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Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain
Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain

Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain/eat-drink-and-shop/rex-whistler-restaurant
  • Email: britain.restaurant@tate.org.uk
  • Phone: 0207 887 8825
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch
    Daily 12.00–15.00

    Afternoon tea
    Friday – Saturday 15.30–17.00
    Sunday 16.00–17.00

    A set menu is available during lunch serving hours.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Tate Entertaining - our own Events Catering Company are able to offer events catering in and around London. All types of events catered for including drinks and canapés, lunches & dinners.
  • Private Party Facilities: We are able to accommodate up to 40 guests in the restaurant during service. Outside of regular hours we are able to hire a variety of entertaining venues within the galleries.
  • Private Party Contact: Robin Tolley 0207 887 8824

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Tube: Pimlico, Westminster
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available adjacent to Tate Britain and an NCP Car Park is within 1 mile of the restaurant. Disabled parking is available on request.
A word from Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain
The seasonal menu reflects traditional dishes prominent in each London borough since the early 20th century and will incorporating unique ingredients such as nettles and woodcock. The restaurant is also home of the award winning Tate wine list compiled by Head Sommelier Hamish Anderson. The ethos of the Tate list remains very much as it did when the restaurant opened in 1927 - the list is about excellent value fine wines from all over the world.

The specially commissioned mural which surrounds the restaurant is titled The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats and was finished by Rex Whistler in 1927
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Awards voted by toptable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSunday Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "excellent wine list let down by tiny portions and poorly cooked food."
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "Excellent wine list, the chef knows what he's doing, fully attentive service, singular ambience: what more can one want?"
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "This is an attractive restaurant with a limited menu of British inspired dishes so check on line first. Starter portions are very small. Desserts are delicious and there are some lovely wines.."
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "Booked on a whim, and what a lovely experience Beautiful room and gorgeous food & wine. Will be Back for sure, ideal for business lunch and indeed Ladies lunches!!!"
    dined on 09/04/2014
  • "This restaurant is in the Tate Britain and is interesting with the mural on the walls and crisp white table cloths. The restaurant is only open for lunch and was mainly full of business lunches and museum visitors when I was there. The food was very good and I would recommend this for anyone from overseas as it is very 'typically English'."
    dined on 07/04/2014
  • "We loved the wonderful murals by Rex Whistler, recently restored, and the new lighting. The service was excellent, the waitress very informative about the history of the room as well as the menu, the wine list is exceptional. It is not a place for a cheap quick meal - we did some galleries first and then settled in for a delicious lunch, leaving around 5 p.m. The menu was varied, with good vegetarian choice - and my smoked eel was fabulous. Big eaters might want a little more on their plates, but for two lunching ladies the three course meal was perfect. With a seriously good bottle of Barbera 2007 the bill came to £105 including service. Oh - I forgot we had coffee too - absolutely the best cup of coffee in London!"
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "Unfortunatey the restaurant had no record of my booking. Luckily there was a good table available as we were off peak. Also unfortunately their credit card machine wasn't workng which cleaned me out of cash."
    dined on 02/04/2014
  • "Our first visit to Rex Whistler, where we went to meet a friend for lunch. It was an enchanting room; with tables well spaced; a short but well considered modern English lunch menu; good quality food and presentation; friendly service; and a wonderful wine list at extremely reasonable markups. Waitress was very attentive, although the food service was slow, particularly given the restaurant was never more than about a third full. This for us was not a problem at all, as we were deep in conversation, and actually welcomed the more relaxed approach. But this in more of a hurry might have been less pleased."
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "We had wines matched for each course, which was a very effective way of getting the best out of both food and wine. Lots of sharing and tasting! Lovely bream and trout, and moreish apple snow for pud. The devilled kindest were very spicy - but I was warned of that by our lovely waiter!"
    dined on 02/04/2014
  • "Restaurant was a little empty but excellent friendly service and quiet spatial surroundings enabled good conversation. two course lunch was tasty and well presented. Starters were small but well prepared..nothing exceptional. Main course tasty and imaginative though rather too salty and no green vegetables."
    dined on 31/03/2014
  • "Lunch was magnificent. Service was relaxed and charming, the wine was well chosen and the wine cellars have no competition in London. A great meal."
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "I have always loved the Rex Whistler restaurant and booked it as a special treat for me and my husband as it was my birthday. My meal was very disappointing indeed and included a lemon sole fillet which was absolutely raw in the middle, pink and gelatinous. I was left feeling physically ill. I cannot say that this was an aberration as my starter was also seriously under par and a cheeseboard we ordered at the end of the meal was also disappointing. I have to say with regret that this restaurant's best days are behind it. Service was OK but slow and erratic at times."
