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Royal National Theatre

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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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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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79 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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95 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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

1 Thank NikkiR47
London, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
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
Brighton and Hove City, England
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

Set menu well worth it at 22/26 for 2/3 courses. Delightful atmosphere and service. Everything tasted beautiful and seasonal. Thank you all!

Thank libbydavy
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

The National Theatre with its many productions never ceases to please. From Pomona to the recent Cleansed, challenging,thought provoking and well just fantastic stuff. The NFT is also a must, with a truly eclectic mix of films on show. The location of both on the Southbank is wonderful,always buzzing and such a great atmosphere. If you dont feel like drinking... More 

Thank alexv243
London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

Have been in the NT many times but I didn't know this restaurant existed - really nice room - I happened on it before a matinee and had a couple of starters and a glass of wine as I didn't want too much - the previous weekend I was in Malaga and had some really excellent tapas - the House... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016 via mobile

This review is for the Kitchen - a small cafe in the National Theater. We were delighted to stop here for a brief rest walking for miles in London on a chilly afternoon. We did not expect to eat, but couldn't resist the Wild Mushroom Nori Roll!! Delicious and inexpensive. Paired with a Shoreditch Blonde Ale it was a memorable... More 

Thank DFitzP
London, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016 via mobile

This review is for the bar in the House restaurant. Perfect for civilised cocktail pre-theatre. Have dined here too and that's very good as well. Staff always charming and engaging. Not a full bar in terms of spirits but certainly good enough and some bottled beers and pretty reasonable wine selection. No bar snacks as such but you can buy... More 

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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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