House – South Bank and Waterloo

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99 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European

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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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3.8
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vipLindaQuilter
London
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.

GG
vipGothamGourmand
New York Area
90 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.

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vipLindaQuilter
London
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.

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vipLindaQuilter
London
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.

PC
vipPC65
London
95 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.

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vipsally
London
29 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.

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vipLindaQuilter
London
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.

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vipFoodie27
London
82 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.

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vipHerbie
Melbourne / VIC
72 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.

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mallthorpe
London
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.

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NickyB
London
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.

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vipLindaQuilter
London
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.

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vipLindaQuilter
London
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

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vipLindaQuilter
London
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.

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vipLindaQuilter
London
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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
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.

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vipmichelangelo
Bristol
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.

MB
MandaB
London
12 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!

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vipmichelangelo
Bristol
149 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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

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BrigidB
London
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.

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vipBenC
London
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.

MJ
vipMichaelJM
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

PC
vipPC65
London
95 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.

MW
MaryW
Kent
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.

EH
vipEmmaH
London
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.

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vipLindaQuilter
London
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.

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vipCitygirl
London
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!

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chewystewy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Foodissima
London
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.

LQ
vipLindaQuilter
London
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.

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vipLindaQuilter
London
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.

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londoner
London
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.

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Nancy
London
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!

EH
vipEmmaH
London
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
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.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
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.

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vipjuju
London
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

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipDiner
London
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

PG
vipPaulG
London
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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