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#2,187 of 15,049 Restaurants in London
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Like the other restaurants in this group, The Wolseley serves classic European dishes in an elegant setting with a buzzing atmosphere – well-organised ...
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Located in Mayfair on Piccadilly, The Wolseley is an all-day café restaurant in the grand European tradition. Offering, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or late night options, the all-day menu is perfect for an intimate meal for two, a birthday celebration or a corporate lunch. Open 7 days a week, the restaurant accepts walk in guests as well as reservations. Guests can also enjoy the private dining room, overlooking the main dining room, for up to 15 guests. Originally built in 1921 by the British architect, William Curtis Green, The Wolseley opened its doors in 2003. The Grade II listed building, just next to Green Park station, retains many features of its original design, such as
PRICE RANGE
£25 - £65
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
European, British
FEATURES
Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Massive disappointment. For so many years this was my absolute favourite destination; a great blend of style and reliable cuisine. But now. .. OMG how things have changed. The welcome was as charming as ever, the room as gorgeous and elegant as before, the service...impeccable but the food ... WHAT HAVE THEY DONE ????? I ordered a Weiner Schnitzel with a side of Sauerkraut (which the waitress correctly said could be added from the Choucroute) but what arrived was a tiny thin frazzled bright orange piece of tasteless something. And the Sauerkraut was massively over salted with suspicious flecks of carrot embedded into it - as though it had been rescued from some leftovers. Horrible, horrible horrible. Previously the schnitzel was thick and juicy and generous. This time it could have come straight from a freezer. And the bill? £126 for two with no starter, no wine and no deserts. That is quite simply a massive rip off. This place is no longer worth any loyalty and will only survive on its reputation and vast number of tourists who don't mind what they eat as much as where they eat it. Interestingly there were so many empty tables that it seems many of its previous local base have abandoned it for newer places that actually CARE what they are serving.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Came here for pre-theatre dinner so it was an early dinner. Food - 10 out of 10; Service - excellent. We are very specific about noise level - at the beginning the large room was a bit echo-y, as some of the afternoon tea people...left, it improved. But overall, as someone who eats out fairly frequently this absolutely met my expectation. In particular, I felt the food quality matched up to its price tag.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Perfect spot for breakfast in London. I didn’t have the reservation therefore I didn’t get the best place but I didn’t mind that at all.If you coming over during the weekend make sure you book the table. Breakfast was very tasty e quick. Eggs Royal...so good. Staff were attentive.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a lovely lunch. Beautiful service in a bustling restaurant with absolutely immaculate service and great food. It's got a lively, fizzy atmosphere - like a glass of good champagne. Perfect for Friday lunch.

Date of visit: April 2024
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The Wolseley City, General Manager at The Wolseley, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Gmmd2021, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to The Wolseley! We hope to see you soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Great lunch with friends. Had the fish of the day, bream with spinach , cherry tomatoes and French beans. The food was tasty but the amount of vegetables was very small. The service was attentive. Disappointing that this iconic British institution does not have a...British ale on the menu, Come on Wolseley, support the Great British Brewer and the guests something that is truely British .More

