Terrace – South Bank and Waterloo

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152 reviews
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Set on the Lyttleton side of the famous National Theatre, Terrace is a popular addition to the South Bank icon. With views over the Thames and a warehouse feel to the simple, modern décor the Terrace is a chic, urban hangout where young professionals and arty types come to enjoy a few drinks and nibbles before a show or just because. The concrete ceilinged dining room is always busy and buzzy but in the summer months the action moves out on to the terrace where the sun is soaked up and London views taken in. In addition to nibbles with a Middle Eastern flavour and a don’t-miss-it mezze board heartier meals can be enjoyed as a full dish or as smaller mezze portions.
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TR
London
68 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very good value and good food but disappointing ambience, service and general feeling of being rushed. Allergies and dietary requirements were considered and marked on the menu, which was great, but then not observed when food was served and staff didn’t seem to care because it was closing soon. Should make it clear it closes at 7.30pm.

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CW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A wonderful meal in a spectacular setting. Fantastic concoctions and a take on tapas everyone should try.

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NF
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

They looked after us very well and made it a lovely special birthday lunch for my mum

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A
London
29 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We have eaten many times at the Terrace since it opened and it seems to be sliding down on each visit. When it first opened we enjoyed the tapas style. We also eat out 2/3 times each week in top class restaurants but when visiting the NT it is easier to eat on site.The bread is poor, they defiantly need to change their supplier. The olive dip with dry crackers and breadsticks was horrible. The hot food came cold and we did not even try a fish dish on this occasion as they were so disappointing last time. We paid £65 and concluded that we would only order a glass of wine and the cheese platter if we find ourselves here again but suspect next time we will bring a sandwich to eat in the foyer.

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AW
London
196 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic option for a pretheatre supper or just a friendly natter/catch-up. Great service and easy going environment with great acoustics in favour of the private conversation and not the clamour of the restaurant yet there is a buzz, and it’s reasonably priced, quick and yet relaxed. Almost nowhere meets these apparently contradictory pair of criteria -we all agreed we are going to use regularly.
NB opening times mean at least Monday to Wednesday kitchen closes 7.30pm, be aware as by 8.30pm all over!

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c
London
25 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great choice of little plates , ideal for the theatres and concert hall in the surroundings. Very speedy service when you mention you are going to a show.
A bit hidden on the second floor , so not much of a view there.

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L
London
101 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Terrace is a really good option for a pre theatre meal. Smallish sharing plates make it easy to just have a snack or a full meal. Four of us shared about 10 dishes which was just right before the theatre. The dishes were all very interesting and the waiter was good at suggesting ones to try. Excellent service.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and a variety of tasty tapas style dishes.

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent pre theatre dinner. Creative dishes. Great service. Very enjoyable.

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RB
London
27 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu required explanation, but once we realised that they were supposed to be tapas, that was fine. Apart from one dish being extremely extremely salty, all food was good quality, interesting and nicely presented. The staff were lovely. The bill came as a bit of a shock in the end as we hadn't eaten much, but actually it was because of the drinks... so our fault entirely! A good place for pre-theatre but this was the first time I've managed to get a table so it's worth booking.

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HR
London
61 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for pre-theatre dinner. Very friendly and helpful service. Will go again.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the best options for a light pre theatre dinner - and as the name suggests a lovely terrace overlooking the southbank hubbub. Food is delicious and adventurous - braised ox cheeks, sardine tarts and croquettes though slightly on the steep side for the small plates style they opt for. Service good though at times a little slow.

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CL
London
11 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

not bad but nothing special. The cheese plate consisted of 3 chunks of cheddar and 3 chunks of everyday blue cheese. Not so impressive, frankly. Other dishes were a bit better. The terrace gets full sun, and it's almost impossible to avoid the light in your eyes, so, perhaps best on a cloudy day

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a
London
102 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Terrace remains a good option for pre-theatre dinners. The menu is always interesting here with tasty small plates.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and helpful attentive staff and speedy too perfect for pre theatre

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Meal started out OK but service was so slow. We arrived at 6.00 having a show to attend at 7.30. We ordered 3 courses at the outset. The waitress assured us we had plenty of time. However the courses arrived in dribs and drabs with long delays and we were not served together as a group. In fact the dessert was just too late to be eaten We had to leave it as the bell for the show had sounded. We were not offered any recompense and paid the full bill and service charge. Disappointing.

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MM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Essentially for pre-theatre - part of National Theatre. About 20-30 small dishes on menu, on which 3 per person suggested, which was about right. There were not enough staff on duty, but when we did get their attention the service was friendly and reasonably fast.

