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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.

I regularly lunch here both for business and social purposes. The location and ambience is good. The food is very good but the set lunch menu is too limited and I rarely find it attractive. The drinks list is excellent.

JJ 05 May 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

3.5 ((()* (based on 91 reviews)
81% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • lunch (54)
  • afternoon tea (37)
  • dinner (21)
  • value (17)
  • business (12)
  • breakfast (6)
  • child friendly (6)
  • romantic (6)
  • private dining (5)
  • trendy (3)
  • al fresco (2)
  • entertainment (2)
  • large parties (2)
  • views (2)
  • luxury (1)
  • (((** 16 May 2018 by Phillip Finney from London

    The meal was overpriced for its quality.

  • ((((* 5 May 2018 by JJ from London

    I regularly lunch here both for business and social purposes. The location and ambience is good. The food is very good but the set lunch menu is too limited and I rarely find it attractive. The drinks list is excellent.

  • ((((* 9 April 2018 by Kathy from Bromley

    We both ate the veal and pork burgers with a tarragon dressing. Very tasty. Accompanying salad a bit mean but fresh.
    Menu fairly limited, particularly for anyone wanting to avoid gluten. Service was fast and friendly which was helpful as we had a timed appointment after our meal.

  • ((((* 9 April 2018 by Anna-louise Bargery from London

    Had possibly the best scones ever. Not at all dry and with plenty of sultanas, the scones were excellent although could have done with a little more cream and the excellent homemade jam used.

  • (((** 7 April 2018 by john from London

    Very convenient for pre-theatre meal but quite expensive for small portions with bread extra!

  • ((*** 19 March 2018 by John Carrington from Taunton

    The soup and hake were excellent. We were advised that the hake would take about 20 minutes to prepare, which was acceptable to us, BUT in the event we waited 45 minutes plus for it. After about 25 minutes I raised the delay with our waitress, and after a further ten mnutes I raised the matter again with the second waitress who was bringing food from the kitchen. When I asked each of them why there had been this delay, each merely said 'sorry'. I searched for the manager when we left, but he was nowhwere to be seen and we had no time to spend on chasing him. To cap it all, a service charge of 12.5% was incorporated within the bill, with no indication that it was voluntary. No compensation of any kind was offered to us. So excellent food was spoiled by a poor overall experience.

  • (((** 15 February 2018 by Heather Lawrence from London

    I arrived first and was taken promptly to pur table. Unfortunately one of my guests was shown to a different table ( he adked for me by name) this led to a delay in our meeting ws he was out of dight

  • ((((* 12 February 2018 by Helen Langdon from London

    Very pleasant apart from music too loud and unpleasant

  • ((((( 4 February 2018 by Deborah from LONDON

    Great location - very central. Great ambience. Perfect for meetings over lunch. Good fast service with a great selection of healthy dishes. The carpeted floors ensured that even with super high ceilings, the acoustics worked well for hearing each other.

  • ((((* 31 January 2018 by Liz Baker from London

    OK - good service and interesting food

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