The Wolseley
The Wolseley

The Wolseley

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thewolseley.com/
  • Phone: 02074996996
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast: Monday – Friday: 7am – 11am; Saturday – Sunday: 8am – 11am
    Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm; Saturday – Sunday: 11:30am – 3pm
    Afternoon Tea: Monday – Friday: 3pm –6pm; Saturday: 3:30pm – 5pm; Sunday: 3:30pm – 6pm
    Dinner: Monday – Friday: 5:30pm – 11:30pm; Saturday – Sunday: 5:30pm – 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Afternoon Tea
  • Executive Chef: Lawrence Keogh
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Cafe, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: The Private Dining Room seats up to 14 diners for lunch and dinner. The luxurious interior sits above the restaurant, yet feels part of the theatre below whilst offering complete privacy.
  • Private Party Contact: Michelle Chillingworth 020 7659 9302

Getting there

  • Public Transit:

    Green Park Underground
    Piccadilly Circus Underground
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Wolseley
The Wolseley is a café-restaurant in the grand European tradition located at 160 Piccadilly in an impressive Grade II Listed Building serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Booking is recommended but a portion of the tables are available for walk-in customers.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBrunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSunday Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerEuropean
The Wolseley reviews from OpenTable diners
354 reviews since 4 June 2014
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambience4.3
    Value3.6
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
brunch (187)afternoon tea (176)special occasions (142)business meals (139)pre/post theatre (96)sunday lunch (91)fit for foodies (84)romance (74)good vegetarian options (26)group bookings (22)child friendly (15)outstanding value (15)disabled access (10)outdoor eating (4)Show More
  • Paul49
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    Very good service , Great venue Great food !! I will be back on a regular basis really great atmosphere
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    business meals, fit for foodies
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  • barbfrombaltimore
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    My husband and I had a delicious dinner here. The staff was attentive but not overbearing and we would recommend it highly if you are I London and want to have a special dinner.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    gc1237VIP
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    It was the first time I'd visited in quite a while. We had the full English which was as good as ever.
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  • Great as always!
    davey
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    Great food and service as always. The oysters were fantastic. There is always a good vibe to this restaurant and I'm already booked in for a return visit. Highly recommend for all.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, fit for foodies
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  • Excellent Afternoon Tea
    Mayzie
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    With so many places to choose from, this was the perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea with a visitor from overseas looking for the quintessential tea experience. The service was excellent and the scones and pastries were delicious.
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    afternoon tea, special occasions
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  • Afternoon Tea
    Headhunter1
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    I visited twice this week, service impeccable on both occasions - Afternoon Tea was beautifully presented. The Wolseley has a real sense of occasion, without feeling at all stuffy or formal … I love it!
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Best night ever
    Kaycee
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    Have been going to the Wolseley for years. You can't beat it for atmosphere, food or service. We wanted to increase our diners from 2 to 4 and were promised a call back. Sure enough Nathan took the trouble to call me back twice and we had the best table next to A+ List celebrities. Our guests are still talking about it. The food was superb. Rib eye cooked to perfection and the best chopped liver. Can't wait to return.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • A bit too noisy
    LadyofShalott80
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    A good value afternoon tea, nice ambient, not memorable food, sometimes attentive (sometimes not) service
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    afternoon tea, brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst service in London
    NGAP
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    Over prices, mediocre food, and incredibly bad service sadly makes The Wolseley a place to actively avoid.
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  • Pre Theatre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    As always, excellent food and service. We were on a tight deadline for pre theatre dining.
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    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakfest
    Jvip
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Had a birthday breakfest at wolseley. Service was excellent. I thought the food was nice but for the money you pay it was nothing special. Bit noisy for my liking. Good experience anyway.
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    afternoon tea, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    LuLuLove
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I'd come here every week if I could. The eggs benedict are second to none and the omlettes are light, fluffy and huge. Was not a fan of their biscuit selection but may just not have been to my taste. Service was brilliant too.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • high tea
    marydoll
