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Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain
Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain

Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain/eat-drink-and-shop/rex-whistler-restaurant
  • Phone: 0207 887 8825
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch
    Daily 12.00–15.00

    Afternoon tea
    Friday – Saturday 15.30–17.00
    Sunday 16.00–17.00

    Terrace open for lunch and afternoon tea weather permitting. Rex Whistler picnics are available on the lawn
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Tate Entertaining - our own Events Catering Company are able to offer events catering in and around London. All types of events catered for including drinks and canapés, lunches & dinners.
  • Private Party Facilities: We are able to accommodate up to 40 guests in the restaurant during service. Outside of regular hours we are able to hire a variety of entertaining venues within the galleries.
  • Private Party Contact: Robin Tolley 0207 887 8824

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Tube: Pimlico, Westminster
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available adjacent to Tate Britain and an NCP Car Park is within 1 mile of the restaurant. Disabled parking is available on request.
A word from Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain
The seasonal menu reflects traditional dishes prominent in each London borough since the early 20th century and will incorporating unique ingredients such as nettles and woodcock. The restaurant is also home of the award winning Tate wine list compiled by Head Sommelier Hamish Anderson. The ethos of the Tate list remains very much as it did when the restaurant opened in 1927 - the list is about excellent value fine wines from all over the world.

