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Portrait Restaurant

National Portrait Gallery St Martins Place , London, United Kingdom, WC2H 0HE
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Portrait Restaurant opening hours
Breakfast: Monday-Sunday, 10:00-11:00 (last orders for the kitchen 10:45)
NEW! from the 26th of October, 2017 : 10:00-11:45 (last orders for the kitchen 11:30)
Lunch: Monday-Sunday, 11:45-14:45 (last orders for the kitchen 15:00)
Afternoon Tea: Monday-Sunday, 15:30-16:15 (last orders for the kitchen 16:30)
Pre Theatre: Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings, 17:30-18:30 (last orders for the kitchen 18:30) 2 courses - £19.95 per person or 3 courses - £23.50 per person (excluding service charge & beverages)
Dinner: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 18:30 - 20:15 (last food orders for the kitchen 20:30)
Dinner on Saturdays
Please be advised that reservations for Saturday evenings can only be made 6 weeks in advance. Entrance to The Portrait Restaurant on a Saturday evening from 18:00 would be via Orange Street.

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Gay
  • Families and Children Welcome at lunch
  • Well Behaved Children Welcome
  • Awesome View
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Business Lunch
  • Event Space
  • Bar
  • Free WiFi

About Portrait Restaurant

Breathtaking by day and dramatic by night, the Portrait Restaurant’s celebrated view stretches from Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square down Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye.

It’s a sensational accompaniment to the cuisine of Matthew Harris, who built an outstanding reputation over several years at Bibendum. Expect generous, carefully considered dishes based on British and European traditions, using first-rate produce regardless of whether you join us for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner.

To reserve your table please book below or call 020 7312 2490. The Portrait Restaurant and Gallery spaces are all available for exclusive hire.

Afternoon tea is served daily 15:30-16:30

Cuisine: British, French, International
Dress Code: Smart Casual,Casual
Price point:
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Visited On Saturday, 21 April 2018

Hi we visited your restaurant at 5.45 on Saturday, it was a busy day so I was expecting a noisy atmosphere but nothing could prepare us for the painfully loud noises which your staff were making. The bar staff were clattering glasses, waiters were crashing cutlery, I have never experienced such a cacophonous din which could so have easily been avoided with due care in placing items quietly, it's not rocket science. The atmosphere was spoiled as everyone had to shout to be heard amongst the clattering racket. However apart from this the staff were friendly and the food very nice. I really think all the staff should be told to be quiet when handling crockery/cutlery to try and maintain a more pleasant atmosphere for customers. Thanks, Nic

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Visited On Friday, 20 April 2018

Food and tea was fine, the service not so much. We ordered more tea but had to ask another waiter again before the tea actually arrived. I don't even think the first waiter did anything, it seems like he just ignored our request as he did not take the teapot with him (which seemed quite rude to be honest!)

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Visited On Friday, 20 April 2018

The perfect place for lunch with an old friend and the sun always shines! We couldn't ask for more.

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Visited On Friday, 20 April 2018

We enjoyed an excellent meal yesterday at the Portrait Gallery restaurant. I would say that as regards the steak dish we both had - this cut of steak is not suitable for the dish you used it in. Onglet is too tough and I could not eat much of mine - they use it a lot in France where we have a home and I find the same problem with it. Otherwise we enjoyed the meal very much -we found the service and ambiance excellent.

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Very good tea and very friendly service

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Visited On Thursday, 19 April 2018

When we arrived it was not very busy and service was very good, however, once the restaurant filled service became very slow and we were left in a position where we rushed desserts and didnt have a chance for a coffee. It was my daughter's 16th birthday meal (together with a visit to theatre) and I felt disappointed that we ending up rushing to the theatre to meet others when it could have been more leisurely.

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Excellent as always. We enjoyed talking with your Estonian waitress. Food and wine were perfect and perfectly served. The price is high but worth it for an occasional treat or celebration. Altogether very enjoyable.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 April 2018

The view and atmosphere were excellent. we enjoyed our meal very much but it was a little pricey for the selections we made. The waiter who took our order was very friendly and courteous - unfortunately I don't remember his name but the other staff were not quite as welcoming. .

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Visited On Monday, 16 April 2018

Despite being half an hour early we were quickly seated at the window as I had requested. Service was excellent and very courteous even though we asked the waiter to come back twice as we were so busy talking we hadn't got around to reading the menu. A thoroughly enjoyable lunch in a lovely venue.

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Visited On Friday, 13 April 2018

We brought a group of 20 in for afternoon tea and could not be more pleased with the whole affair! Food was lovely, service was impeccable, and the view was tops. Highly recommend!

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Visited On Saturday, 14 April 2018

The restaurant has everything: delicious food, attentive staff and wonderful views!

