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Portrait Restaurant

#364 of 17,712 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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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Brilliant views across the rooftops over Trafalgar Square and beyond, excellent value lunch menu, good cocktails, charming service which was attentive without being intrusive or over bearing. Really couldn't fault any aspect of it.

Thank saaw
London, Canada
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35 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our experience was made even more special by the fact it was a very foggy evening. The view was mystical - fog, roof tops, diffused light from the street lamps. The choices for the pre-theatre dinner were appropriate. They have a variety of side dishes which were very good portions; enough to share for two or three people. They have... More 

Thank mirabile_visu
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed a dinner for six. The place and the views were perfect. The service really good as well. But I think it could be better only if they cared about small details. We ordered a ribeye. The meat was good but sadly the sides was cooked with an awful oil. In my opinion those kind of things can't happen... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our lunch at the restaurant this week. The set menu was good value and really delicious. The service was attentive but not over done. The restaurant has a nice vibe and we loved the great views. We were celebrating my Mum's birthday whilst in London and I had noted this in my booking. The restaurant provided a... More 

Thank ReiserSydney
Crewe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It is essential to book as they get busy, understandably. The pre-theatre dinner offers a limited choice menu. Four of us had different food and it was downright delicious. Service is efficient and the view outside is great. Strongly recommended.

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Hamilton, Canada
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Finally after numerous trips to London we went for High Tea and we couldn't have chosen a better place. The view was amazing at sunset and the sandwiches, scones, desserts were, what can I say AMAZING. We were lucky enough to get a window seat with a view right out over Trafalgar Square with Big Ben in the distance and... More 

Thank Terri C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Food service and view were amazing. I would thoroughly recommend it. It was a Saturday and quite busy but this did not affect the service and quality of food.

Thank Mims184
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The restaurant offers a very reasonable and tasty pre theatre meal. Although a small selection of dishes it was just right for early evening washed down with a glass of wine. Really liked the pleasant and friendly service, not so keen on the acoustics as conversation was at times difficult. But hey. This is not an all evening restaurant so... More 

Thank CHews
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the Taylor Wessing Portrait exhibition recently at the National Portrait Gallery. It was a terrible day, quite a downpour and the traffic was chaotic, I had been looking for somewhere to eat. Pret a Manger caught my eye, it was across the street, but I opted to take the safer option and skip it. I was delighted to... More 

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Burnaby, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Dropped in before going to the Portrait Gallery. Good lattes and mocha. 2 drinks and croissant £6.40

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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
$21 - $37
European, British, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
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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