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Cafe Portrait

1 QueenStreet, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

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

The gluten free and vegetarian optoon for afternoon tea was fantastic! I highly recommend coming here for a anyone who is celiac.

Erin 15 July 2018
from Edinburgh

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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 36 reviews)
91% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • afternoon tea (33)
  • value (15)
  • lunch (11)
  • child friendly (4)
  • al fresco (2)
  • trendy (2)
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  • ((((( 24 August 2018 by Barbara from Edinburgh

    All my guests were impressed by the range of food, all was delicious, and very good value for money. Staff were friendly and attentive. I have tried various venues for afternoon tea, and the Portait Gallery serve one of the best I have had. I like that it was served in the room that provides more privacy.

  • ((((( 15 July 2018 by Erin from Edinburgh

    The gluten free and vegetarian optoon for afternoon tea was fantastic! I highly recommend coming here for a anyone who is celiac.

  • ((((( 15 June 2018 by Stella from Southend-on-Sea

    Excellent for service and presentation would definitely recommend

  • ((((( 24 May 2018 by Michelle from Dunfermline

    Excellent from start to finish, service was fast and nothing was too much trouble. The savoury food was lovely and just enough. Potato salad was gorgeous. Then the cakes and scones were just amazing!! Defo will be back.

  • ((((( 15 May 2018 by Sheena from Edinburgh

    Booked the Scottish National Portrait for afternoon tea. Food was lovely. We especially enjoyed the savouries and hand made scones. A very nice touch. Everyone was so helpful and friendly. Would definitely go back.

  • ((((( 9 April 2018 by Liz from Midlothian.

    Afternoon tea was great from start to finish, we were shown to our table, offered water, asked if we would prefer tea or coffee and then our treats were brought to us and we were told about everything on the two serving plates can`t fault our experience and would certainly recommend `Café Portrait` Also offered more drinks.

  • ((((( 23 March 2018 by Marion from Edinburgh

    My friend was treating me to afternoon tea for my birthday. What a lovely afternoon we had. The service was excellent and the afternoon tea was first class. We started with a delicious Beetroot soup then tucked into fresh sandwiches and other savouries. Freshly made scones with homemade jam, and then onto a lovely selection of cakes. We were served my the manager who explained at the beginning about all the goodies we were about to eat. She was very friendly and professional. The China teapots and cups and saucers were also a really nice touch. Thankyou for a memorable afternoon.

  • ((((( 23 January 2018 by Janice from Hartlepool

    The experience from booking to having afternoon tea with friends was exceptional.
    The quality and presentation of the food was excellent and the service from everyone was outstanding

  • ((*** 28 December 2017 by AG from Edinburgh

    I booked an afternoon tea for 4. Booking in itself was relatively seamless online, although I was misled in believing that the £30 for 2 price was a special offer online, instead of just being the normal price i.e. I didn't need to buy vouchers to secure that price. Afternoon teas are served in a separate room, which on the plus side was quieter than the main café sitting area, but on the negative side was terribly spartan and cold. We came for a treat and some festive cheer, it felt a lot more festive in the lushly decorated main hall of the gallery and the main café area, than the storeroom they put us in!!

  • ((((( 7 November 2017 by Sheila from West Calder

    First time in Gallery and first time in cafe where we had afternoon tea. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole team. To start with the small cup of soup on a cold day was great. Sandwiches, scones and cakes were excellenthe and as much tea as we liked it been made from tea leaves only added to our enjoyment what a difference instead of tea bags. All staff were very nice and looked after us well. Would definitely go again.

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