Guide MICHELIN 2020

Portrait Restaurant

(338 Reviews)
National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE
British, Afternoon Tea
A la carte menu

Top offer

Pre-theatre menu

2 Courses £22.00 | 3 Courses £25.00

Opening hours

Monday – Wednesday: 10:00 – 18:00
Thursday – Friday: 10:00 – 21:00
Saturday – Sunday: 10:00- 18:00.

Restaurant description

Boasting a stunning 92-foot high location at the top of the National Portrait Gallery, the National Portrait Restaurant delivers modern European cuisine. Simple yet elegant presentation mirrors the beauty of the National Portrait Gallery beneath, and the panoramic London vista outside.

Served on level 3 of the National Portrait Gallery, The Portrait Restaurant menu features seasonally evolving dishes using produces from local suppliers. A la carte options feature grilled bream fillet with potted shrimp butter, spelt risotto with lemon mascarpone, and chargrilled Hereford rib eye beef with hand-cut chips, béarnaise and watercress.

Afternoon tea is a colourful menagerie of inventive creations. Pistachio éclair with praline grains and salt beef and sweet mustard sandwiches can be enjoyed with hand-roasted coffee or loose leaf teas. An extensive selection of New World and French wines can be enjoyed whilst taking in the breath-taking London skyline from the Portrait Bar.

With views stretching from Trafalgar Square to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye, The National Portrait Gallery is a 3-minute walk from Leicester Square Station.

Dishes displayed on a la carte menus are representative of the type of food available at the restaurant.

Customer reviews for Portrait Restaurant
4.5
(based on 338 reviews)

97%
of diners recommend this restaurant

  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Value
  • Location

Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (184)
  • al fresco (6)
  • breakfast (25)
  • business (36)
  • child friendly (12)
  • dinner (120)
  • entertainment (9)
  • large parties (11)
  • lunch (174)
  • luxury (44)
  • private dining (23)
  • romantic (64)
  • trendy (39)
  • value (59)
  • views (214)
  • By DeWayne P from New York
    26 October 2019

    Excellent dining experience across the board.

  • By Sue P from Columbus
    11 October 2019

    Had afternoon tea. It was lovely! Was also able to peruse the gallery which was great.

  • By Caroline R from London
    2 October 2019

    The view from the top of the National Portarit Gallery is lovely - really lifts your heart! The restaurant is not cheap but the food is very good - we shared a wonderful lemon posset and some delicious ice cream for pudding - and the main courses are interesting and carefully thought out. A very good experience...

  • By Anne W from London
    2 October 2019

    Good service and fantastic ambience as usual. But yesterday disappointed in the food. First course of soft boiled egg and leek, both undercooked with leeks really tough and egg white still runny slightly. Main of cheese soufflé was ok but a bit slushy texture wise overall. Cranachan pud was great. Wine great. But given we chose from the a la carte menu it was definitely not worth it. Shame as I’ve really enjoyed the food before here.

  • By Chris C from London
    6 June 2019

    Very good food and service - watch out main door shuts at 6 need to go round the back - great location for Covent garden theatres

  • By William S from Watford
    1 June 2019

    A enjoyable meal at a restaurant with a great view - a excellent dinning space with friendly and professional staff. The evening spring menu was creative and offered a good range of options.

  • By Anthony W from London
    23 May 2019

    Food and Drink were excellent; but (1) the acoustics were made it difficult, and (2) there are few staff

  • By Pasqualino A from Rome
    4 May 2019

    it was an excellent experience; me and my friends were very happy for the meals we had.

  • By Diane O from London
    4 May 2019

    We enjoyed a delicious lunch here with a spectacular view over Trafalgar Square. We thoroughly recommend this restaurant especially for s special occasion.

  • By Jacky S from Kingston on Thames
    29 April 2019

    The view is outstanding. Good menu. Well presented dishes.

Restaurant Location Map
Portrait Restaurant
National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

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