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    i did not really enjoy my high tea here... and i love my high teas.....albeit the restaurant was busy....you were always looking out for a waiter to replenish the sandwiches and i felt a bit uneasy asking for more....and they never gave any extra cakes....tiz a shame as i have dined here and the food was amzing....
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    afternoon tea
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  • Disappointing
    WDDD
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    My friend's favourite restaurant, but I left disappointed. Starters were quite good but my wife and I were disappointed in our main courses. Rib-eye steak looked perfect - charred on the outside and pink in the middle, but somehow it was dry and had no flavour at all. I decided to go for a Weiner Schnitzel, wondering if it was possible to elevate it to something special but sadly not - it wasn't as crispy as it could be on the outside (meaning you could really taste the bread of the breadcrumbs) and seemed to be on a pool of liquid, possible balsamic, which left it bitter and soggy. I left half of it and it was whisked away without query from the previously attentive waiter, likewise when the bill came, no query whether we enjoyed our meal
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    special occasions
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  • Short notice booking
    Duffy
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Recently booked at The Wolseley at short notice for a party of three, one of whom is gluten intolerant, and the staff could not have been more accommodating. We were sat immediately upon arrival. Spectacular table, food and service. Very knowledgeable staff. Timing was at our leisure from arrival, from initial drinks through to three courses, and at no time did we feel rushed. Our first outing at The Wolseley, but definitely not our last. Well worth it!
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    afternoon tea, business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Very good food, great service, the waiter picked up on the fact it was our anniversary and we got a special dessert
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Afternoon tea
    MKtbf
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Excellent service an un rushed atmosphere at the Wolseley for afternoon tea
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    afternoon tea
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  • London visit
    gillybean
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    We had dinner at The Wolseley and were very well looked after , nice table as requested , good service , (although we did not get any bread offered and were still billed for the cover charge ) My Halibut main course could have been better cooked & filleted (however I had been told it was a steak cut of fish ,cooked on the bone ) everything else was well cooked & presented .
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lively and a fun place
    Elbeck
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    As always the Wolseley was very busy which is part of its appeal although we had to repeatedly request what we required as our order seemed to be getting lost, difficult getting a waiters attention
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    afternoon tea, brunch, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Evening
    Rajie63VIP
    Dined on 17/8/2014
    We booked The Wolseley to celebrate our eldest daughter's A level success and entrance to her first choice University. It was a Sunday evening. We all had a thoroughly good time and enjoyed a very high standard of service. The food was as expected from previous visits. Very good indeed for the most part. One slight criticism is that my wife who is vegetarian, chose the fettucine option with girolles mushrooms. Those that she did find were great but there really ought to have been many more. This slight irritation was however compensated for when our waiter brought over some macarons, having remembered when I said to him at the ery start of the evening that we weret here to celebrate the A level results. This was a great touch.
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    special occasions
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  • A lovely lunch
    martintsVIP
    Dined on 17/8/2014
    The Wolseley always delivers. Great room, great service and good food. Sunday lunch was very enjoyable - the Roast Rib of Beef was perfectly cooked and the crumble delicious. Can't think of a better way to spend Sunday lunch. Just one small comment - why a cover charge in addition to a service charge?
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, child friendly, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • Great for afternoon tea
    Kitty
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    A great classic restaurant with a nice ambiance for afternoon tea.
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    afternoon tea, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu
    Valerie
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    Went there for lunch wit h a friend but we were both disappointed with menu choices for lunch. It was interesting there but there are so many better options in the area. Quite expensive too for what we had.
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    afternoon tea
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  • Service
    LolLol
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    We enjoy going there. People are very friendly, in particular at entrance, food is good, ambiance is very nice. Two diners ago though, we had a male waiter (short hair, slim, in his 30s, Italian?) who was not friendly and a bit obnoxious. We nearly said something upon leaving but did not want to spoil our nice evening.
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    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good fun for a bite and a catch up
    PruL3ith
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    This was a good place to meet a business colleague and reasonable value. I loved the herring and the the choucroute. The Pimms sorbet was a good palette cleanser and overall very good value. Definitely come again.
