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

Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain/eat-drink-and-shop/rex-whistler-restaurant
  • Phone: 02078878825x
  • 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 02078878824x

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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Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain reviews from OpenTable diners
214 reviews since 23 October 2013
Average Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambience4.1
    Value3.4
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (86)fit for foodies (65)sunday lunch (58)business meals (57)romance (29)afternoon tea (24)good vegetarian options (19)outstanding value (18)disabled access (18)brunch (14)outdoor eating (14)child friendly (6)group bookings (6)pre/post theatre (2)Show More
  • Oh dear faded and jaded
    Dishit
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    My friend and I opted for two starters. Neither of mine had any green/ veg element at all: my smoked trout did not even have a wedge of lemon, nary a green leaf on the plate. Then I had devilled kidneys which had a rather nasty sweetish sauce and again no garnish whatever. My friend had a glass of Riesling meant to go with the late Turner exhibition which she said was v ordinary. I even had a problem with my water glass which smelled musty so I asked for it to be changed. The service was good and professional but the food was v disappointing. Even Rex Whistler's murals were looking a bit faded and jaded. Better luck next time?
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  • afternoon tea in style
    polly
    Dined on 19/10/2014
    It was the perfect way to end a visit to the Tate with my sister from Italy. She thought we were going for a cuppa, but was blown over by the stylish ritual of the English tea ceremony. Fabulous painted murals, impeccable service, to die for tea and melt in the mouth buttery scone and cakes. Quiet ambience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rex Whistler
    epicurus
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    Post Turner exhibition Saturday lunch started at one thirty and ending at four!. Varied British menu beautifully cooked and presented. Lovely surroundings and very relaxed. The staff are very considerate and don't pester you if you are clearly enjoying a good day out and just want to talk after lunch.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's new
    zjohn
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    I first ate at the Restaurant when, in the 1970s, senior Civil Servants and occasional Ministers would lunch for the outstanding wines at stunning prices - nearly as good as MPs enjoyed at the House! It is, if anything, a little noisier due to more modern manners, and the new ceiling seems to reflect rather than absorb sound. The food remains - if more modern in taste, style, and appearance - a fine experience. Sadly, the wine is merely good modestly priced varietals. It remains for me a favourite place to eat after seeing the Tate's hanging treasures, although the altered layout seems to make attracting attention of the serving staff less easy.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Annie888
    Dined on 14/10/2014
    The Rex whistler must have some very talented chefs in their kitchen... The 3 courses we choose were delicious... In fact this was the best meal we have eaten in ages. The quality of ingredients is excellent, beautifully prepared and the seasoning is spot on ( i hate it when some chefs over salt) The choice on the menu is varied & the wine list is superb. The restaurant manager Gustavo knew it was my husbands birthday (via my booking) & made the meal even more special with his generousity. Others must think the same as it was full when we were there, not a spare table in sight . We are already planning a return visit :)
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday lunch
    George
    Dined on 12/10/2014
    There are many good reasons to dine at the Rex Whistler. They include a beautiful setting, good food, a fantastic wine list and friendly attentive service. We started our Sunday lunch with an excellent Bloody Mary made with the Tate's homemade horseradish vodka. This certainly put us in the mood for our beautifully prepared roast beef lunch.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sunday lunch
    Dfj21
    Dined on 12/10/2014
    very disappointing, the menu is very lilted and unadventurous and the food badly cooked. We had the beef and the lamb, both were overcooked to the point of being no better than an ordinary pub lunch, but 3 times the price. Vegetables were good but serving dry pre prepared yorkshire pudding with the lamb is lazy. The general impression was of a meal reduced to suit the staffing and noir the customer. so diasappointing.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The restaurant was almost empty for Afternoon tea. However the service was very slow even though there were only three tables to serve. The tea was nice but not the best. On paying the bill there was a 12.5 % service charge which was expected ,what was not expected was the waiter not putting the final figure for the total bill into the credit card machine - hoping no doubt for an additional tip- a 12.5% was obviously not sufficient for the staff in this restaurant. Perhaps we were unlucky as next day at lunchtime the place was full and everyone seemed to enjoy the experience.
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  • tiny portions, but delicious
    ckauntie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I had the tiniest starter ever - a scrap of marinated trout with a smidgeon of dressing and some tiny triangles of melba toast, but at last it didn't spoil my appetite for the main course, which was the vegetarian option - a green pearl barley pudding, with wild mushrooms. The Queen of Puddings wasn't quite as expected - just slightly mushy, without the distinct layers I was expecting.. It's a very special room because of the murals but my companion found the noise level too much for comfortable conversation.
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  • Pity about the service charge.
    MikeBennett
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    They added 12.5% service charge to the bill which wasn't mentioned in the menu. I aske dthem to remove it - which they did.
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  • Calm elegance
    Foodie
    Dined on 29/9/2014
    We came to celebrate a birthday A perfect lunch in exceptional surroundings And Turner Exhibition completed the special occasion
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • Slow service
    apm0
    Dined on 28/9/2014
    An excellent meal was spoilt by slow service. We had to wait nearly half an hour for our drinks, and had to remind the staff that we wanted to order.
