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Royal National Theatre

#3,013 of 17,085 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Upper Ground | South Bank, London SE1 9PX, England
020 7452 3600
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London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have visited this venue several times in the past but more recently the " House'' has been materially altered and parts of it are heavy and dull and now lack natural light and the former good views of the Thames. Nevertheless the standard of cooking remains good and the service is friendly and efficient. The fixed price menu is... More 

Thank david382
London, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting selection of food and cheerful staff. There are chicken, beef, fish and vegetarian options. Plates work out at under £10; add more for a drink. There are salads and sandwiches for less if you want something smaller. Tried the small Thai noodle salad and the fish taco on different occasions last week. Both were full of flavour, and... More 

Thank stickybowl
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14 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Royal National Theatre is not attractive on the outside. I'm not a fan of post-modern architecture. However, it is a gem inside. The bookstore is fabulous and there is a restaurant on site. The tour of the building is wonderful! Our tour guide was extremely personable and knowledgable. Later, we returned to see a show. It was the crowning... More 

Thank Klassyhk
London, United Kingdom
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189 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ample seating and very informal with great entrees ro match. I had a fish taco and Mrs had also a beef brisket bap. All good, chips hot but not handcut, they do offer sweet potato fries. This is further along the southbank so mainly locals come here! Nice seating area outside in the square too. Trifle was delicious and there... More 

Thank benechanta
croxley green
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185 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have had two graduation parties here in four year Lovely hidden gem Great food good service and wine list We had ox cheek, creamed cod, an steak tartare Followed by pigeon, steak andy pasta Crumble coffee and port All for under 120 pounds

Thank jacqueCroxleyGreen
London, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent menu and wine list. Friendly helpful service. Beautifully cooked delicious food. Don't be put off because it is in a theatre; the restaurant is the best in the area..

Thank cityl603
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81 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

This is the latest eating “production”” at the National. Very confortable seating in the first-floor restaurant designed for pre-show eating, but is open later until 11pm. The menus is produced with time-limitation in mind for service, especially when all table want their food and finally their bills at the same time ! There is a choice of three starters, mains... More 

Thank peter29alex
Redondo Beach, California
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53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

We went to see Threepenny Opera at the Olivier. We couldn't get into any of their restaurants on such short notice so we went into the cafe. The main offerings were not appealing so we just went for the dessert table. It all looked terrific. My lemon cake was fine, but my husband thought his brownie was rather stale. Nevertheless,... More 

Thank Pennie F
Brighton, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Took 2 friends here for post-matiness meal and cannot fault it. Interesting menu, good wine list, excellent staff. Did not rush us at all which some restaurants love to do these days! Can't wait to go and eat here again

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London, United Kingdom
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80 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

Thanks to the charming Johan and team for another pleasant pre-play drink and starters. Salted cod was delicious and the burrata delivered its simple promise. The service here is fantastic and I was disappointed to be too late for Sat evening booking ahead of our next visit on 30 July. Book ahead!

Thank Lewynol

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$3 - $14
British, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Southbank

Neighborhood Profile
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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