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Kitchen and Bar at Tate Modern

3.7
61 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
Top tags:
  • Child Friendly
  • Brunch
  • Afternoon Tea

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The Kitchen and Bar provides a family-friendly casual dining experience with a menu consisting of bar snacks and small plates to be shared in the Bar and the Kitchen serving well-known English and international classic dishes such as fish & chips and spaghetti bolognaise. All of this is supported by a range of British beers and a concise wine list compiled by our sommelier, Hamish Anderson.​


Located on Level 6 with one of the best views in London, the Tate Modern Kitchen and Bar offers a menu based on fresh, seasonal produce together with an exciting wine list focusing on innovative producers

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation

Kitchen: Monday - Thursday: 12:00 - 17:00 Friday - Saturday 11:30 - 21:15 Sunday 11:30 - 17:00
Bar: Monday-Thursday: 10:00 - 17.30 Friday-Saturday: 10:00-22:00 Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00
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Phone number
020 7401 5103
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Stephen Goodlad
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Private Party Contact
kitchen.bar@tate.org.uk: 020 7401 5283
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Public Transit
Underground: Southwark, London Bridge, St.Pauls
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, View, Wine
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3.7based on all time ratings
3.6
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3.8
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3.6
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3.4
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2.0Dined on 22 August 2016

Views wonderful. Air conditioning too fierce. Food all right but not special. Service terrible - slow, surly waitresses who ignored us and were overstretched and as we were booked to see the Georgia O'Keefe exhibition we couldn't wait for pudding. Not a welcoming atmosphere especially as I was entertaining guests from Australia. As there was a hefty service charge automatically added I couldn't even not leave a tip.

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2.0Dined on 17 August 2016

First time here since the make over. It's not as good as it used to be; the menu is not as good and the service and food was only average. We used to enjoy this restaurant but will be looking for another dining choice the next time we visit Tate Modern.

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5.0Dined on 12 August 2016

The views were astonishing - usually that means expensive but the food was really very good, the service excellent and it was extremely good value.

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5.0Dined on 12 August 2016

Very enjoyable visit last Friday for afternoon tea with friends on a gorgeous day! It is a wonderful setting overlooking the Thames and the City of London. The staff were very helpful and put our guests, who arrived ahead of us, at the table and served us quickly since we didn't have much time. A favorite place for a meal while visiting the Tate Modern - we will certainly be back.

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4.0Dined on 12 August 2016

Great views make this place, and for that you can forgive them anything. The menu did not have as many light salad dishes as the last time I went, which was a bit of a shame given the weather. The option of wine carafe was still on the menu and much appreciated, and the service was friendly. A fantastic space from which to survey the city.

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5.0Dined on 6 August 2016

The new decor makes the restaurant more spacious and welcoming especially if you have babies on buggies. Great views as always.

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3.0Dined on 5 August 2016

It's a cafeteria with a great view. We went there because of its proximity to the Globe Theatre and we needed a pre-theatre dinner. We had fish and chips and steak and ale pie, so pub food without the pub setting. It would be a good place for families with young children.

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2016

A lovely place to eat when visiting an exhibition as a treat

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3.0Dined on 2 August 2016

No good views from the tables, but a convenient place to eat if you are visiting the Tate.

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5.0Dined on 2 August 2016

Fabulous fish and chips, friendly service. Good view from the restaurant & pleasant ambiance. But it is all (obviously) very busy and hectic - especially for us country bumpkins - so thank goodness for the quiet screen room on level one for a post meal bit of peace and quiet - a chance to chill out. Thank you, very enjoyable.

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3.0Dined on 30 July 2016

Pleasant setting, great view if you get a window seat.

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3.0Dined on 30 July 2016

The views were spectacular and the staff warm and friendly. Background noise is a bit of an issue, but the food was lovely and reasonably priced for the quality ... the drinks were really expensive.

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5.0Dined on 24 July 2016

The service was excellent. We were treated as if we were special. Attention to detail very good and easy to get the waiters attention - very important.

