The Wolseley

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3705 reviews
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£26 to £40
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European

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Afternoon Tea
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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d
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Lovely dining room - and that’s what you pay for. Food was fine. However upon getting the bill discovered we’d been charged almost double for the bottle of wine we ordered. No apologies when they handed us back the new bill. So make sure you check yours!

S
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently outstanding service, ambience and food

OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Awkward 20 minute wait for table to be ready - clearly trying to pack in too many people!

SI
London
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful room, attentive staff & great menu. It is quite noisy in the restaurant - ideal for a lively lunch/dinner. Would definitely recommend & will return.

DQ
London
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I arrange this lunch for my two best friends who were both 60 years old this year
I asked for a balcony table,which the Woolsley very kindly arranged they also arranged a beautiful written biscuit for my friends .
It had on it ,their names and birthday greeting .
Our servers were outstanding ,we were not rushed to finish our meals the food was delicious.
We were also given a selection of mini cakes.

OT
London
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Breakfast service excellent. Food was served promptly, and we were not rushed with our dining. We will definitely be returning to dine again.

c
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING SERVICE!
I cannot get over how wonderful everyone was.
I emailed them separately as it was my mums bday and they went above and beyond.
Incredible food and team- would recommend to anyone! Such reasonable value as well!

GR
London
9 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous lunch, love the Wolseley experience. Never disappoints.

n
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A charming evening started in the bar. Delicious light food. Great atmosphere. Very chic

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comida muy agradable: todo delicioso y el servicio excelente.

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A
London
13 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was excellent and staffs very helpful.My Avocado bruschetta was excellent but my nephew had Full English breakfast and the whole thing was dry and overcooked
But all in all it was a nice occasion

h
Aberdeen
11 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, excellent service and a great atmosphere.
Not cheap, but worth the money spent

A
London
41 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a favourite. We booked at very short notice, managed to get a table but had to wait for 20 mins because the table wasn't available. Great service and lovely food.

PJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

So disappointed to see the service go downhill this badly. First time we came on a Sunday and we’ll never do it again: long waits for tables with no appropriate space to fit everyone waiting. Also booked for afternoon tea as per permitted by website and were then told we couldn’t have it for another hour. Waiters are rude and point at you when taking the order (“for her?”) - awful manners. And to top it all off, started clearing up plates before the whole table finished. The quality of the food and the beautiful room are the saving grace...

n
London
9 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food and ambiance is lovely. The service was just OK. The timing for the food to come out was impossibly slow.

l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience5

My waiter was terrible. It took forever to order food, forever to receive food and the waiter was never around for me to order more coffee, tea or the check. In addition, when I requested water, I was brought and charged for a bottle of still water that tasted like it was refilled from the sink. (I can taste the difference). The food was good, perhaps even very good but I won't return due to the terrible service.

M
Mexico City
9 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deliciosa comida inglesa. Servicio excelente ya que preguntaron si íbamos al teatro para organizar los alimentos y los tiempos.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their burger is excellent

p
London
37 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience4

I must have chosen poorly. My escargot were merely tepid and My Schnitzel was very salty. My companion loved his lunch.

MH
Berlin
10 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Decent food and lovely European atmosphere, but the service could use some improvement. Can be slow and inattentive.

