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Portrait Restaurant

4.3
4.3
1231 Reviews
£26 to £40
British

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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Menu

Aperitifs & Soft Drink

  • Yorkshire Rhubarb Bellini£9.50

    Fresh rhubarb purée & Prosecco

    • Perfect Negroni£10.00

      • Tutti Frutti Spritz'£5.50

        Cranberry juice, Fever Tree ginger ale, mixed fruits & lime juice

        God Save the Queen

        • Sipsmith Gin£12.00

          • St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur£12.00

            • Fresh Cranberry Juice£12.00

              Wine of the Week

              • Tempranillo / Syrah, El Futuro No Esta Escrito, Spain, 2017

                • 175ml£9.00
                • 250ml£12.50

              First Courses

              • Roast Butternut Squash Soup

                crispy sage

                • Fennel

                  clementine, tarragon, pistachio salad

                  • Spring Vegetable Salad

                    goat's curd, Marcona almonds, honey dressing

                    • Cod and Salmon Fish Cake

                      spiced mayonnaise, lemon

                      • Salami

                        celeriac remoulade, capers, parsley

                        Main Courses

                        • Beetroot Risotto

                          pea shoots, lemon dressing

                          • Braised Chicory

                            potato and parsnip rosti, goats cheese, toasted walnuts

                            • Roast Cod Fillet

                              curried mussels, Puy lentils

                              • Pan Fried Bream Fillet

                                olive oil mash, salsa verde

                                • Corn Fed Chicken Breast

                                  parsnip purée, roast potatoes, Madeira sauce

                                  • Roast of Scottish Sirloin

                                    duck fat roasted potatoes, carrot purée, Yorkshire pudding, horseradish sauce

                                    Sides

                                    £3.75

                                    • Roasted Root Vegetables

                                      • Triple Cooked Chips

                                        • Seasonal Leaf Salad

                                          • Sautée Savoy Cabbage

                                            Puddings

                                            • White Wine Poached Pear

                                              chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream

                                              • Chocolate Pot

                                                salted caramel

                                                • Vanilla Panna Cotta

                                                  poached rhubarb

                                                  • Treacle Sponge

                                                    custard

                                                    • Portrait Ice Creams and Sorbets

                                                      Vanilla, chocolate, salted caramel, lemon, blood orange

                                                      Cheeses

                                                      • British Cheeses

                                                        Oatcakes, fruit bread, quince jelly (suppl. £3 as a dessert). Our selection – Oxford Isis (Made from raw milk) / Barkham Blue / Tunworth (Made from raw milk) / Golden Cross (Made from raw milk) / Lincolnshire Poacher (Made from raw milk)

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                                                        What 1,231 people are saying

                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

                                                        4.3
                                                        4.3 based on all time ratings
                                                        • 4.2Food
                                                        • 4.3Service
                                                        • 4.3Ambience
                                                        • 3.9Value

                                                        NoiseModerate

                                                        94% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                        1. M

                                                          Morog

                                                          London

                                                          50 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          50 reviews

                                                          Dined on 12 March 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                                        2. BL

                                                          BLDE

                                                          London

                                                          95 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          95 reviews

                                                          Dined on 8 March 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.

                                                        3. MM

                                                          MariaM

                                                          London

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 7 March 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great location and view. Very good value for money

                                                        4. S

                                                          Sonia

                                                          London

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 5 March 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😊.

                                                        5. P

                                                          Pelks

                                                          London

                                                          19 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          19 reviews

                                                          Dined on 5 March 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.

                                                        6. CR

                                                          ColinR

                                                          London

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 21 February 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          Amazing view and great food! Our Estonian waitress was lovely

                                                        7. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          London

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on 14 February 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                        8. CB

                                                          CatherineB

                                                          London

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 4 February 2020

                                                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                          A little bit to expensive for the food in your plate

                                                        9. JW

                                                          JuneW

                                                          London

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          Dined on 31 January 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Excellent food - very nice service

                                                        10. SL

                                                          SarahL

                                                          Berkshire

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          Dined on 31 January 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.

                                                        11. PG

                                                          PaulG

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          Dined on 28 January 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

                                                        12. SP

                                                          SylviaP

                                                          London

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 23 January 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.

                                                        13. d

                                                          davidp

                                                          London

                                                          53 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          3.0

                                                          53 reviews

                                                          Dined on 18 January 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.

                                                        14. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          London

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on 11 January 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great staff

                                                        15. TT

                                                          TorontoTourist

                                                          London

                                                          22 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          22 reviews

                                                          Dined on 5 January 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                        16. i

                                                          ilaria

                                                          Washington DC

                                                          15 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          4.0

                                                          15 reviews

                                                          Dined on 3 January 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

                                                        17. D

                                                          Dorotheabondgirl

                                                          Atlanta

                                                          97 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          97 reviews

                                                          Dined on 22 December 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          My niece graduated her masters program.

                                                        18. b

                                                          banterb

                                                          London

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on 21 December 2019

                                                          overall4food2service2ambience3

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

                                                        19. SS

                                                          SarahS

                                                          Montreal

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 21 December 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                        20. C

                                                          Chocoholic

                                                          London

                                                          57 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          57 reviews

                                                          Dined on 19 December 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.

                                                        21. L

                                                          Lizzieluvsfood

                                                          London

                                                          39 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          39 reviews

                                                          Dined on 18 December 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.

                                                        22. r

                                                          richard

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 17 December 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                        23. RS

                                                          RobinS

                                                          London

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          Dined on 15 December 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.

                                                        24. MW

                                                          MatthewW

                                                          London

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 14 December 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          Lovely food, fabulous view. Staff friendly and attentive

                                                        25. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          London

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 7 December 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great views and lovely food

                                                        26. CH

                                                          ChunukH

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 7 December 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.

                                                        27. VP

                                                          VirginiaP

                                                          London

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 7 December 2019

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience5

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

                                                        28. B

                                                          carlB

                                                          London

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on 30 November 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.

                                                        29. b

                                                          brendan

                                                          London

                                                          9 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          9 reviews

                                                          Dined on 20 November 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                        30. SV

                                                          SvitlanaV

                                                          1 review

                                                          3.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 17 November 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

                                                        31. RS

                                                          RobinS

                                                          London

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          Dined on 16 November 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                        32. C

                                                          Cassie

                                                          London

                                                          20 reviews

                                                          2.0

                                                          20 reviews

                                                          Dined on 14 November 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.

                                                        33. N

                                                          Natsx

                                                          London

                                                          85 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          85 reviews

                                                          Dined on 10 November 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great view, quality, staff. Really enjoyed our brunch

                                                        34. H

                                                          Hvisitor

                                                          London

                                                          6 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          6 reviews

                                                          Dined on 8 November 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.

                                                        35. J

                                                          John

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          89 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          89 reviews

                                                          Dined on 4 November 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          The view is amazing and the food and service outstanding!

                                                        36. F

                                                          Foodie17

                                                          London

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          Dined on 25 October 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                        37. U

                                                          Urbanjoe

                                                          Toronto

                                                          72 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          72 reviews

                                                          Dined on 22 October 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!

                                                        38. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New York Area

                                                          29 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          4.0

                                                          29 reviews

                                                          Dined on 18 October 2019

                                                          overall4food3service5ambience5

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

                                                        39. C

                                                          Claudio

                                                          1 review

                                                          1.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 11 October 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.

                                                        40. BH

                                                          BridgetH

                                                          New York Area

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          Dined on 3 October 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.

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