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: 020 7887 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 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
257 reviews since 24 November 2013
Average Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambience4.2
    Value3.5
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (109)fit for foodies (81)sunday lunch (75)business meals (70)romance (40)afternoon tea (31)outstanding value (23)good vegetarian options (23)disabled access (20)brunch (19)outdoor eating (14)group bookings (10)child friendly (7)pre/post theatre (6)Show More
  • A birthday treat
    Minicat
    Dined on 21/11/2014
    It was my sister's birthday, and I decided a lunch treat was best for the woman who has everything else - the food was excellent, and beautifully served. the 'Turner' wine was particularly good, the service attentive without formality or fuss. For a special occasion I would always recommend the restaurant as a lunch time venue, and the galleries either before or after - after requires some occasional sitting down, however!
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    afternoon tea, business meals, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quite good
    arcanhac
    Dined on 18/11/2014
    Found this to be better than some reviews have suggested. Comfortable (though fairly compact) and complacent rather than edgy ambiance; menu contemporary classic done to a price: minimalism with the dearer ingredients, but that's better than compromising quality which was good for the price; cooking and presentation broadly correct but could be more precise; very good wine list with some inspired glass/carafe choices for the menu, service correct and attentive without being fussy, overall quality/value above average for central london. Perhaps lacking the special qualites to motivate much of a detour (apart from the wines) but definitely worth a visit if you're at the gallery or in the neighborhood.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    George
    Dined on 18/11/2014
    Another very good lunch in the Rex Whistler restaurant. Food was 1st class and the wine list is excellent.
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    business meals, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfectly placed for lunch during a gallery visit
    Pony10
    Dined on 17/11/2014
    Obviously, this is the place to lunch before or after a visit to Tate Britain's extraordinary variety of permanent and special exhibitions. We found the service excellent and attentive without being intrusive, and the food choices wide but not overwhelmingly so. And you get to gaze at the mural of the man himself. Not so sure how it is for tea-time or morning coffee and whether it is really the place for children at lunch or dinner---maybe Sundays. And the Tate is too far from the West End, I think, to make it comfortable for pre-theatre dinner.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the matched wines!
    Trickynicky
    Dined on 15/11/2014
    I thought it would be a nice treat to have lunch here after visiting an an exhibition an it was! The food is very good although my main course could have been a bit hotter. We went for the matched wines with our courses and these were all delicious too. I would, however, recommend avoiding the coffee which is horrible although we were told the supplier is being changed in the near future.
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    afternoon tea, business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect start to exhibition visit
    Delighted
    Dined on 15/11/2014
    Our party of four enjoyed a delightful lunch prior to visiting the Turner exhibition. The service was excellent; the food and wine very good. A great choice if you intend to visit the Tate
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    good vegetarian options, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A disappointing lunch at Rex Whistler restaurant
    Rika
    Dined on 15/11/2014
    Sadly the food at the Rex Whistler restaurant at Tate Britain does not match the beautfiful room and the delightful service. A lot of trouble has been taken with the presentation but there the pleasure stops. All three of us started with the Dorset crab. I could only taste potato and even that was overpowered by the tarragon mayonnaise; I couldn't detect a hint of crab and the portions were extremely small. The main course menu is heavily weighted in favour of fish. I had the monkfish while my companions each tried the sole and Ray wing. The monkfish was nicely cooked as were the shrimp fritters but these were so tiny as to be almost invisible sitting on a blob of purée that tasted of nothing. The broccoli was the best part of this course. My friends shared the strudel which they said was fine. They certainly didn't wax lyrical about any of the food and as they were my guests they would have been reluctant to criticise. With a glass of wine each the bill came to £110. I fear the management is relying on the ambience to mask the very poor cuisine. I couldn't recommend this restaurant to friends......maybe to enemies!
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  • Robw
    Dined on 12/11/2014
    Very good food, although a fairly limited lunch menu for main courses. As always the wine list is excellent and good value. Service attentive but we were not rushed.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Faultless and a great venue
    PH50
    Dined on 12/11/2014
    A delightful dining experience in a lovely setting. The food and the service were excellent. A great start to visiting Tate Britain and the Turner exhibition. Highly recommended.
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    business meals, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Lunch
    Menetou
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Had Sunday lunch here to celebrate a friend's birthday - eight diners in total varying from 21 - 87 and all enjoyed themselves. The wine list was particularly pleasing. I had to adjust the booking several times and some of out party were late - all dealt with calmly and efficiently. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Would definitely recommend for a special Sunday lunch.
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  • Silver Wedding Celebration!
    jane
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Perfect for our silver wedding celebration lunch with friends. Love the ambience of the restaurant with its pretty and interesting murals - someone had described the venue as "subterranean" but not at all, there are windows down one side and it is a lovely welcoming and comfortable place to eat. Food very nice and service just right although we did have to wave about a bit for the bill. Thank you very, very much.
