Portrait Restaurant

National Portrait Gallery St Martins Place , London, United Kingdom, WC2H 0HE
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Portrait Restaurant opening hours
Brunch: Monday-Sunday, 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).
A reservation for afternoon tea is essential to ensure availability.
All dietary requirements must be submitted 48 hours prior reservation time, to ensure availability.
If you need to inform us about urgent requirements, please do give us a call on 02073122490.
Pre Theatre: Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings, 17:30-18:30 (last orders for the kitchen 18:30) 2 courses - £22.00 per person or 3 courses - £25.00 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 Sunday, 15 September 2019

Restaurant very warm, yet we were in a constant draught from the "air conditioning" vents under the window. Very noisy. It would have been more appropriate to inform customers that an NPG donation is added to their bill. One small mistake made with order, but otherwise very good service.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 September 2019

A perfect pre-theatre meal.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 September 2019

We had a very good lunch to celebrate my husbands birthday yesterday. The food and drink were excellent and the service was very good. My husband's dessert had chocolate sauce wishing him a Happy Birthday which was a nice touch. I did ask for a window table but we did not have one. My only criticisms are that it can be very noisy, the acoustics are bad and also the menu was slightly strange and we did not fancy any of the main courses so had two starters instead.

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Visited On Friday, 13 September 2019

Everything was excellent. We had a great evening with delicious food and wine and very attentive service. Thank you very much.

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Excellent late lunch

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 September 2019

The beetroot soup and lamb were superb - thoroughly enjoyed it - as ever.

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 September 2019

this is a lovely place. Attentive service,good food on set menu, excellent wine by the glass. Tables close together is only downside.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 August 2019

I was treated like a queen! From the moment I was escorted to my fabulous table to the checking on me after each course. Never has a solo traveler been so pampered. A great start to my English holiday. The food was delicious, and with a great view

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Visited On Sunday, 08 September 2019

My vodka martini was poor vodka with too much lemon juice. Not sure what vermouth. The set menu foods didnt particularly warrant the price, in that I'm used to a set menu supplement for -say- steak, but not for balanced plate items like greens. But maybe you have your reasons. The service was fantastic. I wanted to taste test a vodka but was refused...not sure why. Thanks for the pleasant service from all.

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Visited On Friday, 06 September 2019

I'd like to thank the staff at Portrait Restaurant for being so attentive and friendly - the man who welcomed and seated us and even more so the woman who served us (I'm sorry I don't know their names) were just lovely, really friendly and warm. This was a special meal for me and my mum, and their kindness helped to make it so. The food was wonderful too, obviously, and the view! But it was the restaurant staff who really made it for us. Thanks very much indeed.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 September 2019

Probably my favourite restaurant,service,atmosphere and venue very good but on Saturday lunch time the food was very disapointing. The cud in my starter was very runny and the heritage tomatoes were,at best ok. But worse,my sea trout was barely cooked- I nearly sent it back and spent the rest of the day worrying I would be ill. The plate was cold and so as the food. My parner had ice cream for desert & got jst that- 2 boules of ice cream,no wafer or biscuit. We had coffee and again no buscuit or little chocolate. These may seem mnor issues bt as we paid £160 for lunch for two I expect more attention to detail

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Visited On Saturday, 07 September 2019

First time experience with afternoon tea-this was fantastic! Stuffed at the end, no dinner needed.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 September 2019

View was amazing from our window seat. The service was excellent, very helpful and attentive. We felt the main course potion size was a little small, with side dishes extra. The wine, though good, was very expensive per glass.

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Visited On Friday, 06 September 2019

The food and the staff are always fantastic at this restaurant

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Visited On Friday, 06 September 2019

The Earl Gray tea we had was very special and deliciou!

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Visited On Friday, 06 September 2019

Fabulous Meal, Views to die for.Near perfect evening.

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 September 2019

For a weekday lunch it was too expensive. Maybe just a tourist sight now. I won’t be coming again.

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 September 2019

Great food , atmosphere and service too !

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 September 2019

We had a thoroughly enjoyable lunch with you on 4 September 2019. Excellent cuisine wine and service.

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 September 2019

3rd Visit - love it here, great views and staff a delight.

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 September 2019

Table with a fabulous view of the London skyline. Top notch lunch venue.

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 September 2019

Yes, the views are spectacular and the service was charming - though not perfect, as the waitress forgot to bring my coffee until I enquired - but the food was a grave disappointment: unimaginative, boring and, as far as the set lunch was concerned, lacking in choice. Must try harder!

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Visited On Sunday, 01 September 2019

Eating above the rooftops, with a peerless view of Big Ben is always a treat.....the food's not bad either!!

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Visited On Sunday, 01 September 2019

The service and staff were excellent.

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Visited On Saturday, 31 August 2019

Excellent food and atmosphere for a special meeting in London. The only thing that was not right was the coffee which was look warm. With regard to this review please note that I have had to tick a box saying that I agree to certain very complex terms and conditions. However I do not agree to these because they are in parts unintelligable and entirely inapropriate as a condition for giving you the benefit of my time in providing you with a review.

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