Portrait Restaurant

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In light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are sorry to inform you that our restaurant is closed until further notice.-----------------------------------------------------------------The Gallery’s rooftop restaurant has one of the most enviable views in London. Here you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner alongside an unparalleled view of Nelson in Trafalgar Square and across Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye.
It is a smart, stylish place to enjoy dishes based on superb seasonal ingredients we source from the country’s most esteemed suppliers, for instance, smoked salmon from West Country sustainability champions Severn & Wye, plus Portland crab, Devon Rose veal, and venison from the Royal Estates. We support local producers when it comes to drinks too, serving Chapel Down English wines from Kent, and beers from London’s Meantime brewery.
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vipMorog
London
48 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful food and good wide choices. Very good service and friendly staff. Very quiet relaxed atmosphere really enjoyed our meal

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vipBLDE
London
93 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view here is amazing. Such an added extra. The restaurant was lively and our waiter made us feel very cherished. I had the celeriac soup which was delicious followed by beetroot risotto, equally nice. The others had a standard Sunday roast lunch and said it was great. The desserts looked fabulous and tasted as good. Can’t fault it really. We will be back.

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MariaM
London
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and view.
Very good value for money

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Sonia
London
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A lovely welcome and appreciated being seated upstairs as requested. Downstairs is extremely busy, crowded and noisy for diners.
Upstairs is relaxed, an attractive venue with friendly and efficient service!

Looking forward to our next visit😊.

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Pelks
London
17 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entrance is around the back of the gallery when the gallery is closed or about to close. Staff are very helpful! Nice view across the rooftops and on to Nelson’s column. Theatre menu is very good and the staff are excellent.

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ColinR
London
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing view and great food! Our Estonian waitress was lovely

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Essen war sehr gut. Preislich etwas teurer aber total ok. Ausblick toll und wir werden wieder gehen

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CatherineB
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A little bit to expensive for the food in your plate

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vipJuneW
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food - very nice service

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SarahL
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very special restaurant with a fabulous view over Trafalgar Square and way beyond. A great menu with vegetation choices. A good wine list, but the bottles start just under £30.00.

I made a mistake (and so did others) of leaving my coat and umbrella in the downstairs cloakroom, which closes before the upstairs (floor three), restaurant! I was told my coat and umbrella would be bought up to the restaurant cloakroom later but sadly this did not happen and it was a bit of a farce trying to retrieve my items at the end of the night!

It is a little tricky to find floor three where the restaurant is situated. Basically enter through the main entrance, go up the stairs to the first level, walk all the way to the back of the room and you will see lifts at the end that will take you up to the restaurant.

Definitely worth the trip but book first as this place gets busy.

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vipPaulG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience. If you want to go you need to book soon as the museum and restaurant close for 3 years for renovations on June 29, 2020

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SylviaP
London
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Goof food - and it was hot, not often the case in museum restaurants.
Excellent service.

Shame it's to shut for 3 years.

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vipdavidp
London
54 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The pre-theatre menu, which was the only one available though we were post-theatre, was very limited - choice of three main courses only, with no red meat. Otherwise it was fine.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff

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vipTorontoTourist
London
15 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the food, the service and the view.

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vipilaria
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a pleasure, good, fresh, unpretentious but well thought dishes and of course that spectacular view. The noise level is civilised so one can actually have a conversation

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vipDorotheabondgirl
Atlanta
92 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My niece graduated her masters program.

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banterb
London
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food2service2ambience3

Fantastic view but my fish wasn't very fresh and the service was mixed

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SarahS
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, excellent service and the food was delicious. Altogether a great experience.

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Chocoholic
London
57 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of London's best views - from a restaurant. Lunch in the last full working week pre-Christmas, it was very busy. Staff coped well and were knowledgeable about the choices. Service was prompt. Food was well-presented and flavourful. We were advised to order extra veg, so ordered spinach, which was fine. A good place for a special occasion.

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Lizzieluvsfood
London
39 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I really enjoyed both the ambience and the service at Portrait Restaurant. The team were both kind and efficient and the food was delicious, as were the wines. I was entertaining my boss and we both enjoyed it very much.

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richard
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looked after SO well and it made for a perfect celebration - I'll be back!

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RobinS
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The set lunch menu on a Sunday is good value at £33. 5 choices of starter, main course (including a Sunday roast) all excellent quality. Views from restaurant spectacular.

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MatthewW
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, fabulous view. Staff friendly and attentive

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views and lovely food

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ChunukH
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The lunch set was just before the deadline for the lunch set, so the hospitality was kind and the meal was very delicious.

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VirginiaP
London
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This must be one of the best views in London. An artist’s delight.

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carlB
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place for a pre Theatre meal.
Staff are amazing, really fast friendly service.
The menu is very small but we were happy with the Pan fried Trout choice.
Pudding was also great.
For London we also think the value was good.

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vipbrendan
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a beautiful view, excellent service and the food is delicious. 100% recommended

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SvitlanaV
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Dear Portrait restaurant,

To be honest, I expected more service from the place like this. The only positive points I can mention were tasty cappuccino and a nice view of the city. The rest is overrated and was far beyond the service I used to have in London.

The first 15 minutes nobody asked us if we want anything to drink. After we finally ordered our breakfast we had to wait around 30 minutes for cappuccino to arrive. This is a no go in my opinion.
The portions are small. For the omelet you need to order bread (2 slices) and butter separately and it costs 3,5£ which is really a shame. The omelet itself contained only eggs and cheese or salmon (depends what you choose). No vegetables.

A waiter cleaned a table next to us and dropped a jam jar on the floor. Part of it splashed over my pullover and trousers. Nobody offered a free cappuccino or water. Nothing! At the end in the bill we found 12,5% service charge.
The whole experience was our worse in London and left very negative memories about the brunch at Portrait.

I hope, other guests will have more luck at this place.
Regards,
Svitlana Volochai

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RobinS
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pre-theatre set menu (at 17.30) provides outstanding quality and value in central London. Highly recommended.

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Cassie
London
18 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The view is so spectacular but it is a great shame that it is not supported by the quality of food and service.
My friend and I ordered a plate of salami and an endive salad starter for her and a main course twice baked cheese soufflé and green salad for me, to arrive simultaneously . The salami arrived fairly promptly but nothing else arrived for a further hour.
My salad never arrived, even after I pointed out the oversight.
The food was fairly mundane. My friend’s endive salad was small and fairly standard. My twice baked cheese soufflé arrived on a bed of tough kale and with a paste of chilli/onion marmalade that was so overpowering as to mask the subtle soufflé. All rather disappointing.
Please step up your game as I love the space and have eaten well here in the past.

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vipNatsx
London
78 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view, quality, staff. Really enjoyed our brunch

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Hvisitor
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

All was good but it is little tricky to get there from street level.
Also, menu available online did not agree with what was available on the day. For example, our waiter said duck was not on menu for last two weeks but was still on menu online.

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vipJohn
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view is amazing and the food and service outstanding!

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Foodie17
London
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd date ! He was impressed - say no more. I knew the restaurant wouldn’t let me down !!

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vipUrbanjoe
Toronto
72 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This lovely cafe is always a “ must” visit every time we are in London!
Amazing views over the rooftops of London and an a soft welcoming ambience inside as well!
Very attentive (without being intrusive) and knowledgeable staff!
The lemon sole was absolute perfection as were the desserts!
Extensive wine list!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The staff is accommodating and lovely but I really go for the lovely view.

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Claudio
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I think management is changed (last time feb19) service and especially food very poor. I hope to be surprised next time because it was our favourite place.

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vipBridgetH
New York Area
7 reviews