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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

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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.

Excellent very attentive, friendly good value beautiful food.

Jas Gill 02 September 2017
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 Capicola, sweet figs, ricotta and Wissey honey, and a smoked duck salad with green beans, chicory, honey mustard and peanuts. Main dishes are equally appealing, and include crab linguini with fennel, chilli and gremolata, Truffle omelette with wild mushrooms, Comte and butter leaf lettuce, and the signature burger which includes maple bacon, gruyere and Portobello mushrooms.

Desserts are an indulgent affair, and include banana split with dulche de leche, chocolate ice cream and Oreo crumble, and Italian affogato with gingerbread biscotti. 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 76 reviews)
81% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • lunch (44)
  • afternoon tea (33)
  • dinner (18)
  • value (15)
  • business (9)
  • breakfast (6)
  • child friendly (6)
  • romantic (6)
  • private dining (5)
  • trendy (3)
  • al fresco (2)
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  • large parties (2)
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  • luxury (1)
  • ((((* 2 September 2017 by Jas Gill from London

    Excellent very attentive, friendly good value beautiful food.

  • (((** 27 August 2017 by Jo anne Ferguson from London

    Pleasant atmosphere, nice treat after visiting the Gallery. Good tea selection, there were 3 of us, we each had a different blend and were all very pleased and had refills. Presentation of the food was attractive. Lovely mini scones, perfect size when presented with 3 tiers of food to get through. My only complaint would be the cakes and pastries were too sweet, we were only able to taste them, not eat them all. We ate the scones though!

  • ((((( 22 August 2017 by Susan Chambers from LONDON

    Superfood Salad was lovely - but the Caramel Doughnuts - were bombs of pleasure. Wonderful Clean, crisp. Peaceful. Pleasant and fresh. Even Dad enjoyed his meal - he doesn't like his food 'mucked about with' and likes it 'naked' (without sauces) - a lovely meal. Sara too was a delight - friendly, helpful, but not intrusive... We only drank tap water and coffees - so can't say about the wines.

  • (((** 19 August 2017 by Andrea from London

    Excellent food and wine at great value - main dish and glass of wine for £10. Sadly this is spoilt by the poor service of untrained staff. My food took half an hour to arrive. There is a pre-theatre menu but I don't think diners will get to the show on time.

  • (**** 4 August 2017 by Tracy from Woking

    Awful experience. Staff friendly but inefficient. Extremely slow service we had to walk up to them to get their attention, starters poor, but mains good, cheese stale. One table walked out and everyone else complaining. Would not visit again.

  • ((((* 31 July 2017 by Libby Anderson from Portland, OR

    Lovely place for afternoon tea. Just nice enough to feel special without being uncomfortably posh. The only issue was that it took forever to get our bill.

  • (((** 31 July 2017 by Gwenneth Stone from LOndon

    I have been to this Cafe many times but not since it was renovated. I thought the food and service were excellent, however I think that the new decor looks cheap and doesn't match the quality and prices of the food.

  • ((((( 20 July 2017 by Rita Fish from London

    Had a good experience. Our guests didn't eat much but they still enjoyed their shortvstay

  • ((((( 19 July 2017 by Allison Wood from Tonbridge

    Really lovely afternoon Tea. Exceptional front of house staff, great choices of tea, very tasty sandwiches and variety of little cakes. Booked online, great value for money!

  • ((((* 18 July 2017 by Charles Weeks from North Hollywood CA USA

    Uncrowded, pleasant space part of National Gallery. Service was a bit slow.

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