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Summary

“A new arrival is faced head-on with an amazing panorama of Nelson, Big Ben, Whitehall and Trafalgar Square”, at this roof-top dining room, above the gallery. “The food is seasonal, British, tasty, and a bit unimaginative”, but – even if “prices reflect the unique surroundings” – generally “better than you might expect”.

£65
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Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Stunning views towards Nelson and Parliament” are the exceptional talking points of this top-floor dining room, by Trafalgar Square; fans say the cooking is “amazingly good for a gallery” too, but to harsher critics that translates as “reliable but unexciting” (maybe go for an “impressive brunch”).

£58
Average
Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Who can resist a date with Nelson?” – the “stunning view” from this top-floor dining room in the heart of the West End is its particular attraction; fans are “pleasantly surprised” by the cooking too, though the less starry-eyed can find it “uninspiring”.

£53
Average
Average
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Everything is secondary” to the “terrific” views (“over the Trafalgar Square roofscape”) of this mega-central top-floor dining room; perhaps new caterers Company of Cooks will be able to make it a gastronomic destination in its own right.

£51
Average
Average
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Have you eaten at The Portrait, National Portrait Gallery?

Owner's description

Boasting a stunning 92-foot high location at the top of the National Portrait Gallery, the National Portrait Restaurant delivers modern European cuisine. Simple yet elegant presentation mirrors the beauty of the National Portrait Gallery beneath, and the panoramic London vista outside.


Served on level 3 of the National Portrait Gallery, The Portrait Restaurant menu features seasonally evolving dishes using produces from local suppliers. A la carte options feature grilled bream fillet with potted shrimp butter, spelt risotto with lemon mascarpone, and chargrilled Hereford rib eye beef with hand-cut chips, béarnaise and watercress.


Afternoon tea is a colourful menagerie of inventive creations. Pistachio éclair with praline grains and salt beef and sweet mustard sandwiches can be enjoyed with hand-roasted coffee or loose leaf teas. An extensive selection of New World and French wines can be enjoyed whilst taking in the breath-taking London skyline from the Portrait Bar.


With views stretching from Trafalgar Square to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye, The National Portrait Gallery is a 3-minute walk from Leicester Square Station.

Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions, Entertainments,
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8.30 pm
St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE
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Opening hours

Sun - Wed 10 am - 4.30 pm; Thu - Sat 10 am - 22.30
Last orders: 8.30 pm

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