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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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Nice food, great surroundings

I haven't been here for years so it was a surprise for me to return to find they'd done it up. The sandwiches looked great though in the end we plumped for a hot meal and decided on Thai fish curry with sticky rice which was pretty good. Not a patch on our local thai but not bad considering. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The National theatre for me is a great part of London heritage, arts and culture. Always showcasing diverse work and drawing large crowds to each of its differing sized stages. Well managed marketing and excellent productions make this a truly great and successful theatre.

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Thank Ric Z
London, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I haven't been here for years so it was a surprise for me to return to find they'd done it up. The sandwiches looked great though in the end we plumped for a hot meal and decided on Thai fish curry with sticky rice which was pretty good. Not a patch on our local thai but not bad considering. The... More 

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Thank jayrowdendotcom
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Pre theatre meals can be a problem but the formula at the Terrace Restaurant is really good. Wonderfully tasty and well chosen "tapas" style offerings proved just right. The veal casserole wad delicious and the quail had good flavour. The staff coped well with the pre performance rush and were attentive. We went into the play in a happy frame... More 

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Hawkhurst, Kent, Uk
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

I pre-paid a £22 2-course menu when I booked my theatre ticket. If you do this, you'll need to add and pay for drinks etc.. Arrangements worked perfectly and I found the set menu small but good: I had liver pate and wonderful lamb, paying extra for a delicious blackberry trifle pudding. Service was superb: a charming, enthusiastic (ex public... More 

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Thank Edward1956
croxley green
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151 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

We went here today and had a Christmas dinner with our mums and had a lovely lunch. It was very good service and not packed so you could hear the conversation easy. The food was excellent highly recommend the crab starter and the steak tartare. The winter fixZ was a gin sloe,blackberry fizzy wine For main lemon sole was the... More 

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London
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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Very congenial spot for dining when visiting the National Theatre. Excellent and friendly service. Some good views towards River Thames.

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Thank wolsties
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

We always eat here before a play at the National Theatre. The choice is small, but is of excellent quality and very good value. Elsewhere in London we would pay twice the price for the same dishes.

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Thank Tony S
Cotswolds
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

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 

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

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 

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Surbiton, United Kingdom
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345 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 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. 

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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: Spanish, British

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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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