Cafe Portrait

(52 Reviews)
1 QueenStreet, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD
Afternoon Tea

Top offer

Afternoon Tea £30 for 2 people

This offer is available from November 26, 2019 until November 30, 2020, subject to availability as displayed in the booking interface. Not available in conjunction with other offers. Offer excludes service.


Main course: £10
Food spend: £25

Restaurant description

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.

Customer reviews for Cafe Portrait
(based on 52 reviews)

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  • By Margaret P P from Edinburgh
    14 December 2019

    Friendly staff and a wonderful afternoon tea . One of the best in Edinburgh

  • By Patsy K from Maidenhead
    26 October 2019

    Great experience ! Lovely side room so beautiful setting and the tea was incredible mostly home made including delicious jam. Booking and service all easy too Then you can walk the food off by exploring the amazing art gallery.

  • By Tricia H from Edinburgh
    19 October 2019

    Really enjoyable and very tasty options

  • By Michael B from Hull
    8 October 2019

    Good place to eat in a busy city. Value for money

  • By June W from Edinburgh
    26 September 2019

    Very good!

  • By Beatrice O from Dübendorf
    9 September 2019

    We enjoyed a lovely, delicious afternoon Tea. It was very nice:-)

  • By Anonymous C from Manchester
    19 August 2019

    This is my fifth or sixth afternoon tea at Cafe Portrait and it's always been exceptional. Beautifully presented and imaginatively thought out, both the standard and the vegetarian options are excellent value for money and feel special. Highly recommended.

  • By Emma L from Edinburgh
    28 July 2019

    Lovely place setting, beautiful presentation. Gorgeous food. Good at accommodating dietary requirements such as gluten free. Was a lovely afternoon tea!

  • By Elizabeth S from London
    19 July 2019

    Had a lovely visit to the National Portrait Gallery with my sister. We topped it off with tea for two. The staff was helpful and cheerful. They even got us a container to take the sweets we couldn’t finish with us. They we enjoyed by my brother-in-law and my nephew. Would recommend their set tea as a lovely place for afternoon tea at a reasonable price if you are in London.

  • By Elizabeth R from Edinburgh
    1 May 2019

    We had a lovely afternoon tea which served in the quiet room. I loved the little bowl of soup and the beautiful presentation of the dishes. Very nice cake selection and we had our first taste of edible flowers. The scones would be my least favourite part as think I would have expected 'different' scones from the usual there and they were rather dry. Also one jar of jam and cream were a bit small portion for the four scones however the black currant jam was delicious.

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Cafe Portrait
1 QueenStreet, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD