Rex Whistler Restaurant

Sample our award-winning wine list and seasonal British menus surrounded by Rex Whistler's Mural 'The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats'

Opening times

Monday to Sunday 12.00–15.00

Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

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. It has been the site of political and social intrigue over the decades, as well as gaining a reputation for having one of the capital’s finest wine cellars.

The wine list – long a whispered, greedy little secret among the capital’s bibulous – should be preserved for the nation in the galleries above.
Marina O'Loughlin, The Guardian

The wine cellar is overseen by our sommelier Gustavo Medina, who would be delighted to make recommendations and decant wine prior to your arrival. Contact Gustavo via email.

Rex Whistler is also available for hire for corporate and private events.


Asparagus dish with a glass of white wine, Rex Whistler Restaurant
Bloody Mary, Rex Whistler Restaurant
Eggs Florentine, Rex Whistler Restaurant
Fish Pie, Rex Whistler Restaurant
Fruit Salad, Rex Whistler Restaurant
Haddock dish, Rex Whistler Restaurant
Lamb dish, Rex Whistler Restaurant
Oyster dish, Rex Whistler Restaurant
Pink Gin, Rex Whistler Restaurant


Download the wine list [PDF, 1,03 MB]

Download the lunch menu [PDF, 26 KB]

Download the sweet menu [PDF, 24.65 KB]

Download the Sunday lunch menu [PDF, 26 KB]

Download the brunch menu [PDF, 27.23 KB]

Please note these are sample menus and are subject to change.

From 22 October 2018, a 12.5% discretionary service charge will be added to all bills in the restaurant.

Opening times

Monday to Sunday 12.00–15.00


Monday to Sunday 12.00–15.00 (last  seating 2.45pm)

Evening Private Dining & Dinner

The iconic Rex Whistler restaurant is available for private dining on seven nights per week (subject to avaliability)

 We can accommodate between 25 and 90 guests for dinner, with menus starting at £45 per person. For further information, please call 020 7887 8825 or email


Lower Floor

Tate Britain
London SW1P 4RG
Plan your visit



Phone: +44 20 7887 8825

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The Rex Whistler: Jazz Brunch

6 Oct 2018, 13 Oct 2018, 20 Oct 2018

Join us for a relaxed afternoon with Jazz brunches at the Rex Whistler restaurant this summer

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Wine Tasting and Dinner: Edward Burne-Jones

10 Nov 2018

Join us for our Edward Burne-Jones exhibition with a special evening alongside the ever-popular Matthew Jukes Australian Wine Tasting

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Lunch and Edward Burne-Jones

Every Mon–Sat, 24 Oct 2018 – 24 Feb 2019

​Take in the works of Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones, alongside lunch in the iconic Rex Whistler Restaurant

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