Date of visit: April 2024
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The Wolseley City, General Manager at The Wolseley, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Helen A, thank you so much for your high rating! Thanks again for the recommendation, and have an amazing day!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We chose the fixed menu, but I don't think we should have done it. It meant that serving was very quickly and it was a bit stressful that the waiter came very often to give os more of the bottle of wine we had chosen,...We got the experience that they would like us to finish as soon as possible, so this was not so nice an experience.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked this tea a couple of months ago based on all the hype. We have travelled to London before and had afternoon tea at The Dilly, Browns, and The Beaumont... All of which were better than The Wolseley. I am really disappointed overall... The...atmosphere is noisy and crowded...the food was okay but nothing special, there is just nothing to love about it.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was looking forward to visiting as I love breakfast, and The Wolseley is a bit of a breakfast icon. However, I was disappointed. The food was ok, but nothing too special. My coffee was lukewarm. Two small pieces of toast arrived to accompany the...main breakfast. There was more butter than toast! The service was fine but not friendly. I was left with the impression that we were not wanted. Of course, being a Brit, I did not complain and paid the hefty service charge. However, I will not go again for breakfast.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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The Wolseley City, General Manager at The Wolseley, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We appreciate your feedback, your comments are valuable to us as we strive to provide exceptional service and delicious meals. We’re sorry to hear that your visit didn’t meet your expectations, and apologize for any inconvenience caused....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful building and “storied” restaurant. Food and service is poor. My server was unfamiliar with the menu, which reflects poorly on the management, not her, but she also poured wine into the water glass at the table next to me, so maybe a combo. There...is a 2.50 service charge, that isn’t made clear in the booking form, so by the time you’ve seen it on the menu, you’re already sat at the table and it’s too late. There is also a 18+% service charge, which is really just The Wolseley being greedy on top of their exorbitant (even by central London standards)…there was no service to speak of. I had been looking forward to this and am searching for something positive…I guess the building is nice. Avoid—you can make a better schnitzel at home and not have a coverage charge or water in your wine. There are much better restaurants at a better price (and no cover charge) in central London.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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The Wolseley City, General Manager at The Wolseley, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for sharing your recent dining experience at The Wolseley. We’re truly sorry to hear it fell short of your expectations. We’ve noted your concerns about service quality and menu knowledge, and we’re taking steps to improve. It seems there was some misunderstanding regarding our...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The service, food and atmosphere were beyond my expectations- highly recommended. I managed to leave an item of clothing behind. Despite it being a Saturday night at their busiest time, when I subsequently phoned they could not be more helpful/proactive and it was returned to...me. Outstanding customer service. It’s now my go to place and first recommendation to others. Well done Wolseley!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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The Wolseley City, General Manager at The Wolseley, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Garymillar, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to The Wolseley! We hope to see you soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We reserved a table for dinner to celebrate our Anniversary. We were given a wonderful table in the front booth. The food was delicious- we ordered from the special 3 course meals. My cheese soufflé was the best I have ever tasted. My husband ordered...the fish and it was delicious, too. They gave us a dessert to celebrate. The restaurant is a traditional English Restaurant with good food.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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The Wolseley City, General Manager at The Wolseley, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Molly M, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to The Wolseley! We hope to see you soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've been here a number of times and I've yet to be disappointed. Service is excellent. The decor and atmosphere is lovely, just so quintessentially English. The food is great, drinks are good - whether it's alcohol or hot tea etc. The private rooms upstairs...are really something special. I definitely felt spoiled up there!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really expensive and not that special. We had brunch and the food was fairly average and very expensive. 15% service charge on top of high prices. I had bacon and pancakes and the bacon was cremated,you couldn’t cut it with a knife. My partner had...omelette and toast,but they forgot to bring the toast. It arrived at the end of the meal after we had twice reminded the staff about it. Other friend and scrambled egg on toast,small portion. Overall nothing out the ordinary.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great restaurant with fantastic staff in a great building. Very good menu with lots of choices. Quality and presentation of the food was excellent. Thank you to Gordon for looking after us so well. Will definitely be back!

Date of visit: March 2024
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The Wolseley City, General Manager at The Wolseley, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Mark S, thank you for taking the time to leave a review for us at The Wolseley. We're happy we could meet your expectations! We hope to see you soon!

Reviewed 18 March 2024

I love The Wolsley, but this is the second consecutive visit where things have not been perfect. All the food was good but my prawn and avocado salad was a little bland. But only a little. The real problem was that we had just finished...our starters and they tried to serve the main, so had to wait while the plates were cleared. That shouldn't happen.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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The Wolseley City, General Manager at The Wolseley, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Barmac007 Thank you for your feedback. We're glad to hear you enjoy The Wolseley, but we apologize for the inconsistency in your recent visits. We'll address the timing issue with our serving staff to ensure a smoother dining experience and look forward to the...More

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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5