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The National Dining Rooms

The National Dining Rooms, The National Gallery (Sainsbury's Wing), Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4DN +44 2081281598

((()* British
  •  - London
  •  - London
  •  - London
  •  - London
  •  - London
  •  - London
Opening hours
Saturday to Thursday: 10:00 - 17:30
Friday: 10:00 - 20:30

View of Trafalgar Square.e

Sandy O'neill 11 May 2017
from London

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Found within a secluded wing of the iconic National Gallery, The National Dining Rooms offers modern British cuisine. Along with a fresh food counter, guests can look upon expansive murals depicting scenes of yesteryear.

Fresh, British produce forms The National Dining Rooms menu, from summer salads, to warming soups and hearty sandwiches, which can also be enjoyed in the cosy café area. For something more substantial, diners can select from refined dishes such as pheasant and partridge terrine, followed by Dover sole or a homely shepherd’s pie.

There is also a selection of artisan cheese and British charcuterie on offer at The National Dining Rooms in London. Try the caramelised chocolate mousse with vanilla shortbread for dessert. Brought to you by the renowned Peyton & Byrne group, the restaurant also offers splendid views over Trafalgar Square

The renowned afternoon tea shouldn’t be missed, nor should the occasional interactive tasting sessions and wine tasting classes. The National Dining Rooms restaurant is a 3-minute walk from Charing Cross Station.

The National Dining Rooms

The National Dining Rooms, The National Gallery (Sainsbury's Wing), Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4DN

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Customer reviews for The National Dining Rooms

3.5 ((()* (based on 91 reviews)
76% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • lunch (48)
  • afternoon tea (30)
  • views (29)
  • value (18)
  • dinner (8)
  • private dining (7)
  • romantic (7)
  • business (5)
  • luxury (5)
  • large parties (4)
  • breakfast (3)
  • child friendly (2)
  • entertainment (2)
  • trendy (2)
  • ((((( 11 May 2017 by Sandy O'neill from London

    View of Trafalgar Square.e

  • ((((( 7 May 2017 by Michelle Cowen from London

    Excellent

  • ((*** 2 May 2017 by Dilys Webb from London

    A rather lack lustre experience, the sandwich fillings were distinctly average, the scones were hard, dry and it took a long time to discover any fruit in them whilst the cakes again were nothing special.

  • ((((* 13 April 2017 by Irene Harding from London

    Excellent food and outstanding service from Mario.

  • ((((( 27 March 2017 by Catherine from London

    Amazing Sunday Lunch, Staff were super attentive and friendly - great place for Mother's Day!

  • (**** 15 March 2017 by Jackie Cain from London

    The restaurant is in the new, Sainsbury, Wing of the National Gallery. It has reasonable natural light, particuarly if you get a table in the part nearest the windows. The tables are a good size but perhaps a little close together, especially along the bench on the far side where diners seated at the corner of the bench can dominate the soundscape of the space. The food is quite fancy, good choise of fish and vegetarian, interesting cheese choices.
    The main problem is service - and in fact the management of service. You don't get a dedicated waiter and the wait staff are hard to hail. The service was slow from getting an acknowledgement at the table to getting the food. The staff didn't seem bad, just disorganised and the kitchen was slow. The waiter dedicated to bringing out drinks rarely knew which table to take them to so that is an information system problem. The kitchen didn't have the cheese I ordered so just sent out a different one - and it was blue when I ordered a non-blue cheese. When I selected a different one, it took so long that we gave up on it. The waiter was apologetic and I think he should find a different job. This shambles is not going to allow him to give good service!
    I'd recommend the food and location to a friend but warn them about the service problems. If they have plenty of time and are armed to deal with it (once you get the attentions of a waiter, don't let them go!), it might not bother them.

  • ((((( 28 February 2017 by Romola Boorman from London

    The meal was excellent and the service extremely good.

  • ((((( 18 February 2017 by Diana Lambert from London

    Delicious food and great service, v good house white wine too

  • ((((* 14 February 2017 by MRM from Surrey

    I HAD THE DEVILLED KIDNEYS. THEY WEREVERY RAW ON FIRST SERVING AND I HAD TO SEND THEM BACK TO BE RE-COOKED. I HAD TO WAIT A FURTHER 15 MINS. ONCE THIS WAS DONE THEY WERE DELICIOUS. YOUR CHEF SHOULD NOTE THAT FOODS OF THIS TYPE MUST BE PROPERLY COOKED. YOU DID NOT HAVE ANY GLUTEN FREE BREAD AT ALL ON THE MENU. MY DINING COMPANION WAS COELIAC. YOUR STAFF WERE NOT VERY INFORMED ABOUT GLUTEN FREE BREAD OR FOODS. ALL THESE SHOULD BE NOTED ON MENU FOR EASE OF USE OF DINERS.. YOU SHOULD ALSO HAVE A "V" FOR VEGETARIAN. YOU SHOULD ALSO NOTE ANY FOODS WHICH HAVE NUTS. NO SALADS ON MENU ? ATTRACTIVE DINING ROOM. GOOD LIGHTING. ATTRACTIVE SETTING.

  • ((((( 8 January 2017 by Patricia Pearl from London

    Good food
    A very amenable dining environment
    I asked for a window table and this was provided
    Attentive staff

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