The Wolseley

4.5
3332 reviews
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£26 to £40
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European
Combining British heritage with European grandeur, The Wolseley is an all-day café-restaurant on London’s iconic Piccadilly. Renowned for its spectacular interior, immaculately presented classic food and seamless service, it is open from early until late, seven days a week.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
European, Afternoon Tea
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 07:00–11:00
Sat, Sun 08:00–11:00
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30–14:30
Sat, Sun 11:30–15:00
Afternoon Tea
Mon–Fri 15:00–18:00
Sat 15:30–17:00
Sun 15:30–18:00
Dinner
Mon–Fri 17:30–23:00
Sat, Sun 17:30–22:30
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Phone number
020 7499 6996
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mac Exec
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Private party facilities
The Private Dining Room seats up to 14 diners for lunch and dinner. The luxurious interior sits above the restaurant, yet feels part of the theatre below whilst offering complete privacy. pdr@thewolseley.com
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Private party contact
Michelle Chillingworth: 020 7659 9302
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Neighborhood
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Public transit


Green Park Underground
Piccadilly Circus Underground
Additional
Cafe, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.5

As far as classic, good-for-everything establishments go, it’s hard to beat the Wolseley. The breakfasts here are an essential London experience.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 3332 People Are Saying
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OT
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good fruit crumble but old crowd with no prospects for date :)

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great experience for a typical british tea time! Reservation recommended.

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VT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely delightful, time after time.
Food,ambience and people all combine to make it vibrant, fun and a great evening out.

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L
30 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

My biggest problem with the restaurant was that after two hours they asked my two clients and me to leave the table and finish in the tea room. We were eating and drinking and spending money the whole time too. Not cool.

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CH
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful, very classy. Service is good. We are sitted in time. I just feel that the pricing and the food quality is quite disappointing, did not have a wow experience with the food.

We order the Steak for two. We did not notice that it was priced per person (my fault). I wished the server had confirmed with us that the price is double what was printed on the menu. The fries and mushroom that came with the steak are delicious, but the steak has tough tendons that makes the meat hard to eat. I am quite disappointed.

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S
17 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quite loud, nice ambience, breakfast was quite good. Near Buckingham Palace, the Ritz, and Green Station. I would come again. the pancakes were delicious.

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CG
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely experience, as usual. The only issue was that the white wine was initially not cold enough. Twenty minutes in the tableside ice bucket solved the problem.

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RM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Good food, and great atmosphere, but patchy service - waited 30 minutes for our main course plates to be cleared

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AM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Really great experience as always, delightful service and a great menu

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AC
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a classic restaurant, every time I go to London I have to go, I love having breakfast there.
The people in nice, si fast and the food is good

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RP
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

We had made a reservation, having beeen at least 20 times the last 7 years, bit were put at a table on a balcony, very bad position awful spot.
Would advise the restaurant to close those tables!

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ER
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

One of my favourite places for brunch in London living up to the normal high standard

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V
39 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I've been here, and sister restaurant, several times for breakfast, and have really enjoyed it. This time (birthday breakfast) didn't live up to expectations... Veggie options and service were lacking. I've written to them and they have contacted me to discuss. Let's see what happens!

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YG
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food is excellent, but the service is not that good which can compare to the food, environment and price. We wait about 15 mins in the hall, when I realize it’s already pass the time we booked, I asked the desk man, he just started to lead us to the seat, but if I didn’t ask them, then we will wait longer.

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JD
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Grea service and always great food and all in a majestic setting.

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EE
16 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for breakfast; the canële, Kippers and coffee were perfect

I did say to them though that they should make more of an effort to serve toast warmer

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Though obviously busy already, when we arrived the staff were polite, friendly and professional, and took us to our table immediately. The waiting staff were continually courteous and attentive, keeping us updated on our food and our glasses filled.

The food was delicious, each and every dish arriving in exactly the right state, which was amazing considering the number of people in the restaurant.