    dined on 28/03/2014
  • "The Rex Whistler restaurant at Tate Britain has been refurbished and looks absolutely stunning. It's unusual to go to a restaurant for the decoration but I am sure that's what many diners here were doing. It feels spacious. Service was good and attentive. We both had the set lunch, 2 courses for about £25, and a glass of house wine. The starter, a salad of beetroot, goat's cheese and walnuts, was average and looked dull. It's quite difficult to make beetroot look dull! Main course of calves' liver was delicious. Both courses were on the small side. It feels like a privilege to have lunch in such an unusual and interesting room. But for what we had in terms of food it was a bit over-priced."
    dined on 25/03/2014
  • "What a marvellous place for a gathering for family and friends! Impeccable service, fine but affordable wines and a setting second to none in London -surrounded by Whistler Art! Centrally located with comfortable furniture and the chance of coffee in the new balcony facility with aerial views of less lucky guests! - a real reason for become a member of the Tate."
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "The restaurant is a paradoxical mixture of the best and the worst. The murals make the ambience unique and at the outset compensate for the slow and inadequate service. It is one of those restaurants where one eventually had to chase the waitress and ask if we had been forgotten. . The Menu is an excellent balance of interesting well prepared dishes but our party of 6 found that portion size did not match their cost and could have been rectified by increasing the former or reducing the latter. London has excellent museum and gallery catering with the National Portrait Gallery coming top ,the V&A winning for unpretentious food and the Tate Britain Whistler room full marks for interior decoration and embarrassment for entertaining guests."
    dined on 14/03/2014
  • "Beautiful and interesting setting (Rex Whistler murals) and pleasant service but pricey considering that the portions of (albeit nice) food are distinctly on the small side. The menu was imaginative and original, the food fresh and well put-together and the wine list was good but we needed to fill up on the (delicious) bread."
    dined on 07/03/2014
  • "For an oversees visitor like me, the restaurant not only presents a very tasty English menu , but also a place in which you are embraced by a beautiful English country side nicely painted around the room. Also, after pamper your senses with nice wine and lovely desserts too, go can go straight to the gallery and enjoy very good art!!!"
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "Very much enjoyed our visit. I think the service could be a little better. We had to wait a good 15 minutes before our drinks arrived."
    dined on 26/02/2014
  • "Given the prices charged, the Whistler at Tate Britain should provide good food and excellent service. The food is passable, but the service remains poor. It wasn't as inexcusably slow as it has been in the past, but I was brought the wrong [lukewarm] main dish and coffee 'with milk' arrived with no jug of milk, which had to be asked for again. On a previous visit, my telephone reservation had been lost - happily I came early to check, otherwise there would have been no table. Catching the waiter's eye does remain a challenge."
    dined on 21/02/2014
  • "Very convenient and well ordered. Attractive setting."
    dined on 25/02/2014
  • "I was late for lunch due to a train malfunction, but the staff could not have been more charming and the meal was delicious. I soon forgot about the journey. The wine list is extensive and varied and meets the menu needs. The presentation of the meal was lovely, and the menu interesting. Do try the air dried mutton! Wonderful surroundings and a super lunch. Highly recommended. Sitting with a Whistler mural completely surrounding the restaurant was an added treat."
    dined on 24/02/2014
  • "The Restaurant at Tate Britain brings together everything you might need for a successful lunch, whether for business or pleasure. The Rex Whistler murals are as beautiful as ever and combined with the carefully well-spaced tables and the expert service - timely but never rushed - provide a wonderfully calm ambience in which the very good food (plenty of interesting choices) and your companion/s can be given your full attention. Our delicious lunch - 3 courses, a carafe of good wine each, coffee and tip - cost £50 a head; great value for such a stylish experience. (Not to mention all the wonderful paintings and sculptures under the same roof...)"
    dined on 21/02/2014
  • "delightful food and beautiful dining room with frescoes on walls. Very pleasant and attentive service"
    dined on 18/02/2014
  • "Almost as soon as you sit down your offered a menu and offered bread. Although it was a condensed menu their was something for every one. For three exquisite dishes it is only £28.50 which in the middle of London is very good. Whilst you are waiting for the first course you can ask them for a little piece of paper to explain the extraordinary murals. My 3 teenage boys were spellbound - & this is truly unusual in the world of Xbox Thank you"
    dined on 19/02/2014
  • "I am please to say that I introduced another Briton to the fantastic food, service, and atmosphere at the Rex Whistler. I travel [from America] to London one or two time a year, and dining at the RW is always on my must-do list. I have never had a bad experience, or even one slightly off. Every time has been one of memorable food and this last one, having brought a friend from London, was no exception. We both left completely clean plates and if we could have eaten more, we certainly would have. The RW is truly a treasure within one of Britain's great national treasures, the Tate."
    dined on 16/02/2014
