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Rex Whistler Restaurant @ Tate Britain

#1,967 of 17,073 Restaurants in London
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Pimlico
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Millbank, London SW1P 4RG, England
020 7887 8825
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Reigate
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If I had a single recommendation for visitors to London looking for a place to eat a lunch in attractive surroundings , it would be to try the restaurants (not the cafes) at the art galleries. Tate Britain did not disappoint. The Whistler room has quirky idiosyncratic frescos across its walls, although we were offered to sit outside on the... More 

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Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On the lower floor of Tate Britain is this delightful dining space decorated with celebrated murals by Rex Whistler, thus the name of the restaurant. Depicting the mythical land of Epicuriana where mythical inhabitants are engaged in the discovery of rare and fine food, the surrounding colorful murals set a peaceful relaxing mood in which to enjoy a fine dining... More 

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edinburgh
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great indoor seating but what better on a lovely summer day to sit outside. The Sunday lunch menu was compact but had a good variety. Had the cheese soufflé, followed by the Sunday roast lamb which was perfectly pink. Accompanied wines were interesting and different. Desert of chocolate fondant very good too however the accompanied wine of Topkaji was a... More 

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Thank nolanar
Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had lunch here with work. Setting is very nice and food was good, although one or two of the mains for our large group were a little cool when they arrived, suspect due to the numbers. Service was initially very good, but slowed down when we got to dessert and paying the bill. Well worth a visit, but not 100%... More 

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Thank Andy1073
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

Excellent menu, oysters, trout, scallops, chicken all excellent. Superb wine list including by the glass. Lovely surrounding with the option to eat outside. £36.95 pp for 3 courses, excluding drinks. Only downside was that waiting staff seemed to lose interest as time wore on and were not very attentive, preferring to chat with each other out of sight behind the... More 

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Thank paulm2101
Moncton, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

My brother and I had a truly memorable lunch here. The service was wonderful. The food was well prepared and balanced perfectly with the wine tasting menu. I hope people will continue to embrace the Rex Whistler for the values it upholds in a quiet and understated way. You will be well fed, well served and you will leave happy.

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Thank June K
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Not a cheap place for lunch but the murals on the walls make it a special place to have a meal - though only lunchtimes I think. The food was very nicely cooked and very tasty. The wine list is pricy but even at the 'cheap' end of the range the wine was very good.

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Thank Patrick L
Beckenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Enjoyed a delicious dinner in a lovely setting. Can't wait to go again. The only reason I haven't given it 5 stars is because the waiting staff were very busy - we had to ask for bread and wait some time for it - which made me suspect they were understaffed. Nonetheless, the service was friendly and helpful, and I'm... More 

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Diani Beach, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

A first class restaurant in the Tate Britain. A wonderful place to have a lovely leisurely meal after viewing the masters in the galleries. The choice and quality of dishes was excellent matched by appropriately attentive service. The wall paintings are also beautiful hence the name Rex Whistler. The wine list is extensive and we let the waiters advise us... More 

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Thank CossyWombat
Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

We had an excellent evening at the Tate when a short art tour was combined with a 3-course dinner plus champagne tasting. Great service and evening all round - except for dessert!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$26 - $40
Cuisine
European, British
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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: 020 7887 8825
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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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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