Portrait Restaurant

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1186 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Scenic View
  • Lunch
  • Good for a Date
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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JW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

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

GC
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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

PC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 5

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 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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.

IH
London
14 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Stopped here for a pre-theatre set meal at 5:30pm / 6pm. Interesting view across the roof tops. Good service, but most importantly the food was superb. If you're in this part of London it's worth a visit.

MS
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent place to go with partners even children are welcome. We liked the food and also the sights. Lovely place. One of my favorite regards from London

j
London
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the first time I had taken my husband to your restaurant. Before I have always been with my girlfriends. He was very impressed with the view, service and, last but not least, the food. Thanks so much for the great experience.

F
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed the lunch experience, the service was just a bit shaky, two out of three wrong starters, delayed wine coming with the main meal and 1 dessert short!

CM
London
17 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful if you are headed to the gallery for a wander. Every table has a great view. The half lobster was fabulous. Excellent choices of wine by the glass.

DR
London
67 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Among the best service I have experienced in a restaurant.

JO
London
19 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and lovely staff. However, prices have crept up, such that a 2 course lunch from the set menu with water, one coffee and no wine was over £80. Too much at lunchtime.

MA
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I had some problems with the booking. When I called to advise we were reaching late the lady on the phone re-booked the appointment saying that she did not see any reservation on OpenTable. On the moment we arrived at the restaurant, on the other hand, the restaurant manager denied any of such conversation.
Entrance lift from the Gallery was broken, so we had to pass by a back-door, the guard was a bit rude with my wife and our guest.
The main course arrive around 30minutes after the order.
Overall good but I don't think I would come again.

AD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is pretty good, with the tartar very nicely spiced. The lobster is not large or exciting enough to warrant the price. The tables in the last row have a pretty limited view. If you take one of the later dining times, chances are a table by the windows will free up, and once you move to it then you can enjoy the sunset over the rooftops in all its stunning glory. The service was top notch, especially our waitress Monika was fantastic and made this a memorable evening!

JR
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best views in London and such brilliant service with delicious food.

CM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

They were rude. Didn’t have seem to have our booking. Would not recommend.

LS
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were particularly happy with the attention to detail given by all your staff.
it was a most enjoyable dining experience

JC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We’ve had good experiences at The Portrait for lunch previously and on this occasion brunch. It’s a great place and we hope to try it for dinner.
The food was excellent, service very good albeit a little slow on a quiet Saturday but we were not in a hurry. Our experience and that of other diners was somewhat spoilt by the next table Skyping or face timing at full volume to the extent I couldn’t hear my fellow diner sitting across from me.

n
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous setting for a pre-theatre meal with great views, food and service. Until the next time !

F
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The staff and service here are great. The food is reliably good but regrettably a somewhat unchanging menu. Why can't there be a menu of the day, or at the very least a frequently changed menu!

JC
London
17 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent location and views. The pre-theatre menu offers good value and the food was excellent although not particularly sophisticated. The service could have been better as the staff seemed distracted, chatting to each other and there was perhaps too much banter behind the bar. Still would come back for a work event or special occasion

DM
Little Rock
18 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A perfect place to celebrate our anniversary and close out our visit to England.

AT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We came for a team dinner and really enjoyed ourselves. The food really was outstanding and the ambiance was lovely - quiet, which suited our group and made a pleasant change to some of the restaurants in Central London.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favourite restaurants in London. I recommend it to all my friends and will keep going back for the great service and wonderful food. The views are superb as well, simply a perfect dining experience.

a
London
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food did not match the location tasteless liver messy veg in soup like gravy good asparagus

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant setting, light and airy. Great ambience. Thoughtful food well prepared and presented. Excellent wine list.

c
Kent
107 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

we had a wonderful day at the gallery topped off with an excellent lunch at a window table.

CC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Well catered for with Gluten Free options. Service was excellent my chicken was excellent but the Sea Bream wasn’t so fantastic just served with crushed new potatoes it was rather dull. Crumble was awful a mass of nuts and muesli and barely any rhubarb. Starters were the best things on the set menu.

BG
London
261 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a pleasure to dine overlooking the rooftops of Trafalgar Square, though prices seem to rising more than elsewhere so its in danger of pricing itself out of the set lunch market

L
London
43 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Gorgeous view and absolutely lovely staff (thank you, Ruhan) who make you feel special.

LB
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have just met a dear friend for a long and leisurely lunch at the Portrait Restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery. Am pinching myself having found the perfect restaurant, that nobody seems to know about! Incredible location, gorgeous view across the rooftops toward Lord Nelson and Big Ben in the distance. However, even more impressive is the food! Gin and Tonics followed by delicious ribeye steaks and chips, and rhubarb crumble.

Will definitely return, probably before April is out! My new favourite restaurant for meeting up with old friends. It really is worth the visit.

CP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch venue. Good buzzy atmosphere, delicious food, top service. I love restaurants where everyone is chatting - sure sign that they feel at ease - and the Portrait is a perfect example. Will be back next time we’re in London.

DD
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were particularly impressed by our waitress, who told us she came from Prague.
Her English was excellent and she was very welcoming, cheerful and efficient.

B
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Convenient for Pre theater dining, and decent food choices. A bit too salty but otherwise good food.

t
London
26 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Unexpected gem at the top floor of the (also excellent) National Portrait Gallery. We had a two-course set lunch which seemed a bit expensive at £29 per person, but the quality of the food was superb and the overall experience was so positive that it actually seemed like a bargain.

The view across the roof tops of the National Gallery to Trafalgar Square and Whitehall alone would have justified the charge.

Overall a great lunch experience, good service, great food and unrushed. Will definitely return.

HM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Fantastic view. The pre-theatre menu was excellent value.

F
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. I have only ever been for the pretheatre dinner but have never been disappointed in the food or the service. The view is lovely from any table and friends who had not been before were impressed and said they will return. The wine list is good, if a little pricey. There is something for even the fussiest wine drinker, and we had one of those. I will definitely return next month with another group of people.

V
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, reasonably priced. Would certainly go again.

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