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2.0Dined on 23 July 2016

This used to be a fabulous bistro style restaurant with one of the best views in London across the river to St Paul's. Unfortunately the Tate have made a decision to downgrade it to a slightly scruffy family affair with a short and uninspiring cafe menu. Probably ok still for afternoon and sunset drinks, but with the bistro feel has gone the sophisticated atmosphere. Own goal to the Tate, sadly.

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1.0Dined on 23 July 2016

Made quite impossible by a large party nearby who were allowed to hold a noisy reception amongst the tables, we left after half a meal and went elsewhere. Never again!

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4.0Dined on 23 July 2016

The food is very good and you can't be the view or the setting. The host and hostess were less than welcoming, but our server more than made up for it. Maybe they were having a bad day?Despite that we had a lovely lunch after a nice tour of this amazing museum.

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4.0Dined on 22 July 2016

I went for a salad lunch with a friend as part of a trip to Tate Modern. The salad was excellent and different from the usual lunch fare found in chain restaurants. The table was sufficiently far from the next one and there are good views of the river from many of the seats in the restaurant. The downside is that it is by nature a practical rather than an atmospheric place and the acoustics are poor - you can barely hear the person across the table when it is full.

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3.0Dined on 16 July 2016

Unfortunately, since the opening of the new wing at Tate Modern, they have added sofas and bar style tables by the river facing window blocking the view and making the whole dining experience much more noisy. Service has also gone down hill, it took us over 30 minutes for our mains to arrive once we had finished the starters. So whilst the quality of the food was great and staff still super friendly, this restaurant is unfortunately now loud, the view is blocked and waiting times are long.

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4.0Dined on 16 July 2016

Excellent for a good light meal between exhibitions

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4.0Dined on 16 July 2016

just a great pleasure to eat there with som and grandaughter

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4.0Dined on 15 July 2016

A convenient location when we want to break an evening visit to Tate Modern. The view to the North is outstanding, but the noise level high.
The prices are high and the menu very limited.
The treacle tart was to be served cold! They warmed it on request to luke-warm and managed to overcook the pastry. The staff were good and considerate.

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3.0Dined on 15 July 2016

food was good enough but resstaurant very noisy and we had to wait quite a while for food although they were not busy. servers were very polite.

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4.0Dined on 15 July 2016

A pleasant lunch sitting by a sunny window. The main room is very noisy and the service was a little slow but on the whole it was a good start to the afternoon.

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4.0Dined on 15 July 2016

The food was ok. We had three meals. The fish and chips unfortunately had a very soggy batter to the fish. The burger was ok. My meal,the sole was very tiny I had 4 or 5 peas on the plate along with the braised lettuce and fish. I was unaware that this was nouveau cuisine. The deserts and cheese were good. The cheese overpriced at £9. The wine wasn't very cold and we had to ask for more ice. The service was good.

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2016

met up with family for a special get together. Fabulous location and some great views. A most enjoyable lunch and friendly staff, and a look around the Tate afterwards. Brilliant afternoon

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3.0Dined on 13 July 2016

First time to vist since the change. The crust on my fish & chips was rubbery. I have never had a rubbery fried fish. Disapppointing.

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4.0Dined on 10 July 2016

Good atmosphere combined with outstanding views. Service was good and food delicious and well priced. Loved the colouring in place mats.

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1.0Dined on 9 July 2016

Disappointing meal at the Kitchen & Bar at Tate Modern. Many changes since our last visit, unfortunately none of them are improvements.
The deep fried squid was overdone, they had run out of chips as a side dish - at 7.15 on a Saturday night and the Eaton Mess had no meringues in it, just lots of cream and a small amount of fruit.
The staff were friendly and trying to make the best of it but they were fighting a losing battle against poor food and a very strange seating layout - which meant the fantastic view of the river was obscured by sofas and bar stools.
The whole ambience was more railway station buffet than museum restaurant

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4.0Dined on 9 July 2016

Great for the family- loved the colouring tablecloths! Good food, big potions and reasonable choice. Excellent for lunch on a day out

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3.0Dined on 9 July 2016

light bright and airy in feel, though a bit loud with all the families in the room on recent saturday lunch. good selection of dishes and location with view of st paul's makes it feel more posh.

