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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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  • 11
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Surprisingly Good

We went to the Terrace Bar & Food before watching the excellent Behind the Beautiful Forevers (probably should have had a curry to set the mood) and had a variety of the tapas style dishes. Zucchini, steak tartare, lamb' & a heritage beetroot salad were all hits but the prawns with a weird... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We went to the Terrace Bar & Food before watching the excellent Behind the Beautiful Forevers (probably should have had a curry to set the mood) and had a variety of the tapas style dishes. Zucchini, steak tartare, lamb' & a heritage beetroot salad were all hits but the prawns with a weird sauce were a bit of a miss.... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

The lack of proper vegetarian and vegan options is atrocious for a venue of such esteem as the national theatre. Definitely worse though was the argumentative nature, lack of knowledge, and unhelpfulness of staff when asking about dishes. This is particularly unacceptable given that their menu states that they are happy to accommodate allergies and particular diets. So for the... More 

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308 reviews 308 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We went to see Behind The Beautiful Forevers at The National. This was our first visit since all the dining facilities were changed. It used to be very convenient to go to the 3rd floor lobby cafe and take the £10 special meal (incl. wine). This is now a sandwich/cold food-only counter and was deserted as a result! We were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Visited this today on a meal deal offer as we purchased tickets for Man and Superman. The price for 2 courses was £22 but we ended up have pudding for an extra £4. The ambiance was nice with some laid back jazz and the service was very friendly. The food was well presented if slightly small in size but good... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I'm glad there is a new look to what was a rather bland restaurant on the staircase of the theatre but renaming it and changing the decor is not enough. The food was really not good and the service had good intentions but was really amateurish. The salad of baby leeks, cod croquettes, potato and quails eggs was horrible -... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

We decided to try the kitchen whilst walking along the South Bank. There are plenty of our favourite places along the way, but we thought we would try the Kitchen. The food is nicely presented, but quite bland. The beverage offering was very restricted unless you want beer or coffee. They apparently don't even have taps, let alone filtered water.... More 

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Kent UK
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We went for a light lunch at The Kitchen prior to watching the afternoon performance of Behind the Beautiful Forevers. It was very crowded in the cafe and we decided to have the soup which was advertised on a chalkboard as Daily Soup. So I found a table which was occupied by another couple and asked if we could share... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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122 reviews 122 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Splendid food, expert professional service, classy ambience. The perfect venue for a pre-show meal. Highly recommended, very impressive.

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Hertfordshire
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218 reviews 218 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

So the new National Theatre restaurant is called "House". I prefered the Mezzanine. It had more light. (They have removed the tables by the one window with views in order to put in a bar). It's all a bit claustrophobic now. The food is just about the same - average. My soup had no flavour until I added so much... More 

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Ilford, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

While booking a performance at the National Theatre I thought I would like a hot drink and muffin on a cold day so tried the Kitchen cafe and found it a pleasant and roomy place to have a snack and at reasonable prices for this area!

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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

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