Portrait Restaurant

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£26 to £40
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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.

Specials

Book now for Valentine's Day 2020

On the 14th and 15th February, we will offer a £65 fixed menu, from 6.30pm onwards. Please click on the link to see the menu https://www.npg.org.uk/assets/files/pdf/restaurant-menus/valentines_2020.pdf PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WILL BE THE ONLY MENU AVAILABLE AFTER 6.30PM ON BOTH EVENINGS.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

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SP
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

Shame it's to shut for 3 years.

d
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.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff

TT
London
15 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

i
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

D
Atlanta
89 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My niece graduated her masters program.

b
London
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food2service2ambience3

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

SS
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

C
London
55 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.

L
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.

r
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!

RS
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.

MW
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, fabulous view. Staff friendly and attentive

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views and lovely food

CH
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.

VP
London
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

B
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.

b
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SV
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

RS
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.

C
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.

N
London
78 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view, quality, staff. Really enjoyed our brunch

HP
London
3 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.

J
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view is amazing and the food and service outstanding!

F
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 !!

U
Toronto
69 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!

OT
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.

C
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.

BH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambience served in one of London’s best perches. Excellent value at lunchtime. Service is not rushed and food is quite good.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent! I keep going back for the great service, fantastic views and consistently delicious food.

L
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

If you want good view + afternoon tea , this is the right place for you.

PJ
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptionally well prepared food. Fresh and delicious tasting, especially the cold beetroot soup with shaved horseradish. All food very attractively presented. Portions not overly large but more than adequately sized. Beautiful view over the City tops.

JH
London
17 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a very good lunch for my husbands birthday. The food was excellent although we struggled with the menu choices and decided to have two starters as we found the main courses did not appeal. The desserts were delicious. It can be very noisy as the sound seems to carry but the view more than compensates. We have been several times before and would certainly go back.

JW
London
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and the most professional attentive service from Valentina. Will definitely return.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Met a former work colleague/friend for lunch. Very nice food and ideal location.

GC
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had lunch at this lovely restaurant on the upper floor of the National Portrait Gallery with a grand view of the London. (BTW, the gallery is truly worth a visit as each portrait has a story). Reservations are recommended, and we were glad we had made ours the day before our planned visit to the gallery. We both had the two course lunch special, with a red beet cold soup that was excellent and a lamb and lentil main course that was very satisfying.

MK
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Pre-theatre dinner with friends. Well priced menu and delicious food. Enjoyed by all.

PC
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is a very busy restaurant. However this did not affect the quality of service. One small mishap was dealt with smoothly and quickly.
This is a restaurant that I will visit again. The view adds to the overall ambience of the restaurant.

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience5

Atmosphere overlooking the rooftops near Trafalgar Square was nice. The food and service is pretty mediocre though. Nice to do once but wouldn’t return.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The setting is fantastic, but the slowness of service let us down - took an hour from sitting down to getting our starter (which was a simple cold platter). Some dishes were excellent but the steak was not of the quality you’d expect for £32. Overall I’d go again if only for the view.