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Portrait Restaurant

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

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

Really enjoyed my lunch, beautiful veggie food. Lovely staff

Barbara 20 November 2018
from Liverpool

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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.

Portrait Restaurant

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

Contact +44 2073122490

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4,5 (((() (based on 317 reviews)
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  • views (200)
  • afternoon tea (175)
  • lunch (159)
  • dinner (113)
  • romantic (62)
  • value (54)
  • luxury (43)
  • trendy (38)
  • business (33)
  • breakfast (24)
  • private dining (21)
  • child friendly (12)
  • large parties (11)
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  • al fresco (6)
  • (((** 25 November 2018 by Katharine from Boaton MA USA

    I took an another American to Tea there for the ambiance, view, and tea. The tea itself was delicious. The sandwiches were a bit dry—it's hard to keep them fresh, I know. There were too many little cakes. I would have preferred to choose a few fresh ones rather than too many slightly stale ones... Our server was neither particularly attentive, nor careful—dismissive might be a better word. There was a very talkative and obviously Important and Wealthy 4-some there and there was considerable hovering around them. We had to ask for water 3 times, and it was given somewhat begrudgingly. I still love going there, but I was disappointed at our treatment and the quality of what we were served for the price. It seemed we'd run into a little "snobbishness" at the hands of the not British server showing off against the Americans, or maybe he was just weary at the end of his day.

  • ((((( 20 November 2018 by Barbara from Liverpool

    Really enjoyed my lunch, beautiful veggie food. Lovely staff

  • ((((( 2 November 2018 by Ronnie from Dumfries

    Service and food were great

  • ((((( 6 October 2018 by Janet from London

    Super English Rose wine
    Great healthy menu
    Very experienced professional helpful staff

  • ((((( 20 September 2018 by Gail from Brighton

    Already responded to survey request by NPG. Our afternoon tea was fantastic value and would even ave been so if we hadn't had the special offer through Bookatable. It was a fabulous place, with fabulous food and drink, and very welcoming friendly staff providing s with a great table. Will definitely return for another yummy afternoon tea. The little fresh seared tuna /quail egg mini starter was a star turn and very welcomed. Beautiful views across the rooftops of London.

  • ((((( 18 September 2018 by Karen from London

    Excellent all round

  • ((((( 13 September 2018 by Louise from Australia

    Portrait Restaurant is my favourite dining experience when in London. After a quick whip through the collection galleries to see what’s new, I go up to the top floor for a view of the London skyline, kick off with a berry Bellini and relax into a three course meal, served by the friendliest and mist engaging staff - just love it, as the sun goes down and the evening settles in!

  • ((((( 19 August 2018 by Pilar from zaragoza

    Everything was perfect. Delicious food, friendly waitress, relaxed atmosphere and impressive views.

  • ((((( 9 August 2018 by Geoffrey from Kendal

    Excellent service and welcome on arrival.
    Food of a very high standard.
    Wine choice excellent.

  • ((((( 6 August 2018 by Maggie from London

    Lovely staff, very efficient. Great food and stunning views.

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