Portrait Restaurant

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


Fantastic views and fantastic food!

Emma O'reilly 24 November 2015
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


(based on 42 reviews)

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  • views (30)
  • lunch (27)
  • dinner (20)
  • afternoon tea (18)
  • romantic (11)
  • private dining (8)
  • breakfast (8)
  • luxury (7)
  • trendy (6)
  • business (5)
  • value (5)
  • large parties (3)
  • al fresco (1)
29 November 2015 by Sally Parker mitchell from Glasgow
Good value afternoon tea, nice service and great view if you get a window seat at dusk. A nice wee break from NPG.
24 November 2015 by Emma O'reilly from London
Fantastic views and fantastic food!
17 November 2015 by Joan Bowen from London
Attentive but professional service, interesting menu with excellent food and a fantastic view.
10 November 2015 by Jessica Greenman from London
We had afternoon tea here and the food was outstanding, the view was lovely and the service was top class. We were pleasantly surprised and will definitely be dining here again soon.
7 November 2015 by Barbara Byrne from London
Excellent lunch in the portrait restaurant. Good choice on the set lunch. Food presented well and tasted good. Middle white pork particularly good. Service impeccable. Lovely skyline views. Plus you can look round the gallery before or after. Only slight criticism I found the early grey tea too strong but I do like weak tea and I should have asked for hot water I am sure it would have been forthcoming
3 November 2015 by Lana Graff from Port Orford OR
The food was very well prepared and delicious. The service was excellent. The drinks were also good. We had cocktails, wine, and coffee. The bread was exquisite, and that is one mark of a top quality kitchen. We enjoyed the view. However, a major drawback was the noise. We had to yell at each other to be heard across the table, and that is never a mark of fine dining. It detracted greatly from our total experience and prevented us from being able to focus solely on the food. Some attention to improving the acoustics in the room would be a strong recommendation.
2 November 2015 by Annette Gentleman from London
Booked an early meal pre-theatre. Had window table, giving beautiful view of London at night. Service was extremely good, food most enjoyable. Overall, a good dining experience.
30 October 2015 by Irina Belaia from Willen
Lovely afternoon fining in this sun lit terrace with amazing views. Food was matching our expectations. Cooked to perfection with many seasonal ingrediences. Efficient service added to our very positive feel.
29 October 2015 by Denise Cattan from London
Very good attentive welcome though the restaurant was full the service was impeccable the food was delicious Well presented good size portions All done in an unobtrusive and charming way My daughter was thrilled by it all The view is magnificent and we were very lucky with the weather which was perfect Altogether something I wil repeat and bring friends
27 October 2015 by Sara Polledri from Milan
I had an amazing english breakfast. The food was deliscious! The view from the restaurant is breathtaking.

Portrait Restaurant

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

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