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The Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain

Millbank, London SW1P 4RG, England
+44 20 7887 8825
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good35%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Millbank, London SW1P 4RG, England
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

Small restaurant, comfortable chairs, no music so quiet and good for conversing. The Rex Whistler Murals make it a bit special - I would have liked to have seen some info about them somewhere on the menu, maybe a paragraph or a couple of sentences...More

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Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Not a place I would have found easily by myself, but I was taken here by a friend and goodness what a treat!! The restaurant's interior is to die for, you're basically surrounded by beautiful wall paintings, which creates a very pleasant feel to the...More

Thank ottovennik
Reviewed 2 February 2017

If you want a decent lunch, after a show at the Tate, you pretty well have to eat here, as the rest of Pimlico is a foodie desert. The result is a restaurant that is resting on its laurels. We ordered starters as main courses...More

Thank Arnoldbakers
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Great lunch venue to combine with a visit to Tate Britain. Service was excellent, good selection of wines and food was well presented and very tasty. Nice leisurely lunch and then back to the Tate

Thank lukedwards
Reviewed 25 January 2017

Great food and good wine list. Exceptional service, with the maitre guiding which is the best point of the meat.

Thank Elisabete F
Reviewed 17 January 2017

I've now been twice this season and recommend it as an excellent luncheon venue to combine with your visit to the Tate Britain. Food and service both times was excellent - unrushed (not slow for us), allowing enjoyment of the food, company and the historic...More

Thank Andy L
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Great lunch option if you have time and what to eat somewhere a little different. Service was good for majority of meal (inexplicably slow when we wanted to pay) and the food was lovely and presentation excellent. Nice touch to complement a day out at...More

Thank lippy2017
Reviewed 4 January 2017

If you're looking for an elegant, removed, and quiet lunch during your next trip to London, you might consider The Rex Whistler Restaurant @ Tate Britain. T The restaurant has a world-class sense of service, and equally excellent wine list, and a few very knowledgeable...More

Thank LeoNYtravel
Reviewed 4 January 2017

We went for lunch after the Paul Nash Exhibition and it proved to be one of the best meals I have had for a while. In particular, the service was very good with knowledgable and very helpful waiters.

Thank tiskerman
Reviewed 31 December 2016

I booked a special lunch (birthday), requesting a good table for two and a 'Happy Birthday' iced plate (having learned that they will do this for the pudding course if requested). We were shown to an attractive corner table with a view of the whole...More

Thank sylvanglade
RexWRestaurant, Manager at The Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2017

Dear sylvanglade Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback following your recent visit. Your comments will be shared with the teams and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Time spent in Pimlico is a slower-paced affair than
most other Central London neighbourhoods. This largely
residential area orderly arranged beside the Thames,
is a treasure trove of quaint pubs, subtle
architectural charms and local boutiques. Here, art
lovers thrill at the chance to visit the world class
Tate Britain gallery for its collection of British art
from the 1500s to the present. For peace and quiet and
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They certainly produce taste free options. But I cannot honestly say. Perhaps their cafe would have a better choice. I would give their restaurant a big miss. It was the worst meal l have experienced for many years. Look at... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$26 - US$51
Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Millbank, London SW1P 4RG, England
  • Public Transportation: Tube: Pimlico, Westminster
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Pimlico
  • Neighbourhood: Pimlico
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7887 8825
  • E-mail
Originally opened in 1927, the Rex Whistler Restaurant was described as 'The Most Amusing Room in Europe', owing to its specially commissioned mural, The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats by the British inter-war artist Rex Whistler. The restaurant celebrates the finest seasonal British seasonal produce and has gained a well eared reputation for having one of the capital's finest wine cellars. Imbibe Wine list of the year 2014 The Tate's wine cellar has long been famous for its extensive collection of fine wines, half bottles at exceptional prices. The cellar is curated by Hamish Anderson and he is delighted to make recommendations and decant wine prior to your arrival.
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