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Royal National Theatre

Upper Ground | South Bank, London SE1 9PX, England (Waterloo / South Bank / Southwark)
020 7452 3600
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Ranked #5,030 of 16,877 restaurants in London
Price range: $3 - $14
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Waterloo / South Bank / Southwark
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Waterloo / South Bank / Southwark
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English first
Essex UK
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122 reviews 122 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

There's a new-to-me bookshop cafe on the riverside of the National Theatre. It's much brighter and airier than the foyer cafe wasn't so crowded and had a really interesting selection of cakes. Plus some good books and theatre related gifts.

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

We went to see King Lear in April which was an excellent production and well worth seeing. We had also been to see Othello previously and this was truly exceptional. Every moment was charged with energy. Adrian Lester was exceptional. The relationship between Othello and Desdemona was uncomfortable to watch as is disintegrated and the inevitability of it's finale didn't... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Dreadful on all levels. Horrid plastic furniture, unenthusiastic service, tasteless horrible over-priced food. The calamari looked like it had not long been taken from the freezer and then crucified further in the deep fat friar. It was served with some unidentifiable pink gloop which was synthetic and tasteless. The lamb chop was TINY and the avocado salad had NO avocado... More

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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Quickly shown to our seats by attentive reception staff we studied the menu for slightly longer than we would have liked. But no matter, there was a lot to choose from and unusual pricing of a number after each item could be quickly translated into GBP Pounds. We chose sliced strips of zuccini (what we Brits call Courgettes) deep fried... More

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Winchester, England
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Food always good, service also but not this time. Kitchens fault. Full refund, no question-excellent

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Hatfield Heath, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

Whilst the general ambiance is good, the restaurant clean and inviting, and the staff friendly and efficient, our overall experience was spoilt by the food (which is after all the main purpose of a meal). The presentation of the food was attractive enough but the quality was terrible. Both the food and the wine was overpriced and this did not... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

We were visiting the National to see the brilliant 'Light Princess' and decided to eat at the Mezzanine restaurant which looked as though it had been recently renovated with lots of light and white decor. I chose an Omelette Arnold Bennett, apparently created for and named after the author who stayed at the Savoy whilst writing Imperial Palace. It was... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

The staff were very helpful, we had a vegan in our party which limited the choices to nothing - but they did manange to produce something. Also produced a more comprehensive gluten free menu as well. Portions are small - but the menu does state that they are - not quite tapas and not quite a full meal. The food... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Visited National to see Othello - with Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear acting main roles. Amazing acting - we had a brilliant night. Great food too - both restaurants above average compared to other theatres.

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Nottingham
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

We ate a meal here prior to a theatre visit on October 4 2013. We had no problem getting a table as we arrived at 5.30 when it opened. There are tables inside and on the terrace but we chose inside(although terrace looked tempting). As recommended on the menu we chose 3 tapas each plus a carafe of rose and... More

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