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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 Tuesday, 21 November 2017

I forgot to hand in my Membership card so did not receive a 10% discount. When I asked if this could be applied retrospectively I was told I would have to wait for the manager. I waited for a few minutes but as there was no indication when the manager would reappear I had to leave. I spoke to the Members' Desk and an email was sent to Ben James yesterday. As yet I have heard nothing from him. I realise it was my mistake but I was surprised that I could not receive a refund and then be re-charged including a 10% discount.

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Visited On Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Excellent meal in fantastic surroundings. Difficult to beat for wow factor and value for money in London.

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Visited On Tuesday, 21 November 2017

We had an outstanding experience when we lunched with you. The service was exceptional. My sister, a wheelchair user was given the support she needed with minimal fuss. The table service was discrete but staff ensured they knew who ordered each item ensuring a personal touch. The quality of the food was outstanding.

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Visited On Monday, 20 November 2017

It's a wonderful space with great views. A little noisy but that's due to the hard surfaces. I had estouffade of beef and it was excellent. No room for dessert! But I had a lovely coffee. It was a little bit expensive in my opinion. But it is good for a special occasion. Because of the pricing I wouldn't come here regularly.

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Visited On Monday, 20 November 2017

Coffee was very bitter. Bit expensive but lovely views

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Visited On Saturday, 18 November 2017

Service rushed at beginning. Drinks, wine, olives and starters all arrived within 5 minutes. Otherwise OK. Fish was slightly dry, risotto slightly wet but we ate all of both dishes.

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Visited On Sunday, 19 November 2017

Loved everything about our lunch at Portrait Restaurant. This is going to become a favourite haunt, I know it.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 November 2017

This was the only time I have had a disappointing visit, usually 5 star. Crusty French bread was very dry and hard, breads are usually excellent. Saucisson starter tiny portion. Fish main was undercooked and returned to kitchen. A new plate was presented, but my side order of chips was cold but not replaced. Desert thank heavens was divine!

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Visited On Thursday, 16 November 2017

Fish was such a tiny portion. The chicken was OK. The service was surprisingly slow given it was a pre-theatre booking. Overall I was disappointed as I had heard such good things but it came across as a bit slap-dash and (slow) conveyor belt in conception

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Visited On Saturday, 18 November 2017

The service unfortunately left a lot to be desired. Considering it was a pre theatre meal, we were seated and then waited 15 minutes for our order to be taken. Once the order was taken the food and wine arrived swiftly. But after we finished our main, no one came to us for ages. I was sure they would return as it states that the table needs to be free by 19:15 and our show started at 19:30. Eventually at 19:10 we went to the counter to pay as our plates had still not been cleared. A 12.5% service charge was automatically added to the bill which we requested to have removed as the service was not deserving of 10% nevermind 12.5%! Very disappointing as a beautiful venue that definitely looks the part.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 November 2017

Very much enjoyed our meal which was a birthday treat for my Wife.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 November 2017

Great atmosphere in the restaurant as it was packed at the time of our visit. Food and service were great.

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Visited On Friday, 17 November 2017

Great atmosphere, service and food - staff really friendly and professional. Wine a little on the expensive side!

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Visited On Friday, 17 November 2017

Excellent evening - Cezanne menu was delicious.

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Visited On Friday, 17 November 2017

Really excellent pre-theatre dinner. Lovely food and buzz.

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Visited On Friday, 17 November 2017

Second time at restaurant, will not be the last

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Visited On Friday, 17 November 2017

Service was exceptional Very noisy -acoustics and very busy It was a bit pricey for a non alcoholic lunch -even by London's standards

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Visited On Thursday, 16 November 2017

Great staff brilliant view and great value for money

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Definitely my favourite restaurant in London. Delicious food, great service and a wonderful view.

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Consistent, convenient and always a pleasure

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Visited On Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Although the food and drink were good and the setting is lovely, our experience was spoilt by the service, Our waiter was fine but disappeared for a while. It took 4 attempts to get a second bottle of wine. The manager and staff seemed more interested in talking to each other by the bar and twice ignored my signal for service although they saw it, indeed one of the more senior waiters in a suit waved back at me and then ignored my signal. We then asked a different waiter for another bottle of wine but nothing happened, Eventually our own waiter returned and we managed to get one. When we left no one said goodbye to us. In our view the poor service is letting down the chef's commendable efforts. We won't be retuning until we read some reviews that say the service has improved.

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Visited On Tuesday, 14 November 2017

We had a really great meal and really enjoyed ourselves Well done

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 November 2017

I had a wonderful lunch at the Portrait restaurant, the food was excellent and service very good. This was my third time dining here and I will come again!

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Visited On Sunday, 12 November 2017

The food was delicious,the staff very attentive and the view stunning! A very special place and worthy of many return visits!

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Visited On Friday, 10 November 2017

Our booking was not straightforward involving a change in time and a Restaurant voucher ordered from Australia. The staff took it all in their stride and made our special occasion amazing. It is part of our Golden Wedding Anniversary celebrations and the venue, food and attention made it magical. Thank you.

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