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House – South Bank and Waterloo

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99 Reviews
£26 to £40
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Overlooking London's River Thames, House – South Bank and Waterloo is one of two restaurants located in the iconic National Theatre on London’s South Bank. Naturally, House restaurant is absolutely ideal for pre-theatre dining with a special, super-quick two-course pre-theatre menu. Staff are experts at serving you swiftly so you can settle in your seat before curtain. House is usefully open for post-theatre too. However, House restaurant has come in to its own thanks to its convenient location, attractive surroundings and great food, making this chic little restaurant popular in its own right. Simply decorated in mid-century tones and shapes which complement the iconic architecture of the building, House is bang on trend but timeless all at once. A short and sweet modern European lunch and supper menu offers everything you can ask for from a sophisticated London restaurant plus an excellent selection of drinks to ensure your evening is a smash hit.

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Menu

Aperitif

  • Glass of Nyetimber Classic Cuvée£12.50

    West Sussex

    • Small Island Punch£9.00

      Bimber London Rum, pineapple, lime, bitters, nutmeg

      • Seedlip Spice 94£5.50

        Fever-Tree Tonic (Non-Alcoholic)

        Starters

        • Avocado & Cucumber Soup£8.00

          marinated tomatoes

          • Portland Crab Dumpling£12.00

            bisque

            • Pork Rib Croquette£8.50

              fennel & terrine salad, piquillo & sriracha sauce

              • Miso Roasted Aubergine Purée & Skins£8.50

                tzatziki & tapioca cubes

                • Grilled Prawns£10.00

                  Hispi cabbage, courgettes, peanut ice cream

                  • Cured Mackerel & Paté£8.50

                    grapes, treacle & fennel bread

                    • Truffled Burrata£9.50

                      peas, courgette, sourdough toast

                      Main Courses

                      • Crumbed Bream£19.00

                        sardine ketchup, turnips, cider onions

                        • Rump Cap£20.00

                          marmite butter, gratin, ox crumble

                          • Red Mullet£18.50

                            aubergine mash & tomato salsa

                            • Vegan Spirulina Cannelloni£17.00

                              smoked tomato ricotta, cashew sauce, seaweed crisp

                              • Scallops£26.00

                                crispy mussels, caviar, courgette, pork belly

                                • Lamb Rump£19.50

                                  goat's cheese polenta, stuffed padron pepper, pickled blackberries

                                  • Asparagus£18.00

                                    cashew stuffed morels, saffron aioli, almonds

                                    • Venison Loin£27.00

                                      courgette pureé, game pasty, beets, bone marrow butter, crispy potato skins

                                      • Speltotto£17.50

                                        truffled Cornish brie, grapes, watercress

                                        Sides

                                        • Triple Cooked Chips£3.50

                                          • Spinach & Mushroom Quinoa£4.00

                                            • Dressed Green Salad£3.00

                                              • Selection of Artisan Breads£3.50

                                                House smoked butter

                                                For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at 00 1 866 237-4564.

                                                What 99 people are saying

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                                                4.0
                                                4.0 based on all time ratings
                                                • 4.1Food
                                                • 4.3Service
                                                • 3.8Ambience
                                                • 3.8Value

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                                                1. LQ

                                                  LindaQuilter

                                                  London

                                                  214 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  3.0

                                                  214 reviews

                                                  Dined on 2 March 2020

                                                  overall3food3service5ambience4

                                                  We enjoyed a meal at House before going to the National Theatre. We hadn't realised that our show started at 7, but the staff were great in getting our food quickly and making sure we wouldn't be late for the curtain-up.

                                                2. GG

                                                  GothamGourmand

                                                  New York Area

                                                  102 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  102 reviews

                                                  Dined on 5 December 2019

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  The four of us had a lovely relaxing dinner between shows. It was perfect choice for seeing My Brilliant Friend, Parts 1 and 2 on the same day.

                                                3. LQ

                                                  LindaQuilter

                                                  London

                                                  214 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  214 reviews

                                                  Dined on 22 October 2019

                                                  overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                  The food in House at the South Bank is going from strength to strength. Imaginative dishes, beautifully served and delicious to eat. I had the Buratta with aubergine to start followed by the cod--both really very good. Great service and finished in time to see the play, Hansard.