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    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning art, beautiful food
    gourmetjoy
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    This venue is delightful. The room is beautiful and the service friendly but not obtrusive. My friend is allergic to gluten, and the toast in her starter was replaced by a gluten free version without fuss. My starter of crabcakes in brioche crumb melted in the mouth, and was wonderfully rich, and the lemon sole was outstanding. We chose to have the glasses of wine matched to the courses we had, which meant white wine, though I am a red wine drinker and am very wary of whites. Both were delicious. The wine with the sole was out of this world, delicate, fruity and a perfect complement to the fish. I will definitely be back, and indeed will find it difficult to resist booking every time I go to an exhibition at Tate Britain.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ideal for the Tate
    PinnerPensioners
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    Liked the restaurant (this was our first visit). Food and service were good. Will definitely go back.
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  • Lunch and an exhibition
    wineail
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    It was a really well balanced , well cooked and presented meal. Restaurant so handy for visiting the Tate. Midweek lunch and busy so booking is recommended. Hence the slighter lower score for ambiance and service. Staff were kept very busy and the tables are close so no intimate tete-a-tete or business secrets likely. The wine range is amazing and very reasonable for London. The wine pairings made a welcome addition.
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  • Disappointing!
    Turnerfan2014
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    Pleasant environment and service. However, food was disappointing. Crab starter hardly tasted of crab while the monkfish main course had very little fish flavour - was it fresh or had it been frozen for a while? chicken dish was delicious and we enjoyed a nice bottle of wine. Coffee took over 30 minutes to arrive although the waitress did apologise and did not charge us.
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  • Excellent
    Caomhghin
    Dined on 21/9/2014
    As I have said above it is excellent - I enjoyed it and everyone else did. Food excellent, service excellent, ambience excellent
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  • Nice to be back!
    anon
    Dined on 15/9/2014
    Lovely to enjoy the refurbished restaurant, and to discover that the excellence of neither the food nor the service has diminished since closure for renovation. The ambience was, as ever, quiet and conducive to dining and conversation; the food well-presented and delicious. The wine, as usual, did not disappoint - particularly commend the English sparkling wine as an aperitif - and the staff were attentive and friendly, but not in any way intrusive. A treat, as always.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • A Memorable Sunday Lunch- 5 Stars
    Anniekins
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    Our party of 3 had Sunday Lunch, following a visit to the Turner Exhibition. The food was outstanding. My friend and I had the cod and agreed it was the best we'd ever tasted. My husband said that his lamb (accompanied by very generous portions of vegetables) was excellent. There was one slight hiccup. Our main courses were a little late in coming. However, the manager visited our table, was extremely charming and quickly resolved the problem. We shall definitely be visiting this restaurant again.
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  • lack of attention
    trickyone
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    Overall pretty good, but there were small elements where the promise on the menu was not carried through in reality. The cabbage was not served with the beef. The dessert , a strudel, was undercooked and looked like something from McDonalds. It was sent back. It should have never left the kitchen. We had to apologetically complain too often, which is not an enjoyable lunch experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended
    Caomhghin
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    An almost faultless meal. Excellent service, friendly, helpful but not intrusive; a wonderful wine (the Viognier) from an outstanding list. The food was superb. My first course was a cooked goat's cheese starter with a texture and taste I have never experienced. As it was Sunday lunch we each had the roast meats - lamb and pork belly - cooked to perfection as were the vegetables, including excellent roast potatoes. My only quibble was that the quantity of vegetables was small (whereas the quantity of meat was very high) and both strangely came with a Yorkshire pudding - and a rather dry one at that. I finished with Queen of Puddings. Perfect.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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  • First visit since re opening
    Essexdiner
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    This was the first time we had visited since the restaurant re opened and we were really impressed by the quality of the food for all three courses. We had the cocktail of day{?) was refreshing but fairly pricey at £11.50 for the volume !
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    afternoon tea, business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Lunch with a friend
    Lizaj
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    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.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Civilised
    Westie
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    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.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Museum Haven
    bbfoodie
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    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.
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    group bookings, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Treat
    JPCOOKIE34
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer Lunch
    Shadowfax
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amnesiac
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    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.
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  • Andy
    Andy
    Dined on 27/7/2014
    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.
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  • Customer26
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    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.
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  • Lunch at Tate Britain
    Miranda
    Dined on 23/7/2014
    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.
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  • Outstanding
    Laney61
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    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.
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  • lovely service but very pricey
    fishcake
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    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.
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  • Amazing setting
    Gisele
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, disabled access, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating
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  • Rex Whistler
    HungerStriker
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very stylish Restaurant
    Mountjoy
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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
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  • Summer serenity
    Alice
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    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.
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    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • SECOND TIME
    YATT
    Dined on 29/6/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fallen friend?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 24/6/2014
    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.
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  • Special lunch
    Pantagruel
    Dined on 18/6/2014
    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.
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