Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain
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
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.View Private Dining Details
Live Jazz & lunch
Enjoy live Jazz alongside a seasonally inspired menu.
Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.
Valid For: 1 - 8 people
Starts: 4 July 2019
Ends: 30 September 2019
Availability: Sat 11:30-15:30
See availability for 1,000 point tables
Sun 12:00PM - 12:00PM 3:00PM - 3:15PM
Mon - Sat 11:30AM - 12:00PM 3:00PM - 3:15PM
I love this restaurant. It isn’t cheap, but the food is exquisite. When full, it can be rather noisy but the experience is special.
We always have lunch here when visiting the Tate. The Whistler is an excellent restaurant.
Pluses , the weather was good, we ate outside. Service was good, I enjoyed my glass of Nyetimber, which I had been wanting to try for some time.
Minuses, the food was not of the standard that I would expect at the prices charged. I left half of my steak tartare due to the overuse of fresh chilli, the waiter told the chef, then the waiter told me that the chef said that he had “ overdone the chilli”. I was not charged for the second bottle of water as a consolation, however, I only ate half my serving of steak tartare, which cost £16. for a first course portion.
My classic recipe for steak tartare includes 3 drops of Tabasco only, fresh chilli is not used, also it includes a raw egg in the mix; I understand that a raw egg might not be suitable these days however, a soft poached egg, served cold would be a good replacement. I was served an egg yolk, firmly cooked. I doubt that I would book the Whistler restaurant again, a shame because I have happy memories of it from many years ago.
The Rex Whistler is such a treat. The food was fantastic; we went for Sunday lunch and superb food and inspired wine choices. As ever, the team were charming and knowledgeable. I'd recommend it to everyone as long as that means I can still get in.
Service attentive, but not intrusive. Food enjoyable and good portions so meal good value. The paintings in the restaurant make it an unique place to eat and on the day there the atmosphere was friendly, too. An ideal place to go after visiting an exhibition. The only drawback is the closeness of some tables, but this is outweighed by the overall high quality of the visit.
Lunch with daughter visiting from Cambridge, who is vegan. Good choice of starters and mains (we were too full for a pudding, though my husband chose cheese) including vegan options in both. All delicious, especially a starter salad which was quite exceptional and that is rare for a salad! Generously served and accompanied by a half-bottle of vegan white wine from a special vegan wine list (a first for me!) The Whistler Room is always a delight and was very quiet and peaceful - strangely, at a Saturday lunchtime. Only gripe: choice of cheese was rather meagre and hadn't been refreshed - presumably, since the day before. Could do with a wider and more original choice of soft cheeses, other than goat's. Otherwise - exemplary! All that and a wonderful art gallery too!
Fantastic atmospheric restaurant with great food with even better wine. We were looked after by Matthew Randall who was both knowledgeable and passionate about the wine which made for an excellent lunch. Thank you to him and the team as they are doing a great job.
Good selection of dishes. Properly cooked and tasty, although both diners who had the Halibut thought it was too salty. The cheapest bottle of white wine, although very acceptable was £24. Bread portion tiny and should have coincided with the crab starter.
The food was outstanding and the service was attentive.
Service was prompt and attentive; the food was very good and portions well judged.
Dear NicholasH Thank you for sharing your enjoyable lunch moments you had in our Rex Whistler restaurant early this month. We look forward to have back soon in time. Kind regards, Altina.
The food was delicious and we enjoyed the helpful, professional and friendly service. It was particularly good to eat outdoors with gentle background music from the trio.
The food, service and the music were all exceptional - I can’t wait for my next visit
Very expensive. Food lovely but very small portions. Service very poor. Shame as a lovely location.
We had a very nice meal sat outside on a lovely day. You can hear the road but it was still nice to be in the gardens. My only small issue with the food was that the preserved lemon pieces in my starter salad were very very salty. So I had to fish them out. Gluten free was very well catered for. My halibut was excellent.
The rabbit terrine starter and the lamb to follow were very much enjoyed by my sister. An enjoyable visit and I hope to return.
I haven’t been here since I left London 11 years ago, when I would visit regularly with me mates not just for the good food or the excellent wine list but also for the service (after a walk round the daubs of course 😂) .....Nothing’s changed food, wine and service still bang on. The lamb was so succulent the skin was crispy and the fat had not been rendered out. The wine I chose with this was perfect
I love the Whistler it has been my favourite for years but things seem to be slipping.
My £14 starter comprised a teaspoon of crab, in something like mayonaise also with shredded vegetable
The previous week in another good restaurant I had a whole crab for the same.
The main course os a Barsley chop was generous but the addition of two anchovy fillets seemed poinless.