                                                4. LQ

                                                  LindaQuilter

                                                  London

                                                  214 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  214 reviews

                                                  Dined on 7 October 2019

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                  We went to House at the National Theatre before going to see Harold and the Boys. As always, the service was excellent, so we were finished well on time without feeling rushed. I had the burrata which was heavenly, followed by the fish, again very good. The pre-theatre menu is good value.

                                                5. PC

                                                  PC65

                                                  London

                                                  97 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  97 reviews

                                                  Dined on 11 July 2019

                                                  overall4food3service3ambience3

                                                  It was a quiet evening when we went. Food was nice. I had the crumbed bream which was tasty and big portion. My friend had the mullet which seemed much smaller portion. The bread was nice. Not particularly impressed with desserts. Service was OK. Did have to wave a bit to get attention at times.

                                                6. s

                                                  sally

                                                  London

                                                  32 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  32 reviews

                                                  Dined on 3 July 2019

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                  Very nice food, good value. Only grumble, our table was too close to others and the conversation at the next table was most distracting.

                                                7. LQ

                                                  LindaQuilter

                                                  London

                                                  214 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  214 reviews

                                                  Dined on 1 April 2019

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                  We went to House before going to the Lyttleton Theatre and had an excellent meal. The choices are varied and interesting, and I really enjoyed my lamb T-bone main course. The service is alwasy spot on and I highly recommend this venue if you are at the National Theatre.

                                                8. F

                                                  Foodie27

                                                  London

                                                  93 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  93 reviews

                                                  Dined on 21 March 2019

                                                  overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                  The service was very good but the food not as usual. The starter that my cousin ordered was very odd... My soup was good and fish as well. The steak of my cousin a bit tough.

                                                9. H

                                                  Herbie

                                                  Melbourne

                                                  73 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  73 reviews

                                                  Dined on 18 March 2019

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                  The restaurant has a good ambience although it was quiet when we arrived at 5.30pm; it was very busy when we left at 7pm. Good menu choice and decent sized good quality portions. Friendly unintrusive service.

                                                10. m

                                                  mallthorpe

                                                  London

                                                  1 review

                                                  2.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 15 March 2019

                                                  overall2food2service4ambience3

                                                  We booked at House because it was convenient after seeing Follies at the Olivier. The service was good; courteous and speedy. The food was disappointing and overpriced. There were some very unpleasant foams, tasteless and ill-matched combinations ie cold unmarinated mackeral drowned in an unspecified foam. bread and butter pudding does not sit well well with grapefruit. Cooking is far too complicated and simply does not work.

                                                11. NB

                                                  NickyB

                                                  London

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on 11 March 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  We had an excellent pre-theatre supper : innovative and beautifully presented dishes; excellent efficient service and an absolute star of a manager : Jesus, who oversees the restaurant with calm and friendly aplomb. A thoroughly uplifting experience.

                                                12. LQ

                                                  LindaQuilter

                                                  London

                                                  214 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  214 reviews

                                                  Dined on 19 February 2019

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                  We had a lovely pre-theatre set menu the other night before going to see Tartuffe at the Lyttleton Theatre. The service here is always quick and really good. I had the mackerel starter followed by the lamb. Both really delicious.

                                                13. LQ

                                                  LindaQuilter

                                                  London

                                                  214 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  214 reviews

                                                  Dined on 18 December 2018

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                  We had a lovely family dinner before a show at the theatre. mushroom soup with truffle followed by oxtail was a winning combination. Great service too and most convenient

                                                14. LQ

                                                  LindaQuilter

                                                  London

                                                  214 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  214 reviews

                                                  Dined on 11 December 2018

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                  We enjoyed our dinner at House before going to the Lyttleton Theatre at the National. The service is always excellent as the staff know you need to get to your seats on time! The food was delicious--I had the mushroom truffle cream soup followed by the oxtail--both were very good.

                                                15. LQ

                                                  LindaQuilter

                                                  London

                                                  214 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  214 reviews

                                                  Dined on 4 December 2018

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                  We enjoyed our meal at House in the National Theatre complex. We were going to Anthony and Cleopatra which started at 7 and one of our party was quite late, the but staff were wonderful and made sure his meal was hot and served as soon as he arrived. The food was delicious. I had steak which was cooked to perfection. This is such a good restaurant for pre-theatre as the staff are completely clued up about timing, so you never feel anxious about being late.

