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Rex Whistler Restaurant @ Tate Britain

#2,838 of 18,353 Restaurants in London
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Millbank, London SW1P 4RG, England
Tube: Pimlico, Westminster
+44 20 7887 8825
Today
11:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Originally opened in 1927, the Rex Whistler Restaurant was described as...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 42
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Pleasant but Ordinary

The setting is very pleasant and relaxed and the service friendly, capable and attentive. But the food was rather ordinary, and distinctly pricey for what it was. The menu looks inviting, but the experience does not live up to it. Scallops were boring - overdone, lacking in flavour and the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
Geoffrey B
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
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131 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The setting is very pleasant and relaxed and the service friendly, capable and attentive. But the food was rather ordinary, and distinctly pricey for what it was. The menu looks inviting, but the experience does not live up to it. Scallops were boring - overdone, lacking in flavour and the touches of fennel and cauliflower added little. Whilst the sea... More 

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We were very pleased on Valentines Day to find this restaurant which didn’t have a “special” limited & overpriced Valentines’ menu which we have learned to steer clear of. The restaurant is only open for lunch (11.30 – 15.45) but also offers afternoon tea. After a very enjoyable few hours touring the galleries, we sat down to lunch at 1.30.... More 

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Bristol
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68 reviews 68 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We visited the Tate Britain for the Turner Exhibition and as there was little choice of Restaurants in the area looked in at the Whistler Restaurant. We had not booked and were given a time of 14:30 for a table to be ready. This gave us an opportunity to wander around the other exhibits before eating. When we arrived at... More 

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Milton Keynes
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Derbyshire
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89 reviews 89 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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Arundel
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60 reviews 60 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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London
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Millbank, London SW1P 4RG, England
  • Public Transportation: Tube: Pimlico, Westminster
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Pimlico
  • Neighborhood: Pimlico
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7887 8825

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 26 - 40
  • Cuisine: European, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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.
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

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Neighborhood Profile
Pimlico
Time spent in Pimlico is a slower-paced affair than most other Central London neighborhoods. This largely residential area orderly arranged beside the Thames, is a treasure trove of quaint pubs, subtle architectural charms and local boutiques. Here, art lovers thrill at the chance to visit the world class Tate Britain gallery for its collection of British art from the 1500s to the present. For peace and quiet and some downtime spent along the Thames, Pimlico is highly recommended.
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