The Wolseley

4.5
3507 reviews
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£26 to £40
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European
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  • 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.

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

Love the ambiance always buzzy !
Great food and excellent service .
First class!

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

They really look after you and the accoustics in there are amazing. Despite the buzz in the place you can hear your guest. Something to do with the domes above. The food is very good. My sister was very impressed

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F
London
10 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food but the restaurant was busy as usual and the noise levels were high but they normally are. Certainly wouldn't put me off, food makes up for any noise level!

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London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I won't go again, service was shocking, food was average and then they had the nerve to ask us to leave our table at 9.00pm. The waiting staff had very little interest in whether we were being served or actually enjoying the experience. Obviously it's very popular so they don't need to bother. If I'm going to spend that much money I would rather enjoy the experience.

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

Such a pleasure for a birthday breakfast. Staff were accommodating and very welcoming!

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G
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding afternoon tea, would recommend it to anyone looking for an authentic experience. Great gluten free option! And a special birthday surprise :)

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e
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the food as well. Staff couldn't have been more accommodating and the service was fast and courteous. The place is an absolute delight and I could have sat there all morning if I hadn't had to rush off to work - damn!

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SN
London
20 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting my daughter who is studying in London for Sunday lunch. All good as usually and a very good roast beef too

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Quite disappointing....

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H
London
27 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday lunch. The one meal of the week I look forward to and the first time to eat it at The Wolseley. I chose roast beef and it was the softest, tastiest I’ve ever had, anywhere. With a bottle of claret, heaven.

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SG
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Been previously and loved it but this time the service was very slow, had to ask for salt and pepper etc twice! Bacon was in bits and over cooked, the poached eggs were cold and so was the toast. No preserves offered with the toast.

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JG
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place! Food always great and the atmosphere is relaxed with attentive service.

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J
London
15 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always but would have loved another plate of cakes and scones 😋

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I had the afternoon tea. Food was ok. Service was ok. I moved from the main room to the cafe room as it’s just so noisy in there. The cafe room was quieter but the decor, seats, table etc was not that nice. Not befitting their price tag at all.

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent for a birthday brunch - relaxed and beautiful surroundings, courteous and efficient yet very friendly service

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d
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Extremely poor service. Our table was not ready on time and we had to stand around and continuously explain who we were. The tables are all crammed in with little room. We were completely forgotten; waited 35 mins for our afternoon tea and had one pot of tea the whole time we were there. We only got our food because we alerted someone that we had been waiting so long.

Definitely will not return or recommend. There are lots of superior places that have staff that care and are the same price.

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London
16 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and good service

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S
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very busy and tables are close together, however this does add to the ambiance and upbeat mood of the place.

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Brighton
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

If you like greens with your roast this is not the meal for you. However the quality of the meat was delicious and when my partner was less happy with hers the whole meal was swiftly removed from the bill.

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LC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were visiting from California and chose The Wolesley because we had a pleasant meal on our last visit over 2 years ago and was tempted by the Sunday beef lunch. The kitchen chooses to serve it thinly sliced, but it was barely warm, stringy and a huge disappointment. If I had been served this in a restaurant in California I would have complained about it, but as our British relatives were paying and I didn’t want to appear brash, I ate in silence and apologized for my choice of restaurant.

Please forward my comments to the restaurant.

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SM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I have ever eaten in. Spectacular!!

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CL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food and beautiful building. Really enjoyed the lobster and the oysters.

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P
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the GREAT London restaurants. It never fails to delight.

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PB
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The London breakfast institution cruises on perfectly - yet another great experience - my first choice in London for a top breakfast!!

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LW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always. A very good hollandaise made using a good quantity of yolks, lemon juice and cayenne. Great coffee too.

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CK
London
8 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

very well prepared food in a very good location. I would recommend this experience to everyone

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oyster and a fabulous steak!

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AH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very good venue at any time of day.An interesting menue.Friendly and helpful staff

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Reasonably regular diner but service on this day was patchy and food wasn’t wonderful.

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h
London
59 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A nice lunch

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
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 on 9 February 2019
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
9 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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Grand decoration, good pancakes

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the kidneys for breakfast - Divine!

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

Excellent as always

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