The Wolseley

4.4
3295 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 11:30–14:45
Sat, Sun 11:30–15:00
Afternoon Tea
Mon–Fri 15:00–18:00
Sat, Sun 15:30–18:00
Dinner
Mon–Sat 17:30–23:30
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.
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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 3295 People Are Saying
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C
London
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was attentive. Food is always good. We eat here at least once every time we are in London.

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JF
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location by the Ritz Hotel London and the great shopping areas. The fish is always fresh and delicious, and they also have wonderful chicken and beef entrees. I always eat lunch here when I’m in London and am never disappointed.

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DM
London
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our visit,food good,service great,people watching ideal,value for money ?

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good and we were lucky with a great table. Very overpriced and service was ok. Have had better experiences elsewhere in London.

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DG
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Overpriced wine menu, lots of staff but only one who knew what service was. Left alone and overlooked most of the evening. £300 for dinner for two with a bistro/brasserie menu, nice bit for the price was expecting something special. Underwealmed by the whole costly experience

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K
London
41 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Vibe. Love the food choice. Anything from a snack to a steak. Had half lobster which had a good flavour although slightly overcooked and chewy. Lovely crispy hot chips. Would absolutely recommend have been going back for years. Very stylish and buzzy atmosphere.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous setting that is very olde world. A touch of how service used to be, we were made to feel special. The menu is a little old fashioned but I guess that is the appeal. It was for a birthday dinner so it suited a special occasion. Our wait staff were fabulous and very attentive. I would recommend for the experience more than the menu.

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MD
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

I have been many times to the Wolseley and was very pleased. However this time I was very disappointed with the organization (not the waiters service). Even though we had a booking we had to wait 35min to be sitted not even in the main room but in the small bar room. Once we had order the food we had to wait another 40minutes. The management needs to go back on track.

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E
London
95 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A luxurious setting for a restaurant with a simple menu. Service and table settings were impeccable. Had the daily dish which was goulash with herb dumplings. They bring it out is a copper saucepan and then pour it onto your plate. Lovely textured meat and really filling dumplings! As always, don't overload with the bread beforehand!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was not great. Atmosphere as always—wonderful.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had lunch in The Wolseley with two friends to celebrate a 75th birthday , I had mentioned this when booking . My friend was delighted when 3 macaroons with a Happy Birthday plaque arrived with our
coffee .

A very enjoyable lunch , very busy but we were no unduly rushed even after two hours .

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EF
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for Breakfast! Lovely place! One of the greatest I had in London.

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HG
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely superb as always.
Food excellent. Ambiance perfect.
Service could not be better and excellent value for money

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J
London
10 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very traditional British restaurant with wonderful food and sevice!

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T
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the buzz in the Wolseley, its a fantastic building with great staff and food. You can spend £20 or £200 on dinner it's up to you and quality all the way

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LO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Our food was delicious and the dining room was gorgeous. Service was a little slow towards the end of our meal. Not surprising for a London establishment but I expected more from The Wolseley wait staff. But we'll definitely be back.

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CT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

On arrival even though I had booked a table We had to queue behind Customers’ whom had dropped in to see if there was a table available which took quite a few minutes.
We were welcomed very nicely and seated up in the balcony which was fabulous.
The waiter who seated us and took the drinks order was great.
The only issue was that my Son’s brunch was spoilt with burnt muffins underneath the Eggs and hollandaise. He only realised when he’d taken a mouthful - it was charred and they did replace it but by then we had finished our brunch!

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner at the Wolseley. My husband and I are on vacation in London (we're from San Francisco), and decided to have an early anniversary dinner at a classy restaurant. This place did not disappoint, it's stunning inside and the service was excellent (Thank you Moussa!). We shared the scallops and endive salad to start. The star of the meal was my pork chop and my husband had the peppercorn filet (so tender). To top it off, they wrote "Happy Anniversary" on our dessert. Excellent range of wines by the glass available. I'll definitely be back when I'm in town.