  • "Reviews of this restaurant were good but we were pleasantly surprised by how good it really was. The setting is beautiful and unusual and added to the atmosphere. The menu choices on our visit were excellent and all courses were full of flavour and cooked to perfection. It is a shame this restaurant is not open in the evenings. We shall certainly return."
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "The Rex Whistler is a fantastic option when you are at the Tate with money to spend on a dining experience and want exceptional wine to complement a full meal. All the starters and mains were well prepared and presented but were miserly in their portions when compared to the price. The staff were excellent and the sommelier helpful even suggesting that kids could order fish fingers and chips from the cafe next door. Really this restaurant is special by name and its decor complemented by the endless wine list but only for those wanting to impress their dining guests or keep shy of the regulars in the cafe next door."
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "We arrived early - but were welcomed with open arms. The menu had an excellent choice of food and wine. Good to see so many half bottles. The menu enabled us to plan flavours to enhance dishes. We started with salmon and quail eggs followed by pork and ending with rhubarb. It was delicious It was great to be back here after the refurbishment - a superb room full of art in a great art gallery"
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "Lunch took about 2.5 hours. We repeatedly had to ask for our main course and the restaurant wasn't even busy"
    dined on 31/01/2014
  • "I had my niece and her partner over from Australia and we took them to the RW for lunch. There was an excellent relaxed atmosphere - no music, tables properly separated - which made it easy to chat and enjoy the food in a unique setting."
    dined on 12/02/2014
  • "I have been eating here for over a decade and I can't understand how such an amazing dining room, with its Whistler mural, can get progressively poorer in service and food as time marches on. The new menu serves up the tiniest portions at a snail's pace. The starter was almost invisible, the main looked like airline food and the desert lacked the joyous effusion expected from people who still indulge. The food I managed to taste was delicious, particularly the bread, but I had no idea the restaurant was a health farm. They obviously have some work to do here. The service has been terrible for years but this combination takes the cake, no, make that a biscuit, no, rather, make that a small painting of a very, very tiny biscuit. A pity."
    dined on 06/02/2014
  • "I took 5 demanding friends / clients to a long Friday lunch, the food was very good value for money and the service was not overbearing, was attentive and very knowledgeable on their wine menu. Couple of wines we were after were out of stock but the selection was outstanding in any case. Great location, very different, highly recommended."
    dined on 31/01/2014
  • "Unusual, intriguing setting -- inside a a huge painting. Interesting, surprising menu - old favourites with a twist (the apple-cured salmon and lemon sole were real hits!) and unusual items (what is a rumbledethump?). Matching wine at reasonable price was a welcome bonus. Staff responsive and friendly but slightly hopeless on information on food and wine -- our charming Latvian waitress tried hard but knew nothing about the (good) wine. One moan. We were taken by the efficient, but slightly snooty, young man at the entrance, to a cramped table in a corner by the kitchen door in an almost empty restaurant. Fortunately the waitress who came to settle us in picked up on our discomfiture and organised a much better table by a window."
    dined on 01/02/2014
  • "Visited the Rex Whistler to see if the revamp had been a success. Good lunch menu with interesting options, along with carefully chosen wines to go with each course. Décor is still excellent as ever with the Whistler murals always worth examining and make for good conversational topics (if needed). Very attentive service. Thoroughly enjoyed the visit."
    dined on 27/01/2014
  • "When you sit at table glancing occasionally at a famous dodgy writer over in one corner, a group of famous politicians and hacks around a table in another, some minor actresses you faintly recognise having fun in a third, a dowager duchess holding court in the middle near a captain of industry busy networking with similarly attired business people, and the wine you have chosen is outstanding for the price (and just plain outstanding), the staff are wonderful and you're deep in a conversational busk about rugby, the Scotland referendum, class, architecture, films, writers and Beethoven…it feels like an outstanding place to have lunch."
    dined on 29/01/2014
  • "The Rex Whistler room, named after the artist and 'bright young thing' who painted the spectacular neo-romantic mural (1927) that encircles those who dine here, makes a perfect and unusual venue for a lunchtime rendezvous before or after visiting Tate Britain. Although I wasn't too bowled over by the food, which was still very nice, all in all it represented very good value for the whole experience."
    dined on 24/01/2014
  • "Go. Food was a tremendous value. Excellent wine list."
    dined on 25/01/2014
  • "A memorable restaurant for a relaxing and delicious lunch. The service was attentive throughout the meal and the occasion lived up to every expectation."
    dined on 24/01/2014
  • "Excellent food in beautiful surroundings. Amazing wine list. Professional and friendly service."
    dined on 22/01/2014
  • "We had the weekday lunch set menu at Rex Whistler, the choices were good and varied. They offered wine matching for each course, which was great value and well worth it. The service was a bit hit and miss, we had a few misunderstandings with our waiter, but it did not affect the overall dining experience. We went with a 3-month old baby and had informed them in advance, so they gave us a table away from the other guests, which was appreciated. Overall good dining experience, especially as there is not much else around inn the Pimlico area without going further afield."
    dined on 17/01/2014