loved every mouthful of our 3 course lunch and appreciated the professional, reserved, friendly ambiance. Our son loved it and there is a good disabled toilet close by. We had a long journey to London but the meal made it worthwhile.
Graham,Hilary and Christian Flatman
We had a day at Tate Britain so booked the restaurant for Sunday lunch. It is pricy but the setting was unique and the service excellent. I judge a Sunday roast on the quality of the roast potatoes and these were the best - crisp on the outside and fluffy in the middle. The beef was excellent. Good wine list with carafe and by the glass options.
One of our favourite restaurants for special occasions. If you order a corner table, you can both be facing into the restaurant. Wonderful ambience, tables not too close together. Perfect service. Great wine pairings and sommelier happy to discuss the wine selections or recommend another wine if you have a preference. The food is wonderful - all courses including desserts. On top of all of this, it is very good value. Not to be missed for a special lunch.
I was so surprised at the excellent quality of this gallery restaurant. Usually food at public attractions like the Tate is hit and miss, but this is superior. Inventive and too-quality food, excellent wine selection, lovely live background jazz on a Saturday lunchtime, attentive but relaxed service and a happy hubbub of gallery-goers. Wonderful discovery.
I booked the Jazz Lunch, Sat 28th Oct for a friend and myself. My friend couldn't make it at the last minute but I went ahead on my own. The hostess (black hair and glasses) was very kind and made me feel very comfortable, aware that I was dining on my own.
The food was lovely, however, a light bite menu would have been a good option. I ended up just having a starter, which was very small even tho the hostess offered a larger portion I didn't realise it would be so small.
So food and service both were great.
I was disappointed with the music / jazz... it was very subtle.. I guess I was expecting something a little more entertaining, particularly as it was a separate cost to the food. As a result the ambience was slightly flat for me.
Thank you tho for making me feel very welcome.
The dining room was very attractive with the Rex Whistler murals. Service was fine except our main course was served quite a while before our wine appeared - would have preferred the wine to be brought first.
The main dish was fine, especially the roast beef but the veg could have been a bit warmer and so could the Yorkshire pudding. Overall it was good.
Charming Rex Whistler venue at Tate Britain as we took time between two looks at the Rachel Whiteread exhibition. We chose the Sunday roast lamb menu, with the wine waiter's recommended glass of very nice red wine for me (my friend was driving), and pecan pie for both deserts, which were fine, although the crystalised bits of dried pumpkin (we had to ask what they were) sprinkled alongside had no taste other than a bit of sugary crunch. The lamb and accompanying vegs (carrots, young kale, baby potatoes and roasted pumpkin slices) were beautifully cooked and presented. She had Yorksire pudding with hers and, when I'd asked the bread waiter who brought our pre-meal rolls if they had anything gluten free, they kept mine off the plate and I was brought two slices of their very good white bread instead.
Altogether a very pleasant lunch with excellent service and smiles to be collected from the amusing murals.
I treated myself to the grouse, and found the dish very well prepared and presented. Would happily have it again and again. I did suggest to the waiter that a steak knife would have been more appropriate than the ordinary dinner knife.
The ambience was good rather than stunning. The restaurant was only a third full, surprisingly. But I prefer a quiet lunch so it suited me very well.
I treated my best friends to a slap-up meal, we felt very spoilt and our waiter was very professional. Food looked wonderful, a few combinations were a little bit off for me - too complicated/trying too hard - but having said that we enjoyed our meals and will return.
Once again, Rex Whistler punches above its weight. Hamish nurtured and empowered a great team of professionals operating within a non-profit context.
Being presented with refined cuisine, an impeccable wine list and service oriented staff who are attentive, courteous yet not invasive is conducive to positive eating experience whilst surrounded by world class art.
N.B. The image associated with this review, The Distance Between Us (part 2) cannot be reproduced or used without the author's permission.
A delicious lunch in a charming room. What's not to like? We have been dining in the Rex Whistler restaurant on trips to London since 1973 and it has never disappointed. The remarkable wine list deserves a careful reading.
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