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LL
London
14 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed dinner at the Wolseley on Sunday evening. The service was excellent - friendly and helpful but unobtrusive. Our waiter was very helpful with the wine list and guided us to an excellent choice allowing us to taste several of the wines. The menu covers many tastes with a focus on comfort food. I had escargot and coq au vin - both served just as they should be. The room is dramatic but small enough to feel intimate with the buzz of an interesting and varied crowd. I'll go back anytime!

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L
London
26 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good space to meet friends

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VG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Staff were very attentive the food was ok but very disappointed to spend £25.00 on a Sunday roast when the roast potatoes were reheated and very watery!!!

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L
London
37 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. Sandwiches scones and cakes very fresh. Offer of extra sandwiches , felt like very good value for a beautiful restaurant Like the wolsley

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Unfortunately did not get the table we asked for / put in the notes at time of booking

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MG
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We experienced a lovely afternoon tea. All of the food was delicious especially the chicken sandwiches.
Service was very good, it was a great time.

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MF
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Great afternoon tea as expected, excellent sandwiches, cakes and tea . Unfortunately the service was patchy. Friendly and charming staff but we had up to 4 different waiters at separate points and so no- one looking for the timely offers of top ups that provide at least half the value. £30 per head is a lot of money for a sandwich and cakes but I’m always happy to pay those prices if the service is there without needing a prompt.

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s
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea at the Wolseley was wonderful. Excellent service and a special room, but not too stuffy. Sandwiches were yummy, tiny fancy desserts were yummy, but the scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserves were simply heaven. It was a great experience!

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L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Arguably this is an “institution” however the food is unremarkable (and expensive for what it is), the service is superficial (and a little patronising) and worst of all, they have a 2hr table turning policy which they only told us at the end our meal. Despite this, the place seems to be full everytime I go there. Completely over-hyped

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TZ
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Chilled tomato soup - incredibly tasty . Scallops - divine. Portuguese tart - had to defend it from co-diner (but I did sample her crumble which passed muster!). Usual high standard. If I have to delve deep for a complaint the one of waiters could’ve cracked a smile at some point but nice he takes his work seriously 😉

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LW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I was in town for a business meeting and this restaurant was recommended, the food was amazing. Everyone at the table simply enjoyed their food. The atmosphere was lively and energetic.

I will definitely try again on my next visit to London.

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A
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A stunning salon, great food and a very well selected wine list, plus attentive service makes The Wolseley an instant favorite during my visits to London

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a great experience with my partner!
Only thing that they don’t do is a candle for birthdays otherwise, service and everything was amazing!

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for breakfast, make sure you book a table!
The eggs are outstanding

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The scone and the tea sets were not bad, but the first port of tea was warm, even could not make the tea well.
The service was below average, as waiters were teasing and laughing at each other loudly and always.
I’m quite curious about where so many 5-stars came from.

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P
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The problem was that we ordered our main course and then desert at the same time as the desert took 30 odd minutes to prepare-schmarn- but when we came to the end of our main course we were told that the order for desert had been overlooked. Unnacceptabe. We could have been offered something off the bill but were not. Therefore I did not leave a tip.

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TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

A bit noisy for afternoon tea - lovely room and location

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FC
London
17 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always, a solid experience. The tea sandwiches are getting a bit unimaginative and tired but the food is always good, the servers attentive, and the atmosphere exciting. A fine, if pricey, restaurant.

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DY
Hong Kong
29 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Services... I have been here for lots of time. However this time is .... just avoid the British waitress then everything is almost perfect. Can’t believe how she act to serve a table. May be we look like Chinese.... food are quite ok

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MF
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I booked this restaurant because it was my mother's birthday
The food was delicious but expensive for a small portion also the drink menu was also pretty extensive.
However, I would recommend this restaurant. The service was very good. Our waiter was so amazing and helpful. He even helped me to crack the lobster that I ordered

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed dinner here catching up with a friend. Excellent service and very reasonable steak! Definitely coming back to try the breakfast.

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K
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall we had a most enjoyable dinner and will certainly retain it on our list.

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