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The National Café

The National Cafe, The National Gallery (East Wing), Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4DN +44 2081281599

((()* British
Main course: £15
Food spend: £30
Opening hours
Sunday to Thursday : 08:00 - 23:00
Friday : 09:00 - 23:00
Saturday : 10:00 - 17:00

My family and I had an Afternoon Tea in The National Café and it was really nice. In spite of we were very late they treated pretty well. The food was delicious and the waiter so kind.

Miriam Terrén 16 May 2017
from London

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Inspired by its world-famous setting of the National Gallery, The National Café serves classic British and modern European food in timelessly elegant surroundings. Passionate about British produce, ingredients are carefully sourced.

The National Café menu features rich flavour combinations including starters of Capicola, sweet figs, ricotta and Wissey honey, and a smoked duck salad with green beans, chicory, honey mustard and peanuts. Main dishes are equally appealing, and include crab linguini with fennel, chilli and gremolata, Truffle omelette with wild mushrooms, Comte and butter leaf lettuce, and the signature burger which includes maple bacon, gruyere and Portobello mushrooms.

Desserts are an indulgent affair, and include banana split with dulche de leche, chocolate ice cream and Oreo crumble, and Italian affogato with gingerbread biscotti. Bar snacks, wines and cocktails can also be enjoyed at The National Café London.

The National Café at The National Gallery is just seconds from Trafalgar Square, and is a 2-minute walk from Charing Cross Train Station.

The National Café

The National Cafe, The National Gallery (East Wing), Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4DN

Contact +44 2077475942
Reservations +44 2081281599

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Customer reviews for The National Café

3.6 ((()* (based on 56 reviews)
80% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • lunch (34)
  • afternoon tea (22)
  • dinner (12)
  • value (9)
  • business (5)
  • private dining (4)
  • romantic (4)
  • breakfast (3)
  • child friendly (3)
  • large parties (2)
  • views (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • entertainment (1)
  • trendy (1)
  • (**** 23 May 2017 by Freda Mason from Windsor

    Well presented and tasty food.
    Service, however, left much to be desired. I'm not sure that I'd go again despite the manager agreeing and waiving the fee.

  • ((((* 16 May 2017 by Miriam Terrén from London

    My family and I had an Afternoon Tea in The National Café and it was really nice. In spite of we were very late they treated pretty well. The food was delicious and the waiter so kind.

  • (((** 11 May 2017 by Charlie Fairhurst from London

    Excellent choice of lunch menu
    Food good and staff efficient - though stretched at beginning of service
    The new decor is a real shame - bland and generic
    It was fabulous, appropriate for National Gallery and atmospheric before - why did they change???

  • (((** 29 April 2017 by Janet from South Croydon

    The staff were good. The decor and light pleasing and relaxing. The ambience was good and the timing of order to being served & no pestering by staff or filling of wine glasses! The food was good BUT .... the portions were ridiculous. I ordered Cornish Brill and it was merely the tail end of a half fillet. Barely 3" long by 2" at its widest which quickly tapered to a point! A sharp contrast to last week when in the oldest seafood restaurant in Brighton on the seafront a whole bream was served with all the side dishes for less money! The house red was good but £5 overpriced too

  • ((((( 21 April 2017 by Acronym from London

    The renovated cafe proved to be a wonderful spot for a catch-up lunch with a friend. He enjoyed the fresh, superfood salad on a sunny Spring day with perfectly cooked chips and my brill with sauce vierge and new potatoes was both tasty and substantial. Desserts looked delicious, but we ran out of time and will need to return soon for Part 2.
    Our waiter was attentive, efficient, cheerful and courteous throughout, without bothering us with too much unnecessary water-pouring!
    All-in-all, a great, surprise find, which we had first chosen principally for reasons of location convenience.

  • ((((( 10 April 2017 by Susan Mcrae from Oxford

    I love the atmosphere here and the new decor and the staff .... the food is also great!

  • ((((( 9 April 2017 by Aliona Le khak from Londonderry

    A great place to have quiet lunch in the middle of hustle and bustle of the city centre. The atmosphere and interior are great, as well as the food and service.

  • (((** 8 April 2017 by Adele Jennison from London

    The restaurant had just had a major re-design (good) but the menu has changed & is a lot dearer than before. Two items were missing off the menu which was disappointing.
    It is a SUPERB location.

  • ((((( 7 April 2017 by Diane Milan from Cambridge

    Very pleasant restful ambience, my duck terrine and rhubarb pickle was very good, also the baked pineapple and coconut dessert. Very nice service.

  • (((** 4 April 2017 by Mary Burmester from Haywards Heath

    Good service, lovely food. The wine could have been colder but the waiter did bring an ice bucket.

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