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    afternoon tea, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Raw beef & cardboard Yorkshire Pud
    OldEngland
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    If you like eating raw beef, rarer than "blue", accompanied by a Yorkshire pudding the shape and texture of a cardboard bowl and a meagre portion of al dente vegetables with overly parboiled roast potatoes then The Rex Whistler Restaurant is for you. Yes it was a disappointment. I had eaten at the RW several times previously and had been confident that we would enjoy a good Sunday lunch. The smoked trout starter had not augured well... get the trout out of the packet, arrange on plate, accompany with two triangles of very thinly sliced white bread. Voila! The beef was a tasteless slab of sliced cow. I will quite happily eat a rare steak or a steak tartare, but this is not how roast beef should be presented. I hope for better next time.
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  • Excellent
    Sheilatoo
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Only took one star off overall because it was very loud! Difficult to include sound deadening at this stage but it made it difficult to hear what people were saying across a six seater table with all the voices carrying across the room.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Turner and Whistler, Just perfect.
    Tigger
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Lovely food, lovely wine and attentive service and no pressure to leave !
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  • Rex Whistler for Lunch
    PEW1
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Had an excellent meal, with good selection of wine. Service was as good as it gets. And you can visit the Tate after lunch. Lots of fish (but some good meat dishes as well).
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  • Beautiful room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    With food to match. They have an excellent and unusual wine list and showcase many British foods.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Lunch at Rex Whistler Restaurant
    ntr2dine
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    A delightful experience in beautiful surroundings. Outstanding food and wine. Staff were informative and attentive.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visit to Tate Britain
    Jules
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Lunch at Rex Whistler Restaurant added considerably to this visit to Tate Britain.
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  • Great family get together
    Annatatticstudio
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We all met up for the Turner exhibition and then lunch after - 9 of yus round the table and excellent food and attention form the staff thank you Rex Whistler!
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  • Sunday lunch
    nahum54
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Good food but not very hot. Vegetables cooked very well. Served on to cold plates - why do they do this? Very sweet waitress but over attentive and chatty. It seems mean to complain about that but she was just a bit too much. Glad we went but unlikely to return.
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    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Great food for an art gallery
    paula504
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Wasn't sure what to expect, since restaurants in galleries are so variable. In short, this was much better than others I've tried (I'm thinking in particular of the restaurant at the top of the Tate Modern, where you are really paying for the view). Service here was fairly good, although I think they did forget about us a bit at the end (i.e. after we finished our main course), but most restaurants seem to do that, and we weren't in a rush, so no biggie. The food we had was very good indeed, and we all enjoyed it. It was a nice menu (a set menu with plenty of choice, and an optional special for a supplement). The room, although subterranean and windowless, is decorated with murals, and the tables are well spaced unlike many in London.
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  • Lunch at Rex Whistler
    AnnG
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    The food was very good here but the service was not so good. It took over 2 hours to have 2 courses. The waiter forgot to put in our sweet order first time, we waited ages for it and mine was not cooked properly when it came. It was a genuine mistake but nevertheless marred our experience.
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  • Beautiful venue but not service
    Reviewer49
    Dined on 31/10/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful - the Whistler mural, the proportions and the décor. However, the service marred our experience. The person who greets guests on the front desk also take telephone reservations. Our initial welcome therefore involved waiting while he was on the telephone. Service was friendly when given, but overall not very attentive and we had to attract the waiter's attention when we wanted anything e.g. salt and pepper as there was none on the table , a glass of water when our glasses were empty. We had to send the pudding back as it was cold. Otherwise the food was very good. At £30 per head without wine or coffee it needs to be special. It was nice, but not special, and I was disappointed. It needs to raise its game.
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  • More than just the walls..!
    DBSE1
    Dined on 26/10/2014
    The amazing mural is one of the main attractions here of course, but the food was lovely as well. Either as a pit stop during exploration of the gallery or at the end of a visit, if you are at the Tate Britain would recommend visiting the restaurant. We were there for Sunday lunch which was a simple by well formulated roast, and the wine-list is decent enough to find something interesting. I had wondered if it would be too formal for me but it was actually very relaxed and friendly. While not the cheapest Sunday lunch in London, 2 courses for £25 is not too bad either. Would certainly return were I back at the gallery.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 26/10/2014
    We made our first visit to the Rez Whistler restaurant after many years of being Tate Members. Why did we wait so long we asked ourselves after an excellent Sunday lunch with very good service and not unreasonable prices for excellent wine.
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  • Excellent food and service
    AWhiteWolf
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    This was our return visit here and very glad we did. The food was very delicious, the service excellent, and the wine matching was brilliant. All at a very good value for what we enjoyed. Plus having artwork in the Tate to view before/after the meal makes for an excellent combination!
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  • David1
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    Last went there over 30 years ago and was delighted to see the restaurant ambience/Whistler mural hadn't changed and the service, food and wine list were as good as I remember. 4 happy diners.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value
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  • oldfriendsunited
    Dined on 23/10/2014
    Although a Tate member, it was my first visit to the restaurant. All my guests enjoyed their meals and we thought the English sparking wine particularly good. Two of us had the crab starter and were somewhat disappointed in that it was more potato than crab meat. Our table was too close to the entrance so felt a little exposed and would have preferred to be seated further in. Will know to ask next time we book. But on the whole, it was a lovely place to have lunch and the service was very very good.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch
    Deeanna46
    Dined on 22/10/2014
    Had lunch before visiting Late Turner exhibition and really enjoyed it. Three fish options which made a nice change and the service was good. An enjoyable experience.
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    good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    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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