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The National Café

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

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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
  • The National Café - London
  • The National Café - London
Average
Main course: £15
Food spend: £30
Opening hours
Monday to Thursday: 11:30 - 20:30
Friday: 11:30 - 21:30
Saturday & Sunday: 11:30 - 18:00.

Excellent lunch, perfectly cooked with very good service. Quiet table reserved.

Ursula 11 April 2019
from Andover

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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 111 reviews)
81% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • lunch (68)
  • afternoon tea (44)
  • dinner (25)
  • value (23)
  • business (14)
  • child friendly (7)
  • private dining (7)
  • romantic (7)
  • breakfast (6)
  • trendy (4)
  • al fresco (3)
  • views (3)
  • entertainment (2)
  • large parties (2)
  • luxury (1)
  • ((((( 11 April 2019 by Ursula from Andover

    Excellent lunch, perfectly cooked with very good service. Quiet table reserved.

  • ((((* 9 April 2019 by Lorna from Dijon

    Despite dropping by 10 minutes before the table booked to check and remind (this was a group booking), our table wasn't ready! That said a flurry of action ensued and we were sitting down to a most fabulous afternoon tea. Polite and efficient staff. Great spot. Good Value. Will definitely go again!

  • ((((* 6 April 2019 by Martin from Maidstone

    Afternoon in gallery followed by set price dinner. All very good will use again

  • ((((( 5 March 2019 by Mary from Canterbury

    Always enjoyable and excellent service.
    But it’s difficult to book .... my booking seemed to have disappeared and other friends say the same thing.
    Even so, looking forward to returning

  • ((*** 31 January 2019 by Mark from Loughton

    We were having a pre theatre meal but the service was slow and inefficient, no cutlery on the table, the water we asked for never arrived, the first course took almost 20 minutes to arrive. The food was good but nothing special but was not cheap either (there was a cheaper set menu but the choice was a bit paltry). All in all, not a particularly successful evening. Good wine menu but that was about it. They need to train the staff to be better.

  • ((((* 20 January 2019 by Stephanie from London

    Very good menu and delicious food

  • ((((( 16 January 2019 by Lucie from London

    Very good, staff were excellent.

  • ((((( 15 January 2019 by Sheila from London

    It was ideal for what we wanted - lunch before a matinee at a nearby theatre. I like their (new to me) arrangement which separates the dining area from the exit path

  • (**** 7 December 2018 by Helen from Bourne End

    The food was a bit disappointing - not a lot of choice and my steak sandwich was all bread and lettuce with two minute pieces of steak. The waiter we had was very offhand, always missing when you wanted him; eventually other members of staff helped us and then our original waiter came over and started grumbling how much he had to do - not very professional.

  • ((((( 2 December 2018 by Sandra from Edinburgh

    Good service Menu had good choice and food was excellent . Wine list was also good and a bit different from usual choices

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