Portrait Restaurant

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1137 reviews
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The Gallery’s rooftop restaurant has one of the most enviable views in London. Here you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner alongside an unparalleled view of Nelson in Trafalgar Square and across Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye.
It is a smart, stylish place to enjoy dishes based on superb seasonal ingredients we source from the country’s most esteemed suppliers, for instance, smoked salmon from West Country sustainability champions Severn & Wye, plus Portland crab, Devon Rose veal, and venison from the Royal Estates. We support local producers when it comes to drinks too, serving Chapel Down English wines from Kent, and beers from London’s Meantime brewery.
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a
London
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, gorgeous food and views after an afternoon of art & what more could you ask for?

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CD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was our first day in London. Our transatlantic overnight flight landed in the morning and I knew we had to stay awake as long as we could if we were to enjoy our week in the city. So I planned a walking tour from our Bloomsbury hotel to the British Museum and on to the National Portrait Gallery ending with a mid afternoon lunch. It was perfect. We were awake, the food was lovely, the chitter chatter from the busy tables kept us going and the view of the buildings around Trafalgar Square from our window table gave us something to talk about. So thank you, one and all, for a perfectly wonderful start to our holiday.

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g
London
28 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good pre theatre menu. Good choices and served promptly

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GH
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely quality tasty food and so well presented .
We had a set menu and 2 course which was reasonably priced .
Lovely views of London .

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JH
London
13 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a good evening at the restaurant. We had only been for lunch before but had always found it to be good. The downsides were that it was more noisy than usual and that they didn't seem to have our booking (obviously through Open Table).
Otherwise the food and service were good and our guests enjoyed it too. We would go again.

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BN
London
31 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a delightful brunch and the staff could not have been nicer. Will go again.

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MH
London
48 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Always a pleasure to eat at The Portrait Restaurant. Delicious food served in such a wonderful setting. The pre-theatre menu is such good value. One of my favourite places to eat in theatreland.

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DE
London
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Smoked mackerel starter was heaven. Good value food with expensive drinks. Can't wait to go again.

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F
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The great combination of a glorious view with superb, professional service and very good food. Sadly there wasn't enough time (or room left) to sample the desserts.

My guest was both impressed and delighted, and is determined to come again. As am I!

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r
London
66 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience... we were lucky to have a table by the window... in any case all tables look to be in good position to have the view... the food was excellent... service very good and friendly.... we had a very good lunch time.

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JA
London
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service. Wonderful views.
Good advice from staff with regards to the menu

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food

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JJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant to meet a girl friend for a delicious, light bite to eat in a delightful, bright setting. Staff are amazing and there is no pressure to eat a 3 course meal.

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CM
London
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Had the pre-theatre menu and there were three choices per course - vegetarian, fish-based and meat-based which I guess is standard fare but we struggled to find a starter that really appealed so we just had a main and dessert. Wine menu wasn't extortionate.

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Atmosphere is great even if a little noisy. Service was top class.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pre-theatre dinner - lovely restaurant with good views and atmosphere. Tasty well presented food and very good and prompt service from some excellent waiting staff. Great value and ideally placed for Theatreland.

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SV
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience and service. A bit pricey hence a special occasion place. Could do with another vegetarian main choice in the Set Menu.

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E
London
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and atmosphere and views and fabulous food!
Loved every minute..

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TF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, superb location, interesting menu, and a thoroughly enjoyable evening!

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KT
London
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A view to die for. Friendly and efficient staff. Menu has limited choices but we found a main course pheasant and a pudding poached pears which we very much enjoyed. Would recommend you book in advance.

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R
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed it as always...love the view, ambiance, relating to staffand food.
Staff always know about the menu and staff are always fiendly and enthusiastic.
Like the menu and the way it changes.
Good wine choice.
Altho it isn’t the Shard you feel on top of the world there!
I always have a meal there when I go up to London from rural Dorset.

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v
London
29 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was our first time here and we were impressed. The ambiance is lovely and the service excellent. We had the pre-theatre menu which was both delicious, and good value. The only negative was the lack of toast with the game rillette - just one tiny piece for a slice of rillette. The chocolate/salt caramel dessert was to die for.

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PR
London
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly efficient staff, excellent food for Brunch especially, on this occasion, crisp bacon and perfectly poached fresh eggs and good coffee. This is a very relaxing and unpressurized ambience before hitting the galleries and the view is always a bonus.

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JT
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good all round from ambience to food to service. Nice relaxed atmosphere and comfortable seating with splendid view

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a
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great view. And great photos Perfect thing to do is have tea air champagne after viewing the national portrait gallery

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

View was so nice.
Also plate is good

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and very good food. Portions were surprisingly large for a fancy restaurant.

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W
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I did the “Wine and Dine” set menu with wine pairings for each course. Soup was the best I’ve ever had. Vegetarian main course was “braised chicory” - I didn’t know what that was, and still don’t, but it didn’t taste good. It had a weird perfumy aftertaste. The potato rosti it was paired with was as good as the soup though, and helped save it.

I’d give it 5 stars but for the chicory and the high price. For the most part you get what you pay for, but it’s not cheap.

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GN
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Exvellent service and good set menu for pre theatre dinner.

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CT
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Christmas post theatre catch up with lovely views over the rooftops of London

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely view, pre-theatre menu excellent value for money and service was efficient and professional

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PS
Norfolk
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and great service with the bonus of a lovely view over London rooftops.

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a
London
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely location with good food and fabulous service.

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CC
London
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food but a little overpriced on drinks. Everyone makes you feel special in this restaurant which is quite an art.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Visited Portrait Restaurant this afternoon with my friend and our daughters after a visit to the portrait gallery.
The service from the beginning to the end was brilliant.
We had an afternoon tea and extra ice cream for the girls.
Have to say, that unlike the service and the atmosphere, the food selection, and especially cakes on the afternoon platter could have been better for the price.
Nether us not the girls likes the deserts as much. And at that time unfortunately there was no other alternative available.
On the menu, the description of the sandwiches and cakes is limited. All food is of very grown up flavour and taste- not suitable for ‘normal’ fussy kids.
The tea itself was very nice and the refill was offered.
Whilst I would go back to the place, I would not chose the afternoon tea again unless the selection of deserts is improved.

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i
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La gentille attention pour l'anniversaire très touchée

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CH
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We and our friends have Christmas lunch here every year and we are never disappointed
Food is excellent as is the location
Wine list a little pricey for basic French country wines but never mind that

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CN
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night on a weekend spent in London without kids. Fantastic ambience, great food, amazing views and good service. Nothing to complain about!!!

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JH
London
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

It's the location that makes this a special place to eat. The view over the rooftops and Trafalgar Square is so lovely. Service was very good too. Food very nice, but to be expected at a restaurant like this. Drinks expensive and made it quite a dear lunch. But worth it for the view and the company!

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MM
London
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Courteous efficient service; good food and great nighttime view over London. Close to theatre.

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