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Portrait Restaurant

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE +44 2081281464

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The restaurant has an excellent view over Westminster. The staff were friendlier and efficient and the food was great.

David 20 September 2016
from Cambridge

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Boasting a stunning 92-foot high location at the top of the National Portrait Gallery, the National Portrait Restaurant delivers modern European cuisine. Simple yet elegant presentation mirrors the beauty of the National Portrait Gallery beneath, and the panoramic London vista outside.

Served on level 3 of the National Portrait Gallery, The Portrait Restaurant menu features seasonally evolving dishes using produces from local suppliers. A la carte options feature grilled bream fillet with potted shrimp butter, spelt risotto with lemon mascarpone, and chargrilled Hereford rib eye beef with hand-cut chips, béarnaise and watercress.

Afternoon tea is a colourful menagerie of inventive creations. Pistachio éclair with praline grains and salt beef and sweet mustard sandwiches can be enjoyed with hand-roasted coffee or loose leaf teas. An extensive selection of New World and French wines can be enjoyed whilst taking in the breath-taking London skyline from the Portrait Bar.

With views stretching from Trafalgar Square to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye, The National Portrait Gallery is a 3-minute walk from Leicester Square Station.

Portrait Restaurant

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Contact +44 2073122490
Reservations +44 2081281464

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4.5 (((() (based on 196 reviews)
96% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • views (128)
  • lunch (107)
  • afternoon tea (95)
  • dinner (76)
  • romantic (46)
  • value (28)
  • luxury (27)
  • trendy (26)
  • business (23)
  • breakfast (18)
  • private dining (17)
  • large parties (9)
  • child friendly (8)
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  • ((((( by from London

    Staff were excellent apart from one who was less friendly than the others, but no real problems. It was just that compared to the others they were made to look much 'less' friendly - maybe they were having a bad day.

    In terms of the rest, they were cheerful, clearly enjoyed their job and the repartee between themselves - very impressive.

    Food was really good - small portions for a guy, but very well cooked and very well presented.

    Overall, a very enjoyable experience - thanks

  • ((((* by from Neeroeteren

    It was amazing to be part of!

  • ((((( by from London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

    Great as always

  • ((((* by from London Borough of Southwark

    Food, service and view were amazing ??

  • (((** by from London

    The service was 10 out 10 the actually afternoon tea 6 out 10 sandwich was dry didn't taste of much. Cakes was just okay needed some litlle tongs to remove the cakes from the displey and a spoon for the jelly desert.
    Overall nice venue nice views.

  • (((** by from London

    Site indicates views is Trafalgar Square, however they are roof top views of buildings ande too of obelisk, London Eye and Big Ben. The decor is very much like a cafeteria, not at all like a tea room or the ambience of one.

  • ((((* by from London

    Very good Excellent service. A bit noisy.

  • ((((* by from Souvret

    Great time and great food, lovely and helpful people.
    Unfortunately a very loud birhtday party seated next to us made the meal a bit less enjoyable !

  • ((((* by from Twickenham

    The food is very delicious indeed. I would like to be a repeater. If some portraits were on the wall, we can have more wonderful talk after or before visiting the national portrait gallery.

  • ((((* by from Crieff

    Very good pre theatre meal. Great venue and excellent service. Very good food at reasonable price.

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