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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
Brunch: 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 - £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 Thursday, 13 December 2018

Delicious pre theatre supper, great service and friendly staff.

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Service was perfect, it there was a too long to wait for all courses.

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 December 2018

I celebrated my Birthday with my sister and a friend we all had excellent meals in a wonderful atmosphere -following on by the excellent Gainsborough Exhibtion.

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Had a very good lunch there yesterday. Really appreciated not being rushed. Very good food and service.

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 December 2018

I had a superb Dover Sole; perfectly cooked. Service was friendly and promt but not inyrusive. Table by the winfow was a bonus.

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Visited On Sunday, 09 December 2018

Great place for afternoon tea (delicious treats and tea, very attentive service and beautiful views).

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Visited On Sunday, 09 December 2018

I had an excellent Sunday meal with Dutch visitors. i wanted to show them good food and the vewi. thank you for picking up during the meal that it was my cousins's birthday and providing a cookie and candle. i had not thought to mention it in advance.

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Visited On Monday, 10 December 2018

This is one of our favourite places for lunch. Service is always good. Atmosphere is great. Our food yesterday was 'OK' but not as good as usual. The vegetarian options were acceptable but not particularly adventurous or memorable. One of our party did not have his first choice available which was little disappointing given we were on an early lunch sitting and he wanted the chicken. Please don't let your standards slip! The view is good but not that good without the food!!

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Visited On Sunday, 09 December 2018

Excellent Service. Fantastic ambience Thank you for not incorporatng background music! There was a wonderful buzz - people enjoying an excellent Sunday lunch and Tea - great atmosphere.

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Visited On Sunday, 09 December 2018

Loved the whole meal! The staff is darling.

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Visited On Sunday, 09 December 2018

Thank you for providing a very welcome oasis of calm amidst London Christmas shopping madness!

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

The service was fantastic and it is in a really nice setting too!

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

I really appreciated the service I received and the food was lovely.

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

Very noisy

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

We had a wonderful time. The atmosphere was brilliant from the moment we arrived at 2pm until we left at 4.30pm; a real, happy buzz. The view over London is great, and a table by the window was the place to be. The service was the best: attentive, no over-familiarity, and no being asked all the time if everything is alright. I was a little disappointed with the food, however. We had the set 3-course menu. For me, the combination of flavours in my starter of smoked salmon with a mustard sauce, parsley, set on pink grapefruit segments, really didn’t work. I thought the little duck breasts in my main course had a slightly unusual flavour, too. The additional side serving of sprouts with chestnuts was exceptional, though, and the highlight of the meal. My quaking pudding with slices of pickled apple was delicious. The 3-course set menu is presented as costing £33, but with vegetables, a bottle of sparkling water, a pot of tea to finish, the voluntary service charge of 12.5% and a voluntary £1 donation to the Portrait Fund, it came to £50 per person. The blurb describes the servings as generous, but I couldn't agree. A wonderful occasion because of the location, atmosphere and service, but with a slightly disappointing meal for my taste. I would return, though, without hesitation.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

Our waiter was exemplary: Patient, considerate, nothing felt like too much trouble. We were so impressed. The atmosphere too was delightful. Thank you to everyone who helped make our lunch at Portrait Restaurant so special

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

food well prepared, good quality and well served, Portions of main dishes somewhat too large. Position of tables affects atmosphere, some for 2 in inferior positions with only a wall to look at and near the service area for cutlery etc. very disappointing! Staff efficient and courteous.

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

Delightful lunch. Having a choice of vegetarian dishes on the set menu was great. The parsnip and potato rosti was sublime. The waiting staff were very friendly and helpful which made our visit more special.

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

The setting, service and food all wonderful. Would highly recommend we will be returning.

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

Lunch service was less than average so we requested the discretionary service charge to be removed. The young waitor then asked why and then proceeded to challenge us in a confrontational manner. It was quite extraordinary and left us both surprised and disappointed. Very unlikely to return and will not recommend to friends and colleagues.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 December 2018

Lovely food and atmosphere. Great views .Service was great. Friendly staff. Made to feel welcome. Will be back.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 December 2018

We were short of time, just under and hour to dine pre-theatre. From the hostess on the door to the wait-staff , even if not assigned to our table, showed us the greatest attention possible and got our evening off to a great start. Thank you.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 December 2018

Thanks for a great meal. We had fabulous service in a lovely atmosphere. We had the lunchtime 2 course deal. All delicious.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 December 2018

Just lovely. Delicious food in delightful surroundings, excellent service. Only thing is the accoustics - gets very noisy but adds to the atmosphere.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 December 2018

We chose from the set luncheon menu. Every item on the menu was appetising. We had three courses. Beautifully prepared and presented and absolutely delicious. High quality but affordable. Pleasant and memorable venue but no bar which we would have liked. Bar being used for diners.

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