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Cafe Portrait

1 QueenStreet, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

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

Excellent service, fantastic and varied food.

Andrew Trumper 24 April 2017
from Dunfermline

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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

Contact +44 1316246421

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Customer reviews for Cafe Portrait

4.5 (((() (based on 17 reviews)
94% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • afternoon tea (16)
  • value (7)
  • lunch (6)
  • al fresco (2)
  • child friendly (2)
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  • ((((( 24 April 2017 by Andrew Trumper from Dunfermline

    Excellent service, fantastic and varied food.

  • (**** 20 March 2017 by Stella Albano from Edinburgh

    We chose to have afternoon tea here as an early mother's day treat. We were disappointed to find on arrival that the tea is served in the small side room and not the bright and airy main dining room. There was not a nice atmosphere.

    We were not given a menu so were unaware of what we were getting but an array of sandwiches, scones and cakes arrived promptly and was beautifully displayed. The sandwiches were okay but very bland and not very imaginitive- seriously, cream cheese and cucumber!. The scones were good but it wasn't real clotted cream, just whipped. The cakes left a lot to be desired though, each one was far too sweet and lacked any flavour, except for the salted caramel cheesecake which tasted entirely of salt!

    Overall, we were very disappointed in the experience and it was very poor value at £30 for two. We noticed we weren't the only ones who left unsatisfied as the table next to us left promptly, leaving half the cakes wasted on the table.

  • ((((( 23 February 2017 by Eddie from Dunfermline

    Our Afternoon Tea was a Christmas gift voucher. On arrival we were a bit concerned that, as the cafe seemed very busy and noisy, we would not have a seat booked but the booked area is to the rear of the cafe and much quieter. We were shown to our table by a very pleasant lady who explained everything and brought us our afternoon tea that was exceptionally well presented. All the food was explained and was very tasty. She kept returning to make sure we were happy and if we required any more tea. A nice touch. All in all a very pleasant experience made more so by the very nice lady who attended to us (sorry I did not get her name).

  • ((((( 18 February 2017 by Elaine Dobbie from Edinburgh

    Lovely afternoon tea with varied selection of sandwiches, scones & cakes

  • ((((( 14 February 2017 by Margaret Gordon from Gullane

    First class experience. Everything was perfect

  • ((((* 9 February 2017 by Avril Gentle from Edinburgh

    We really enjoyed our afternoon tea. The service and quality of food was very good.

  • ((((( 31 January 2017 by Russell Irwin from Edinburgh


  • ((((( 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:)

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