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“Great restaurant - just wish it was open in the evening!”

The Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain
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Ranked #406 of 24,084 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$28 - US$56
Cuisines: European, British
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Pimlico
Transit: Tube: Pimlico, Westminster
Description: 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.
Reviewed 3 May 2014

The restaurant is a great place to eat with very good food and great wines. The restored mural makes the restaurant a special place to eat. The food isn't cheap but it is good value for the quality of food and service.

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Reviewed 20 March 2014

Really good please with a very good atmosphere. a little bit costy but meeting the expectations. Very good service. Ideal for a sunday lunch.

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Thank Quiquevivas
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

I visited Tate Britain for the first time in a while with some friends, and we started our visit with lunch in the Rex Whistler Restaurant. The decor is wonderful, with fabulous murals. Service is of the highest standard - polite, friendly and efficient. The menu is quite short (say 4 starters, 4 mains) but we were all very happy with our selections. I had the terrine to start, which was really meaty with a wonderful texture. To follow I went with the beef, which was again excellent. The stand-out feature for me was the "wine matching". There is an excellent wine list, but if you go for wine matches the sommelier will select a wine specifically for your dish. I had matches for both the starter and the main, and they were truly excellent - an excellent idea and well worth trying. Lunch in this restaurant really is an excellent addition to a visit to this fantastic gallery, and I recommend them both thoroughly.

Thank Graham H
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

We've been looking forward to seeing how Rex Whistler has come through its long absence and after some false starts (flooded railways , tube strikes) we enjoyed a lunch here that had us saying that nothing very much seemed to have changed - and thank god for that. The food is perfectly okay, without being exceptional, and good value: we both enjoyed the lamb, which we preceded with terrine and beetroot salad. Desserts were better than we recalled: my treacle tart(s) were very good. (Two different tarts). My wife's rhubarb in prosecco was a great idea, if a little short of rhubarb. The wine list remains stunning, with rare bottles that don't seem to be marked up, or barely so! Our Ghislaine Barthod Chambolle 2008 was very fine. That rhubarb aside, portion size looked right to us; we wouldn't have wanted much more for lunch. Service was good. It's the prices, though, that most command attention: leave aside the wine and this was a pretty good quality £77 meal for two. And as someone else said, very civilized.

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Thank MontrachetJ
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

Although it has taken a very long time to be renovated and it is difficult to work out why it took so long, it is great to have this restaurant back in action.

The atmosphere is relaxed but civilised ...... mainly adult and not a place where kids would be welcome or a place they would enjoy.

The food - Sunday Lunch - was very good. The only issue was that if you choose to book at the end of lunch, a number of dishes may not be available.

The wine, food and atmosphere were great ......

The wine list has been reduced and it was disappointing that the English wines which were stocked in the past were no longer available.

Well worth a visit ......

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Thank Nick D
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