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 WinnerEuropean
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBrunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Wolseley reviews from OpenTable diners
357 reviews since 6 May 2014
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambience4.3
    Value3.6
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
brunch (194)afternoon tea (180)business meals (149)special occasions (146)sunday lunch (97)pre/post theatre (97)fit for foodies (77)romance (76)good vegetarian options (30)group bookings (23)child friendly (14)outstanding value (14)disabled access (10)outdoor eating (4)Show More
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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.
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    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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    afternoon tea
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  • Elegant Dining
    impressed
    Dined on 14/6/2014
    My best friend and I went to the Wolseley to celebrate our 30th birthday. Staff were very professional, welcoming and likeable. Food was very good. I don't drink alcohol so ordered an apple juice but the host suggested mocktails to me. These were not on the menu but she was very accommodating and had one made for me. Very good service and a really nice experience post-theatre. I would definitely recommend the Wolseley and hope to dine there again.
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Afternoon birthday tea
    jrad
    Dined on 14/6/2014
    I brought my ten year old and a few of her friends for afternoon tea to celebrate her birthday. The staff could not have been nicer. I was very impressed by the care they took of her and her friends as I watched from an adjacent table. Tea was great value for London as well.
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    afternoon tea
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  • The Wolseley
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 14/6/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at The Wolseley, we have been many times and always find the service attentive, the food is excellent and we love the lively atmosphere. Would highly recommend this restaurant.
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    business meals, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pudding
    Dined on 13/6/2014
    The Wolseley is a classic with exceptional customer friendly service by well trained staff in a beautiful space. Food and wines were excellent, particularly crab with avocado and sea bream
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    afternoon tea, business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favourites always
    WhiteTiger
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I'm a regular visitor here and love it. One of the best breakfast places in London.
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  • As Usual Very good
    MAIgourmetVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This Brasserie style establishment is truly a very good spot for continental fare. the food is tasty and the service impeccable . We enjoyed the desserts too.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, pre/post theatre, romance, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic elegance
    VictoriaK
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Fabulous food, attentive staff and wonderful people watching.
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    brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleasant evening
    worldtraveller
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Had not been here for a couple of years - very pleasant early evening dinner. Staff were very helpful and attentive.
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service and great food
    Karensave
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Incredible service, amazing food, fast, great coffee, great atmosphere, price for some chips, coffee, ice cream and water was about 12£ pp which overall is not too bad.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab as always
    Kaycee
    Dined on 31/5/2014
    Fantastic buzzy atmosphere in beautiful surroundings. Went at 10 am after theatre and still busy. Food was great and we ordered 2 starters and 2 drinks. Bill came to £70. A great choice from snacks to full scale meal. The service was attentive and very friendly. Can't wait to go back. My favourite West End restaurant.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Very average..
    fatcatVIP
    Dined on 30/5/2014
    Although the interior of the restaurant is stunning, the standard and quality of food is pretty average for the price you have to pay (around £70 per person for 3 courses excluding drink easily). Service is good, but you only have 2 hour slot to finish your meal.
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    afternoon tea, brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CTCFood
    Dined on 29/5/2014
    I like the Wolseley because it produces reasonable food at reasonable prices in a lovely environment. The service is normally professional and efficient although on our last visit it took 20 mins to get a drink and 40 mins to order! To add insult to injury we were told that we had just enough time to have a quick dessert or coffee because the next guest booked on our table had not yet arrived! We paid our £400+ bill and left without coffee or dessert and feeling disgruntled. It wasn't out fault that the service was so slow!!
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • The Wolseley
    Reviewer1VIP
    Dined on 29/5/2014
    The Wolseley offered a high standard of quality food and service in an elegant setting in Central London
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, special occasions
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  • Fabulous lunch
    Noodles
    Dined on 28/5/2014
    As always the staff at The Wolesley just make you feel special! Davide and his colleagues are outstanding and I will continue to take clients here as the experience is unforgettable.
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    afternoon tea, business meals, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Character
    Firsttimediner
    Dined on 26/5/2014
    Pricey but Classy ! A fantastic venue for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the wait
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    I've been living in London for many years and always wanted to try breakfast at The Wolseley so I was thrilled when I finally managed last weekend. It was a great experience and the menu was so extensive with fantastic options I highly recommend it for the choice of foods and the atmosphere. I will be coming back soon.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Good, Location Very Good
    jrc123VIP
    Dined on 23/5/2014
    But strange that wine glasses are same as water glasses and not as refined as the choice of wines.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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