Portrait Restaurant

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


The restaurant has an excellent view over Westminster. The staff were friendlier and efficient and the food was great.

David 20 September 2016
From Cambridge

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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 198 reviews)

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  • views (129)
  • lunch (108)
  • afternoon tea (96)
  • dinner (76)
  • romantic (46)
  • value (29)
  • luxury (27)
  • trendy (26)
  • business (23)
  • breakfast (18)
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  • large parties (9)
  • child friendly (8)
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  • al fresco (3)
25 October 2016 by Phil Hickman from Hamilton
Afternoon tea excellent. One of guests was celiac but we'll catered for which we really appreciated.
24 October 2016 by Keith Andrews from Epsom and Ewell
Fixed price lunch menu had lots of choice and was both delicious and goI'd value.
14 October 2016 by Gwen from Neeroeteren
It was amazing to be part of!
14 October 2016 by Jeremy Woodruff from London
Staff were excellent apart from one who was less friendly than the others, but no real problems. It was just that compared to the others they were made to look much 'less' friendly - maybe they were having a bad day.

In terms of the rest, they were cheerful, clearly enjoyed their job and the repartee between themselves - very impressive.

Food was really good - small portions for a guy, but very well cooked and very well presented.

Overall, a very enjoyable experience - thanks
12 October 2016 by Tricia Springate from London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Great as always
11 October 2016 by Sara Polledri from London Borough of Southwark
Food, service and view were amazing ??
7 October 2016 by Michael Gonsalves from London
The service was 10 out 10 the actually afternoon tea 6 out 10 sandwich was dry didn't taste of much. Cakes was just okay needed some litlle tongs to remove the cakes from the displey and a spoon for the jelly desert.
Overall nice venue nice views.

5 October 2016 by Vanco Vojnovski from London
Site indicates views is Trafalgar Square, however they are roof top views of buildings ande too of obelisk, London Eye and Big Ben. The decor is very much like a cafeteria, not at all like a tea room or the ambience of one.
5 October 2016 by Ivor Samuels from London
Very good Excellent service. A bit noisy.
28 September 2016 by Wendy Fallon from Souvret
Great time and great food, lovely and helpful people.
Unfortunately a very loud birhtday party seated next to us made the meal a bit less enjoyable !

Portrait Restaurant

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

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