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Upper Ground | South Bank, London SE1 9PX, England
020 7452 3600
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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
Most recent review
Man & Superman - great performances

Never disappointed by productions at the NT. Set was very clever for this fine performance of GBS. Clever, witty and such a fine cast - not just about Ralph Fiennes.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
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London, UK
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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Went last night to House, the flagship restaurant at the National. Service was quick and efficient and the venue good for the theatre. My friend had fish and she said it was lovely. I had rib eye steak and swapped chips for spinach. I asked for rare. The steak was rare but extremely tough which is quite a feat to... More 

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Farnham UK
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Never disappointed by productions at the NT. Set was very clever for this fine performance of GBS. Clever, witty and such a fine cast - not just about Ralph Fiennes.

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Essex UK
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

A group of us who attend a class at Rambert have taken to going for lunch to The Kitchen at NT, as there are several large tables enabling us to sit together. Today we got the table, but the queue for food was so long that I gave up. Matinee day! BFI and SouthBank Terrace are equally good, so do... More 

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United Kingdom
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22 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

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

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

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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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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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

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  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 14

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Southbank
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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