The Wolseley

4.5
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3719 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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L
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely champagne cocktails and service

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely experience and great food.

OT
London
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Service is attentive but not rushed. Food was delicious. Recommended.

s
London
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

KB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Not such great service and food not as good as usual

AB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Brunch at the Wolsey midweek, we both had the cheese, potato frittata with courgettes. The dish was disappointing. It was definitely not cooked to order but reheated, as it was overly hot, the texture was rubbery and it tasted bland and overly greasy. Plane breakfast food came to mind. The side salad of dressed leaves contained a trio of thin mandolin slices of grilled courgette. I think I expected a lot more from the name and reputation of this place, perhaps this is just a tourist trap now. The dining room is packed, so there were a lot of people seemingly happy to accept mediocre food at high prices or maybe I chose the wrong dish? It’s noisy with all hard surfaces and high ceilings. First impressions, the front glass doors are smeary. The black pepper mill empty, yawn. Too many waiting staff milling about who barge into you without looking too. Best moment, the coffee was delicious, a large beautiful silver pot of perfect black coffee. Not enough sadly for me to try again. I’m on the lookout for a better brunch stop in Green Park.

OT
Munich
4 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine list

JL
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place for breakfast the food is fantastic would recommend a visit the ambience is lovely I visit every time I’m in London

JL
London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Loads of fun. Loved the wolseley. A classic. Great steak.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Should not have run out of Sunday roast by 8pm on Sunday.

JB
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Son’s birthday

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent service and very attentive staff

OT
London
14 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, delicious food and attentive service. Well worth the money. Recommended.

d
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
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
5 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently outstanding service, ambience and food

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

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

SI
London
32 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
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.

y
London
20 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had a early dinner at The Wolesley .The maitre d’ asked us if we were going on to a show and said that he would get us served in plenty of time when we said that we were. Service was very slick and efficient. Even though it was only 5.30pm the place was busy. My husband opted for the liver and bacon and I chose the Weinersnitchel. My husband enjoyed his meal but I have to say my snitchel wasn’t the best, I found it to be quite chewy. This was our second visit as we had a generous voucher that we had to spend both times and still have some money left on it but would I visit again when I have to pay myself, probably not. For the money it costs, I would choose to eat somewhere different. There are other places in London that charge less and have better food. It wasn’t awful, just average.

DQ
London
9 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
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
14 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
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
11 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
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully executed restaurant with lovely staff great coq o van