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“Old Fashioned? Then, Proud of It”
Review of Wiltons

Wiltons
Ranked #68 of 23,023 Restaurants in London
Price range: $45 - $193
Cuisines: Seafood, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: St. James's
Description: Wiltons, established in 1742, has consistently enjoyed a reputation as the epitome of fine British dining in London. George William Wilton provided the finest oysters to the traders of London"s Haymarket. Today Wiltons continues that tradition and continues to serve the finest oysters, seafood and game. Wiltons combines a modern philosophy on service with all that is traditionally British to create the perfect dining experience. If you are making a reservation for groups of 6 or more, please contact Wiltons directly. Should you have any special requests i.e birthday cakes or champagne, please advise Wiltons immediately upon making your reservation. We politely ask that gentlemen wear long sleeved shirts and long trousers, no sportswear or open toed sandals.
Hamilton, VA
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Old Fashioned? Then, Proud of It”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

I must admit I was a bit tentative to book one of our 33rd anniversary dinners at a restaurant we had never visited before. I was also a bit hesitant as some reviewers had felt it a bit old fashioned and dowdy. I'd like to debunk both of those notions. It is a lovely, subdued, beige toned interior, offering both tables and booths in a layout allowing for comfortable table conversation. The original artwork is fantastic and suits its surroundings. We were escorted to a cozy booth that instantly felt warm and inviting. The Wiltons menu is not extensive but should satisfy most diners' wishes. The staff are very able to answer any and all menu questions. We opted for Colchester oysters and lamb's kidneys as our appetizers. If I closed my eyes as I ate the oysters, I felt as if on a rocky beach myself. Our entrees of dover sole meuniere and the evening's beef carving trolley were delicious as well--melt in your mouth comfort food. A blackberry souffle, recommended by Barbara, was the choice for dessert and it filled the bill delightfully. We enjoyed a sparkling wine along the way, another recommendation from the sommelier which was perfect. You will pay handsomely for an evening at Wiltons but you will experience an English tradition very hard to repeat elsewhere. So even if some reviewers find Wiltons old fashioned or out-of-step with today, then I'm happy to be logged into that category, so happy that Wiltons is still here to serve fine British cuisine to us "olde fartes".

Visited October 2013
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1 Thank Rebecca D
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Alison M, Public Relations Manager at Wiltons, responded to this review, January 23, 2014
Dear Rebecca D,
We are delighted that we were your restaurant of choice for your 33rd Anniversary, as they say, "fortune favours the brave!” and I am delighted that you realised that being brave was unnecessary with regards to Wiltons.
We pride ourselves on retaining our traditional values of service, quality and hospitality. We most certainly hope you to see you before your next Anniversary.
Yours sincerely,
Alison McLennan
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York, England, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“When only the best will do”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

I simply love dining here. From entering you are made to feel valued and nothing is too much trouble. The service is outstanding and the kitchen team produce delightful meals sourcing seasonal ingredients.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Carol P
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Alison M, Guest Relations Manager at Wiltons, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Dear Carol P,
Thank you for taking the time to write your comments. We greatly appreciate all guests, new and existing and will look forward to warmly welcoming you back on your next visit.
We hope to see you soon.
Yours sincerely,
Alison McLennan
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Rhode Island
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87 reviews
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“Highly Recomended.”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

My wife and I had a wonderful dinner at Wilton's. Beautiful interior with several smaller rooms for an intimate atmosphere. The wait staff were attentive, knowledgable and engaging, which made the meal enjoyable, and the food certainly lived up to our expectations. My wife had the carving tray of the day and I had the lamp cutlets. Both were outstanding. The sides, green beans and roasted potatoes, we're perfectly done. Don't pass on dessert. The Blackberry Soufflé with Cinnamon Ice Cream was outstanding. As a note, regardless of the dress noted on their web site, most men were in ties. I was glad we were dressed for the evening. As a final note, the restaurant was full mid-week with many, well-dressed locals. Always a good sign for your choice of restaurant.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank BrianRI
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Alison M, Guest Relations Manager at Wiltons, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Dear BrianRI,
It is fantastic to hear that the waiting staff enhanced your recent meal with us. The waiting team pride themselves in being knowledgeable on all the dishes and products we serve as they know this will enhance our guests' experience.
Our pastry chefs are delighted that you’ve recommended our desserts. We all agree that our pastry chefs are particularly talented and highly innovative.
We look forward to seeing you again.
Yours sincerely,
Alison McLennan
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Rocky River Ohio
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“Outstanding”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

We had a party of 8 for a private dining experience for a special occasion. The manager worked with my brother in advance to choose a menu that met all of the special dietary requirements and tastes. We had a private room and private service. Everything was magnificent. Even the cheese selections were awesome. It really was a pleasurable experience and the food was fantastic.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank marusia
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Alison M, Guest Relations Manager at Wiltons, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Dear marusia,
Thank you for your very kind works and we are delighted you enjoyed private dining in 'The Jimmy Marks Room' at Wiltons. Thank you for mentioning our British cheese board, we constantly work hard to ensure that we have the widest range of cheeses sourced from all over British Isles.
Please come and visit us again.
Yours sincerely,
Alison McLennan
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“Consistently excellent”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

Our pre-theatre dinner was lovely with attentive but not intrusive service. In common with most restaurants, some of the food was too salty - especially the spinach - but we forgot to ask about this when ordering. They charged us for a more expensive fish course - turbot - than the halibut my partner was served, but corrected this without demur.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank 954Richard
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Alison M, Guest Relations Manager at Wiltons, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Dear 954Richard,
Thank you for your feedback and please never hesitate to ask with regards to seasoning – we will always do our best to accommodate.
We hope to see you again.
Yours sincerely,
Alison McLennan
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