The pudding ( mango and coconut was delicious.
One of the real attractions of the restaurant has been the wine list.
This seems to have diminished and the set wine suggestions a real mistake.
Please go back to how it was.
Big, rather noisy dining room. Great for couples as wine list has a decent number of
well priced half bottles.
Exceptional food, creative menu, delicious wine. Definitely a treat/ special occasion as not cheap, but you get what you pay for in terms of quality.
Dear CazP, Thank you for choosing and dining on your special occasion with us and for the lovely feedback. Reading your comments makes us very proud as team of what we do and who we are as Rex Whistler restaurant. We hope to welcoming you soon. Kind regards, Altina.
While some of the food tasted nice much of it wasn't cooked well. Hard raw cubes of potato in the green pea and squid risotto. Side dish of potatoes heavily oversalted, almost inedible. Should've sent back. Very plain - no butter, parsley or mint. Bones in my fillet of halibut. Rabbit pate not seasoned. Tiny dessert with squirts of stuff too small to taste. Not good value for a lot of money.
Lovely surroundings - excellent wine list - service a bit patchy - a shame in what was otherwise a delightful lunch.
My husband and I had an excellent anniversary lunch at the Whistler restaurant. The food was perfect for a light lunch although the menu included heavier items. The sommelier selection of white wine was delicious.
Dear CarolF, Thank you for joining us on your anniversary lunch and for you delights feedback. Of course we will share your comments with the rest of the team. We'd really appreciate it if you could share these same comments on the TripAdvisor Rex Whistler page in your own time. We look forward seeing you back soon. Kind regards, Altina.
Fabulous food now matches stellar wines 😁
Fabulous from the first bite (and sip) to the last.
Excellent lunch with superb service. Not too sure about the drinks prices, but overall, a great experience. Would do it again!
A relaxing meal before we saw the Van Gogh exhibition. Food was very good although on the menu the haddock said it came with squid. The sauce was squid flavoured so the description was misleading. Having said this the dish was very good.
Sunday roast is yummy 😋
I will definitely come back!
Wonderful for that special lunch. Roast beef like my mother makes 👍
After knowing about this restaurant for 40 years I finally had lunch there. The mural by Whistler is impressive. Food is imaginative and good quality, beautiful presented as well. Staff are friendly and efficient and not too intrusive NOR too slow - just right.
The drinks were reasonably priced.
A lovely meal to celebrate a birthday. Wonderful room, great food and lovely service. Wine list is interesting and we found some very good wines, though would be nice to have a few more in the low £30s or below. Would definitely recommend it - in fact we already have.
Attractive food imaginatively presented, albeit from a limited menu. I have not been for years but would go again when visiting the Tate.
Had such a nice meal in nice surroundings. The wine pairing was spot on. The meal was tasty and a work of art in itself. The portion size was perfect for me but some may find it too small. If you like olives I recommend the sorbet with the carrot cake. It sounds strange but it was delicious. I have to say this meal made our visit to Tate Britain even more special.
Cauliflower spinach delicious!
Rather expensive but very tasty.
Amazing food, wonderfully attentive service, a fantastic meal!
An outstanding Restaurant. Superb food, nice ambience. A perfect accompaniment for The Van Gogh exhibition! Will definitely visit again!
Having lunch at the restaurant in the Tate is always a delight. Although a bit pricey, the ambiance alone is worth the visit. My lamb luncheon was beautifully presented and cooked perfectly. Sitting and admiring the Whistler mural is always enjoyable and I like to use the quiet atmosphere as a chance to chill out from the noise and hubbub of London.
Dear gotboxr, Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. We are very happy you enjoyed the lunch and the Rex Whistler atmosphere was very pleasant to go with your meal. We would much appreciate it if you could share the same thoughts on TripAdvisor Rex page. Hopefully we will see you back soon. Kind regards, Altina.
We were impressed by the food, the colours, flavours, and presentation as well as providing food that was very healthy. It was good value for money for a restaurant in London I would think. We were told that all the dishes for the main course on that day were gluten free, and only one dessert contained gluten. The St Joseph, French red wine was really distinctive. The staff were delightful, not rushing us at any stage.
This was a birthday treat for a friend and was fantastic. Excellent food and service. Amazing venue.
Great very enjoyable and fabulous food
This is my 2nd visit. Rex Whistler is definitely an outstanding restaurant. A hidden gem in London. Well done.
Very warm and welcoming and the staff were very friendly. We thought the food choices, particularly the starters, was a bit limiting especially if you are not a fish eater. Overall the quality of the food was excellent. The staffing levels looked a little tight as we had to wait quite a while in few occasions to order more drinks. Overall it’s a really nice lunch venue