Portrait Restaurant

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE


Really delicious food and friendly service. Lovely views of Trafalgar Square

Mimi Howes 26 September 2015
From London Borough of Southwark

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Boasting a stunning 92-foot high location at the top of the National Portrait Gallery, the National Portrait Restaurant delivers modern European cuisine. Simple yet elegant presentation mirrors the beauty of the National Portrait Gallery beneath, and the panoramic London vista outside.

Served on level 3 of the National Portrait Gallery, The Portrait Restaurant menu features seasonally evolving dishes using produces from local suppliers. A la carte options feature grilled bream fillet with potted shrimp butter, spelt risotto with lemon mascarpone, and chargrilled Hereford rib eye beef with hand-cut chips, béarnaise and watercress.

Afternoon tea is a colourful menagerie of inventive creations. Pistachio éclair with praline grains and salt beef and sweet mustard sandwiches can be enjoyed with hand-roasted coffee or loose leaf teas. An extensive selection of New World and French wines can be enjoyed whilst taking in the breath-taking London skyline from the Portrait Bar.

With views stretching from Trafalgar Square to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye, The National Portrait Gallery is a 3-minute walk from Leicester Square Station.

Customer Reviews for Portrait Restaurant


(based on 29 reviews)

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  • lunch (22)
  • views (21)
  • dinner (16)
  • afternoon tea (12)
  • romantic (9)
  • breakfast (7)
  • private dining (6)
  • luxury (5)
  • value (5)
  • trendy (5)
  • business (4)
  • large parties (2)
  • al fresco (1)
26 September 2015 by Mimi Howes from London Borough of Southwark
Really delicious food and friendly service. Lovely views of Trafalgar Square
22 September 2015 by Lill Molén from Lerum, Sweden
The service was excellent -friendly and attentive staff. The Afternoon tea was sumptious, tasty and rich. We thought the acoustics were a bit trying, though.
28 August 2015 by Sarah Gibb from London
Excellent service and wonderful afternoon tea. The view from the restaurant is amazing. Would defiantly be back.
22 August 2015 by Deborah Taylor from Colchester
Overall a fantastic experience - good view, good food & wine & very attentive staff. Fully recommended
22 August 2015 by Richard Kilby from Manchester
Excellent venue and food.
19 August 2015 by Bernard Mcwilliams from London Borough of Hackney
As ever, great food, delightful service and that wonderful roofscape view. It has become one of our very favourite restaurants.

My companions had not been before but both will be returning.
18 August 2015 by Tony Gibbs from London
An excellent experience. We'll be back. I've marked ambience down only because the sloping roof makes the sound level very high. (for deaf old people like me !)
I've marked value for money down one because whereas the overall experience was brilliant, my steak was a bit tough.The other four found the food perfect.
18 August 2015 by Mark Watts from Blacon
Fabulous views and lovely food with excellent staff who are unobtrusively attentive. Very enjoyable lunchtime and reasonably priced too.
14 August 2015 by Flora Alexander from Oxford
I met an old friend for lunch. The menu offered us a good choice: I had a main course, she had a starter which was what she wanted at lunchtime. Both dishes were good, although I was not impressed with what the menu claimed to be triple-cooked chips - I have had much better elsewhere. There were excellent rolls with butter. We had good soft drinks and tea and coffee, and the service was pleasant and efficient. The view over London is stunning. I have one quite serious reservation: the tables are packed much too closely together, and if we were not slim people we would have found getting into the inner seat at our table tricky. Related to this there is a real problem with noise. We both have good hearing, but found it very difficult to have a conversation. The noise problem will make me hesitate to return on occasions when conversation is intended to be an important element in the eating experience.
12 August 2015 by Sheelagh Vacher from Godalming
We all enjoyed an excellent lunch with very good service. Certainly a good choice of venue with wonderful views and a very relaxed luncheon experience.

Portrait Restaurant

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

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