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Portrait Restaurant

#354 of 17,548 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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2 St. Martin's Place | National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
+44 20 7312 2490
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Thu - Fri 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Wed 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very Good food view and service after a full couple of hours in the gallery. What better way to spend a Thursday evening.

Thank Ed3103
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Where to begin... really... just where? The art on display and the view at this historical venue is inversely proportional to this 'restaurant'. i.e, this place is RUBBISH! I ventured here with some work pals, as one of our party had raved about the view. Indeed upon arrival, the view is simply heart stompingly good. It leaves you breathless.. I... More 

Thank J A
gigi_huon, General Manager at Portrait Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear J A, Thank you for sharing the feedback. I am extremely sorry that we could not cater for your needs or meet your expectations. However, this is very unclear but I must gather that you came when the restaurant was stopping lunch and that we have Afternoon tea up and running. I am trying to understand how come my... More 

Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

View was the best thing but food very disappointing. Service charming but slow, although extremely busy so that could be why.. Very noisy for same reason. All of which acceptable if the food when it finally came had been enjoyable. Not a cheap restaurant so would have expected a higher standard.

Thank annette s
gigi_huon, General Manager at Portrait Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Annette, I hope that this comment will find you well? I am very sorry to read about your disappointing experience. I do understand that it was slow because of the level of business. I wish I could assist you on your complaint, but this is a very subjective feedback - is it the quality of execution, or simply a... More 

Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Friday lunch here felt like - and was - a real treat. Light and airy but with a stimulating atmosphere, and great views across rooftops to some of the city's iconic structures. We had a table by the window and received attentive but not fawning service, fabulous food (smoked salmon starters, roast pheasant and roast lamb, and a divine chocolate... More 

Thank Dee S
Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Museums make me hungry. Far too many offer pitiful opportunities to deal with hunger. However, some excel at exhibits AND lunch or dinner. The Portrait Restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery is one of the best. Great food. Amazing views across Trafalgar Square. Great for pre-theatre dining. Make reservations!!!

Thank SanFranciscoGuy634
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to invite an out-of-town friend with a fantastic view of London Trafalgar Square area. I went there for dinner but it would be great to visit for afternoon tea. Solid menu packed with a great variety of dishes will satisfy both meat and seafood lovers. You will likely find a good glass of wine that pairs well with... More 

Thank valpolicella51
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lunched here before a theatre trip and the service and food were excellent. It's not cheap but it is worth it. I had the Ox cheek and mashed potato - full of flavour! Extra bread was provided free of charge, which was a nice touch. Would definitely go again.

Thank PS62
Bali, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very busy restaurant and bar on the top floor of the National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square. picture windows overlooking London down to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. we had drinks and there was a selections of tea. very busy and we were lucky to get in, but I can see why.

Thank Kuta53
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First of all it was my daughters birthday. Just mum and daughter . Reservation @ noon on Saturday . Arrived early ... not an issue . Was seated exactly where I hoped . Probably seated by management of that lunch period . V professional. The hospitality was 5*. The knowledge and attention to your happiness 5*. The knowledge of menu... More 

Thank Miffy124
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent food with a wonderful view. Friendly and helpful staff and Eggs Benedict to die for. The granola is epic too. Fantastic way to start your day. Probably best to book but we had the place almost to ourselves. On the expensive side - so a special holiday treat.

Thank Iain T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$22 - $38
European, British, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 St. Martin's Place | National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Trafalgar Square / Embankment
  • Neighborhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7312 2490
At the top of the National Portrait Gallery, The Portrait Restaurant and Bar is renowned as one of London's most desirable dining venues. With sweeping panoramic views across Trafalgar Square and irresistible British cuisine, The Portrait Restaurant provides an unforgettable and unique dining experience. Set 92 feet above ground level - on the third floor of the Gallery's Ondaatje wing - The Portrait Restaurant and Bar features a sleek and stylish dining area with a contemporary decor and wooden floors. The highlight of the interior design is the striking wall of windows, enticing diners to enjoy stunning views of London's famous landmarks. From here, you can enjoy a fine meal whilst looking out at Whitehall, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye and, naturally, Nelson's Column.

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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
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