The Wolseley

4.5
3370 reviews
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£26 to £40
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European
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Brunch
Combining British heritage with European grandeur, The Wolseley is an all-day café-restaurant on London’s iconic Piccadilly. Renowned for its spectacular interior, immaculately presented classic food and seamless service, it is open from early until late, seven days a week.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
European, Afternoon Tea
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 07:00–11:00
Sat, Sun 08:00–11:00
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30–14:30
Sat, Sun 11:30–15:00
Afternoon Tea
Mon–Fri 15:00–18:00
Sat 15:30–17:00
Sun 15:30–18:00
Dinner
Mon–Fri 17:30–23:00
Sat, Sun 17:30–22:30
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Phone number
020 7499 6996
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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
Mac Exec
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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. pdr@thewolseley.com
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Private Party Contact
Michelle Chillingworth: 020 7659 9302
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Public Transit
Green Park Underground
Piccadilly Circus Underground
Additional
Cafe, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.5

As far as classic, good-for-everything establishments go, it’s hard to beat the Wolseley. The breakfasts here are an essential London experience.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 3370 People Are Saying
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SG
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A regular haunt....still amazing.....great food,great atmosphere,great service!

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M
London
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Es gab anfangs eine Verwirrung mit der Reservierung, so dass wir aufgrund der Rückgabezeit des Tisches fälschlicherweise keinen Nachtisch mehr bestellen DURFTEN! Hat sich am Ende aber aufgeklärt und das Restaurant hat zuvorkommend reagiert und den Nachtisch nicht berechnet. Nicht unser erster und mit
Sicherheit auch nicht unser letzter Besuch im The Wolseley.

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l
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Lovely room - poor service - mediocre food.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We were given the table 40 minutes after de actual reservation

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r
London
12 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As usual the food in The Wolseley was faultless. I am afraid I am a creature of habit and always get the kedgeree here as it is gorgeous and rare to find on a breakfast menu.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the restaurant!

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Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal
Oysters followed by calves liver and bacon.... my absolute favourite and it was cooked perfectly
Highly recommended

Love this busy bustling restaurant

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AK
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Poo service, forgot to bring our teas/ coffees for a while, hot breakfast order of eggs and toast was cold and took very long to arrive

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MB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Impressive dining room, attentive service and high standard of food - worth the expense for the location and ambiance: even better if someone else is paying!

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MS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

The buzz was as ever great. The service was terrible, coffee practically thrown on the table and we waited almost 30 mins for our bill.

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PS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite restaurant great service great food great ambience

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Disappointed with the extremely slow service. We had to wait 25 minutes after the starters for our mains! We had to ask twice for a dish we ordered as they forgot to bring it to the table. The food was good, no cloakroom - Wolseley, you are an all time classic but that doesn’t mean you have to lower your standards

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KC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great architecture and atmosphere as well as excellent food and service

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great venue for a business or social breakfast. V efficient service. Vibrant atmosphere without being too noisy.

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W
London
10 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a great place to visit. Lively atmosphere combined with good food and classy service. I return regularly

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NO
London
39 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Were informed that pudding was not possible as they needed the table back - this was at 15.20 - we had arrived for lunch at 14:00! The bill was £169.28 and was timed 15.23 - i.e. £2 per minute of our stay.

Food was ok, steak tasted good but looked like the sole of an old boot when it arrived. Service was passable - forgot to bring the wine.

We were not informed of the time limit on the table. Will ask in future if there is a return visit. Certainly did not feel like a treat.

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IG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything about The Wolseley is perfect. Great food, great atmosphere, great service.

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Z
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Considering we have heard really great things about this place, we were disappointed. The service was appalling and not what you expect from this sort of restaurant. It was very crowded and they couldn't wait for you to leave.

The food was average - nothing outstanding.

Going back to the service - the staff hardly spoke and really did not look that interested. For the cost there are much nicer places to go.

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New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband & I loved it here. The staff at the bar & the table were very pleasant and helpful. The restaurant itself is stunning and the food will not disappoint!!! Definitely worth a visit.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, great food, outstanding atmosphere

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CM
London
8 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Although we had a short wait for our table and had nowhere to sit whilst waiting (my mother is over 80), once we were seated we were looked after exceptionally well. The food was lovely, as was the wine. And the location and ambience were ideal for us.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Brunch was busy so service was slow but the food was great and

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LC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The wait staff were not engaging. They seemed to operate like robots with no personality. Great venue, however the people let us down. The food was good, but not out of this world. Despite everything we enjoyed our time at The Wolseley.

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l
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch at the Wolsley was a high point of our trip to London

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JH
London
7 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant that we are never anything but happy when we come out

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NR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very atmospheric place with a broad menu, great wine list and reliably good food.

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CA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good as almost always. Drinks service still somewhat slow and unresponsive but not disastrous. Food well cooked flavoursome and we’ll presented.
Staff seem to hardly ever smile! Is there someone behind the scenes shouting at them?

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B
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit here and didn’t disappoint! Service was great and the food was fabulous. Relaxed atmosphere but with a high end environment- I will be back

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LL
London
80 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Breakfast at the Wolseley is always a great experience. The food is excellent as is the service.

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DS
Warwickshire
5 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We were a group of three. The restaurants approach was to add an extra chair to a table for two which resulted in the table being cluttered. The chair was in the main thoroughfare which was also far from ideal. Some staff were intrusive, interrupting conversations and leaning over diners to clear plates rather than going around them. We felt rushed. Twice half finished drinks were whisked off the table. This all spoilt the evening which was a shame as the food itself was generally well cooked.

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F
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant - Good service - Nothing to add to that.

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OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great ambience and a nice experience.

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good fruit crumble but old crowd with no prospects for date :)

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Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great experience for a typical british tea time! Reservation recommended.

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VT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely delightful, time after time.
Food,ambience and people all combine to make it vibrant, fun and a great evening out.

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L
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

My biggest problem with the restaurant was that after two hours they asked my two clients and me to leave the table and finish in the tea room. We were eating and drinking and spending money the whole time too. Not cool.

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CH
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful, very classy. Service is good. We are sitted in time. I just feel that the pricing and the food quality is quite disappointing, did not have a wow experience with the food.

We order the Steak for two. We did not notice that it was priced per person (my fault). I wished the server had confirmed with us that the price is double what was printed on the menu. The fries and mushroom that came with the steak are delicious, but the steak has tough tendons that makes the meat hard to eat. I am quite disappointed.

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S
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quite loud, nice ambience, breakfast was quite good. Near Buckingham Palace, the Ritz, and Green Station. I would come again. the pancakes were delicious.

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CG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely experience, as usual. The only issue was that the white wine was initially not cold enough. Twenty minutes in the tableside ice bucket solved the problem.

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RM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Good food, and great atmosphere, but patchy service - waited 30 minutes for our main course plates to be cleared

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