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The National Café

The National Cafe, The National Gallery (East Wing), Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4DN +44 2081281599

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  • The National Café - London
  • The National Café - London
  • The National Café - London
  • The National Café - London
  • The National Café - London
  • The National Café - London
  • The National Café - London
  • The National Café - London
  • The National Café - London
  • The National Café - London
  • The National Café - London
  • The National Café - London
  • The National Café - London
  • The National Café - London
  • The National Café - London
  • The National Café - London
Average
Main course: £15
Food spend: £30
Opening hours
Monday: 08:00 - 19:00
Tuesday to Thursday: 08:00 - 22:00
Friday: 08:00 - 22:30
Saturday: 09:00 - 19:00
Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00.

Very nice, friendly service, good food and blessedly quiet. I have the pre-theatre menu and it was very good.

Victoria 01 November 2018
from London

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Inspired by its world-famous setting of the National Gallery, The National Café serves classic British and modern European food in timelessly elegant surroundings. Passionate about British produce, ingredients are carefully sourced.

The National Café menu features rich flavour combinations including starters of buratta with fennel radish, lemon and mint, and a Goosnargh duck and pistachio terrine with blood orange salsa. Main dishes are equally appealing, and include Cornish monkfish, cod and pollock fish pie with langoustine and spring leeks, and 14yo Galician bavette with datterino tomatoes and gremolata.

Desserts are an indulgent affair, and include salted caramel and cinnamon doughnuts with toffee sauce, and steamed chocolate pudding with hot chocolate sauce. Bar snacks, wines and cocktails can also be enjoyed at The National Café London.

The National Café at The National Gallery is just seconds from Trafalgar Square, and is a 2-minute walk from Charing Cross Train Station.

The National Café

The National Cafe, The National Gallery (East Wing), Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4DN

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Customer reviews for The National Café

3.6 ((()* (based on 101 reviews)
81% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • lunch (61)
  • afternoon tea (40)
  • dinner (24)
  • value (20)
  • business (13)
  • child friendly (7)
  • romantic (7)
  • breakfast (6)
  • private dining (6)
  • trendy (4)
  • al fresco (3)
  • entertainment (2)
  • large parties (2)
  • views (2)
  • luxury (1)
  • (**** 16 November 2018 by Philip from London

    We used to lunch at the National Cafe when visiting the gallery, to enjoy the ambience created by the gorgeous period deep mahogany coloured wooden wall panels and enormous old window shutters. They recently closed for refurbishment, which included sacreligiously overpainting the cafe's erstwhile glory with a bland shade of grey. It now looks as distinctive as Starbucks or MacDonalds.
    As for the food, it was as distinctive as the vandalised decor. The best we can say about what we ate is that it was exceptionally dull.

  • ((((( 1 November 2018 by Victoria from London

    Very nice, friendly service, good food and blessedly quiet. I have the pre-theatre menu and it was very good.

  • ((((( 28 October 2018 by John from London

    Delicious food (especially the octopus) and charming staff. The 2 course lunch menu for £19 is a real bargain. Thanks to the team for making my friend’s birthday so memorable.

  • ((*** 13 July 2018 by Sally from Colchester

    Super food in elegant surroundings and in a very convenient location.
    This was our first visit & we will definitely go again

  • ((((* 12 July 2018 by Christopher from henley

    Just the right spot after the celebrations in the Mall

  • ((((* 5 July 2018 by Clive from London

    A good place to meet a friend. Good food without the supercilious atmosphere of some restaurants. We were sorry the burrata was off the menu. Nice soup and salads. Coffee wasn’t great - too bitter. Try arabica instead of robusta.

  • ((((( 3 July 2018 by kathryn from BROMLEY

    Cool and relaxing atmosphere which was especially welcome on one of the hottest June days. Reception and service was friendly and efficient. The corner table I asked for proved quiet and private so we could talk, and lunch was served in good time so we were able to get to the Coliseum over the road in good time. Food was good quality and there was a reasonable choice. I eat gluten free and have always managed to find a meal I like. We chose salads this time which were interesting and well dressed. Very tasty and also satisfying.

  • ((*** 29 June 2018 by David from London

    Average food Service charge added to bill without notification

  • ((((( 29 June 2018 by Patrick from london

    The Ox Cheek was superbly tender and tasty! I always get great unfussy cooking here and friendly service in an airy relaxed atmosphere at a decent price, what else would one want before a show in the West End !?

  • ((((* 6 June 2018 by Liz from London

    Pleasant attentive service. Not cheap but overall OK value. Also nice airy room and good space between tables.

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