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“Impressionists in London and Whistler”

The Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain
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Ranked #351 of 24,651 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$26 - US$53
Cuisines: European, British
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: 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 4 April 2018

Rounded off a visit to this understated but excellent collection of little seen and oft seen Impressionists with lunch at the Whistler Restaurant. Excellent service and an eclectic and when we ate heavily fish based menu with a good choice of accompanying wine as advised by a knowledgeable sommelier.

The bill advised us that the staff were guaranteed the minimum wage but left no advice as to whether a gratuity was expected, certainly nothing was added to the bill which left us uncertain as to what to do and I suspect the very attentive staff uncertain as to what to expect. A 'Gratuities are voluntary and go to the staff and should be left in cash' would be helpful.

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1  Thank Jeremy W
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RexWRestaurant, Reservations and bookings at The Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2018

Dear Jeremy W, thank you for leaving your feedback after your lunch at the Rex Whistler restaurant. We're happy to read that you enjoyed your lunch and that our sommelier was able to give good recommendations to accompany your food. Thank you for your feedback in terms of the bill - we will take this into consideration to make the process more clear in the future. Thank you again and hope to see you back for another visit

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Professional staff who can connect with all classes, and this does not mean upper, middle or lower; just those who turn up. The food choice for the 3 for 2 offer is good value and superbly cooked and presented. The wine prices water the eyes, so why not have a good British beer.

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Thank lyndaandpaul2017
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RexWRestaurant, Reservations and bookings at The Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2018

Dear lyndaandpaul2017, thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback upon your last visit to the Rex Whistler. We're happy to read that you enjoyed your food and the team delivered good service - and the beer is definitely a great alternative to the wine. Hope to see you back in the restaurant for another visit soon.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

We had been told that there were some great restaurants attached to museums, so has we were going to an exhibit at the Tate Britain, so we booked a table for lunch , glad we booked , met with a warm welcome and taken to a nice table, menus and water brought strait to the table , what a wonderful choice of food. Starters 1 pate d foie & 1 cod dumplings both excellent mains 1pork nose to tale & 1 rib of veal oh my god the taste and quality were again fantastic this was very high end , now we booked and glad we did by now the room was full and with food of this quality no wonder why , on to deserts 1 lemon merengue & 1 old style bread pudding both to die for , and all washed down with a great barbera wine , great service through out , cannot find any fault at a Exellent meal in a great restaurant with fantastic service , what a find

2  Thank mike j
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RexWRestaurant, Reservations and bookings at The Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2018

Dear Mike j, thank you ever so much for your excellent review! We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience all the way through, from the greeting and seating all the way to the dessert wine. We hope to see you back at the restaurant soon again!

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

This place is a favourite treat to include after a new exhibition. But my last visit was pretty disappointing. No complaints about the food which was well presented and fairly well priced. But the service was very poor, almost comically so. After being shown to our corner table we were ignored for 15 minutes: no drinks, water, or bread on offer. The waiter covering our section was probably a trainee, endlessly doing very little apart from chatting. Eventually he did take the order and eventually the food arrived. Although I love this place, this makes me hesitate to book again.

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Thank AlanHoumann
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RexWRestaurant, General Manager at The Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2018

Dear AlanHoumann

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us following your recent visit to the restaurant.
I have co tasted you directly by email to investigate your comments and experience further.

I look forward to hearing from you

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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

In london for a special occasion my daughter picked her restaurant for the wednesday night , i picked Rex Whistler for lunch the next day.
The whole family came away saying the special meal was at REx Whistler , the good the staff , the wine all perfect

Thank R60PHM
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RexWRestaurant, Reservations and bookings at The Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2018

Dear R60PHM, thank you so much for your kind review! We are so pleased to read that the whole family enjoyed their experience with us and your excellent comments will be passed on to the team. Thank you again and hope to welcome you back at Rex Whistler restaurant soon.

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