Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain

4.4
2196 reviews
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The seasonal menu celebrates the best of British seasonal produce. Our culinary team also take inspiration from the exhibitions and works on display at Tate Britain through the year.
Our multi award winning Tate wine list, overseen by CEO Hamish Anderson & Head Sommelier Gustavo Medina offers guests an array of wonderful choices with a large selection of excellent half bottles, and older vintages. Our Team are happy to match wines with guests lunch menu choices to create a unique experience. 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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Dine from seasonally inspired British menus in the historic restaurant at Tate Britain surrounded by the hand painted mural created by Rex Whistler in 1927.

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K
London
40 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Good to be back to in that lovely room! A lunchtime get-together with an old friend. Enjoyed the occasion but on this occasion thought that the choice of main dishes possibly slightly less than inspired. Perhaps because the unexpectedly warm weather meant that I was feeling less than inspired myself. I would though have preferred something a little lighter. But the service was great from the the very pleasant and helpful young woman who served us, and from the rest of the staff, who should be congratulated for running such a smooth, professional and friendly operation.

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BE
London
201 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent lunch at the Rex Whistler restaurant. Comfortable ambiance, friendly and efficient service and delicious food. We didn't feel rushed at all.

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Responded 5 days ago

Dear BESTAFOOD, Thank you for the lovely review, of course we will share this reviews with the rest of our team. Our priority is always to give our guests the best experience to every single one, and we looking forward to seeing you again in the near future. Best wishes, Altina.

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TB
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was very good, the wine was very good and the service was excellent. We really enjoyed it.

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Responded 5 days ago

Dear TriciaB, Thank you for taking the time for the lovely feedback. We are very delighted you enjoyed the Rex Whistler restaurant experience. We would be grateful if you could share this thoughts on TripAdvisor also. Kind Regards, Altina.

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B
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The ambience was perfect; not noisy and a hint of music in the background. The staff were without exception helpful and friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the wine list. The food? Absolutely delicious and service wasn't rushed. All in all, delectable.

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JA
London
15 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service and food were very good. However my portion of salmon, asparagus and potatoes was meagre to say the least. For what they Are charging the portion needs to be bigger

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PC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal in a relaxed location. Wide choice of starters, main course and desert. Attentive service.

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Responded 6 days ago

Dear PhilC, Thank you for your excellent feedback. We are very much happy you enjoyed your meal We look forward to hosting you again soon.

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MA
London
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A really enjoyable meal and experience.
2 small comments; the lamb was too rare for me personally, and our choice of desert was 'sold out'. (at about 2.30, so understandable).

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was outstanding from start to finish

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FF
London
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall, a lovely meal. My only criticisms were that the waiter didn't know the ingredients in the meals and had to go and ask the kitchen and that the menu did not indicate allergens or which dishes were suitable for vegetarians/vegans, etc

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m
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My friends thought their meals over-priced and pretentious.

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A
London
8 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating chef for a salt free diet. Really smooth and efficient service. Great ambience

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Responded 6 days ago

Dear Algarkid, Thank you for the lovely review. We are really happy you enjoyed the Rex Whistler restaurant experience, and we looking forward to hosting you again. We would much appreciate it if you extend you comments to TripAdvisor.

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JR
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Well presented meal. Disappointed not to see any English wines apart from fizz on the wine menu. Somewhat noisy.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect and great wine list.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food. The wine pairing was excellent.

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C
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unnecessary to receive a review request from Open Table, 10 minutes before the table was booked.

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TO
London
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Menu exciting and food did not dissapoint. We both enjoyed the sommelier's choice of wines to go with each course. Looking for another opportunity to come back.

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Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

RUNNING OUT OF FOOD BY THE 3PM SEATING

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TX
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyable Sunday lunch after the exhibition.
Crab cakes were crispy and just spicy enough.
The beef on the bone, carved in the trolley was excellent as usual.
Good selection of cheeses and wines.
Service and wine service excellent.

Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Timmy Thank you for taking the time to write a review and your positive feedback. If you have an opportunity we will appreciate if you also could extend your comments to Tripadvisor

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RH
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Much improved food the last couple of times we've visited. The beef was really very good.

I was a bit concerned that the staff don't directly get the service charge when we checked with them.

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V
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only complain is that there are no lavatories 'dedicated' to the restaurant. we had a wonderful lunch but to spend 160 pounds and then go and queue in the somewhat less than elegant public lavatory down the corridor did rather take the edge off. Other than that wonderful and I will be back!

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SW
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The service left a lot to be desired. Maybe the person was just having a bad day? Always like to give benefit of the doubt. Long wait for food and wine, wine poured unevenly in two separate glasses. However, the Manager (Martin) was outstanding. He listened to our thoughts and was extremely apologetic. His entire character and professional nature would make me return. A well trained, emotionally intelligent man.

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Responded on 8 April 2019

Dear Sharon thank you for speaking with me on Saturday. I look forward to seeing you both again soon. Best Wishes Matthew

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LH
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Disappointing overall both I. Terms of choice, quality and value.

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p
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming and efficient staff, a lovely room and delicious food make for the beginnings of a delightful afternoon.

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FG
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent although I would have liked the fat on my lamb to be cooked and browned more (my personal preference). The wine list was extensive.

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M
London
8 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is a very attractive setting in which to have lunch whilst visiting Tate Britain. It is clearly popular so I’d say booking is essential. The staff were efficient initially but got caught up in taking on increasing numbers of covers as lunchtime progressed. It is expensive but the food is seasonal and flavoursome. The wine list is extensive- the English sparkling wine was delicious. Great as a treat.

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GM
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expensive but excellent food wine and service. Very good feel.

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HW
London
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The overall experience was one that we shall repeat when the opportunity arises. While the food and service was very good, it is the mural that makes the Rex Whistler truly unique.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedding anniversary

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AR
London
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Enjoyed a relaxed visit before going to exhibition. Order promptly taken and food soon arrived, had to attract attention of staff during meal who were extremely busy. All questions efficiently answered. Food good, portions not large. Wine list excellent.

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TB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, and great wine list. Service OK. Full restaurant when we were there, so noise levels quite high but acceptable. Overall a quality experience. Four of us at our table. Two hours went very quickly. Civilised

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J
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice food and nice place to relax after walking round the exhibition

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H
London
10 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable Sunday lunch for six on Mothers’ Day. The beef from the trolley was devoured greedily by the meat eaters, I had the lemon sole- fresh and good- and the vegetarians loved the cauliflower steak- everybody happy.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

Vegetarian main option was flavourless and extremely overpriced.

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremly good service,food and venue.Marvellous combination of flavours in all dishes.

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FW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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Savannah
16 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and ambience were excellent as ever, surprisingly the service was a bit confused but the wines and the suggestions of Gustavo made the visit.

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KH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, wonderful choice of food. Impressive dining room.
Very nice staff.
It’s a destination I would return to.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Expensive for what is offered. Piquant crab perfectly acceptable but Swaledale lamb was tough and strangely pink all the way through.

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SE
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love this place as have always been treated to a meal on my birthday by my late partner combined with the opening of a great exhibition. Sadly the vegetarian option was not appreciated and there was no other choice . The main course was a bit pricey for what it was but the deserts ,wine and service made up for it ,they were superb . Great for a treat .

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GH
London
27 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a beautiful venue with a very well considered menu, together with wine pairings. The service is impeccable and I can't recommend it highly enough. Request a table against the wall if you want a banquette.

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