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The view is lovely. The food is mediocre. The service was extremely rude. I had tea reservations for my teenage daughter and myself who live in the US and for my friend an her two older children who live in London. Instead of greeting us, the hostess did not look up from her computer screen when we approached but just held up her hand and said, "Wait!" twice. Then she did let us say our name for the reservation and sais, "It's not ready. Wait." Then she went to a closet and held up a hanger and said, "Jackets," and took our jackets and again pointed off to the side and said, "Wait." Never a hello or a welcome or anything. Then there's our waiter. Very condescending and rude. When my friend asked if there were teas other than the few listed, he counted the teas on the menu and told us that was more than enough. My friend said she just wanted to check because she had been at teas before with a larger selection. We asked for water as well as tea. My daughter finished her water quickly as the glasses were small. He never checked on us and I had to get his attention to ask for more water and he acted like it was a huge imposition to refill. After we were mostly done with what we wanted to eat, there were several scones left. I asked for a box for them so we could eat them the next morning and they would not go to waste. He said, "You want a box?" as if it were a very strange request. Then said, "I'll see if I can find one'" as if a restaurant having a take away box would be unusual. When he brought back the box, he said, "You can take everything but these," pointing to the tiny custard cups! After we put the scones in the box, he came back and said, "Did you figure out how to close the box?" in a way that suggested that we were not very bright. Then he proceeded to count the custard cups to ensure we did not take one! I don't think I have ever been treated so condescendingly. My friend and I ended up paying 66 pounds each to be insulted. So my memory of the place is entirely the rude service. Yes, the view is lovely, but not worth it. Even the food wasn't great. It wasn't bad, nor was it good. Not worth it. Would definitely not recommend.

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Visited On Friday, 13 April 2018

Fantastic views and lovely food.

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Visited On Thursday, 12 April 2018

Had the pre theatre meal. We were given a table by the window with the great views of London. The food was excellent and service also . Not cheap in the end but made a great start to the evening . Highly recommended

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Visited On Thursday, 12 April 2018

This was my 5th visit and I brought my manager for the 1st time. Unfortunately it was not a great experience. Whether or not it was where we were seated against the long wall (Not sat there before) it was incredibly noisy, in fact really noisy the acoustics were dreadful, our neighbouring tables so close we could hear every word of their conversations. This time around it did not feel good value for the set course. The starter felt mean with the portion, but the table next to us had a lot more salmon. The bread offered only had white and one portion, where more was needed but not offered. Again the pasta dish lacked quantity and where it would be nice to have added value with a choice of a side with dinner, this had to be paid for. We were planning to have 2 courses but felt so hungry still we had to have a dessert. Service was great but in comparison price and portion wise to somewhere like a Brumus we would not choose the NPG restaurant again. I did say to the waitress the acoustics and noise were far more magnified than normal. Seating tables so close that you hear your neighbours entire conversation is not what one would choose for a pleasant lunch.

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The food was delicious and the service was exemplary.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 April 2018

An excellent experience yet again. Good food, lovely staff , good service adds up to great value. Well done!

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Visited On Saturday, 07 April 2018

Another wonderful time at the restaurant. Best views in London, perfect service and atmosphere. My friend requested extra sandwiches which were readily supplied. Mini souffle delicious as were sandwiches. The pinwheel biscuit was dry and not great which was why I gave a 4 star but have always given 5 stars in the past. My favourite place for afternoon tea mainly due to the wonderful service.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 April 2018

Unfortunately our table wasn't in the best location despite having said it was a birthday celebration, and the rabbit leg 3 of us had was tough but this was reported at the time and dealt with to our satisfaction. The waiter was excellent.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 April 2018

Wonderful lunch for 12 to celebrate an 80th birthday. Service was wonderful and our waitress made our experience perfect. Her attention to detail was fantastic as was the food. Can't wait to go back again.

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 April 2018

My first visit this year, it was good to be back! Attentive waiter and his service was very fine. The food was okay, the lamb a little cool and salty but very tender, the girl on the desk was a little brusquerie but everything else was nice and my friend was thrilled by it all - so thank-you and I will be back again soon.

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Visited On Thursday, 29 March 2018

We enjoyed the food and atmosphere immensely

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Visited On Thursday, 05 April 2018

A highlight of every visit to London!

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Visited On Thursday, 05 April 2018

Good dinner pre-theatre service

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Visited On Thursday, 05 April 2018

I had intended to email you anyway but just to reiterate the ratings as above. All was excellent, service especially, food and of course the atmosphere. My friends from Switzerland were most impressed. So much so that they have recommended the restaurant to their brother who is coming to London in October.

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