The Wolseley

4.5
3474 reviews
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£26 to £40
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European
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  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • 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.

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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.
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London
59 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A nice lunch

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1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

It was just okay. The food wasn’t special enough to warrant the price tag, in my humble opinion. Whilst the service was faultless (I cannot emphasise how great all the waiting staff were), tables are rammed close together meaning anyone being served - or wanting to get up from their table - risk toppling the table to the side of them. For a fine dining institution in such a beautiful locale, the fact that the ambience is dead (no piano, no music, for example) is actually very noticeable. I don’t think I’d recommend this place and was honestly a little disappointed after looking forward to it for so long.

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

Booked Afternoon Tea as a belated Birthday celebration for a friend. Two days before had to amend the booking from four people to five. They managed to do so, albeit with a change of time, which actually was better. Compared to other places in Central London, I think The Wolesley is good value for such quality, would definitely recommend

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L
London
42 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

As always a good atmosphere and food but as got sat in one of the top tables services wasn't it normal high standard. A good lunch was had but not as good as previous times I have been

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CD
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very elegant British setting for breakfast, high tea or just a meal as visitors or with friends. Location is great as it is close to all, Piccadilly Circus, Green Park....
One needs to book in advance.

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London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Grand decoration, good pancakes

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p
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Gorgeous art deco surroundings wrapped around old school stars!

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London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The place was too noisy that like a market,everyone talks loudly and it was hard to enjoy the environment.if it was a small restaurant,it’s ok,but it’s not.the crab was good and fresh,salad with parrots was a little salty.steak was more than medium

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Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent as always

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LL
London
114 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went there after private viewing at Royal academy of arts. Excellent service as one would expect

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NK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my sister’s 50th. We were given a choice of table and looked after very well!

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DP
London
14 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It is a beautiful place but I do feel that it is rather resting on it s reputation. The staff continued to chat to each other as we entered leaving us standing and you always had the feeling that leaving you with a great experience was not their goal as people would still continue to flood through the door. Our waitress was efficient and friendly and the food was okay but having been here several times now I think I would look for somewhere different for breakfast or brunch. That probably sums up our experience.

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London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place! Every time I go - it is buzzing, full of atmosphere. But staff are still on the ball - attentive and quick service. Food fabulous and cocktails and champagne rounded it all of beautifully

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IH
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dish of the day was lovely

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L
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The best black pudding ever. I found the service not as good and attentive as expected. Extra charge for 2 slices of bread (not even a basket) with the most expensive item (full English) on the menu.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food , wonderful , friendly , thoughtful service . It was a wonderful start to a two day London trip and I can’t wait for the next one

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GC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love The Wolseley. A place to feel in the heart of things and the smoked salmon is second to none!

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MH
London
23 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Breakfast at the Wolseley should be a relatively easy thing to execute to a good standard. The food was good but the service could have been more slick. Simple things like filter coffee took a while to arrive and had to be chased once.

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C
London
12 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Got sat at table on the side of the dining room and staff seemed to forget us!

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S
London
8 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely early evening meal on Saturday after the theatre. We were shown to the bar as we were a little early for our table. We did have to ask if our table was ready and we were shown to it about 15 mins late but that was ok. The service was very good and friendly , the food really nice. I had the Saturday special,Chicken Kiev which was a generous portion on a bed of delicious mushrooms. My friend had the Coq au Vin which was also really good and again a large portion. Our other friends had the salmon and the Schnitzel, they were super impressed.
Our only complaint was that it was very cold in the restaurant area , which spoiled it somewhat.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best eggs Benedict in the entire World. I recommend them insistently.

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London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was very slow and lacking any personal touch. Food was overpriced for what it was. Shame as I’d been expecting a lot more. Much better off going to the Ivy. Same sort of thing but much better food, service, and value for money.

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b
Kent
25 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here. Beautiful building, delicious food and perfect service.

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C
London
12 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming here for the past couple of years and the service is brilliant every time. This is now the destination I choose whenever I have friends or family visiting London. They now have one at Bicester Village which is a real treat! The breakfast menu is the best (in my opinion) but lunch is also great.

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PG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place for Brunch. Kedgeree really good. Service efficient.

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SL
New York Area
316 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had lunch at The Wolseley the other day with a friend and it's our "go to" place. Middle distance between us, good service, good food and a buzzy atmosphere. What more could we want! Can't wait to go back.

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CC
London
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always excellent service. It was a special occasion and the waiters really made sure we were taken care of. The setting is amazing. One of those rare places that works no matter the mix of clientele.

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London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is our second visit to Wolseley. We had eggs ben, avocado on focaccia and porridge. The food and the service were very good. I love the decor ; the high ceilings, marbles , columns and ceiling lights. They always remind me of a “grand cafe “

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SP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great lunch and as always the desserts were fabulous. Whole meal was lovely and everyone enjoyed their choices.

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B
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Une bonne brasserie/ rien de plus

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a
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick and easy. Excellent kippers! Would come back again.

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MJ
London
26 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A London Institution that never fails

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EH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can’t go wrong here. My favourite place. Must book!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good vibe, the food is well executed, the menu is that of a French Brasserie, location and decor are outstanding. The wine list could be a bit more interesting, with a little research effort.

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m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely lunch, food was really good. Big portions. Would definitely recommend

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London
9 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea was a hit for my guests. But I’m Cornish raised and me thinks that clotted cream was curiously fluffy and white, and the cakes in general were a waste and the money would have been better spent on some takeaways from Fortnums next door. All said though, the ambience, the light, the buzz, its a magical place, and I felt lucky to experience it all.

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JT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

An institution, and the staff are great. Food (afternoon tea) not as good as it could be or in other places but edible and complimentary re-fills.

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C
London
12 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Smart but relaxed ambience, good service and excellent food

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N
London
13 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

One word: disappointing.

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T
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a beautiful space. Can get a little loud, though

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