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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
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.

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

Sandra 02 December 2018
from Edinburgh

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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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3.6 ((()* (based on 105 reviews)
80% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • lunch (64)
  • afternoon tea (41)
  • dinner (24)
  • value (20)
  • business (13)
  • child friendly (7)
  • romantic (7)
  • breakfast (6)
  • private dining (6)
  • trendy (4)
  • al fresco (3)
  • views (3)
  • entertainment (2)
  • large parties (2)
  • luxury (1)
  • ((((( 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

  • (**** 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.

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