Portrait Restaurant

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


Excellent service properly friendly and very efficient. My sister's lamb was excellent she told me and my yeah very good with nice chunky chips!

Jon Rake 14 April 2016
From London

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More about Portrait Restaurant

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 122 reviews)

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27 April 2016 by Paul Owen from Tonbridge
Excellent! Buzzy, Friendly, Good food, perfectly prepared. All view inspired.
26 April 2016 by Diane Hammond from Heathfield
Great Sunday lunch with amazing views of London. We had the 3 course option. Yummy fish starters, very good roast beef and potatoes (properly done with goose fat) and good choice of desserts. Nice choice of wine and very nice attentive but low key service. One of my favourite places to meet friends for lunch or dinner with two very good galleries attached!
26 April 2016 by Tanya Brown from London
Excellent service and a marvellous view from our window table! I liked the Vellini cocktail and the steak with horseradish creme fraiche.
24 April 2016 by Margaret Griffin-smith from London
Really great food and service
23 April 2016 by Joan Mccluskey from Leigh on sea
Lovely views but £84 pounds for a glass of wine and two courses from the set menu way over priced. The peashooter salad was rich was ridiculously minuscule and the cod looked like one portion had been split into two. Such a pity as we have had such good reviews from others.
21 April 2016 by Christine Highmore from Chesham
Lovely venue. Excellent food beautifully presented. Polite, friendly, efficient staff.
3 course set menu is good value.
Didn't drink any alcohol but plenty of iced water available. Glasses constantly replenished.
20 April 2016 by Ian Griffiths from Watford
A good menu with an eclectic choice of dishes. The only criticism is the noise level when the restaurant is full. It is difficult to hear what ones companion is saying. If and when the restaurant is refurbished some attention to acoustics would be appropriate.
18 April 2016 by Lisa Kenyon from London
Excellent food, the rump of lamb was so tender and tasty. My favourite was the warm chocolate melt in the middle sponge. Staff were friendly and very helpful and made us feel so welcome. A fantastic lunch!
18 April 2016 by Sally Long from London
Popular restaurant with great views. The staff were very attentive without being bothersome. The pre theatre menu offered good choices, we enjoyed the chicken and sea bass very much, but felt an absence of vegetables, so ordered a salad. When it cam the portion and dressing were good but the bowl was too small, resulting in spillage. The liver parfait was great too, and the blood orange dessert was delightfully sharp and refreshing. Not quite enough rhubarb with the panda cotta. All washed down with a large glass of lovely bright English rose.

Very good experience under a lovely London sky.
18 April 2016 by Kate Sanderson-Turner from London
My sister and I had a wonderful time! It was her Hen night and we started with afternoon tea at your restaurant. The food was delicious and everyone was so friendly and helpful. Looking forward to coming again sometime!

Portrait Restaurant

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

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