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Royal National Theatre

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Upper Ground | South Bank, London SE1 9PX, England
020 7452 3600
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Value
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Had brunch at Kitchen on a sunny October day prior to doing the Brutal Utopias tour of the Southbank centre. The cafe is clean, light, spacious and modern, with a fabulous outlook over the river from the window seats. There is outdoor seating for warmer days, A choice of baps, with various... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Merry H
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English first
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had brunch at Kitchen on a sunny October day prior to doing the Brutal Utopias tour of the Southbank centre. The cafe is clean, light, spacious and modern, with a fabulous outlook over the river from the window seats. There is outdoor seating for warmer days, A choice of baps, with various fillings from Sausage & Bacon, Smoked Salmon, Veg... More 

1 Thank Merry H
Rugby, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not an obvious place, but was actually rather good. The House restaurant deal with 100+ people at 5pm for dinner, so if you do afternoon tea, they have lots of staff on hand, which made for a smooth operation. Only 3 of the tables have a good view - they look ou tover the foyer to the river. Not very... More 

Thank Bob H
Surbiton, United Kingdom
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359 reviews
317 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just great. Sophisticated yet understated.   Good value set menu. Curd salad with figs, walnut and honey followed by huge tranche of cod perfectly cooked (not overdone). And a blackberry trifle to finish. Lovely attentive service that's not in your face. Perfect whether or not you're patronising one of the theatres.   I'll be back. Just the ticket. 

1 Thank Chris F
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This afternoon I was going to see a matinée in the National Theatre. The play 'Comedy of Errors' was great. Unfortunately, my sister and I decided coffee and cake before the performance would be a good idea. My son's hot chocolate and chocolate brownie both went down a treat with him. My sister and I shared two pieces of cake,... More 

Thank GoldenM
London, United Kingdom
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192 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Recommended if you wish to eat before, during or after a performance at the National Theatre. You can book a table and ask to have courses split between acts. The service is efficient and aimed at making sure you are not concerned at missing the performance. The food was good if not particularly memorable. This is not a restaurant to... More 

Thank FoodieArch
Totnes, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

The foyer of the National is a little confusing and it's always difficult to find somewhere of quality to eat before a show. The car park is still undergoing refurbishment and one is liable to get lost. There are numerous bars but the choice of food for sale is very poor. Needs to do better if its the National Theatre.... More 

1 Thank beatiee
Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Opted for the "Lunch Package" and found the lunch appalling value for money. Moreover, some of the hot dishes were served quite cool. Further, knowing that we were going to particular performance, the staff did not make any especial effort to ensure that we were out of there in time for the show.

Thank Adrian S
Antwerp, Belgium
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72 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Previously known under a different name (the mezzanine?) this restaurant is inside and under management of the National Theatre. Fine dining with classic food with a twist. Small menu (I like that) but big wine list. The house wine (one glass free with the menu) is also good.

Thank Ivo2411
Murcia, Spain
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Always great for a coffee and a cake (or wine and a cake!) with kids or without. Plenty of seating both inside and outside. Great for people watching. It isn't cheap but the food and drink are of a good quality and the loos are clean and well kept which is perfect to use before you embark on the next... More 

Thank MrsQ009
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

In times past the National Theatre was the place to go for the best of British acting and writing. That is still true today BUT now we have the improved version of a venue that offers dining, relaxing over a drink pre and post theatre, space to meet friends, or just sit and take in the architecture of the space.... More 

Thank Liz H

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Upper Ground | South Bank, London SE1 9PX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Southbank
  • Neighborhood: Southbank
  • Phone Number: 020 7452 3600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 14
  • Cuisine: British, Spanish


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Staying in Southbank

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Big time attractions such as the London Eye and a thriving theatre scene (compliments of the National Theatre and the Young Vic) are but a few of the reasons that Southbank is such a collectively cherished part of town. With plenty of family friendly activities and venues lined up along a pedestrianized river bank between Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge, visitors can always expect a casual and festive atmosphere. On top of all the fun stuff to do at Southbank is the opportunity to simply sit back and admire photo-op views of iconic landmarks like Parliament and St Paul's Cathedral, just on across the Thames.
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