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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

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  • 55
    Very good
  • 20
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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
House improves on Mezzanine Restaurant

We've enjoyed the Mezzanine Restaurant for many years. House is a really major makeover and, in most respects, a culinary improvement. There is a greater variety of cuisine with imaginative starters and superior mains. For example, the pork fillet comes with glorious crackling but limited fat... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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106 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Don’t be fooled by the dull name. The food here is great especially the duck croquettes. Also had the beef carpacchio and the chicken tikka for two which came with popadoms a range of tasty pickles. Wine was good as were our cocktails. Service was genuine and responsive. Well priced as well.

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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

After many years of great coffee this place hit a duff note The young barista could not have made more mistakes in one coffee if she had tried. I will return ... But hope this young lady is working a different shift. The down side of a place being really very very good is holding the standards Today they slipped

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London
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60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We've enjoyed the Mezzanine Restaurant for many years. House is a really major makeover and, in most respects, a culinary improvement. There is a greater variety of cuisine with imaginative starters and superior mains. For example, the pork fillet comes with glorious crackling but limited fat and lean meat that is definitely not dry - and is accompanied by Yorkshire... More 

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London
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134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Very professional; the set menu for dinner at £22 for 2 courses, or £26 for 3 courses was excellent value. Being enclosed during the summer when the weather is good outside, despite some daylight coming in didn’t feel the right choice - during the winter when it’s dark, cold and rainy outside it will be a perfect venue. The concrete... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We went for lunch on Saturday. Service completely aloof, atmosphere dark and flat. The food was simply appalling - £12 for a meat platter - with stale bread. The plates were tiny and very expensive. You look out of the window onto a concrete wall - plants would be nice! I would never go back again when faced with the... More 

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St Albans
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We have been visiting this restaurant and it's predecessor for around 30 years. sadly this latest visit was very disappointing. the quality of the food and service just doesn't justify the prices being charged. A few points for the staff: 1. Beef Carpaccio should be thin, not thick slices of beef which looked like they had been taken from a... More 

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London, UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We went to House before a performance at the Olivier Theatre. To be perfectly honest I wasn’t expecting great food here. We’ve eaten at Covent Garden before an opera several times and while the location is brilliant the food is variable. I was expecing pretty much the same here but I was *very* pleasantly surprised, the food was really good... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I would actually like to return and enjoy a full 3 course meal at House restaurant without having to worry about getting to the theatre in time. The food is excellent, the location is great, the only thing that stopped me giving this an excellent rating was the service. Just not quite attentive enough and a mistake with our bill.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

"House" is hidden away inside the National Theatre. We were a group of 4 meeting up to catch up, and not attending a performance at the Theatre. The service was excellent and we did not feel rushed. A House Champagne cocktail to start was a good choice and we selecting items from both the Fixed price menu and Al a... More 

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Sussex
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58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Well, to begin with, the National Theatre's House restaurant's rating should be far higher. It is a first class restaurant with terrific staff, a fine chef and far outshines any other theatre dining. We started with cocktails (excellent martini), then spicy duck croquettes, an outstanding carpaccio of beef with fresh anchovies, followed by plump scallops and steaks (ribeye a lot... More 

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Address: Upper Ground | South Bank, London SE1 9PX, England
Phone Number: 020 7452 3600
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Southbank
Average Prices: USD 3 - 14

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  • 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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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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