The specially commissioned mural which surrounds the restaurant is titled The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats and was finished by Rex Whistler in 1927
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSunday Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "We found the food delicious but the portions were tiny, even for elegant cuisine I felt the quantities were meagre. Our glasses of wine were also far from generously filled. The service was also rather over-officious, our waitress kept returning to our table to take away glasses, cutlery etc, a little intrusive. And I thought the 12.5% service charge, applied without asking first, was excessive. A restaurant for business meetings, I'd say, or a special date."
    dined on 23/08/2014
  • "We had a very good lunch. Opted for the veggie main. The veg were cooked to perfection and daintily presented. Dessert (blancmange with marinated apricots) was sublime. Service was very professional and sweet natured. I will definitely go again and will certainly recommend to others."
    dined on 20/08/2014
  • "We booked here as a convenient lunch venue for a break in Art viewing and it proved a delightfully peaceful interlude. The menu was not exciting but included many light options. The wine list was very interesting and offered fair value. The room is original and spacious and boasts an attached garden for fair weather dining. The food was not haute cuisine but tasty and well presented; the only drawback being the pervasive odour of the lamb main course dish which we had not selected! Service was discrete although a second roll was suggested, accepted but never arrived."
    dined on 16/08/2014
  • "Dined here as a treat for my sister's birthday and we were both very impressed. Great service, food and wine list and unique interior."
    dined on 16/08/2014
  • "Been meaning to go for some while, finally got there as a foursome. Went for the wine inclusive menu and wasn't disappointed. Thoroughly enjoyable. Will book again when in London."
    dined on 04/08/2014
  • "The food was good but if I was being highly critical I would say that my devilled kidneys were slightly over-spiced and my sea bass was slightly over-cooked. Otherwise, it was a very pleasant dining experience."
    dined on 04/08/2014
  • "This is a somewhat typical museum restaurant: You're paying for the location and the ambience. But unlike at the Tate Modern, for example, we were disappointed by the food, which was quite average. Everything looked nice and the service was fine. But the execution of the dishes was clunky and uninspired. For instance, our mains was tender but overcooked lamb, undercooked and uninteresting vegetables, and slightly gummy Yorkshire pudding. (With delicious gravy and yummy roast potatoes.) I was hoping for better, although we had a lovely time and it wasn't a disaster at all."
    dined on 27/07/2014
  • "I used to have very good lunches at the Whistler fairly regularly before the restoration so it was with much anticipation I invited a friend for lunch on the 26.7.14.Unfortunately we were not impressed with the glass of wine on the meal menu which I was able to taste and rejected.The lamb we had was a very cheap cut and overall did not warrant the price.The service was helpful and the surrounding murals very pleasing.However I was disappointed and do not feel attracted to dine again and on this experience would not feel able to recommend the restaurant."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "It was lovely to be able to sit outside in the sunshine, and the elderflower and gin cocktails were lovely! We were also impressed to see you could order a picnic to eat outside."
    dined on 23/07/2014
  • "We have eaten here many times and each and every time it has been magnificent. The staff are attentive and considerate. This time we ate outside it was such a beautiful day. Our waitress was a delight so bubbly. Anyone looking for good food, a stylish ambience and excellent service should book lunch here."
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "lovely setting, even though it's in a basement, especially with the doors open to outside seating. excellent service, staff knew about the history of the place and could answer questions, and they let us sit over a lengthy lunch of only one course and didn't try in any way to hurry us up or get us to order more. so the only criticism is the food - £17 for a single fish cake is pricey, it was a very good fishcake but still, then when I saw the water we'd been offered when we sat down was on the bill for £3, and that service charge of 12.50% had been added it took away from what was otherwise very enjoyable."
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "The Rex Whistler murals have been renovated and are absolutely stunning. Lunch was very good, the food light and summery, the service excellent, attentive but not too much so. The room is quiet and insulated enough that it is possible to have a proper conversation with friends. The lunchtime menu is good value for money."
    dined on 07/07/2014
  • "This was a first visit, to Sunday lunch. There was hardly anyone there, probably to do with the Wimbledon finals. I booked in advance, as I guess did the people sitting at the immediately adjoining table - it seemed odd in a virtually empty restaurant to sit us immediately next to someone else, probably to do with their booking system. The Suffolk Lamb was excellent, but I would have liked a little more. Excellent bread selection from a basket."
    dined on 06/07/2014
  • "This has rapidly become my favourite hidden gem London Restaurants. Hidden in the basement of Tate Britain RW offered a limited (in my view a good sign) but regularly changing dishes. The fish dishes are always outstanding and so too is the coffee perfect for a relaxed lunch"
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "Eating a delicious meal outside the Whistler restaurant was a wonderful summer experience. Although this restaurant is famed for its murals the green lawns and rose border outside were a seasonal pleasure not to be missed. The food was very good - have never had a rabbit turnover before - and the service impeccable despite our table being outside. Perhaps the puddings could have been more inventive but then I don't suppose the art crowd does dessert."
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "My second visit, first Sunday lunch. Took a friend for her birthday and she loved the decor, the relaxed atmosphere (hurray! no music!) and the attentive service. The lunch wasl also excellent value. Like the fact you can order wine by the glass and they'll choose a wine to suit what you're eating."
    dined on 29/06/2014
  • "Disappointed on return after refurbishment. Venue good. Food portions small and menu disappointing. A number of lunch choices on the menu were not available. My fish (bass) was overcooked as was my wife's small lamb steak. Wine list is, as ever, excellent. Will probably return because I love the venue but it was a let down on the day."
    dined on 24/06/2014
  • "This is one of the most civilised restaurants in London best-known for its wine-list, though the food is pretty good too. They could work a little on their desserts, the chocolate fondant I had felt as if it hadn't been made on the premises. Lunch is what you go for, if you want a quiet though not necessarily discreet place to talk. It's not cheap, but it is worth visiting."
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "A very special room. The wonderful 1927 Whistler wall paintings have been a) newly restored and b) sharply lit.. Everything about this restaurant is classy, in a restrained, quiet way. An outstanding wine list includes a very good value Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage sold by the glass or two sizes of carafe (it's shipped in 5 litre boxed bags - the way of the future). Service was attentive and well informed. Food was excellent: the fish was all fresh and well cooked; the summer fruits with lemon sorbet was delicious but the sorbet initially too hard frozen, so it almost jumped out of its dish in attempting to spoon it. Coffee was good. A somewhat elderly clientele. But we so greatly enjoyed everything that we will be back."
