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Rex Whistler Restaurant @ Tate Britain

Millbank, London SW1P 4RG, England (Victoria)
+44 20 7887 8825
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Ranked #2,642 of 18,140 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $26 - $40
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Cuisines: European, British
Neighborhood: Victoria
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: Tube: Pimlico, Westminster
Description: Originally opened in 1927, the Rex Whistler Restaurant was described as 'The Most Amusing Room in Europe', owing to its specially commissioned mural, The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats. It has been the site of political and social intrigue over the decades, as well as gaining a reputation for having one of the capital's finest wine cellars. With a nod to its heritage, head chef Nathan Brewster serves traditional British dishes inspired by menus from 1927 to the present day. Wine list of the year 2014 The Tate's wine cellar has long been famous for its extensive collection of fine wines, half bottles at exceptional prices. The cellar is curated by Hamish Anderson and he is delighted to make recommendations and decant wine prior to your arrival.
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Milton Keynes
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This was our first visit since the Rex Whistler restaurant re-opened, and it will be our last. The service has never been great but it has declined from a poor base. We sat down for a 2-course lunch at 1.45 p.m. and didn't pay the bill until 4 p.m., and then only by dint of getting up as though to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Booked this for after the Turner Exhibition due to the dearth of eating options in the area. Very good menu choices including three roast options and a wine flight. Great parkin with toffee sauce. Service was fine as we wanted a leisurely pace.

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I have been to Tate Britain some time ago to enjoy lunch and had a very enjoyable time. Food presentation and quality were amazing. However what really exceeded our expectations was the customer service provided by Antonino Assenzo who couldn't have done enough to ensure we were well looked after. Very professional without being overbearing and always with a smile... More 

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89 reviews 89 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Went for lunch with another couple. The menu was rather restricted (set lunch) but still enough to tempt you. Bread was brought immediately and then nothing happened for ages. Finally they took the order, by which time all the bread was eaten and no more offered. Anyway, when the food arrived it was truly delicious and in mitigation they were... More 

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60 reviews 60 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We had not booked in advance, but a table was found for us. The service was excellent and friendly throughout, contributing to the very pleasant ambience. In contrast to some of the reviews, we found the portions more than adequate. The food and wine were of excellent quality, and although a bit pricey, the lunch was good value bearing in... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We were visiting the late Turner exhibition and decided to eat at the Rex Whistler restaurant as there was a walk in available when we asked at around 7pm and nothing later. We settled at a pleasant table and the ubiquitous question of what water we would like? To which our now standard answer of " tap please" followed. There... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Having visited the Turner Exhibition we thoroughly enjoyed our two course lunch in this restaurant. The waiting staff were friendly and efficient and six weeks on from our visit we are still talking about the delicious crab and pheasant dishes we had. Will return on my next visit to Tate Britian

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Fujisawa, Japan
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Two course menu is 25 GBP, 3 course is 29. To correct some of the reviews, the mural is not by Whistler, and the restaurant is not in the Tate Modern but in Tate Britain. Crispy duck egg appetizer was exotic, and roused my curiosity. Paper thin crispy shell around a soft boiled duck egg, how does one cook that?... More 

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My second or third visit to this well kept secret in the basement of the Tate Modern. Exceptional wine list and superb menu, a place that a group of ex-colleagues have now adopted for our annual Christmas lunch get together. The food and the wine flows as easily as the conversation. The staff are attentive and the food delicious. The... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Lovely choice of wines & at approachable prices. Small menu, limited no doubt to keep the standards higher? Anyway, the food was fine (albeit a little small on portion size) & the service pretty good. Overall a nice little treat whilst visiting the Tate & much preferable to the apparent cattle shed of a cafe.

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Additional Information about Rex Whistler Restaurant @ Tate Britain

Address: Millbank, London SW1P 4RG, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7887 8825
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Victoria
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 26 - 40
Cuisine: European, British

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