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f
London
12 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Slow service. Sat for 30mins before anything happened. Charcuterie platter had just a small selection and 2 bits of bread. The other very tasty but very small dishes arrived at the same time. 1 dish never came. The bill was wrong

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Slow service not all items available
Been many times but would not
Recommend now

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S
London
54 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We nipped in for a Pre-show meal and were really impressed, tasty and interesting tapas size dishes - great for sharing. They have a good range of gluten-free dishes and even a gf free dessert. The espresso martinis were very good too!

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T
London
26 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great place for a central girls' lunch.

We had a really lovely lunch at Terrace - the service was good, food fantastic and there was loads of space despite it being in the middle of the busy Southbank. I'll be back.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Taking my gf to a pre show meal. Quick excellent service and wonderful food. Early evening was calm and candle lit.

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F
London
81 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good sharing food for pre theatre

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H
London
81 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Reliable as always. Staff are attentive and friendly. Service is highly efficient. Food very well executed.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2016
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

It is very much a (pre) theatre bar, and we hadn't realised it closed at 8 - disappointing to be asked to leave at 8:05

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C
London
18 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Pre-theatre dinner was just right with sharing plates of high quality. Sadly, the room is soulless even though the charming staff tried hard to make our visit pleasant. It would be an idea for the management to review the layout and colour scheme so the ambience is less than that of a factory canteen!

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H
Surrey
34 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love popping in here for a quick bite pre theatre. Service always good, and quick. Food is tapas-style and very yummy. Also nice for a light bite before sitting down for a performance.

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k
London
125 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2016
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

perfectly adequate cold plate dishes that is convenient for pre theatre, but otherwise absolutely no reason to visit. good presentation, but expensive if following the 3 plates per person suggestion, and it really was quite simple food, burata with tomatoes, herbed couscous, etc. staff friendly and efficient but would only visit out of need not preference.

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H
London
81 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Second visit. The small plates menu is varied and ideal for pre theatre. The staff are highly efficient and ensure that they are aware of which play you are going to see. Food quality is excellent and although the wine list is short there is sufficient choice for most tastes. The outdoor terrace is a great place to be seated in the summer with great views across the river. Happy to recommend as a staple for anyone going to the National Theatre.

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O
Hampshire
10 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2016
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Shocked to discover that the plac closed the bar and kitchen at 7.30 when we had 7.15 booking. Staff were great and we got our order in just in time, but obviously had to leave by around 830. Wsan't clear when booking or on their web site

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service excellent. Would be better to have warming plates to keep food warm

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a
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific pre-theatre service, interesting tasty menu, just exactly what we hoped for! Excellent! The

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious sharing plates with a fantastic view and lovely outdoor area. Perfect for our pre-theatre dinner.

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S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2016
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Great location but average food especially for the price. Go there for a drink

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely place but volume of music inside was intolerable.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2016
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Of the 6 dishes we ordered 3 had to be sent back because they were tepid. When they can back one was even colder than before. Only 2 of the 6 were tasty. The other 4 were tasteless. All 6 were too small. I have read reviews of this place complaining about the size of the portions and suggestions they call their tiny dishes tapas so as not to disappoint but they are still serving tiny portions (2 meatballs or 2 small chunks of lamb) as "dishes". Really poor and really disappointing. How are they still getting away with such poor quality and presentation? The staff were decent.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had lunch at the Green Room prior to a matinée at the National Theatre - we arrived rather early before the kitchen was open but were looked after really well and lunch was served ahead of our booking time. All the staff we met couldn't have been more helpful. The starters of scotch egg (with black pudding & chorizo) and the squid were beautifully presented and were delicious. We both had the roasted lamb rump and with pan haggerty & minted caper relish -the lamb was beautifully tender and cooked just as we had requested. We liked the glass of merlot we had. Pleasant room and decor - it is quite an oasis!

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DW
London
10 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2016
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Let down by poor, slow service. Food good and imaginative.

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m
Bristol
149 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very good if you are attending a show at the national theatre. Food is "interesting". Several small dishes to share. Some were good and some not so good. Had a stew that had very little meat in it. Liked the courgettes. The salad we had was delicious but the portion was absolutely tiny! Only a mouthful each. The night before we had eaten at the House restaurant as we knew we wouldn't get there in time to eat before the show, and the Terrace is only open before. Overall would always choose House in future, and is only marginally more expensive. Service, comfort and food were all much better. Sorry Terrace!

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BB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ate here before seeing wonder.land at the national. Very clean. Hipster tapas style to the atmosphere and menu, but all kinds of people were there so don't feel like you need to wear skinny jeans and plaid to fit in. Server was very polite and prompt. Very affordable. We had a pretty good view of the Thames. Would return.

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