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5.0Dined on 9 July 2016

This is the review I have put on Tripadvisor:

What follows is a review of the restaurant on Level 6 of the Boiler House (the original Tate Modern building) not of the new restaurant on Level 9 of the Switch House (the new extension). Reviews of these two different restaurants are getting intermixed in this ‘Tate Modern Restaurant’ thread and it’s very confusing!

The Boiler House Level 6 restaurant is now branded as ‘The Kitchen and Bar’. We had a splendid lunch there a couple of days ago. All our food was delicious, and perfectly cooked & presented. The wine list is short and sensible. The service was skilled and smiling – we felt very well looked after. All the prices felt reasonable. The views - to the north over the river and to the south towards the new extension - are stunning. It was altogether a lovely experience - and much, much better than a visit to the Level 6 restaurant had been a couple of years ago. So the re-branding seems like a great success.

Two things:
1. At the bottom of the bill it said “Please do not feel obliged to leave a tip. Our prices are inclusive of service charge. Our employees are paid London Living Wage as a minimum.” How wonderful it would be if this sensible way of doing things was to spread more widely!
2. I’m glad we chose to go to the Kitchen and Bar for lunch rather than to the new restaurant in the Switch House. The prices in the new restaurant are wildly more expensive, it’s not very clear from some of the reviews whether you can see out of the windows or not, and on Saturday the lifts were so crowded that it would have been all but impossible to reach Level 9.

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3.0Dined on 6 July 2016

The food was excellent: large portions, reasonable London price and great views. The lack of soft furnishings and hard ceiling tiles made conversation difficult: one guest turned her hearing aid off - and the large seating area sounded like a turkey farm!! One major complaint: management keeps the service charge (is not a tip) as well as tips left via credit card!!

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2.0Dined on 4 July 2016

Confused venue signage. Got sent round about the complex to find the restaurant. No window tables available although the restaurant was virtually empty. Irritating phone call prior to my booking asking if we would come earlier because we were the last booking. Although my partner is a member we were told different versions of whether we could go direct to members bar prior to members open session to see the Georgia O'Keefe exhibition. Thankfully the exhibition was fascinating.
Have been previously to the restaurant when it was an excellent experience but not this time. made to feel as though we were not welcome.

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5.0Dined on 2 July 2016

Vibrant busy restaurant with delicious food, friendly service & good value. Too noisy for business meetings but great venue to meet friends.

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4.0Dined on 25 June 2016

Unlike several other reviews which I've read I liked the new styling of the Tate Modern restaurant as I had found the previous version a little stuffy and overblown.

The food was pretty good although the vegetable risotto was a bit bland.
The service was very friendly.

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3.0Dined on 25 June 2016

As most people we combined the meal with a visit to Tate Modern, this time to the new extension. The service was friendly and competent, which is about what I would say about the food. Salad starter was served too cold and needed seasoning. Lamb chop was nice but needed vegetables so not that good value. I suppose you pay for the location and the view, which is spectacular. It is a buzzy place with lots of people just in the bar so don't go there for any sort of romantic or special occasion - just if you are in the area or the gallery. And then stick to the fish and chips for value.

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5.0Dined on 20 June 2016

no complaints except a bit noisy with a huge group next to us halfway through.

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3.0Dined on 18 June 2016

I wasn't impressed with the food options. Basic and slightly pricey for what you get. I was disappointed that what was once a nice plush restaurant felt like a cafe of not amazing quality. Service was great though and views amazing. Wish food and seating was better. Won't be going back in a hurry.

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2.0Dined on 18 June 2016

As the dining area now incorporates the bar area, there is a lot of noise and frenzy.

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3.0Dined on 18 June 2016

Good food and good service and wonderful views. Didn't realise it had been refocused as a family focused eating place and was a little surprised to find colouring in tablecloths and crayons.

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