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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

Tempting menu, comfortable seating, no overcrowding of tables so venue felt spacious, quiet enough to talk.

Sylvie 22 March 2017
from Margate

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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

3.5 ((()* (based on 45 reviews)
77% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • lunch (26)
  • afternoon tea (17)
  • dinner (10)
  • value (8)
  • business (4)
  • private dining (4)
  • child friendly (3)
  • romantic (3)
  • breakfast (2)
  • large parties (2)
  • views (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • trendy (1)
  • ((((* 22 March 2017 by Sylvie from Margate

    Tempting menu, comfortable seating, no overcrowding of tables so venue felt spacious, quiet enough to talk.

  • (**** 20 March 2017 by Maud Logan from London

    Had a very delicious lunch salad. Friendly staff. Very noisy premises. Could hardly hear to converse. Too packed with tables. Liked the old 'rustic' furnishing much better than the new 'formica' look. Very bare tables on arriving. Why not a small cloth or mats? A flower? A candle... Room clearly arranged for max profit. Much nicer before. Now rather like a school dinner dining room Also rather mean. No bread butter which could be served without extra charge. A water carafe on the table. It is unlikely we return.

  • (((** 20 March 2017 by Sabrina from London

    Nice. Food and wine a bit pricey for what it is but ok.

  • (**** 14 March 2017 by WHIDTDT from Liverpool

    No value for money with the atmosphere of McDonald's

  • ((((( 21 January 2017 by Elaine Moreton from Hounslow

    Great quinoa, pomegranite salad with smocked salad & excellent waitress service

  • ((((* 12 January 2017 by Marina Vaizey from London

    A very full lunchtime, every table taking, a charming and helpful waitress and very good comfort food: fine terrine, calves liver, etc. such a convenient location too and will go again.

  • ((((( 11 January 2017 by Gillian Barnett from Ashford

    First experience of eating at the National Gallery, was very good , food excellent, service impeccable. We will definitely do it again as booking was also easy.

  • ((((( 4 December 2016 by Sue Breadner from London

    Great food, lovely ambience with no ghastly piped Muzak! Friendly, relaxed staff, who apparently do not receive the added service charge in tips. Black mark to the Management! We left an individual tip & no service charge. If more customers did this, the excessive 12% would disappear and a more equitable system would operate. These guys work very hard.

  • ((((( 2 December 2016 by Mary Evans from london

    We were delighted with the place ( already known but happy to return ) and the excellent food and service. Altogether full marks for the welcoming staff and particularly good tea. Please omit the loud music -- you did but there was a brief blast.

  • ((((* 28 November 2016 by Carolyn Gillespie from London

    We had a lovely lunch. Easy food and good service.

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