The Wolseley

4.5
3542 reviews
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European
Combining British heritage with European grandeur, The Wolseley is an all-day café-restaurant on London’s iconic Piccadilly. Renowned for its spectacular interior, immaculately presented classic food and seamless service, it is open from early until late, seven days a week.

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The Infatuation
8.5

As far as classic, good-for-everything establishments go, it’s hard to beat the Wolseley. The breakfasts here are an essential London experience.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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PE
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Busy and popular eatery. Food is mediocre and not the greatest of value. Pleasant experience though.

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L
London
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was great. Was disappointed by the Salmon I had. My friend has the grilled chicken sandwich the chicken tasted like charcoal

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IG
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and good food. Always feels very special.

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H
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service very slow—over 40 minutes for an egg.

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AV
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A London classic for Brunch, excellent service and staff went out of their way to accommodate our requests as always. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

My friend and I had to wait 15 mins, but no seats available - so we just stood. Dull. Ordered ice cream for dessert, came as two lonely scoops. This is The Wolseley for heaven's sake-no wafer? No mint? Told by the waiter that's how it came; manageress able to bring 3 lonely wafers to accompany the lonely, melting, scoops. Why not bring a new dish, nicely dressed? Dear oh dear.

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TB
London
19 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Consistently excellent, excellent in its consistency.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Breakfast is good. The service is excellent, their service mind is good. Always smile and come to ask you what do you want. This time I come with my partner for Anniversary and they give me a plate of bread which is delicious. ^____^

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RH
London
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good as usual

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sicuramente uno dei più bei ristoranti di Londra.

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CG
London
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a most enjoyable birthday lunch. The food was delicious and the service impeccable. I advised the restaurant beforehand via email that it was my friend's birthday and they provided a personalised chocolate plaque without any reminder and presented it to the table. It was understated and very well done and much appreciated. Thank you for a lovely occasion.

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y
London
344 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great place to meet friends and lovely buzzing atmosphere. Can’t understand how it takes 7 members of staff to serve one table! It makes for a feeling of chaos rather than a relaxing atmosphere and this was at a late lunch too. Food good though and would go again

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CZ
London
26 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful mothers day dinner. The meal - starter to desert was excellent. We started off at the bar while waiting for the table and the staff were attntve and engaging. All round excellent.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing benedicts! It’s a must.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best egg Benedict In london

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DS
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing breakfast as always. Love this place. Always visit when in London

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J
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in London. We had gluten free scones (pre-ordered) and a gluten free afternoon tea - wonderful!

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wolseley is one of my favorite restaurants in London for breakfast lunch or dinner / wish you were in nyc

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It never fails. Superb on every front. Whenever I leave I cannot wait to go again. And I always do!

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JH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, service and atmosphere!!

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A
Bristol
24 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was very good but the food average. Nice place for Sunday lunch.

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RR
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Overall we were quite disappointed Saturday night. Our booking was for 10:30. As the restaurant emptied out, the staff was much more interested in cleaning up and prep work than taking care of us. It was often difficult to get someones attention for water, wine, and in the end of the meal, the bill.

I ordered the Saturday night special, Chicken Kiev and the escargot starter. The chicken was overcooked, dry, and quite uneventful. Very disappointing. The escargot just ok. My daughter ordered the Veal Milanese and the Salmon starter. Both were outstanding.

I've been to the Wolsely many times, and will likely return, but not with the enthusiasm that I've had in the past. I would definitely avoid the end of night seatings.

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AS
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Wolesey never fails to deliver. It is an exceptional place with great atmosphere where great food is delivered with great friendly service . It’s as simple as that. A must if you’re in London.

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JR
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

The Wolseley has enjoyed and judging by the full tables is still enjoying its time in the limelight. However, I feel they are becoming arrogant and paying lip service to anyone making a complaint. A couple next to us asked for a desert and were told they had run over their time and gave them the bill. Whilst they were not wrong, there are ways to deal with this and I was not impressed. I will not be giving my money to them again any time soon.

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SF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting. Professional service. Excellent food. This is a well run establishment. Very pleasant.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Friend leaving London

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GA
London
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

This was for dinner, will try afternoon and see if service improves.

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Puebla
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first anniversary and the service, the food and the ambiance was amazing . Highly recommend this restaurant!

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B
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Waiter had no idea how to deliver the meal. He brought the mains before he brought the appetizer and wine. Than he decided some how it was my fault! At the price these people charge, beginners should not be on the front lines! That said, the other staff and the meals were excellent!

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CW
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambiance always buzzy !
Great food and excellent service .
First class!

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H
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They really look after you and the accoustics in there are amazing. Despite the buzz in the place you can hear your guest. Something to do with the domes above. The food is very good. My sister was very impressed

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MP
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite spots in London. Good for any occasion!

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F
London
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food but the restaurant was busy as usual and the noise levels were high but they normally are. Certainly wouldn't put me off, food makes up for any noise level!

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I won't go again, service was shocking, food was average and then they had the nerve to ask us to leave our table at 9.00pm. The waiting staff had very little interest in whether we were being served or actually enjoying the experience. Obviously it's very popular so they don't need to bother. If I'm going to spend that much money I would rather enjoy the experience.

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LJ
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Usually outstanding but our last visit wasn’t as good. Service was weak and pastries were stale

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M
London
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Such a pleasure for a birthday breakfast. Staff were accommodating and very welcoming!

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G
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding afternoon tea, would recommend it to anyone looking for an authentic experience. Great gluten free option! And a special birthday surprise :)

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e
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the food as well. Staff couldn't have been more accommodating and the service was fast and courteous. The place is an absolute delight and I could have sat there all morning if I hadn't had to rush off to work - damn!

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SN
London
21 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting my daughter who is studying in London for Sunday lunch. All good as usually and a very good roast beef too

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Quite disappointing....

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