                                                16. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  London

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on 19 October 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  As the gentleman sat in the table next to me put it, the restaurant could easily get away with serving whatever as people would come anyway. But they don't serve whatever. It was my third visit since the NT restaurant reopened as House, and each time I was amazed how good the food is - this time was no different. I dined alone, service was sleek and discreet and made me feel at ease despite being late for my reservation and having only an hour before the preformance. The cured mackerel was a delight, very palatable with a silky and creamy mash and gentle textures of beets. Cod was cooked to perfection, its melt in the mouth flesh flaky and skin crispy, balancing beautifully with a squash puree, romanesco and a sprinkling of toasted pumpkin seeds for a bit of crunch. Have a go pre show or as a standalone experience if you fancy clever seasonal cooking at reasonable prices. A lot of places in London get away with higher prices and charging you more for it. A standing ovation indeed.

                                                17. m

                                                  michelangelo

                                                  Bristol

                                                  149 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  3.0

                                                  149 reviews

                                                  Dined on 19 October 2018

                                                  overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                  If they were seeing a play at the National I Would. Service very fast to get you to your seat on time.

                                                18. MB

                                                  MandaB

                                                  London

                                                  17 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  17 reviews

                                                  Dined on 8 May 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  A real hidden gem, food is fabulous, service friendly md efficient. Particularly love the vegan options ... even thought i’m not vegan!

                                                19. m

                                                  michelangelo

                                                  Bristol

                                                  149 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  3.0

                                                  149 reviews

                                                  Dined on 12 April 2018

                                                  overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                  I would if they were going to see a production at the National.

                                                20. BB

                                                  BrigidB

                                                  London

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 13 February 2018

                                                  overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                  We always enjoy coming to House pre- and post- theatre: and at other times too. The food is excellent and good value. Good service too, with the staff ensuring you are not late for the play. We enjoy the other eateries at the NT too.

                                                21. BC

                                                  BenC

                                                  London

                                                  66 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  66 reviews

                                                  Dined on 7 February 2018

                                                  overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                  Great pre-theatre option. Very friendly service and as you'd expect they are very aware of people looking to get to the various shows on and make a real effort to ensure you get finished in good time. We dined on the set menu and it had a few good options and was great value.

                                                22. MJ

                                                  MichaelJM

                                                  New York Area

                                                  23 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  23 reviews

                                                  Dined on 13 January 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  Sneak in while the theatre shows are playing. Amazing food, quiet ambiance

                                                23. PC

                                                  PC65

                                                  London

                                                  97 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  97 reviews

                                                  Dined on 18 December 2017

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  We came here for dinner before seeing Follies. It got quite busy here but service was good. Waiter was friendly and attentive. Set menu is good value and good selection. Food came out quickly which is good as pre-theatre. We enjoyed all our food and cocktails. It was good to eat here then just go across to the theatre. Saves dashing about too much. Nice restaurant. Would come again.

                                                24. MW

                                                  MaryW

                                                  Kent

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on 6 November 2017

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                  Excellent for a pre NT production meal. The food was absolutely delicious and excellent value for money.

                                                25. EH

                                                  EmmaH

                                                  London

                                                  130 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  130 reviews

                                                  Dined on 1 November 2017

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  Another good meal here. The food is really nicely presented and every dish was very tasty. We tend to go once the theatre has started so it's nice and quiet.

                                                26. LQ

                                                  LindaQuilter

                                                  London

                                                  214 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  214 reviews

                                                  Dined on 24 October 2017

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                  The food at House is going from strength to strength. This is a great place for a pre-theatre dinner at the National, with excellent service and really delicious food.

                                                27. C

                                                  Citygirl

                                                  London

                                                  21 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  21 reviews

                                                  Dined on 9 October 2017

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  We had one of the best steaks ever! Admittedly, the other items were not that appealing so we chose the steak but were so pleased we did. The waiter could not have been more solicitous and charming. I've eaten here several times (and also the restaurant on this site before) and it gets better every visit. Definitely recommend for pre-theatre. Excellent!

                                                28. c

                                                  chewystewy

                                                  San Francisco

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 6 October 2017

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  friendly and efficient staff, knowledgeable and accommodating,an all round pleasant experience from start to finish.

                                                29. F

                                                  Foodissima

                                                  London

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  Dined on 30 September 2017

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Fantastic eating experience.Delicious food, beautifully presented and excellent friendly and efficient service.Couldn't fault it. Best of all - no loud piped muzak! Thank you, House. Will be returning, definitely.

