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Rex Whistler Restaurant @ Tate Britain

Millbank, London SW1P 4RG, England (Victoria)
+44 20 7887 8825
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Ranked #2,630 of 17,214 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $26 - $40
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Cuisines: European, British
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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
Neighborhood: Victoria
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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English first
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43 reviews 43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Can't believe some of the past reviews, as the food was very average compared to other art gallery restaurants. Our bread rolls were dryish-surely not difficult in London to produce better bread. The starters were uninspiring, lack lustre and could easily be remedied into something better with a little attention to detail and a bit of adornment. My smoked salmon... More

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Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Without a reservation, we were lucky to get a table for two at this lovely restaurant located on the lower level of The Tate Britain. Surrounded by the gorgeous mural painted by artist, Rex Whistler, we enjoyed an excellent lunch ... Best sole ever for me & venison sausage with mashed potatoes for my hubby ... Served meticulously by Eva.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We had decided to visit Tate Britain as part of a day in London to celebrate our anniversary. Arrived at lunchtime and decided to have lunch in the Whistler Restaurant. It was completely delicious! The lemon sole was simply steamed - but to perfection, and with a delicate sauce that complemented it beautifully. Green vegetables served with it were still... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

For a menu as short as this to be balanced to such perfection is extremely rare. No other restaurant in London delivers such an English menu with such verve, and without resorting to gastropub clichés - there's no black pudding scotch egg - bone marrow and piccalli nonsense here. No Sir, there is not. Chilled Cucumber soup - thickened with... More

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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The restaurant is spectacular with murals by Rex Whistler on the wall. We had pre-booked a table for 9 and were given a large oval table which meant we were not cramped and could see each other easily. It was occasionally difficult to hear what was being said on the other side of the table due to its size but... More

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19 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is the famous restaurant decorated by Rex Whistler. The food is as good as the setting. We were a party of 5, pre-booked. Given a lovely large round table, white linen and interesting cutlery as you'd expect at a gallery restaurant. We could all see each other easily, didn't feel cramped, and could people watch - a bit naughty... More

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103 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We had lunch here during a break from looking at pictures in the Tate. The dining room has been recently renovated and the atmosphere is very pleasant. We had two courses for two at £23.50 each. A Mackerel starter and a dish of kidneys both good. For mains we had haddock and an excellent rabbit pie. Service was efficient and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Superficially this is an appealing place with whimsical murals and a peaceful atmosphere. The mistake was to order the Salmon Wellington, which arrived overcooked, looking tired, unappealing and tasting stale. It was placed in a puddle of insipid chive sauce that did not revive the dryness of the dish nor its aesthetic appeal. The ordeal was tampered by a glass... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Having each enjoyed a coffee plus a substantial muffin in the Tate cafe in the morning our party of three opted to have a lateish Sunday lunch at 2.00 in this very elegant dining room. The staff in the restaurant were excellent and the service was both cordial and effecient. The meal was fairly priced and the setting was superb.... More

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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484 reviews 484 reviews
297 restaurant reviews
302 helpful votes 302 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We managed to get a table here for lunch yesterday when visiting to view the 'British Folk Art' exhibition. The food was excellent - I had the mackerel starter followed by lamb - and the service was very good (despite the presence of some overseas dignitaries at a neighbouring table) and not too overpowering. Definitely worth a return visit.

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