The Wolseley

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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.
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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Menu is boring, they have strict deadlines around when breakfast/lunch/tea/dinner ends - be aware, service was poor - waiter was never around and, for example, after two reminders about the bread we asked for kept telling us it’s coming.. come for the ambiance, scones and tea and a pompous and old-fashioned tourist magnet. Choose a slow day.

BF
London
23 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful venue for a lunch out with friends. At times we felt a little rushed by one of the servers due to our table being booked by another party directly afterwards but thankfully this didn’t impair the experience too much.

MM
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I guess that the background noise is an inevitable consequence of the shape of the building and the popularity of the restaurant. But if you are hard of hearing the background noise could spoil the evening.

The food was delicious, cooked exactly as I had asked.

OT
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food

OT
London
35 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Wolseley is unique. Always 5*

D
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a very good experience. Good service and food.

WM
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Had the tea service. Sandwiches and tea were nice. Scones were surprisingly average. Service was good but included some British arrogance towards the end. Beautiful restaurant and my son really enjoyed the burger. Probably would go somewhere else next time.

JM
San Antonio
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best value with wonderful setting!
One of my favorite places to dine while in London!!

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Maravilloso como siempre. Una atmosfera muy auténtica y confortable en medio del ajetreo londinense. Siempre es un placer. La comida deliciosa, relación calidad/precio muy buena y sobretodo destaco el ambiente british.

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OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The place is amazing and has a good vibe. Have been before but this time I felt I was let down.Service was very slow, forgot quite a few items from our order. Had a salt beef sandwich - two slices of dry bread, some salt beef and pickles for £16.00!

GT
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Consistent in food, service and atmosphere. Staff are friendly and efficient, food is good, atmosphere is bustling and fun. We come to The Wolseley for breakfast or dinner every time we are in London. It’s a must.

M
London
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cena eccellente con vari richiami alla Francia in una cornice di rara bellezza ed eleganza

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m
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful but would have been nice if someone said goodbye, thank you for coming.

OT
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be able to dine at the Wolseley for your birthday!

r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Great breakfast. Serivce could do with more personlisation and agility.

S
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab experience

JC
Northampton
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed breakfast at the Wolseley Very much Elegant surroundings just oozed quality Wolseley Staff Friendly polite professional and a quiet quality we had a lovely breakfast.

C
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Wolseley deserves its stature as a London institution. But this is no musty, old and established hall of history. Instead it's as vibrant as the day it opened. The staff define restaurant service as blending the best of European invisibility and English charm. The menu is simple, without affectation and the food reflects this philosophy. The food is perfectly produced and beautifully presented. It is a wondrous thing when there's no foam, no height, no beetroot bath crystals and no massive plates with minute creatures squirming in the vast expanse of porcelain. The wienerschnitzel is a beast of beauty; a substantial piece of breaded veal gently sautéed in good, pure, rich, old-fashioned butter. Fat bedamned! The wines are modern and available in glasses, appropriate for lunchtime responsibility. Most of all though it's the service that makes the Wolseley so formidable. Not just efficient and ubiquitous, it is informed, charming, clever and in many cases, witty. There's no hauteur to frighten the timid or the innocent. Everyone appears equal - even the disposition of tables seems equitable. Nothing is too much trouble, no diet goes unaccommodated. The Wolseley is everything AA Gill said about it eleven years ago - and he was focussed on breakfast! Bravo!

G
London
114 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and was a fabulous experience. My only ‘complaint’ would be that the portions are too big. I wouldn’t order a starter next time I go, not to myself anyway! Great place for a cut above experience. Not expensive either I don’t think, given the location and it’s reputation.

D
Hertfordshire
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, service was impeccable

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. We were so lucky to get the table, and had a fantastic evening. Great food and service, really excellent. Thank you

p
London
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Very poor service this time. Normally excellent

G
London
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Have visited on many occasions and have always enjoyed it but this time it seemed to be lacking something. The food was mediocre and the staff indifferent. The dynamic was certainly changed.
It wouldn't prevent me from visiting again but if I have the same experience next time then it will be the last

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Very good

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

This the third time for me in this restaurant. The service was disappointed at this time not like previous. In general, I can say it’s a good idea to have a breakfast at this restaurant once a month.

L
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely champagne cocktails and service

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely experience and great food.

OT
London
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Service is attentive but not rushed. Food was delicious. Recommended.

s
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

M
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Decided to book the Wolseley for my wife's birthday breakfast. Had to change original booking time from 11 am to 11.30 am as travelling from Kent and did not want to be late and lose our table.
Officially breakfast finishes at 11.30 so we were very grateful to still be able to order from the breakfast menu when seated. The server took our order then returned with a 'Happy birthday' pastry (Which after taking home in a doggy bag, was devoured by my son).
The atmosphere was buzzing, we really enjoyed ourselves and our meal choices were delicious, I had the full English and the birthday girl enjoyed scrambled egg and salmon.

Perfect start to our day!

KB
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Not such great service and food not as good as usual

AB
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Brunch at the Wolsey midweek, we both had the cheese, potato frittata with courgettes. The dish was disappointing. It was definitely not cooked to order but reheated, as it was overly hot, the texture was rubbery and it tasted bland and overly greasy. Plane breakfast food came to mind. The side salad of dressed leaves contained a trio of thin mandolin slices of grilled courgette. I think I expected a lot more from the name and reputation of this place, perhaps this is just a tourist trap now. The dining room is packed, so there were a lot of people seemingly happy to accept mediocre food at high prices or maybe I chose the wrong dish? It’s noisy with all hard surfaces and high ceilings. First impressions, the front glass doors are smeary. The black pepper mill empty, yawn. Too many waiting staff milling about who barge into you without looking too. Best moment, the coffee was delicious, a large beautiful silver pot of perfect black coffee. Not enough sadly for me to try again. I’m on the lookout for a better brunch stop in Green Park.

OT
Munich
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine list

JL
London
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place for breakfast the food is fantastic would recommend a visit the ambience is lovely I visit every time I’m in London

JL
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Loads of fun. Loved the wolseley. A classic. Great steak.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Should not have run out of Sunday roast by 8pm on Sunday.

JB
London
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Son’s birthday

OT
London
3 reviews