                                                30. LQ

                                                  LindaQuilter

                                                  London

                                                  214 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  214 reviews

                                                  Dined on 27 September 2017

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  We had a lovely meal at House just before seeing Mosquitoes at the Dorfman Theatre (National Theatre). The mushroom soup was unusual and delicious and I had the vegetarian main with okra and aubergine which was very good too. Service was good and we didn't feel rushed at all before the theatre.

                                                31. LQ

                                                  LindaQuilter

                                                  London

                                                  214 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  214 reviews

                                                  Dined on 5 September 2017

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  We had an enjoyable evening at House just before seeing Follies at the National Theatre. I had the chicken and ham terrine which was delicious, followed by the ox cheek which was very tender and meltingly good. Service was good and we finished in time for the play. Definitely the place to go at the National before the theatre.

                                                32. l

                                                  londoner

                                                  London

                                                  25 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  25 reviews

                                                  Dined on 19 August 2017

                                                  overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                  We regularly visit the BFI where the food and service are mediocre at best. There are few quiet venues to eat near by, that don't involve eating in a shipping container, sitting on a communal bench or being blasted by loud music (yes, we're older). This was our first visit to House, having read some decent reviews, and it ticked most boxes for a more civilised, grown up dining experience. It's upstairs, away from the ground floor crowd at the NT, with an imaginative menu, nice ambience and excellent, well informed waiting service. We note some earlier reviews had bad experiences with waiters, but our experience was entirely positive. The food is well presented and has unusual choices. We had variations on fish and venison. The only criticism, which is why I've marked the food down, is that all the dishes lacked much in the way of flavour; partly the ingredients, though high quality, were bland, as was any seasoning, which wasn't apparent. As we'd been to an early BFI showing we were in no hurry, but the shame was that as the NT performances got going, the restaurant was pretty much empty on a Saturday evening after pre theatre diners had left. This restaurant deserves a visit and we shall certainly go back - good service, nice eclectic wine list and imaginative food well presented, if lacking a bit of oomph.

                                                33. N

                                                  Nancy

                                                  London

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  3.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on 13 July 2017

                                                  overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                  The food was good but the portion sizes have increased noticeably and for me were a little too large, in particular the starter. We have used the restaurant frequently for a quick pre-theatre meal, going for the two course set menu. I would only go for one course in future - to avoid feeling uncomfortably full for the theatre performance!

                                                34. EH

                                                  EmmaH

                                                  London

                                                  130 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  130 reviews

                                                  Dined on 26 June 2017

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience2

                                                  Another good meal here. I go after people have had their pre-theatre meals so it is pretty quiet - but it also makes for great service! The food is great quality.

                                                35. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  London

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on 21 June 2017

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Fantastic restaurant- no need to be going to the theatre! Great food, ambiance and location. We'll be back.

                                                36. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  London

                                                  19 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  19 reviews

                                                  Dined on 31 May 2017

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  The standard of service and cuisine in this restaurant within the National Theatre complex has improved considerably in recent months. We were very pleased with the choice on the menu and with the way the dishes were prepared and served. The service was exemplary. The views over the Thames are stunning. Recommended.

                                                37. j

                                                  juju

                                                  London

                                                  68 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  1.0

                                                  68 reviews

                                                  Dined on 28 May 2017

                                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                  I didn't get to eat here as the restaurant was not open when I had arrived. Very disappointed. Please correct the opening hours with Opentable

                                                38. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  London

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 5 May 2017

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  Excellent food, outstanding value and lovely service - a really good experience.

                                                39. D

                                                  Diner

                                                  London

                                                  65 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  65 reviews

                                                  Dined on 5 May 2017

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                  Very efficiently run restaurant. Very polite staff who work well under the pressure of having to deliver fast pre theatre menu. Food was simple and tasty. Thank you

                                                40. PG

                                                  PaulG

                                                  London

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  Dined on 12 April 2017

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                  Very convenient for a pre/post theatre meal. Very good, attentive service. Food fair value for location and quality.

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                                                House – South Bank and Waterloo is rated 4 stars by 99 OpenTable diners

                                                Permanently Closed

                                                This restaurant is permanently closed.

                                                • Area

                                                  Waterloo

                                                • Hours of Operation

                                                  Dinner: Monday to Saturday, 5 pm – 11pm


                                                  Lunch is served Tuesday to Saturday when there is a scheduled matinee performance. Please refer to the National Theatre calendar.

                                                • Cuisines

                                                  Modern European

                                                • Dining style

                                                  Casual Elegant

                                                • Dress Code

                                                  Smart Casual

                                                • Additional

                                                  Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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