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    brunch, business meals
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  • excellent
    Apples
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    I just love dining here whatever the occasion! It never let's me down. Glorious setting, wonderful food and excellent service.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buzzy atmosphere
    pff1804VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I went for lunch at the Wolseley with a friend. It was my first time there as it always seemed to be fully booked when I tried before. I found it very enjoyable, we opted for a regular two course lunch which was very nice but it is also a great place for brunch. The restaurant has an attractive, buzzy dining room, the service is efficient, altogether a pleasant experience, I'm not surprised it gets booked up so quickly. I would certainly be happy to go again.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • One of my favourite restaurants
    pizzaeater
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    one of my favourite restaurants in London. I always come here and it never disappoints! Came here with my sister who was visiting from America and her friend for the Afternoon tea with champagne. Service was attentive as always and the food incredibly moreish....
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    afternoon tea, brunch, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Andrew Tay
    Adrew1
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Comfort food done a cut above the rest, impeccable service. A delight pure and simple.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Establishment stalwart
    thegallopinggourmetVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    It does what it does like an oiled machine. Food is good, venue is impressive, staff are efficient.
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  • Lives Up To The Hyp'
    spwallisVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Our first visit since the restaurant had its revamp and it has to be said we really couldn't tell the difference, which is a good thing as there was nothing wrong with the decor in the first place. The Wolseley remains one of the more impressive dining rooms in London. We started with oysters along with 1/2 pint prawns followed by the rib eye and chips. As expected both were absolutely fine. If i'm being a little picky there was a slight downside with regards to the service which was a bit hit and miss, hardly surprising bearing in mind it was a manic Saturday evening cover. However this small detail did not detract from the overall experience and our enjoyment of a very good meal.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dfraVIP
    Dined on 20/7/2014
    very disappointing , very much a tourist venue, the noise level so high could not talk menu very limited went for a special occasion and expected more
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  • Simply the best
    DrHPVIP
    Dined on 13/7/2014
    Wonderful ambiance, the best service in London, great food and wine. The internal decor creates the most perfect setting. The internal design of tables around an arc allows for privacy at adjoining tables, if you ask. My favorite in London. Thanks to The Wolseley team.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Tea for Two
    pharm4food
    Dined on 13/7/2014
    The Wolseley was a great venue for a quick tea for catching up with old friends. Delicious tea and great ambience.
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    afternoon tea, outstanding value
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  • FANTASTIC
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    My daughter and I had never had high tea before and this was the best experience! We were visiting from the United States and chose The Wolseley because it was Fodor's recommendation. :0) We loved our waiter, the tea, scones, and sweets. It was perfect!
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • SimbaVIP
    Dined on 29/6/2014
    The food was as good as usual while the service was terrific throughout.
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  • "No One"
    Illtelleveryone
    Dined on 24/6/2014
    I HATE being seated next to the service table, and no, no where else to move...promptly the waiter smashed a bottle if tobacco on the floor, all over my Chanel shoes and up my leg. No one offered to help, no one asked if I was ok. No one offered me a glass of wine as an apology. Food was mediocre, not great, not awful. But no one asked if our meal was correct, no one asked if we'd require anything else, no one asked if we cared!. We were handed dessert menus, we put them down and went to the Ritz next door....
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  • The Wolseley
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 24/6/2014
    I booked the Wolseley as a birthday present for my wife, and we were really looking forward to it. We booked mainly for the location and ambience, and though this was good as expected, the other elements were disappointing. The food was the right side of passable, but no better. More upsettingly, the service was poor. The room is great and the atmosphere lively, but this doesn't make up for the other shortcomings. Not recommended.
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  • I think I went 20 years too late
    Nick
    Dined on 16/6/2014
    The waiters have an ego. I understand that the Wolsley is meant to be amazing, but the waiters tried their best to disprove me. The food is good, just not excellent and the decor has moved on from classic, instead it's tired.
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  • Expected more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 15/6/2014
    Considering how famous this place is and the name it has, it needs a little refinement. I must comment on the Roast, which I had on the Sunday and it was not up to par. The Simpson's does it 10x better. Issues included the fact that a) it was not served medium; b) I never got a steak knife, but had to cut with a regular knife and c) the Yorkshire Pudding was over-done, so by half-way in, it had hardened and very tough to cut. Improvements required here.
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