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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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  • 58
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  • 22
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  • 9
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  • 8
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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 restaurant

It's pretty similar to the former Mezzanine restaurant, but in my view better. Friendly welcome, but later it became more difficult to gain attention from staff or even to know who was supposed to be dealing with our table. Nicely presented dishes and good selection. Makes a pleasant change from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Great Missenden, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I have been here twice now, and found the food good and reasonably-priced, and the service excellent. On the second occasion, I was with a guest who had walking difficulties, and the staff were very helpful in directing us to the most convenient lift and seating us at the nearest table. They also offer a jug of tap water for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

It's pretty similar to the former Mezzanine restaurant, but in my view better. Friendly welcome, but later it became more difficult to gain attention from staff or even to know who was supposed to be dealing with our table. Nicely presented dishes and good selection. Makes a pleasant change from the Terrace restaurant which is also good, and less expensive.... More 

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Poole Dorset
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138 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Did a lunch deal from book a table. Very good menu lacking in atmosphere as we were the only two people in there. Had to remind server that we should have glass of champagne included in deal. She said could only get that if I had booked online which of course I had. Good wine list and good value for... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Nice food on plates for sharing in a nice atmosphere. But recommendation on menu of 3 plates per person is way too much. We have healthy appetites but food went to waste, which is a real shame.

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London
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

There wasn’t much choice by 9pm as two menu items had run out. At this time the restaurant was less than half full, but the service was both slow and detached. Having eaten at House previously, I was aware that portions aren’t generous: so I ordered “kale and hispi greens” as a side to make up the plate. Such a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We cycled along to the National arriving about 0830 Saturday to queue for day tickets. Wife established in line I went off to Waterloo to get our Pret breakfast. Be warned the Waterloo Pret is not the most efficient of their outlets! Anyway I got back at 0900 and before too long the doors opened at 0930. There were about... More 

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Bradworthy, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This review relates to the Terrace Restaurant, not the other restaurant at the National. At the Terrace we chose the £17 menu, which we assumed to be table d'hote. It is a cheap price for London so we did realise the portions would probably be small, but we found the menu to be rather odd, and not well explained. There... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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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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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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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