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Cafe Portrait

1 QueenStreet, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

(((() Afternoon Tea
Average
Main course: £10
Food spend: £25

Excellent afternoon tea experience. Staff very helpful and flexible with the timing( we arrived 45mins early). Food lovely and very fresh.

Elizabeth Quigley 23 December 2016
from Penicuik

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Filled with stunning artwork and boasting dramatic gothic windows and styling, Cafe Portrait sits inside the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, offering homemade soups, sandwiches, light bites and afternoon teas. Gluten and dairy-free options are also available.

The Cafe Portrait menu offers a great selection of light meals, perfect for refuelling whilst visiting the gallery. There are flavourful soups that change frequently, as well as generously-filled sandwiches and ciabattas. Inventive mains use organic, seasonal produce, with recipes including seared chicken breast served with fennel and juicy orange slices.

Afternoon tea at Cafe Portrait Edinburgh is extremely popular, with loose leaf teas and an irresistible selections of freshly-baked treats served up every day, including options that are gluten-free and dairy-free.

Bringing elegant treats to one of Scotland's most famous art venues, Cafe Portrait is just 5 minutes' walk from Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station.

Cafe Portrait

1 QueenStreet, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

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4.7 (((() (based on 10 reviews)
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  • ((((( 28 December 2016 by Sara Sidorowicz from Reading

    We enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea for our daughter's birthday. The food as excellent with a gluten free option that was also very tasty and of equal quality and quantity (Not always the case when asking for gluten free). The staff were brilliant too and could not have been better. Thank you very much for a very enjoyable day at the gallery. ???????????

  • ((((( 23 December 2016 by Elizabeth Quigley from Penicuik

    Excellent afternoon tea experience. Staff very helpful and flexible with the timing( we arrived 45mins early). Food lovely and very fresh.

  • (((** 19 December 2016 by Lee Patterson from Edinburgh

    Great service, good food and good cost. Shame they bleach cleaned a neighbouring table while we were eating, kinda spoiled the event for the four of us:)

  • ((((( 8 December 2016 by Shelagh Mccomiskey from Edinburgh

    We had a lovely experience at the Portrait Gallery! It was very special. It was nice in the snug room with an excellent variety of food. We'll be back. The prosecco made it.

  • ((((( 11 November 2016 by Polly R from Edinburgh

    This was a top notch afternoon tea. The staff were quietly attentive and the soup, sandwiches, scones, posset and cakes were beautifully presented, delicious and most satisfying.

  • ((((( 8 November 2016 by Colin Guthrie from Aberdeen

    Great afternoon tea. Nice rooms and very accomadating, great for gluten free guests too

  • ((((( 11 October 2016 by Ann Brown from Lerwick

    What a lovely holiday treat. A full range of savoury and sweet in this afternoon tea. A nice side room, not too crowded and very helpful and pleasant , friendly staff. A lovely experience

  • ((((( 11 July 2016 by Deborah Redfearn from Leeds

    We booked afternoon tea and on arrival saw a large queue at the Cafe counter so asked a member of staff if we were in the right place. She immediately showed us through to a quiet area with a reserved table. She asked us if we wanted a drink straightaway and brought pots of tea prior to our 'tea' being delivered. The food was good, especially the small soups. there was plenty of food for us and the level of service was just right, helpful and on hand but never intrusive. Definitely a must if you are visiting the Portrait Gallery anyway.

  • ((((* 8 March 2016 by Christine Cawkwell from Newcastle

    We ate in the side room to the restaurant, was a perfect location for casual but smart dinning. Lovely food and outstanding service. Made Mother's Day extra special. Not one complaint.

  • ((((( 8 March 2016 by AB from Edinburgh

    I booked the special Mother's Day afternoon tea with prosecco at the Portrait Cafe. The whole experience was excellent. The staff were extremely attentive and looked after us so well. Nothing seemed too much trouble. The afternoon tea was scrumptious! From the little cup of soup with cheese scone to start; followed by delicious sandwiches, scones and a delightful selection of sweet treats. It was really good value for money and I would not hesitate to book at this restaurant again or at another of the eating places run by this company.

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