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "We chose the Whistler Restaurant as we wanted to see an Exhibition at the Tate. The main course for the Sunday lunch menu is limited to traditional roasts and the policy pays off in terms of quality. Between the three of us we chose all the meats on offer - pork, lamb and beef - and agreed that they were excellent. The menu promises 'all the trimmings' and it is fulfilled even to the extent of a huge chunk of Yorkshire pudding not being confined to the beef. The vegetables kept up the same high standard. A small blemish of the service was that additions such as mustard, horse-radish and apple sauce all had to be asked for rather than offered but they came promptly when requested. Starters and desserts were equally good. Nice beer too."
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "Lunched with a friend here - warm sunny day and we were offered a choice of sitting indoors or out. Out looked good, but it was really sweltering (for UK) so we opted for inside with wonderful murals. We both had a salmon pate starter - very small indeed, but tasty triangles of bread with small squares of pate. My friend had the fishcake with poached egg and hollandaise sauce, which looked great and he said was very good. I had sea bass, which was cooked just enough (not underdone, nor too cooked). Again, not huge portion but very tasty. We shared a plate of cheese, nothing special. My friend suggested we try the Hungarian wine, so we had a carafe of Napbor - highly recommended. Service generally efficient. It's a very lovely setting"
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "We visited the Tate Gallery and booked for Sunday Lunch at the Whistler Restaurant. The roast dinners were perfectly cooked and excellently presented, the atmosphere was relaxed however the service was outstanding. Interesting innovations like adding a range of house wines carefully selected to complement the food and imaginative starters to contrast with the more traditional roast main courses, added to the experience."
    dined on 08/06/2014
  • "We booked Sunday lunch as a special treat for my niece's 18th birthday. Our table was in the middle of the room, so she could see the murals to their best advantage. The roast beef was very good, but the vegetarian option - a double cooked goat's cheese souffle, was disappointing - small, dry and overcooked, so I ate lots of the shared vegetables, which were delicious. When it was noticed that I hadn't eaten the main I was offered an alternative, and they promised to let the chef know.about the souffle. I had pre-booked a birthday cake, which was beautiful and delicious, and came with a box to take it home.. When the bill arrived, they had not charged for my meal, the tea and coffee. Great service, and extremely courteous staff."
    dined on 08/06/2014
  • "needs to be worked on * had to ask for a pre lunch drink after being long seated * brought us food for another table * did not know who had ordered what.......3 of us"
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "We have loved the Rex Whistler at Tate Britain for many years. The Whistler Murals are special. The Restaurant has changed over the years but on this occasion was very disappointing The waitress tried her best and was almost over chatty, The Portions have got smaller and smaller and are now ridiculously tiny. I had a special request and although the waitress queried my dish and was told that there was no butter I was ill a few hours later. The wine pairings were an excellent idea."
    dined on 26/05/2014
  • "While we ate, the Shard was struck with lightening, but, as the wonderful Rex Whistler murals do away with the need for windows, seated cosily down in the newly elegant basement of TATE Britain, we were scarcely even aware that it was pouring with rain outside. As everyone says, the wine is good, and we enjoyed the pairings which made the first and second courses at least edible. However, it was hard to understand why the devilled kidneys my friend started with were surrounded by, what appeared to be an overcooked to the point of being burnt, Yorkshire pudding (actually our lovely waitress said "No it wasn't a Yorkshire pudding - she forbore to comment on the texture or the colour). "
    dined on 22/05/2014
  • "There are always several fish options. We particularly appreciated the seasonal sea purslane and samphire. An excellent choice of starters. Good wine matches. "
    dined on 21/05/2014
  • "We've been dining at the Tate for more than 30 years and love it. It's a must when we are in London (from the USA). Even with a party of 40 fellow diners there for some special occasion, the staff handled it perfectly. We felt well cared for while the dining room was very busy."
    dined on 18/05/2014
  • "The Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain recently opened again for afternoon tea. It's a lovely space and much calmer than the self service cafe. However, the choice is restricted to just the set tea stand, so it's not possible to have anything a la carte. That's a shame, considering that across the hallway you can get any combination of cakes/scones/sandwiches etc. you like. Still, at £14 I thought it was reasonably priced and the quality was good. My friend and I compromised on sharing one, which the restaurant accommodated. I also tried the cocktail they suggested to go with the tea - a lovely treat. And the service was very friendly."
    dined on 17/05/2014
  • "Lovely ambience dining in the sumptuous setting of Rex Whistler's murals. Very attentive service. Portions very small but well presented and delicious."
    dined on 15/05/2014
  • "This is such a lovely restaurant - the food is excellent (although the vegetarian options are not plentiful) and the sommelier is very good. I was amazed to see so many people there, sitting contentedly, after 3 pm on a weekday and obviously not being hurried away. We will definitely return. "
    dined on 15/05/2014
  • "The Tate Britain's Whistler restaurant is a great place to continue the art theme from the gallery, with the painting that embraces each piece of wall. Excellent food, attentive and welcoming staff, good selection of wines with each different dish. We'll go again."
    dined on 10/05/2014
  • "Perfect after viewing great works of art. Marvellous British cuisine and, most important of all, a place where there are not likely to be small children!! "
    dined on 07/05/2014
  • "For me, this calm and beautiful restaurant was a real treat. I loved the delicious food, the unobtrusive service which allowed us to talk and eat uninterrupted. Whistler's murals surrounding the dining room are justly renowned and something so special that I know of no other place that is similar. Would love to go again."
    dined on 02/05/2014
  • "Returned here for lunch with two friends after many years. The is room is still beautiful, spacious with plenty of room between tables. The service impecable, attentive but not intrusive. We had the two course menu for £22. Although the menu was ok and our meals were delicious some of the portions were miniscue! "
    dined on 01/05/2014
  • "A beautiful place with well spaced tables, elegant linen and cutlery. Helpful and charming staff, attentive but not intrusive. Food very good to excellent. Not cheap but the overall experience makes it excellent value. My favourite restaurant? Think so ..."
    dined on 26/04/2014
  • "The Rex Whistler decor is a remarkable garden setting. Imaginative menu."
    dined on 25/04/2014
  • "Ok I have eaten at Noma, and many other places on the Pelligrino list. I have also eaten at numerous Michelin starred restaurants. But the salad I had as a starter was the best ever. The rest of the meal, a roast was excellent but it was the salad which stays in the memory. The room of course is extremely romantic, but unfortunately I was eating alone. Still the service was perfect and I felt happy. An excellent all round experience."
    dined on 20/04/2014
  • "Excellent wine list, the chef knows what he's doing, fully attentive service, singular ambience: what more can one want?"
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "excellent wine list let down by tiny portions and poorly cooked food."
    dined on 11/04/2014