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“Very good food & venue”

The Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain
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Ranked #619 of 23,228 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$27 - US$54
Cuisines: European, British
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, 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 20 June 2014

We managed to get a table here for lunch yesterday when visiting to view the 'British Folk Art' exhibition. The food was excellent - I had the mackerel starter followed by lamb - and the service was very good (despite the presence of some overseas dignitaries at a neighbouring table) and not too overpowering.
Definitely worth a return visit.

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Reviewed 19 June 2014

This is a lovely airy, spacious dining room with of course the famous mural adding to the calm ambiance. The food is generally well done from a limited but well thought out menu. The wine list is deservedly famous for high quality at reasonable prices, although annoyingly for the second time a couple of wines listed on their website were not available and indeed the food menu bore no resemblance to the web version. Service was very good.

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1  Thank Spadge55
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

This restaurant at the Tate is a serene oasis of quality and service to be relished and enjoyed. Its a long time since my last visit but I cannot fault the quality of the food nor the service in the newly refurbished Tate. The lunch menu of selected courses with matching wines is good value and the food was just superb. The service is discrete but unimpeachable Do go and try it, book in advance, take your time and relish the whole experience. The mural provides a perfect backdrop.

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1  Thank BandMK
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

A famous restaurant within an even more famous art gallery. Walls covered in Whistler murals of green-hued rural scenes. Charming and attentive staff doing their best with a kitchen not quite firing on all cylinders, if the long waits for courses was anything to go by.

But the wait was worth it. Nettle soup was a first for me and though I may not rush to order it again, it was good. Pollock is not a fish with which I am familiar, but with the encouragement of the lightly-goateed head waiter I went for it and it was delicious. Bit like haddock, perfectly steamed sitting alongside steamed broccoli (not my favourite veg) which actually were a pleasure to eat. The trout and the bream were pronounced good my my fellow diners but the souffle main course seemed to have sagged just a bit.

Excellent wine recommendation introduced me to Adelaide's Fox Gordon Fiano, an italian grape, which perfectly complemented the pollock. Liked it so much have just ordered a half a dozen for domestic consumption.
Happily accommodated a wheelchair without fuss.
Two courses £23.50 plus 12.5% service charge

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Reviewed 25 May 2014

the restaurant was closed for some time because the mural had to be renovated. and the mural is what makes the rex whistler unique. it's location in the tate britain doesn't hurt, either, especially at a nice corner of the building with a patio. the restaurant manages to be well lit by it's big windows and its crisp white linens and to be dark-wood cozy at the same time. i've always found the food very well-prepared even if it isn't haute cuisine. but that's not the point. it's an absolutely lovely place to sit, enjoy of good lunch, and soak in the unusual and comforting room. i try to go every time i'm in london. you should, too.

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