The design of the building itself is fascinating, the layout perfect for people watching.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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a
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Reliable and appealing range of choices on menu. Noise level can be challenging. Reception staff gracious.

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JF
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

You need to book as it can get very busy even on weekdays. We went here for breakfast to celebrate my birthday and I really loved the complimentary pastry with birthday greetings they served us. The service was faultless and I would come back again but maybe I'm try lunch or dinner next time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Had pre-booked 5 days in advance but still had to wait 45 minutes for my table which should have been at 8pm. The food arrived at 9 which was too late to eat for me, hence the reservation was for 8 !

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S
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Sorry Wolseley

But have been many times to you including holding my daughters wedding reception there. But this time we had come with friends for a pre dinner meal. Kept waiting 1/2 hr for a pre booked table. My friend and I had burgers and to be honest McDonalds could have done better they were cold dry and boring. My partner had a steak and asked for a green salad this consisted of a few leaves thrown randomly in a bowl.

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JP
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my parents for breakfast. Fantastic as always!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambience were wonderful and I would highly recommend this place. The staff were also very friendly and attentive; the service was just amazing! I’m looking forward to going back.

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RR
98 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

An excellent meal as usual - only spoil somewhat but the over amorous couple sitting next to us!

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g
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Usually love the ambience but lunch booked 1.30 very noisy. Food was poor. 2 of us had lamb tagine and I certainly could have cooked better myself. When the lid was taken off we were presented with a grey mess. It didn't look appetising and tasting it was no better. We did tell the waiter and 1 meal was deducted from the bill as some form of goodwill gesture. Not very logical given 2 tagines were awful. I won't have given up on THe Wolsely but will be careful what I choose next time

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O
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch with my family. Service was outstanding. Wonderful ambiance and experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was very poor. Food was also cold and vey average. Shame as I love this place, but over priced and I wont be heading back.

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SK
27 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a treat and impressive too. Well orth recommending.

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RH
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service as always. My fave place for afternoon tea. Their scones are 👌🏻👍

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ED
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food.

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D
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

I have been wanting to go to the Wolseley for a long time and we left with mixed feelings. My partner‘s steak was perfect, the French Fries had the quality of McDonalds fries. I just had a crumble which was nice, overall our food was ok but a little overpriced. What ruined my experience was the arrogance of our waiter, who let us wait several times and with obvious hostility. Tables near us were served faster and with more care. Having worked in service myself I recognize even minor mistakes, but this was not a tiny misstep. It was disappointing and offending. I might go again, though, because I have seen the friendliness and very well executed service at other tables.

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BM
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Food is always very good, while some dishes are excellent. However service is declining. A waiter argued with me about their salad dishes when my salad was different than what I usually order, which was very unpleasant.

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R
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. Quite a traditional menu but was well cooked and presented. The service was also excellent and very slick. The atmosphere was great - quite buzzing and noisy which we liked.

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C
17 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was attentive. Food is always good. We eat here at least once every time we are in London.

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JF
13 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location by the Ritz Hotel London and the great shopping areas. The fish is always fresh and delicious, and they also have wonderful chicken and beef entrees. I always eat lunch here when I’m in London and am never disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Noisy! Unpolitely service!

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DM
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our visit,food good,service great,people watching ideal,value for money ?

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SG
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good and we were lucky with a great table. Very overpriced and service was ok. Have had better experiences elsewhere in London.

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DG
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Overpriced wine menu, lots of staff but only one who knew what service was. Left alone and overlooked most of the evening. £300 for dinner for two with a bistro/brasserie menu, nice bit for the price was expecting something special. Underwealmed by the whole costly experience

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K
41 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Vibe. Love the food choice. Anything from a snack to a steak. Had half lobster which had a good flavour although slightly overcooked and chewy. Lovely crispy hot chips. Would absolutely recommend have been going back for years. Very stylish and buzzy atmosphere.

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