AM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

After dining at the Wolseley a number of times, I thought bringing my out of town guests here for brunch would be an easy option for great food and service -- I was so incredibly wrong!! I made the booking way in advance, showed up perfectly on time, greeted by the host and taken to our table to then sit there and wait for almost 20 minutes before anyone made any kind of acknowledgement of us. As I could see many of the servers chatting off to the side and walking right by us numerous times, I assumed there was a simple misunderstanding as maybe we were overlooked. No problem - it happens, so I nicely flagged someone who seemed to be the manager and very politely asked if we could place our order. He seemed VERY annoyed that I was asking for help and flippantly took our order. As the Wolseley is long famed for their Eggs Benedict, it was the primary reason we came. When we asked for our eggs to be cooked very soft, the gentleman taking the order said they can't control the way the eggs come out. I politely asked if he could make a note anyway. Our drinks came out much later, our water glasses were never refilled, our food was dropped quickly and after we cut into our eggs, one had them perfectly soft but the other two orders were so hard they would've bounced of the floor. Once again going with the "kill them with kindness" mentality, I flagged down the same manager and simply asked for soft eggs (pointing to the one order that was perfect -- and clearly possible to make). HE ROLLED HIS EYES AT US saying he "can't control the chef" -- but that he would ask him to try to get softer ones. At this point, I was absolutely mortified and thought about paying and leaving just to get out of the horrible situation. A short time later, he brought out the dishes which were much better the second time around. After the meal we paid and left without so much as receiving any kind thanks. It was truly one of the snobbiest, rudest dining experiences of my life. So disappointed.

D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Went for Sunday roast during a recent trip to London - unfortunately, by the time of our reservation at 6pm, they had sold out of Sunday roast! So disappointed - had come highly recommended by two London-based colleagues.

NM
London
28 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service excellent. Pricey. Love the venue and would go again, one of my favourites.

E
London
10 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us had Sunday lunch. It’s a regular birthday treat for each of us.
The Bloody Marys are incredible.
I had John Dory fillets. Incredible.
Too full for a big dessert so I had a simple afogato.
Prices have gone up, but it’s still a great place to eat.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service worth every sec

JP
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully executed restaurant with lovely staff great coq o van

ML
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The waiters are not patient and enthusiastic enough. We are foreigners here , so maybe not skill enough to know exactly about the dishes. I think the restaurant may serve a menu with pictures will be more helpful for the foreigners.

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable and incredibly gracious service. The setting is over-the-top elegant but with none of the pretentiousness one might expect. And the scones are to die for!

W
London
55 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

English breakfast amazing, the pancakes looked amazing but didn’t taste fluffy, more dense.

IR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much for another outstanding dining experience at one of our most favourite restaurants in London!
We are returning guests and will definitely come back next time!!!We loved the service, ambience and food and - our table , overlooking the entrance hall and full Wolseley setting!!!What.A.Great.Evening.To.Celebrate.A.special.Anniversary!!!!See you next time!
Ingrid ROOSEN-TRINKS

L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Called up 2 hours before to get my favourite seat and when arrived was pleasantly surprised that they were able to accommodate me. Service, staff and food was impeccable as always. Reason for 4 stars and not 5 was for the peep show I received from a fellow diner who though it acceptable to sit there with her shirt unbuttoned for everyone to see. Not what I would expect whilst having my lunch nor in this establishment.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice environment and delicious breakfast!

b
London
12 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

A normally reliable (for us) venue just scrapes a four star review this time...could so easily have been a three (saved by the architecture). A mid-week dinner with friends was a fairly mediocre culinary experience and the service was rushed and rather disdainful.

Disappointing slip in standards (our last visit had been outstanding). Hopefully it was just an off night because this is one of our favourites in London.

SC
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food just ok. Elegant space that is very noisy. They charge you for the table and gratuity despite high food prices. Menu is boring.
Service was very good. People must only go here for the art deco space.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Came with my boyfriend for afternoon tea on our first trip to London- the whole ambiance was a bit stiff, like you were at a business lunch. The service was excellent, but the food was only so-so. We had been planning to go to Fortnum and Mason which just seemed like a more fun and relaxed vibe, but someone mentioned the Wolseley, so we came. Somewhat regretful we did.

m
London
55 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We are regular attenders to The Wolseley and are always very satisfied with our experience however on this occasion the service was inattentive not very friendly and the food...in particular the breakfast pancakes were well below par.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice

SW
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and good value for money for afternoon tea in central London

KS
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful Sunday night roast beef dinner at The Wolseley. Consistently good service and an exceptional decor and setting.

KT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love the classic English breakfast here. Wish there are more selections of fine coffee which will definitely complement the meal.