Portrait Restaurant

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


Great service. Enjoyed the chapel down sparking wine. We shared afternoon tea which was delicious

Evon Wheeler 16 July 2016
From London

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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


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23 July 2016 by KD from London
Lovely food and excellent service.
16 July 2016 by Evon Wheeler from London
Great service. Enjoyed the chapel down sparking wine. We shared afternoon tea which was delicious
12 July 2016 by Sarah Beene from London
Superb location overlooking the London skyline. Meal was delicious and the black currant and port jelly divine for dessert.
11 July 2016 by Jochem Van ast from London
We were welcomed by a lovely lady who saw it was someone's birthday and was very friendly. We were then shown to a really great table by her colleague and looked after very well for the rest of the afternoon.
6 July 2016 by Andrew Underdown from Littleborough
Nice savouries as well as sweets for afternoon tea, good service, great views and a look at the Tudor gallery afterwards
3 July 2016 by Dmytro Konovalov from London
Great service and value!
28 June 2016 by Suzanne Newbury from Caterham
I have been to the Portrait Reataurant many times before. As always the food was delicious with an exceptionally well balanced menu. The staff were charming and the ambiance good. I don't know whether it made a difference being a Sunday but the service was a little disjointed. We had several waiting staff vying to take our order. Once they had taken our order someone else would then come and try to take our order. This happened for each course. The desert took an age to come. Full marks to Vanessa the trainee who tried to coordinate what became a bit of a chaotic meal.
One of the bonuses of this restaurant is that I and my friend are gluten free diners. This is due to medical conditions not yet choice. I alway inform them on booking and always the waiting staff offer choices and are aware throughout the meal. This time we had to keep telling the various waiting staff and we were served non gluten free bread. If anything there were too many people involved in the service rather than too few but the desk, manager and staff need to talk to each other to prevent the chotic meal we had.
I am a National Portrait Galery member and state this when booking. Always the staff ask to see my membership card before presenting the bill, but this didn't happen this time so I ended up missing out on the discount. Not entirely the restaurants fault but due to the chaotic meal I forgot to ask myself.
I will go back but if I experience the same service next time, it might be my last time.
27 June 2016 by Sue Agar from Ampthill
Fantastic service and the most spectacular view in daylight and then for a beautiful sundown.
26 June 2016 by Barbara Scott from London
Welcoming staff. Friendly. Professional. Pre-theatre menu main course hake cooked perfectly.
24 June 2016 by Diana Kunce-collins from London
Excellent service from the online booking, email confirmation, request for one gluten free tea menu to the actual tea experience for our group of 8. We enjoyed the variety of food offered as well as the savory and tasty teas. Thank you for making the first tea experience for this class of young ladies a wonderful experience. The views were nice as well and we enjoyed the gallery also

Portrait Restaurant

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

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